As the impact of COVID-19 is easing, places like Bali are looking at reopening to international tourists.
Pop the Bintangs on ice because, so long as COVID-19 infection rates continue to improve in Bali, it has been reported that the popular Australian holiday destination could reopen to tourism in October.
Bring on the sunshine and good times!
The resort island has managed to successfully curb the spread of coronavirus, recording only 343 COVID-19 cases and four deaths to date. That’s significantly less than the 16,496 cases and 1,076 deaths that have been recorded across the rest of Indonesia. Provided things continue on the up, Secretary of the Ministry Ni Wayan Giri Adnyan has said that the tourism department will begin ramping up campaigns for travel to Bali between June and October.
Who said we wouldn’t be travelling internationally before Christmas?
In news that takes you a little further abroad, Italy’s prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, has announced that the country will open its borders as of June 3rd. While he has acknowledged the move is a little risky for the COVID-19 contagion curve, he believes the risk to the country’s economy is far greater should they continue to keep themselves shut off from the rest of the world until there is a vaccine available.
But, don’t get too excited just yet. The border restrictions lifting only apply to people already in the EU. Australian’s looking for an Italian getaway may have to wait a wee while longer before jumping on a plane to pasta heaven.
Elsewhere in Europe, Germany has begun to relax their quarantine laws for travellers coming from within the EU, UK, or the Schengen passport-free zone, and the first ‘travel bubble’ has opened. Residents of the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are now able to travel freely between each other without the need to self-isolate for two weeks following.
There have also been talks of a travel bubble opening up between Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Austria, Norway, Denmark, The Czech Republic, Israel, and Singapore. After two teleconferences between the leaders of the countries, it has been agreed that they could all capitalise on low infection rates by establishing a sort of ‘tourism safe zone’.
As infection rates continue to fall in many countries, we can only expect to see more good news (like travel to Bali restarting) in the coming weeks and months.
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