Bali is Opening to Tourists this Fall – Here’s Everything You Need to Know

I know so many of you had trips planned to Bali this year and my heart breaks right with you that those plans have all been thrown out the window. As you guys know, Bali is my second home (though I’ve been quarantined in the US) and I personally cannot wait to get back to the island. So I’m SO excited to let you know that the Governor of Bali has officially announced that the island will  be reopening its borders for international tourism on September 11th, 2020.

Please, before reading this article, keep in mind that things with COVID are extremely FLUID, and these things can still change (he can decide to allow tourists sooner, later, that testing is required, anything). I will try to keep you all updated as much as possible but check with your own country’s government regulations before booking your trip.

As I’ve said before when answering the question of When Can We Travel Again?, it’s important to keep a close watch on government protocols as the rules and regulations can change very quickly. Keep your travel plans FLEXIBLE if you are planning a trip to Bali anytime in 2020, or early 2021. However, I hope this news of Bali’s reopening can help some of you currently planning 2021 and 2022 travels and honeymoons to Bali to feel comfortable in starting to plan (and get excited for!) your Bali trip

Bali Governor, Wayan Koster announced in the new decree that there will be three phases to the reopening of Bali’s economy. 

Three Stages of Bali Reopening For Tourism

Phase 1 of Bali Opening to Tourists: Staring July 9th, 2020 

Balinese businesses will begin to reopen to the local people in Bali. According to the direction of the National Task Force for the Acceleration of Handling Covid-19, the first stage will allow for the following businesses to operate: health services, government offices, customs and religion, finance, trade, logistics, transportation, cooperatives, traditional markets, modern markets, restaurants and stalls, agriculture, plantations, marine fisheries, construction

Tourism attractions will not reopen until phase 2

Phase 2 of Bali’s Reopening: July 31st, 2020

Bali will reopen the island to all domestic tourists. Indonesian tourists will be able to travel to the island for the purpose of tourism.

All tourism activities, tours and attractions will reopen. 

Phase 3 of Bali’s Reopening: September 11th, 2020

Bali will officially reopen to international tourists

No further details have been released if Bali will be open to all countries or if testing will be required. 

How can I be a responsible traveler when traveling to Bali amidst COVID-19?

If you are planning on traveling to Bali in 2020, please, please, do so in a way that is safe for yourself and for the island you are visiting. Just because it’s a tourism island does not mean the virus doesn’t spread just as easily there. Stay away from indoor restaurants, large group gatherings, and make sure you wear a mask (I have the cutest masks to buy for travel here) and bring lots of travel hand sanitizer. We need to do everything we can to protect the vulnerable locals of Bali. 

I’ll keep this post updated as I know more. What other questions do you guys have about Bali reopening to tourism? Leave them in the comments below. 

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