Hey Indo! – In an effort to minimize the spread of the corona virus in Bali, the Bali Government plans to limit foreign tourists visiting for year-end holidays. ‚ÄúThis is an anticipation to prevent the third wave of COVID-19 transmission in Bali,” said Acting Head of the Bali Tourism Office, Tjok Bagus Pemayun, as quoted from coconuts.co.

According to a report from state news agency Antara, Bali is preparing to receive a maximum of 1,500 foreign tourists daily during the Christmas and New Year holiday season. However, until now, the Island of the Gods has not shown any rise in foreign tourism.

“As of Sunday, no international flights have landed at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport since it reopened to foreign tourists on October 14,” said a spokesman for the airport management company Angkasa Pura I.

Singapore airlines will offer direct flights to Bali from 1st of December, so this will boost tourism from Singapore, and it is hoped that many other international airlines will follow suit.

Last month, Governor Wayan Koster claimed that more than 20,000 foreign tourists had booked hotel rooms in Bali for this month, signalling an optimistic outlook for the local tourism industry. However, the Indonesian Tours and Travels Association (ASITA) insists that bookings alone do not indicate a rise in tourism as they can be cancelled at any time, as they have been through the pandemic.