Bali won’t allow international visitors until at least 2021 as the island sees a spike in coronavirus cases
- Bali, which had originally planned to reopen to international travelers on September 11, has decided to keep its borders closed until 2021.
- The Indonesian island province, which normally sees 6 million foreign tourists, is slated to loose over $10 billion in revenue.
- Countries such as Australia, South Africa, and Thailand are also closed until 2021 as well.
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Bali, which originally planned to reopen its borders to international travelers on September 11, will remain closed to visitors as governments around the world continue to grapple with the coronavirus during the vacation season.
But instead of worrying of travelers bringing in the coronavirus, it’s the island’s recent surge in native cases of the virus that led the government to reconsider allowing travelers into the province.
“The Indonesian government couldn’t reopen its doors to foreign travelers until the end of 2020 as we remain a red zone,” said Bali Governor Wayan Koster in a statement, as reported by Bloomberg. “The situation is not conducive to allowing foreign tourists to come to Indonesia, including to Bali.”