Governor: Bali Will Be Closed To Foreign Tourists Until End of 2020

Bali will not open for international tourism until the end of 2020, Governor Wayan Koster announced in a press conference on Saturday afternoon.

“After considering all the current factors that are of serious concern, it can’t be done” Koster said in Uluwatu, Bali.

Governor Wayan Koster

Bali has originally planned on reopening its borders for international tourism starting on September 11th but had not received the go ahead from Indonesian government.

Koster explained that after speaking with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bali will delay its reopening until 2021 in line with the Government of Indonesia.

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Bali Among The Worlds Most Popular Islands Struggling To Reopen

Bali is among some of the most popular holiday islands around the world that are struggling to reopen for tourism amid the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Travelers eagerly waiting for Bali to reopen its borders for foreign tourism in September faced a major setback earlier this week.

Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment,  Luhut Binsar Panjaitan stated that Bali could remain closed for the rest of the year due to increasing cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia.

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Hidden Secret Guwang Canyon

Runs along part of the Oos River in Sukawati, this hidden secret Canyon is an amazing ravine. Over thousands of years, this rift has been created by the force of the waters flowing through it during the rainy season. This area is considered sacred by the people and therefore protected against mass tourism. Although the canyon is increasingly known among tourists, still relatively few tourists are familiar with this place and for this reason, it is a hidden secret.

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Indonesian immigration extends new visa application deadline by 1 month

Foreigners in Indonesia who are still dealing with visa issues now have an extra month to sort things out and stay in the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Indonesian immigration announced today.

In a circular, Director General of Immigration Jhoni Ginting said the new deadline is applicable for foreign nationals whose stay permits have expired and are not eligible for extensions ⁠— such as those who entered the country with visa-free access ⁠— as well as holders of visitor permits (ITK) such as social visas or multiple entry visitor visas.

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Karma Beach Has Reopened

One of Bali’s most beloved beachside retreats is excited to announce its reopening – the recently revamped Karma Beach is again trading as usual. The much-loved luxury venue perched on the iconic Uluwatu reef will be celebrating its return with a special ‘Golden Hour’ to mark the occasion.

The evening treat for all guests will be available between 5.30 and 6.30pm, seeing select cocktails available for the special price of 110K++, sangria and mojito jugs for 440K++, and Bintang buckets for 160K++.

The news of Karma Beach’s reopening will come as a delight to Bali residents and visitors alike, with the venue’s status as one of the island’s most adored experiences cemented late last year after debuting a major renovation. The venue has redesigned to embrace a more tropical feel.

The extensive changes are undertaken by Karma Beach mean space is now separated into two distinct offerings; Karma Beach Dining, and Karma Beach Bar. The former has seen a drastic seat increase from 87 to 110 due to the addition of more decking, bar seating, and large round communal dining offerings facing the beach for bigger groups. Wet weather protection is now also available, courtesy of a new thatched roof to protect diners when weather is less than perfect. Foodies will be pleased to note an expansion of the edible offerings with the introduction of a new pizza oven and sushi bar, alongside a bamboo seafood barbecue among more.

Please note, there is a minimum charge credited in F&B for all guests and bookings remain essential at info@karmabeach.com

Sources: https://www.balinews.co.id/karma-beach-has-reopened/
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Ubud Police apprehend 2 men caught having sex near local temple

Police in Ubud apprehended two men this week for allegedly engaging in sexual acts at a holy site in the area, citing the discovery of condoms at the scene as evidence.

“[We] apprehended two men we suspect have committed a homosexual act on Tuesday at Pura Beji in Ubud,” I Wayan Gede Mudana, who heads Ubud Police’s criminal investigation unit, said today.

Mudana said police seized a used condom and a new one as evidence, as well as two bottles of lubricating oil.

According to reports, the men, identified as GU and NS, were caught in the act by local residents in the area, who then reported the matter to village officials. The two men were allegedly having sex near the river of a local temple, and fled the scene as soon as they were found out.

“The witness was fishing in the river right next to the temple when he saw two men completely naked: one was standing while the other bent over, and the witness tried to approach them but they ran away and left behind one motorbike [at the scene],” Mudana said.

Police were able to trace their whereabouts based on the motorbike plate number, and they were subsequently taken to the police station in Ubud.

GU and NS could potentially be charged with Article 281 under the criminal code (KUHP) on public indecency, which carries a maximum sentence of two years and eight months in prison.

