The Indonesian Govt Is Looking To Reopen Bali To Tourists As Early As June, But Your Holiday Could Still Be A While Off
That Bali holiday you’ve been craving could be happening sooner than you think, with the Indonesian tourism ministry saying Friday it’s looking to partially reopen the island to tourists sometime between June and October, reports 10Daily.
Bali, one of 17,508 islands in Indonesia, has seen fewer cases of the virus than the rest of the country, with just 343 reported cases and only four deaths.
Since the island went into lockdown in March, allowing in only its citizens, diplomats or family members, Bali’s economy has taken a beating.
In fact, according to Ross Taylor, president of The Indonesia Institute, it has “essentially already collapsed”.
“People don’t have a social safety net like we do in Australia – the amount of savings for Balinese is usually about one to two weeks,” he told The West Australian.
“There's families there actually starving – it’s catastrophic the economic fallout for a disease that appears not to be impacting as yet on the island.”
The ministry is also looking to partially reopen Yogyakarta and the Riau Islands province.
And while this news is all good and well, it's important to note that as of right now, Aussies are still banned from travelling internationally. While ScoMo announced last week he's looking into lifting the restrictions on domestic travel, he hasn't given us any indication on when he'll start allowing international travel.
Australia and New Zealand have already been in talks about creating a trans-Tasman travel bubble between the two countries before opening their borders to other nations, whether this could extend beyond to other beloved travel spots close to home like Bali is still unknown. Our guess is that if NZ-Aussie travel bubble goes well, it could be implemented beyond the two countries – and some industry experts agree.
“I think we might see some Asian and pacific ports open their borders to us from the start to the middle of next year,” the Tourism and Transport Forum’s Margy Osmond told the Courier Mail. Watch this space guys.
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