Tourists on emergency visa expired on July 10 are forced to leave Bali in the next four weeks before August 13 th 2020 . There are an estimated 10,000 Australians who remained in Indonesia during the lockdown, made up of 7,000 expatriates and 3,000 tourists. Indonesia issued an emergency visa for those stranded by coronavirus lockdowns in March when Jakarta declared a State of Emergency across the archipelago nation.The free, automatic Emergency Stay Permit enabled tourists to spend an extra three months in Indonesia during the lockdown.
These visas have already expired leaving permit holders 30 days to get out before August 9, forcing thousands to return from the tropical paradise that is just now reopening.The exodus could be complicated by Friday's decision by Australia's National Cabinet to cut numbers of returnees to ease the economic burden on states of hotel quarantine.The National Cabinet decided to cut the number of returnees from just over 7,000 a week to just over 4,000 per week, a one-third reduction. More than 200,000 Australians have returned since the pandemic began in March, with about 28,000 arriving in the past month - most to New South Wales. Prime Minister Scott Morrison acknowledged the temporary cap may make a return more difficult for citizens still abroad.
'There will be continuing access to Australia but the number of available positions on flights will be less, and I don't think that is surprising or unreasonable in the circumstances that we find ourselves in,' he told reporters on Friday.Returnees may also be asked to contribute to the cost of the mandatory 14-day quarantine.The automatic Emergency Stay Visa is only valid for 30 days from July 10, meaning Australians must now work out a visa extension or to book an onward flight. Many Australians in Bali will not be able to extend their visas any further.While some are on long-stay 60-day visas, the most popular visa for Australian tourists on Bali is the free Visa on Arrival (VOA).Bali's regional Immigration division spokesman Eko Budianto said that visa does not allow for any extension.The Automatic Emergency Stay Visa is valid for 30 days from 10 July 2020. The VOA cannot be extended and they (Australians) have to leave Indonesia, Mr Budianto said Indonesia's normal rules are now in force again, including a $100 per day overstay fee that must be paid on departure - in cash.
An exceptional extension to the VOA may be offered but only if a tourist can prove no flights were available to return home.The Australian Consulate-General in Bali Anthea Griffin has urged Australians who need urgent assistance to call the Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra on +61 2 6261 3305.The Consulate-General's website says her office is only accepting essential appointments due to the coronavirus pandemic and some services may be limited.Any travellers considering going to a third-country are urged to check the Australian Government's Smart Traveller website for the latest travel warnings and advice.A petition urging the Government to rethink flight restrictions has been signed by more than 1200 Australians overseas.
While caps are in place restricting citizens from returning, New South Wales and Victoria are both still planning to bring in tens of thousands of foreign fee-paying university students.Both NSW and Victoria are working with the Federal Government on a timetable.The NSW government reportedly plans to bring in up to 30,000 students in batches starting later this month, despite the decision to slash international arrivals. About 120,000 students or 20 percent of Australia's international students have been blocked from entering the country due to the pandemic.
Tourists on emergency visa
Garuda Indonesia Bali flights to US and France Los Angeles, San Francisco, Paris, New Delhi and Mumbai are planned the island would open its doors to international tourists as of Sept. 11, 2020. The airline is working on the plan with the Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises and Ministry of Tourism, according to Garuda President Irfan Setiaputra. Garuda and the Tourism Ministry have agreed that the only way to boost foreign tourist visits is by introducing direct flights to Bali. Hopefully, we can make it through this crisis and start direct flights from countries that have large spending capabilities,” said the President of the airline. The relevant ministries are looking to set Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport as the major tourist entry point in the long run. Indonesia is also planning to build a new airport on the island of Bali in a bid to boost tourism in the country. Jakarta International Airport (Soekarno-Hatta International Airport) is currently Indonesia’s main airport providing connections to the country’s popular touristic island Although the world’s major airlines like Emirates, KLM, Qantas, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines operate direct flights from their hubs to Bali, there are currently no non-stop service from the U.S. and France to the island.Travelers from Paris planning to fly to Bali mostly transit in Thailand’s capital Bangkok. American tourists likewise have to transit in a city that provides a direct connection to the island. Tourists spend much more money in transit countries, which limits their holiday budget, according to Garuda President.
