Bali to welcome foreign tourists from September


6th July, 2020 03:58:24 printer

Bali to welcome foreign tourists from September

Indonesia's resort island of Bali will allow international tourists to visit from 11 September.

The island held a mass prayer on Sunday to ask for permission and protection from the Hindu God at the sacred Besakih Temple.

Indonesian tourists will be allowed to return from 31 July.

Tourism contributes about 70% of Bali’s GDP. As a result, the island has been among the hardest hit in Indonesia amid the pandemic.

Foreign arrivals dried up by almost 100% in April as many countries, including Indonesia, closed their borders.

In his reopening decree, Bali’s Governor Wayan Koster implemented guidance on crowd avoidance, physical distancing and personal hygiene, including regular hand washing and wearing facial covering or masks.

Bali has recorded more than 1,800 positive Covid-19 cases and 20 virus-linked deaths as of Sunday.