Bali is open to tourism in October
If you are like me, you are already browsing wisely on Airbnb, and dreaming about daydreaming from being locked up while looking at all the places you want to travel to.
Of course, there are perhaps a few places on earth more heavenly than the beautiful Indonesia island of Bali, which has long been a popular destination for those looking for a piece of heaven on earth.
For those of us trapped at home in the UK spray, the tranquil beaches of Bali may feel another world far away. However, this may not be until you feel the white sand of Nusa Dua between your toes.
As Reuters reported, Bali could be reopened to tourists in October, because the island was able to effectively control the outbreak of the coronavirus.
As of May 15, Bali had 343 coronavirus infections and four deaths, a significantly lower death rate compared to 16,496 cases and 1,076 deaths across the archipelago.
As of June 15, MailOnline reported, 741 cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in Bali, including 474 recoveries and six deaths.
At the time of writing this report, the Bali authorities were still confident that they would receive foreign visitors as of October.
Bali's economy is heavily dependent on tourism, which, of course, has been hit hard this year by the widespread restrictions in place to control the current global health crisis.
Bali's GDP shrank by 1.14% year-on-year from January to March, compared to a national expansion of 2.97% of GDP.
The number of foreign tourists traveling to Indonesia decreased by more than 60% in March, compared to the previous year. Meanwhile, the number of arrivals from China decreased by more than 97%.
According to ABC News, only four international flights arrived and left the airport on April 1, 95% less than the same day the previous year.
Bali is a very popular tourist destination amongst Australians, with more than 1.3 million Australians traveling to Bali in 2019. But this year, it was a completely different story.
Tourism candidate Mangkou Newman Candia said in an interview with ABC News in April:
The coronary virus has collapsed, the worn out economy ... It has been a steep decline since [mid-March] when social exclusion measures were implemented.
[Economically] it is currently much worse than the Bali bombings and the Mount Agung revolutions.
The closure restrictions in Bali have started to slowly rise in recent days, as restaurants and shopping malls began to reopen three months after the first case of coronavirus infection on the island.
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