“So if we plan to open a new flight route, we will focus on, for example, flights from Paris to Bali directly,” said the airline President.He continued to state: “We’ll also fit the schedule to accommodate tourists with morning arrivals and evening departures, so they can spend most of their time on the island.”Indonesian authorities say that American and European tourists’ spending powers are far greater than tourists from some other countries and they also stay longer, on average 2 weeks. Therefore, Garuda Indonesia intends to schedule flights that can attract tourists who will potentially bring in more revenue for Bali tourism.In the future, we will focus on more direct flights from and to Bali and with a suitable time for tourists to land before noon and depart at night so that they can spend their funds between check-out from the hotel and departure at the airport,” said the airline President.
Tourism, the most important source of revenue and foreign exchange in Bali, has been hit hard by pandemic-related travel restrictions and lockdowns. During the pre-pandemic period, more than 4 million tourists visited the island annually. Bali International Airport saw an approximately 100% slump in international tourist arrivals in May compared to the same period last year, according to Bali statistics bureau data.The Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia suspended flight operations in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline was forced to ground 100 of its 142 aircraft, resulting in a 70% reduction in flights. The Indonesian Government also banned all commercial flights and foreigners from entering the country in a bid to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The airline resumed domestic flights on May 7 after the Indonesian Government eased the flight restrictions. The ban on international flights was also lifted with strict regulations in June.Travelers flying to Bali have to present a COVID-19 PCR test with negative results or undergo a test at the airport. Passengers who take the test at the airport also have to undergo a quarantine while waiting for the result at locations set by Indonesian authorities.
Garuda Indonesia Bali flights
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La Brisa Farmers Day at Echo Beach is a weekly initiative to support local farmers, suppliers, and small businesses! Powered by the LYD Organic Farm. There will be presented an array of organic produce, baked goods, natural body products, upcycled fashion, and zero-waste products to say the least. Please bring your own reusable bag as we want to leave a minimal footprint.
Social distancing rules will apply along with health and sanitation protocols to ensure the safety of our vendors, staff, and guests.
Vendors plus more TBA:
- LYD organic farm
- Kevala Ceramics
- Primocioccolato Bali
- Brew Me Tea
- La Raiz ( wild raw honey, organic rice, and sea salt)
- Tanah Merah Coffee
- Happy Kombucha
- Jaen Bali coconut oil
La Brisa Farmers Day
Italian Bistro Carpe Diem stands for the Colours and tastes of the Mediterranean sea in the heart of Bali. Homemade Pasta,Special "Pinsa" and the best Italian Gelato located at jl Pantai Bolong 83, in Canggu
Carpe Diem is really the place where to live what the title says: “Live the moment” in such a wonderful place, great food, amazing ambiance real Italian, with interesting variety of food, they serve also breakfast.
Italian Bistro Carpe diem
Qatar Airways resume flights to Bali from wedneday July 1 st 2020 despite Indonesia’s continued blanket ban on international visitors. The leading Gulf carrier is now deploying a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with 22 flatbed seats in business class and 232 seats in economy class for the service. Qatar Airways will also add flights to Jakarta starting July 7, when the frequency will be adjusted from one daily return trip to 11 weekly services.
In a statement, the airline announced that July 1 was the largest single day of flight resumptions in its ongoing network rebuild. Bali/Denpasar was one of the 11 destinations reinstated yesterday; others included Beirut in Lebanon; no less than six European cities (Belgrade, Berlin, Edinburgh, Larnaca, Prague, and Zagreb); and in the United States, Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.
Amid these large-scale resumptions, Qatar Airways has decided to serve a new North American destination. This Saturday, the airline is launching thrice-weekly flights to Toronto on an Airbus A350-900. Qatar’s national carrier will then restart passenger services to Turkish capital of Ankara on July 9, followed by those to the Tanzanian destinations of Zanzibar (July 11) and Kilimanjaro (July 13). Finally, July 15 will see the relaunch of three more European routes, to Bucharest, Sofia, and Venice.
