Bali, one of Southeast Asia's most popular backpacking destinations, was set to open to tourists in September but after a rise in daily new coronavirus cases the government has decided to postpone international tourism until 2021.
The Indonesian island, which closed its borders and suspended its visas-on-arrival policy in March, initially reported some success in managing the coronavirus outbreak with relatively low infection rates. With numbers low the tourism board had been looking to reopen the island's most popular vacation spots to local tourists from to international tourists from September 11. However, in a statement released this weekend, Bali Governor I Wayan Koster announced that international tourism will now be delayed until 2021.