After much anticipation, Bali has after all reopened but only for local tourists. Bali is taking out its three-phased opening as scheduled to restore the island’s economy. The Deputy Governor of Bali, Tjokorda Oka Artha has previously said that they will reopen the gates for domestic tourists on Friday, which is July 31st, but only for local travelers. And if things go as per plan, the region will start welcoming oversea tourists from September 11. Bali, previously opened its places of tourist fascination for local residents in early July in a phased manner.
The governor said all the natural and cultural tourist destinations would be open for tourists. Though, the nightclubs and karaoke on the famous island resorts will not reopen yet. He stated, “Nightclubs are not permitted [to revive] yet. Bali offers a lot [of other tourist destinations] like natural or cultural [tourist spots].”
Though Bali has reopened but there will be strict rules and regulations.
- Tourists coming to the island will need to show their negative COVID-19 health certificate on arrival.
- They will have to follow to strict health protocols, involving temperature checks, wearing masks, and maintaining social distance.
- Before arriving in Bali, visitors should install the LOVEBALI application from the government’s official website. The app will help them to tell any issues or complaints while in Bali.
- Visitors are also asked to turn on their phone GPS while on the island all the time.
The mayor also further stated that they are talking with the central government regarding the momentary ban on foreign arrivals and transits. He stated they are “still examining the development of the COVID-19 pandemic abroad.”
In past few days, Bali’s has seen a spike in COVID-19 positive patients. Till now, the island has logged 3360 cases and 48 deaths.