Bali holidays are normally hugely popular among British tourists. However, the coronavirus pandemic has brought foreign travel to halt for the vast majority of those in the UK. Fortunately, countries around the world are slowly starting to ease their strict measures to limit the spread of the virus.
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Bali is one such destination which could soon be open for business, according to the latest travel advice.
The government has noted much progress in controlling the coronavirus outbreak.
In Indonesia as a whole, there are 17,025 cases of the virus.
There have sadly been 1,089 deaths in the archipelago.
However, as of Friday, Bali had reported only 343 coronavirus cases and four deaths.
With the infection curve improving, the tourism ministry hopes to boost the sector.
The ministry wants to revitalise destinations and do promotional work for some parts of the country, including Bali, between June and October, Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani, secretary of the ministry, said on Friday, reported the NZ Herald.
She said that partial reopening of those areas could begin in October.
The destinations would include the city of Yogyakarta, on the island of Java, and Riau islands province.
Tourism returning to Bali would provide a much-need boost to the island’s economy.
Foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia plummeted by more than 60 percent in March, according to NZ Herald.
“The coronavirus has collapsed the Balinese economy… it’s been a steep drop since [mid-March] when social-distancing measures were put in place,” Mangku Nyoman Kandia, a Bali tour guide, told the ABC in April. “No tourist, no money.”
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So when Bali opens its doors to tourists, will Britons be able to go on holiday there?
Currently, the UK government only allows “essential” travel.
Unfortunately, it is not known when travel restrictions for Britons will be eased.
The latest updates on the relaxed lockdown offered no hope to travellers.
What’s more, the government has said that anyone returning to the UK will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
The government said in its latest document: “The Government will require all international arrivals not on a short list of exemptions to self-isolate in their accommodation for fourteen days on arrival into the UK.
“Where international travellers are unable to demonstrate where they would self-isolate, they will be required to do so in accommodation arranged by the Government.
“The Government is working closely with the devolved administrations to coordinate implementation across the UK.”
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