By mid-July, Qatar Airways will offer over 430 weekly flights to more than 65 destinations around the world. The airline plans to resume almost two thirds of its pre-pandemic network by the end of the month, with close to 3,500 scheduled flights in total.Travelers can be reassured by strict new health and safety measures that have been implemented both in the air and on the ground. Qatar Airways is also providing customers with disposable face shields (for adults and children), which will be distributed either at the check-in counters or boarding gates. While on board, passengers will receive a complimentary protective kit with a single-use surgical face mask, disposable powder-free gloves, and hand sanitizer gel.
Qatar Airways resume flights
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American woman found dead by owner of her rented house located in Benoa on wednesday July 1 st 2020. The 51 years old American citizen named Mara Wolford lived in Bali for many years and was found half naked after the owner could not reach her by phone after many attempts and contacted the police who discovered her body and still investigating the cause of the woman death. According the Kuta police officer Yusak Augustinus there have been no signs of injuries but there has been find drugs and medications inside her room . For the moment the police still wait for the desion of the family to order a autopsy.Her body remains at the Sanglah hospital in Denpasar.
Mara Wolford came in the local news when she claimed to be drugged from spiked drinks in a canguu bar back in 2016.https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3683142/Woman-claims-drugged-rohypnol-Echo-Beach-Sports-Bar-north-Kuta.html And more recently on January 11 2020 when she was suspected to kill cats entering her property , but recorded the video below to defend herself.
American woman found dead
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Bali 99,99 % tourists drop during May 2020 with 36 arrivals compared with May 2019 when 486,692 tourist arrivals. During April 2020 Bali received 327 visitor and 1.050.060 foreigners visit the island from January until May 2020, This is 55 % less then the previous year when 2,306,266 visitors.
The foreign tourist visited Bali during January-May 2020 was dominated with guest from Australia %, China ,11.15 % India 6.42 % , Russia 5.39 % , Japan 4.58 % , United States 4.47 % the UK 4.43 %, South Korea 4.05 % , Malaysia 2.94 % and France with 2.79 %
China had the deepest decline during January-May 2020 with 77 % less tourists compared with January-May 2019, Followed by Malaysia with decline of55.51 % , and India has 54.92 % less guest then the previous year.
Bali 99,99 % tourists drop
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Bali hotels ready welcoming international travellers again, according to the Bali Hotels Association’s (BHA) Government Relations Director, Fransiska Handoko.. Waiting on the government's go-ahead, travel bubbles and a lack of domestic tourists are the overriding concerns for a Bali travel industry trying to battle through the COVID pandemic according to key leading speakers at the recent 'Bali Tourism - The Way Back' virtual event organized by Delivering Asia Communications and C9 Hotelworks together with the Bali Hotels Association and Horwath HTL.Fielding questions from respected travel journalist Mimi Hudoyo, TTG Asia's Editor Indonesia, Handoko was candid about the efforts of BHA members and their responses to the catastrophic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has caused more disruption to the island's main industry than previous crisis.
However, Handoko pointed out, despite preparations by the island's hospitality businesses, it is the responsibility of the Bali's provincial government to make the final ruling. "Our members are more than ready to reopen, with hotels continuing training programmes and maintaining standard operating procedures. We are ready to welcome guests but the decision must come from the government."
Speaking on Bali's interest in creating travel bubbles with China, South Korea, Japan and Australia, Handoko said, "Bali and Indonesia are ready for travel bubbles. However, the rest of the world still sees Indonesia as a high-risk country, so these plans are still in the discussion stage. It may be more logical to form travel bubbles within ASEAN because of the shorter travel times. But we are still observing how the situation will evolve. One of the event highlights was an 'on-the-ground' hotel perspective from Emily Subrata, Director, Sudamala Resorts and Lucienne Anhar, Co-Owner and Managing Director, Tugu Hotels & Restaurants, who discussed the different methods hotel owners have used to counter the during the pandemic. See full interview here:
Bali hotels ready welcoming
Source : https://www.hospitalitynet.org