Bali could reopen to tourists as early as October, thanks to its success in controlling the coronavirus outbreak. Meanwhile Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have established the European Union’s first travel bubble.
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Bali has reported 343 coronavirus cases and four deaths, a much lower fatality rate compared to 16,496 cases and 1,076 deaths in the whole archipelago.
If the infection curve continues to improve, the tourism ministry is looking to revitalise destinations and do promotional work for some parts of the country, including Bali, between June and October, according to Secretary of the Ministry Ni Wayan Giri Adnyan said.
Bali’s economy depends largely on visitors. Its gross domestic product (GDP) contracted 1.14 per cent on-year from January to March, compared to a 2.97 per cent GDP expansion nationally.
Foreign tourist arrivals into Indonesia plunged more than 60 per cent in March, compared to the year-earlier month, with Chinese arrivals sliding more than 97 per cent.