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Bali reopens for foreign tourists nut not from Australia yet

Sunset at Kuta Beach Source: SBS Indonesian

After 18 months of closure, on October 14 Bali's international airport has reopened - with the hope of welcoming back foreign tourists. The Indonesian government is allowing travelers from certain countries to fly to the tourist island, in a bid to revive its shattered economy. But Australians still have to wait at this moment.

In 2019, six million travelers came to enjoy this little slice of paradise. Bali is full of tourists spending their money and boosting business. But since international borders were closed, and tourism dried up, the island's economy has crumbled.

However, the Indonesian government believes that will soon change, and the empty streets of Bali - ravaged by the pandemic - will be bustling again.

With over 80 per cent of Bali's population vaccinated and a sharp decline in COVID cases - what is needed now is tourists.
Indonesian officials confirmed 19 countries could now travel to Bali - including China, Japan, New Zealand and several countries from Western Europe and the Arabian Gulf.  Australia is not on the list due to strict restrictions of Australia's Covid-19.

Visitors will be asked to follow certain rules.  They must be fully vaccinated, undergo PCR tests before, and after they arrive, and also need to be quarantined for five days at the hotel.


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