What You Need To Know About Bali Reopening Plan
Uluwatu Temple, Bali. Photo by Omer Rana
There has been lots of talks lately about Bali reopening its island to tourists as this popular tourist destination has been greatly affected by the pandemic and tourists are hoping to reenter soon. The Bali Governor has announced that he will reopen its island to local tourists on July 9, 2020, and to international tourists on September 11, 2020, a month ahead of the plan.
“Bali province COVID-19 accelerated countermeasure task force presented the updates on CoronaVirus Disease (COVID-19) management in Bali as per Sunday (19/7), the number of positive patients increased by 55 persons from local transmission (LT). In total, the number of positive cases is 2,745 persons.” (Source: Denpasar 19 July 2020, Bali Tourism Board)
The reopening dates are ahead of the original plan, giving local businesses some hope of saving their business and livelihood as more than 80% of Bali’s economy is highly dependent on tourism. Along with this major tourist hub reopening, Manado and Batam may also start to ease their restrictions and let both local and international tourists in.
Before you get excited to get your summer body back in shape, here is what you need to know about the island reopening.
1. Reopening Timeline may Change
The plan will be carried out in three phases. It starts with welcoming locals, then proceeds to resume domestic travel and finally allows international tourists back into Bali. How fast Bali moves onto the next phase of reopening depends on the transmission level after reopening the island to local tourists in July. If the local transmission level remains low, it will open its borders for domestic travels. So, if all goes smoothly with minimal local transmission, international tourism will likely resume in September. This is just a recovery timeline and it may change accordingly to ensure the safety of everyone. (Well, after all, there’s a difference between the planned date and the scheduled date.)
2. There Will Be Restrictions Around The Island
To allow hotels, restaurants, and attractions to reopen, a new health and safety guideline will be implemented to not only safeguard the people but also instill tourists’ confidence. It will be carried out in phases, starting from the resort area of Nusa Dua, another popular site in Bali.
Officials have designated this area to be the first to implement this guideline and will fine-tune the policy along the way to set the stage for the rest of the island.
“The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy will implement the CHS (Cleanliness, Health, and Safety) program in every destination and other locations related to tourism and the creative economy as a strategy to accelerate the recovery of the tourism sector and the creative economy after the COVID-19 epidemic.” (Source: The Indonesia Ministry of Tourism)
3. Booking for An Early-Bird Flight Ticket and Hotel Package
Airlines and hotels are getting creative with their “can’t miss this deal” promotional campaigns to boost their revenue by attracting customers to pre-book their holidays.
Sure, feel free to snap up those promotional deals but make sure you go through the refund and cancellation policy before hitting the payment button.
Although most airlines and hotels are offering flexible booking options, free cancellation, vouchers with one-year validity, etc., which allows you to change your travel date with no processing fees, you should always double-check the terms and conditions before booking to be sure.