Picture Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia credit Dennis Van Dalen on unsplash
Three popular tourist destinations on Bali have been designated as “green zones” in plans designed to help welcome back foreign tourists as soon as possible.
The three “green zones” are Nusa Dua, Sanur and Ubud.
Plans had been made to start welcoming foreign tourists on Bali from last September but these were shelved as Covid cases continued to increase on the island and throughout Indonesia.
“We hope that these three green zones can be fully opened to tourists so that they will feel comfortable about staying in Bali.”
“We hope that this will be the start of the revival of Bali’s tourism sector.”Joko Widodo, President Indonesia
No new date has yet been set but Bali Governor Wayan Koster hopes that it could be as early as August.
Other reports however suggest that it could be April 2022 before the borders are allowed to fully reopen.
The zones are part of a “Free COVID Corridor” programme which will start with a vaccination programme in each area. The plans include vaccinating 60,000 people in Nusa Dua, 27,000 in Sanur and 50,000 in Ubud.
“This Free COVID Corridor Program is a precondition for steps to reopen tourism to foreign tourists.”Wayan Koster, Bali Governor
Around 80% of the economy on Bali is reliant on tourism resulting in the island suffering far more from the closure of borders than most areas. The island expected around 7 million visitors in 2020 before the pandemic hit.
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