Ah Bali, the ultimate holiday destination for Aussies looking for a blissed out vacay filled with cocktails, beach clubs and ridiculously cheap massages and facials. We’ve missed you so much! And the good news is, holidays in this sun soaked island are going to be possible much sooner than expected—like next month kinda soon.
In a statement issued by Indonesia's Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) Dubai 2021 (a travel industry event), the nation revealed they would look to partially re-open its borders to international visitors from July. Areas on the reopen list include Bali, Batam and Bintan which would become “locomotive regions”.
To ensure this happens, the Indonesian government said they are in the process of carrying out a widespread vaccination program for targeted groups, including the tourism workforce.
“In addition, the government has also initiated the Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability certification program throughout the tourism sector in Indonesia,” the statement said.
This is amazing news not just for keen travellers but for the people of Bali whose economy relies heavily on tourism and has taken a devastating hit since COVID essentially shut down travel.
But before you dust off your passport, sadly the Australian government is still not technically allowing travel to Indonesia with special exceptions. However it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
There is a possibility that there could be a new travel bubble with Bali on the horizon. Back in March, Indonesia's Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno said Australia was among several countries he hoped could be included in a "COVID-free corridor". We’re crossing our fingers this becomes a reality.
Until then, check out these amazing winter roadies.
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