Wondering when Indonesia’s borders will reopen so you can travel back to Bali? It could be as soon as September 2020...
Ever since the Coronavirus pandemic forced Indonesia to close its borders back in March 2020, all eyes have been on the government to see when (and how) they will reopen their borders to international travellers. Well, Bali’s Governor has officially released a gradual three-stage reopening plan, stating international tourism could be underway as soon as September 11th 2020.
Currently, all Indonesian visa applications have been suspended until further notice, and only Indonesian citizens and foreigners with KITAS or KITAP visas can enter the country, providing they possess a negative PCR test within the past 7 days.
But on Sunday 5th July 2020, the Bali Governor, I Wayan Koster, signed Decree Number 3355 of 2020, outlining and regulating the procedures and protocols of a three-stage reopening plan. This process has been named the “New Era of Life Order Protocol”.
So what is the three-stage reopening plan for Bali?
Note: the timing of each Phase is subject to Covid-19 developments, and the reopening of international borders is essentially a National decision, not a Provincial one.
Phase One of Reopening
The first phase of reopening began on July 9th, 2020, aimed predominantly at the reopening of local businesses and trades. According to the National Task Force for the Acceleration of Handling Covid-19, Phase 1 allows the operation of local businesses, venues and commerce, including health services, restaurants, government offices, customs, local and traditional markets, transportation, agriculture and places of worship, to name just a few. Tourism attractions, however, will remain closed until Phase 2.
Phase Two of Reopening
The second phase of reopening is set to begin on July 31st 2020. In Phase 2, Bali will reopen the island to all domestic tourists, including tourism attractions, such as waterfalls, temples, beaches and places of interest, as well as tourism activities and tours. This means that Indonesian tourists (and foreigners currently in Indonesia) will be able to travel and explore the island for the purpose of tourism.
Phase Three of Reopening
The third and final phase of reopening includes a plan to reopen Bali to international tourism and foreign travellers. Phase 3 is set to begin on September 11th 2020, however, as mentioned above, this is subject to Covid-19 developments, and the re-opening of international borders is a National decision, not a Provincial one. Once Phase 3 is underway, then all tourism activities in Bali will be open for international visitors. Note, there has been no mention of when visa applications will resume, and the Immigration Office is still only open for very limited services that do not include tourist or temporary stay visas. Furthermore, during each Phase of Reopening, strict health protocols will be in place, including the wearing of masks and social distancing.
Watch this space, Honeys!