Let the Games Begin!

The government is pouring aid into a chosen series of festivals, in anticipation of Bali opening to international tourists, but happy to welcome domestic tourists, and YOU are invited. These art, culture, sports, and entertainment events have been talked up on every tourism website, but specifics are subject to change. I add my comments to […]

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Local Artisans All In One Place

Show of hands, please, for who’s here from Jakarta? Any expats from Bandung? Surabaya? All law-abiding long-stay-holders are welcome here. You are thanked for making Bali your refuge from the pandemic, for wearing your mask, washing your hands like your neighbor’s life depends on it (which it does), and for avoiding crowds. You’re shopping with […]

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Bali College Students Urge Government To Reopen International Borders During the National Labor Day, Denpasar National College Student Movement (GMNI) conveyed their aspiration to the central government to reopen the international travel corridor. The Head of Denpasar GMNI, I Putu Chandra Riantama criticized the central government’s policy to ban all international visitors to gain entry […]

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Bali Government Will Provide Free PCR Tests For Citizens For those of you with COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with a confirmed patient, you can now take advantage of a free PCR test in Denpasar courtesy of the Bali provincial government. Bali Health Agency Chief, Ketut Suarjaya, announced the free service yesterday, […]

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40 hotels and restaurants in Bali reject proposed gov’t bailout saying it’s not enough The Indonesian Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry allotted a combined grant of USD264,285 (IDR3.7 billion) to 120 hotels and restaurants in Klungkung District. Out of which, 40 have declined the government aid stating it’s simply not enough. 91 hotels and 29 […]

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Indonesia extends international flight ban until February 8 The Indonesian government has decided to extend its international flight ban for another 14 days. The extension will be carried out from January 26 to February 8, 2021. The decision comes as COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the country. The Indonesian Economic Minister, Airlangga Hartanto made […]

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Governement to Send Civil Servants to Bali to Work From There The Indonesian government is working on a plan to send thousands of Jakarta-based civil servants to work remotely from Bali, in a bid to help the economy of the tourism-reliant island rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. Up to 8,000 employees at seven ministries will […]

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Indonesian Plans To Provide 5 Year Visa To Work and Stay In Bali Once international travel restarts, Indonesia plans to provide incentives to international visitors wishing to stay long term by offering them a five-year visa. Indonesian Tourism Minister Sandiaga Salahudin Uno made the announcement on Monday (8/2). “The concept is a long term stay, […]

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Tourism Minister Plans Drive-Thru Vaccination Services In Bali Indonesian Tourism Minister, Sandiaga Uno reviewed potential locations as drive-thru facilities for COVID-19 vaccination in Bali.  Sandiaga said that the in-vehicle process is a concrete form of innovation and has been tried in the United States. “We’ve discussed the details of this program, and I hope we […]

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Bali governor designates Ubud, Sanur, and Nusa Dua as COVID-19 ‘green zones’ for foreign tourists Three popular tourist destinations in Bali have officially been designated “green zones,” the governor announced yesterday, as Indonesia appears to be moving forward with plans to reopen the island to foreign visitors in the near future. As previously hinted, officials […]

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