Jakarta, 8 February 2022 (TDI): Bali is one of the most recent places to reopen to foreign travelers in Indonesia. Tourists are permitted back into Indonesia’s most famous tourist island.

Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs of Indonesia namely Luhut Pandjaitan stated that properly vaccinated foreign travelers from all nations are allowed to enter Bali. Besides, the quarantine span on the island has been reduced from seven to five days.

Bali reopened to domestic tourists in the middle of 2020, and in mid-October, it resumed the permission to foreign tourists from only 19 nations, under very strict conditions. But in the present scenario, Bali is welcoming travelers from all over the world.

Bali was supposed to reopen in September 2020, but due to a catastrophic second wave, that never happened. During the pandemic, Indonesia was one of the worst-affected nations in Asia, with almost four million cases and 142,000 fatalities.

Presently, cases in Indonesia are still increasing. Bali has the highest vaccination rate in the country, with 90 percent of Balians having received two vaccine doses.

Further, it has been said that the reopening is intended to boost Bali’s economy, which is highly reliant on tourism. In 2019, more than 6 million foreign visitors visited the island.

Bali is a picture-postcard tropical paradise, with its turquoise seas, blooming coral reefs, and countless beachside surf huts. As a result of the vaccination campaign, more and more nations are reopening their doors to tourists.

Some are more cautious than others, but the tourism sector appears to be regaining its equilibrium. After an almost two-year hiatus, direct international flights to Indonesia’s popular holiday island of Bali have been restored.

Singapore Airlines announced that flights to Bali from Singapore would resume properly till onward from February 16. Indonesia’s Tourism and Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno stated that the reopening will also act as a “trial” as the government prepares to host G-20 meetings in Bali later this year.

The G-20 is an association of the world’s top 20 economies. A G-20 conference of finance ministers and central bank governors was scheduled for mid-February in Bali. However, due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, the meeting has been rescheduled to Jakarta.