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Bali’s recovery crucial for Indonesian tourism: minister Indonesia’s tourism industry appears to hinge on Bali’s revival amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with one minister warning that other destinations in the archipelago could be crippled should Bali fail to recover. “Bali’s recovery is crucial for national and regional tourism,” Minister of National Development (Bappenas) Suharso Monoarfa said […]

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Indonesia halts automatic stay permit extensions for foreigners, announces ‘new normal’ immigration policy   File photo of immigration officers with a foreign traveler at the Ngurah Rai International Airport. Photo: Ditjen Imigrasi The Indonesian government updated its immigration policy for foreigners effective today, bringing an end to the automatic extension of stay permits that were […]

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Travel restriction haunts near-collapse travel agencies in Bali Bali’s travel agencies association is calling for the island to be reopened to tourists as most of its members only have financial capability to weather the crisis until July. The plea comes following the government’s decision to maintain travel restrictions on the tourist-packed island. The Association of Indonesian Tour […]

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Bali in ‘no hurry’ to reopen tourism, governor says Bali Governor Wayan Koster says he is in no hurry to reopen tourist attractions across the province, emphasizing that Bali will implement a carefully planned approach to welcome a “new era” for the popular holiday destination. “I am not in a position where I will follow […]

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No plans to open up Bali tourism in near future: governor Bali province is still focusing on public health amid the COVID-19 pandemic and has no plans on restarting tourism activities in the near future, the governor says, as Indonesia appears set to head into a so-called “new normal” despite the lack of downward trend […]

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International Airport to undergo swab tests The Bali provincial government has made it compulsory for travelers entering Bali via Ngurah Rai International Airport and Benoa Port to undergo a swab test, following the loosening of travel restrictions by the Indonesian Transportation Ministry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “In response to this policy [from the Transportation Ministry] […]

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More Than 80 Percent of Coronavirus Cases in Bali Are Imported The regional secretary of the Bali provincial government and the head of the tourist island’s Covid-19 Task Force, Dewa Made Indra, said 82.67 percent of confirmed coronavirus cases on the island were imported cases from overseas. The rest, 17.33 per­cent, were the results of […]

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‘Booming’ tourism in 2021? Jokowi says he’s convinced COVID-19 pandemic will only last until end of year President Joko Widodo says he’s convinced that the COVID-19 pandemic will be resolved by the end of this year and adds that he is expecting tourism to take off in 2021. “I am convinced this [pandemic] will only […]

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Indonesia to temporarily ban all foreign arrivals, transits to curb further spread of coronavirus JAKARTA – Indonesia will temporarily ban all visits and transits by foreign nationals to the country to curb the further spread of the coronavirus. “President (Joko) sees that our current policy needs to be made stricter. We have decided that all […]

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Bali sets ‘alert’ status amid COVID-19 outbreak, rolls out advisory on social distancing The Bali provincial government declared an “alert” level status for the island amid the COVID-19   pandemic today, followed by an advisory for local residents to stay at home and avoid crowded places. “Citizens are advised to avoid shopping centers, entertainment areas and […]

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