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Bali - Indonesia Updates

Discussion in 'Trips and Marketplace: Liveaboards' started by Dom@DiveAdvice, Aug 24, 2020.

  1. Dom@DiveAdvice

    Dom@DiveAdvice Dive Travel Professional

    # of Dives:
    Location: South of France
    We first heard rumours last week but it appears that Bali, that was supposed to be re-opening to international tourism on Sep 11, now, along with the rest Indonesia, may not be allowing entry of International Tourism until end of 2020 or even early 2021.

    Bali reopening moved to 2021

    Although no one has a crystal ball, this will likely have a ripple affect throughout South Pacific and the rest of SE Asia as already fellow nations had been affected by the lack of Indonesian tourists who are not permitted to leave their country except for essential travel. We hope that most of the huge fleet of Indonesian dive boats and resorts will be able to weather the storm by marketing themselves to the local market place, but it will put a huge strain on all the boats, resorts and the families of crew members, who depend upon the salaries to put food on the table.

    As everywhere, Governments can change their plans and other factors may step into play but it appears very likely that this information could be correct. We shall endeavour to keep you updated as the crisis continues.
    and I am here if you have any questions on specific destinations or trips and you can contact me by email or skype.

    At your service, Dom

    Dominick Macan
    Dive Advice Travel
    Tel: +33 492 94 02 99 (France)
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  2. aquabluegreg

    aquabluegreg Dive Travel Professional

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: North America
    Here's a bit more info I have rec'd from a resort in Raja Ampat.


    To sum up what we’ve been able to find out (which isn’t much!), the law which was implemented on March 20th that does not allow foreigners to enter the country is still in place, and local governments are not able to override this law (this means that Bali’s tentative plan to open September 11th cannot happen until this law is revoked). While senior ministers in the Indonesian government are saying that the law will be revoked in December, this has not been confirmed, and the law could be revoked sooner without notice or delayed even longer. There’s also been a story circulating in Indonesia press that they won’t open until a vaccine is found. Our personal speculation is that the government is wanting to keep it vague so that if the situation improves, they can reopen again swiftly, with little notice (as has been done in other countries recently)- there’s a lot of tourism dollars at stake for the country. While the news mostly refers to the reopening plans for Bali, we haven’t been able to confirm anything specific to the Raja Ampat area and are still seeking further information from authorities.

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