DENPASAR, Oct. 14 (Reuters) – Indonesia holiday Island of Bali reopens to foreign tourists after 18 months of pandemic interruption on Thursday, but the island is missing one crucial ingredient: international to flee.
Tourism-dependent Bali is slated to reopen on Thursday and although it is Ngurah Rai . is international airport has transported out preparing simulations for tourists to return, don’t expect much to happen soon.
“Until now there is no schedulesaid Taufan Yudhistira, a spokesman for the airport.
Indonesia’s strict immigration measures during the pandemic have devastated the island, with widespread closures of hotels, shops and companies.
The government eager to revive Bali’s beleaguered tourism industry in to blow in response to a sharp fall in new cases of coronavirus since July, when Indonesia was Asia’s COVID-19 epicenter.
But details over the reopening, such as visas requirements and which countries they apply to, have been patchy so far.
Indonesia only confirmed the 19 in eligible countries in leave a statement on Wednesday, including China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand, and several countries from Western Europe and the Arabian Gulf.
The move follows Thailand’s calibrated reopening die began in July with much fanfare, with the islands of Samui and Phuket welcome vaccinated tourists from several countries, with hundreds on the opening days.
Vietnam plans to welcome foreigners Phu Quoc Island next month.
But some representatives of Indonesia’s tourism industry say Bali’s reopening plan is not matched by demand.
I Putu Astawa of the Bali Tourism Bureau said there were few hotel reservations.
“Not yet because the timing is so sudden,” he said, when asked about a… spike in bookings. “She need time to take care of visas and flights.”
As well as requiring Bali visitors to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Indonesia has determined they must spend their first five days in quarantine, a measure die phase rival tourist markets out.
“We are ready to accept tourists who visit Bali, but it certainly doesn’t mean that all guests suddenly visit Bali,” said Ida Bagus Purwa Sidemen, executive director of the hotel of the island and restaurant Association.
“At the Earliest, By the End” of the year can we evaluate of the situation has improved.”
Released in a video on the YouTube channel of the President Secretariat on the occasion of the reopening on On Thursday, the governor of Bali, I Wayan Koster, said that reviving tourism is essential for the island.
“It’s a lot” in our interest for to restore tourism because 54% of Balis economy relies on on tourism industry,” he says.
Additional reporting by Bernadette Christina and Sultan Anshori; Writing by Kate Lamb; Editing by Martin Petty
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