Bali’s Governor Wayan Koster announced in a press conference on Saturday that Bali will not open for international tourism until the end of 2020.
“After considering all the current factors that are of serious concern, it can’t be done” Koster said in Uluwatu, Bali.
Bali was about to open for international tourism from 11th September but had not received the go ahead from Indonesian government.
the governor explained that after speaking with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bali will delay its reopening until 2021 in line with the Government of Indonesia.
An official press release signed by the Governor of Bali also confirmed the news. “The situation in Indonesia is not yet conducive to allow foreign tourists to visit Indonesia, including Bali.”
“The regulation signed by the Minister of Law and Human Rights that prohibits foreigners from entering Indonesia is still in effect. The Indonesian government will not allow for the entry of foreign tourists to Indonesia until the end of 2020, because Indonesia is still in the red zone category.”
Pointing at increasing COVID-19 cases and a high death rate in Indonesia, the Indonesian government will not allow foreign tourists, explained Koster.
“The cases are still increasing.”
“It is not possible to open Bali for foreign tourists which we originally planned for September 11,” he said.