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Last long visa to travel from Indonesia dropped to nine-month period, from 15 months previously
Bali now open to tourists from 19 countries
Tourists from 19 new countries are now allowed to travel to Bali, Indonesia, for longer periods of time under new regulations to reduce visa queues at the popular Indonesian holiday island.
The 18 new countries that now have visas open for longer term travel to Bali, Indonesia. Photograph: Stuff.co.nz
In February a new decree was passed to reduce the number of visas required to visit Bali from 15 months to nine months. Currently the average rate of bookings to Bali and in other parts of Indonesia is about 80% bookings.
Bali remains a top tourist destination but in March the island experienced some of its worst volcanic eruptions in years.
According to a spokesman for Bali’s travel authority, the length of the Bali visa now ranges from six months to 10 months for visitors from Australia, the UK, the US, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, Canada, Taiwan, Brunei, Thailand, and Nepal.
The spokesperson said there was “huge interest” in visas from 27 countries that previously had them open only for six months, with the last dropping from 15 months to nine months.
The largest monthly increase was from Indonesia, where bookings to Bali jumped 20%. The UK saw the second-largest monthly increase in bookings from the UK, followed by Singapore.
US and Singapore visitor numbers jumped 1,400% and 1,200% respectively in April.
Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advised that visitors to Bali should not visit the crater of Mount Agung, but instead to visit the tourist beaches of the south of the island.
“A safe area of about 10km [6 miles] around Agung must be maintained as a no-go zone for the duration of the eruptions,” the DFAT said.
“All visitors in this area are encouraged to exercise caution. In addition, visitors should take care when visiting on windy days, as wind can carry ash over a wide area.”