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Bali Reopening For International Tourism Delayed Until End of 2020

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Bali will not open for international tourism until the end of 2020, Governor Wayan Koster has announced in a press conference. 

The Governor of Bali originally announced that the island would officially be reopening its borders for international tourism on September 11th, 2020 but that was overruled by the Indonesian Government and delayed until the end of the year.

The plans to reopen have now been officially delayed until the end of 2020. 

The Bali Governor signed a new Decree concerning the ‘New Era of Life Order Protocol' which regulates the reopening of the Bali economy. 

The decree states that the third stage will carry out broad tourism activities including reopening Bali for international tourism. 


The announcement was made at the end of a mass prayer in Bali to ask for the permission, blessing, guidance, and protection of God.

“For this reason, we surrender completely and sincerely, while pleading with Him to be pleased to give the best gift to all of us,” Governor Koster said after the worship of Pemahayu Jagad in Pura Besakih.


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

The first phase: July 9th, 2020 

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

Note: Tourism attractions will not reopen until phase 2


The second phase: 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. 


The Third Phase: End of 2020

Breaking News Update: The Reopening of Bali to foreign tourists was delayed until the end of 2020

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

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The decree was officially signed by the Bali Governor on Sunday morning July 5th, 2020. 

He closed the ceremony with the following statement. 

“I ask all Bali manners to carry out activities in these three stages by applying the New Era of Life Order Protocol in an orderly, disciplined, and with a full sense of responsibility, such as: always wearing a mask / face shield, keeping a distance, not crowding, diligently washing hands, and Clean and Healthy Behavior, as well as maintaining endurance”

bali pagoda tourist attraction

Note* The reopening date could be pushed forward or back depending on the spread of Covid-19 In Bali.

The Bali economy has been devastated by the covid-19 pandemic and the announcement of the ‘New Era of Life Order’ will come as a huge relief to locals who have been out of work since March when the island was closed to tourists.


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Disclaimer: Bali’s reopening news can change without notice.  The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.

Source: The Bali Sun


Saturday 9th of January 2021

I have kitas I obtained it in December can I come to Indonesia

Michael Ebbott

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

I haven’t seen my wife since March as l am unable to get home which is in bali. I was wondering what l may need as far as visas go to actually be able to go home when international travel is allowed.

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

Bali is still closed for general tourism, but some people have been entering on 60-day business visa, however we have no information on that.


Sunday 18th of October 2020

Have there been any updates on tourism reopening dates for 2021?

Kashlee Kucheran

Sunday 18th of October 2020

No not yet :(


Saturday 22nd of August 2020

I read this story on several newspapers,local and international and online, its blown out of proportion,no Official or koster or joko confirm this delay.So people stay positive and stay tuned!

Dawne Smith

Wednesday 19th of August 2020

My children live in Bali . Is there any plan for when family can visit?

Rick in Bali

Thursday 24th of September 2020

If anyone in your family in Bali has an Indonesian passport (one of the parents, children with dual nationality under age 18) then they can officially apply for a sosial budaya visa for immediate family.

Example 1: My Indonesian wife just obtained sosial budaya visa for 1 month for my 30yo daughter (vacation), and 6 months for my 32yo daughter (fed up with UK and coming to live with us.) Example 2: My pal works in Qatar, he is divorced from his Indonesian wife, but has a 6 yo daughter here. His ex-wife refused to help him apply for the Sosial Budaya visa using his daughter's name. So, his Indonesian girlfriend got him a sosial budaya visa valid 3 months under her own name - they have zero familial connection officially, but the authorities allowed it anyway. Rules are quite often broken / flexed in Indonesia - dont know if money was involved.

There are Intntnl flights into Bali, but everyone I know is flying into Jakarta, over-nighting mainly in airport hotel, and flying onto Bali next day. But I think that is because of price. Flights into Bali seem to be much more expensive than flying into Jakarta and taking a separate domestic booking down to Bali.

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 19th of August 2020

Hello - We really don't know at this time, as they keep reporting such conflicting information