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Indonesia halts automatic stay permit extensions for foreigners, announces ‘new normal’ immigration policy Indonesian health officials yesterday conducted a simulation for COVID-19 vaccination in Bali’s Badung regency, as the country gears up preparations to distribute potential vaccines for the infectious disease. The Health Ministry has chosen two community health clinics (Puskesmas) in Bali and Bogor, […]

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Bali adds stricter screening measures for visitors Bali will remain open to domestic tourism for the time being, as officials announce stricter screening measures for incoming visitors following a surge in COVID-19 cases on the island. “I don’t think we would want to open Bali for tourism without limits […] So we will be placing […]

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New virus cases knock hopes of reviving Southeast Asia’s holiday hotspots A spike in coronavirus infections in Indonesia’s holiday island of Bali and Thailand’s first locally transmitted case in 100 days have dealt further blows to Southeast Asian hopes of reviving vital tourism industries. Plans to reopen Bali to foreign tourists from September have been […]

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Bali postpones plans to welcome international travelers in September Plans to reopen Bali to international tourists on Sept. 11 have been reconsidered following the government’s decision to wait until the end of this year before welcoming foreign visitors. “The government is still prohibiting its citizens from traveling abroad at least until the end of 2020. In line […]

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Bali named fourth-most popular global destination on TripAdvisor Bali has been recognized as one of the most popular destinations in the world, according to travel platform TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards of 2020. Winners of the awards are chosen based on the quantity and quality of user reviews and ratings, and are now honored as “Travelers’ […]

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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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