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After Greece, Italy, and Spain, Bali is set to welcome tourists in October. So you may be able to enjoy Nasi Goreng and Balinese curry sooner than you think. In an effort to ‘revitalise’ major destinations including Seminyak and the Bukit Peninsula, Indonesia’s tourism ministry says it will embark on a huge promotional campaign from June. If all goes to plan and there are no more major outbreaks, the country will welcome international visitors to Bali, the Riau Islands and the cultural capital of Yogyakarta (on the island of Java) from October, when average temperatures in Bali are a very pleasant 27C.
Right now, Indonesian borders are closed and only citizens, diplomats and family members can enter the country. The Balinese economy depends almost entirely on visitors and its economy shrunk in the first three months of the year. However, Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani, the country’s tourism secretary, said she hopes the new campaign will help visitor numbers return to normal by 2021.
For the latest information on traveling during the coronavirus outbreak, visit the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.