A plan to reopen Bali to international tourists on September 11 has been delayed after a rise in coronavirus cases on the holiday isle.
Indonesia has reported more than 155,000 coronavirus infections and 6759 deaths as of Monday, the highest number of fatalities in south east Asia.
Authorities halted international tourism in early April as the outbreak picked up pace.
Governor Wayan Koster said in a statement that plans to open up Bali to foreign tourists were postponed because the “situation in Indonesia isn’t conducive to allow international tourists to visit the country, including Bali.”
A decision on when foreign tourism could resume would depend on the “assessment of the situation in and outside of the country”, said Koster in the statement signed on Saturday.
“Bali cannot fail because it could adversely impact the image of Indonesia including Bali in the eyes of the world, which could prove counter-productive to the recovery of travel,” he said.
Tourism is Bali’s main source of income and travel restrictions due to the pandemic have hammered the local economy.
The occupancy rate at Bali’s starred hotels plunged to 2.07 per cent in May, according to Bali’s statistics bureau, from 62.55 per cent in December before the pandemic hit and down from 51.56 per cent in May 2019.
Bali opened up travel to local tourists on July 31, and Koster estimated 2300-2500 tourists came onto the island each day from then until August 14.
Bali has reported 4576 coronavirus infections and 52 deaths as of Monday.