Trade Shows and EventsBBTF calls time out as Indonesia tightens restrictions

Indonesia closes its borders to foreign arrivals

Bali and Beyond Travel Fair will be back next year.
Bali and Beyond Travel Fair will be back next year. Photo Credit: Katiekk2/ iStock / Getty Images Plus
JAKARTA – Indonesia is cracking down on foreigners entering the country in response to the country’s growing coronavirus crisis.

From 2 April, there will be an entry and transit ban on most foreigners arriving in Indonesia, including Bali. Those who are exempted – including expatriates working on strategic national projects – must produce health certificates and agree to 14 days of quarantine.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has also declared a public health emergency and imposed stricter social restrictions in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The new restrictions come as another major travel trade event has been postponed. Bali and Beyond Travel Fair (BBTF)  will now take place in June 2021 with organisers citing the need to “strike a balance between protecting health and mitigating the social and economic consequences” of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We will come back stronger and optimistic about bringing the best of Indonesia to the 7th BBTF 2021 and look forward to welcoming international buyers to next year’s event,” said the event’s organiser Asita.

The rescheduled BBTF will be held at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre from 8-12 June 2021.

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