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Govt hopes to reopen Bali to international tourism, but plan hinges on COVID-19 containment

  • Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, December 15, 2020   /  08:24 am
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Participants in the Explore Badung excursion visit the Sangeh Monkey Forest in Badung, Bali, on Dec. 6. The Badung regency administration invited 120 influencers on a three-day tourist itinerary to promote the destination in an effort to revive Bali’s suffering tourism sector.(Antara/Fikri Yusuf)

The government is preparing to reopen Bali to international tourism, but the plan hinges on the island’s COVID-19 situation, a ministry spokesman has said. Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry spokesman Prabu Revolusi said the government aimed to be ready to reopen tourism on the island at any time but that COVID-19 remained the main consideration. “We are prepared, but it’s just about how Bali can control COVID-19 cases,” Prabu told The Jakarta Post on Dec. 11, adding that no date had been set for the reopening. Bali confirmed 72 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the cumulative case count to 15,433, according to data from the national COVID-19 task force. Prabu said that if new daily cases ceased to appear in the province, it was possible the island could be reopened soon. The ministry was awaiting further instruction from President Joko &ldq...