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Bali Robbery Leaves Foreigner In Tears

A violent phone snatching left a Russian foreigner in tears after they hit her from behind and grabbed her cell phone in Bali.

27-year-old Alena Kartaeva had her iPhone 11 Pro Max snatched from her hand while walking on Jalan Beraban in North Kuta according to police.

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Sources: https://thebalisun.com/bali-robbery-leaves-foreigner-in-tears/
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The Best Brew Greets Back Kuta-Legian’s Crowds

Four Points by Sheraton Bali Kuta is delighted to announce the reopening of its urban beer garden The Best Brew. Starting on 6 July, every day from 12 to 8PM, The Best Brew will pour regional and local beers, served with its local-inspired bar snacks, in a relaxing and friendly atmosphere, with enhanced hygiene and cleanliness in place.

As a part of the reopening initiatives, The Best Brew has arranged several promotions to welcome back the guests. The offers include value for money beer in bucket promotion, starting from just IDR 100K net for 4 bottles of beer, and happy hour Buy 1 Get 1 Free beer on tap every day. Live acoustic is also arranged at evening time on Fridays.

Also, until 31 July 2020, you can purchase the F&B Gift Voucher for their future dining. Priced affordably at IDR 50K for the 75K-value voucher and IDR 100K for the 200K-value voucher, the vouchers can be redeemed against any dining services anytime at any of the hotel’s four restaurants. Redemption is open from 1 August 2020 until 31 May 2021 and includes free access to the hotel’s Vertigo rooftop pool.

The reopening of The Best Brew follows increased hygiene protocols to meet the new health and safety expectations. Body temperature check is required before entering the restaurant and guests are also asked to wash their hands with antibacterial hand sanitiser gel as well as to wear face masks when inside. Signage to remind guests on safe distancing is also displayed in place. Furniture is rearranged, with tables are kept at a distance of one and a half meters apart and are thoroughly cleaned with Marriott-approved disinfectant after each sitting. Instead of a printed menu book, guests can scan a dedicated QR-code with their smartphone to view the digital menu. Staff are also required to wear face masks and gloves when providing service to the guests.

More information and/or reservations, please contact (0361) 849 6606 or email to bestbrew.fpkuta@fourpoints.com

Sources: https://www.balinews.co.id/the-best-brew-greets-back-kuta-legians-crowds/
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COVID-19 doesn’t excuse Lombok’s discriminatory dress code

A new dress code for female civil servants in Indonesia’s Central Lombok regency should concern all Indonesians.

On June 26 the Central Lombok regent, Moh. Suhaili Fadhil Thohir, instructed all female Muslim civil servants to wear a “cadar” (or “niqab”) Islamic face covering instead of a face mask as part of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. He also suggested holding a contest for the best niqab.

Related — Lombok regent calls for civil servants to wear ‘fashionable’ niqab in place of mask

Women all over Central Lombok started purchasing niqabs. On July 3, for the first time, dozens of female civil servants participated in their weekly morning assembly wearing niqabs or full-face veils. Thohrir inspected female civil servants, mentioning the units one by one – public service, transportation, education – and their compliance with the niqab requirement. He praised the units that had overwhelmingly complied, while asking others “to do better” when some staff members wore long pants instead of long dresses with their niqabs.

Compelling Muslim women to wear a niqab to work is discriminatory. Male civil servants and non-Muslim women face no such restrictions on their attire and instead are encouraged to wear face masks to protect themselves from the virus that causes COVID-19. There is no medical evidence to suggest that a niqab is as effective a barrier as a face mask to protect one from the coronavirus.

In the Middle East, where a few countries have dress codes, Human Rights Watch is not aware of any that impose the niqab as mandatory face covering during the pandemic. This makes Indonesia an outlier in the dubious practice.

Photo: Handout from HRW.
Compelling Muslim women to wear a niqab to work is discriminatory, Human Rights Watch said. Photo: Handout from HRW.

Indonesia’s National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) has identified hundreds of discriminatory national and local regulations in Indonesia, made in the name of Sharia (Islamic law), that violate women’s rights. These include forcing women and girls to wear the hijab (or headscarf) in government buildings, schools or public places, curfews, and other restrictions against women and girls.

It began in 2004 in Cianjur, West Java, when a regent ordered female civil servants and school students to wear the hijab. Later that year, the province of Aceh also passed a mandatory hijab regulation. It gradually spread to many other parts of Indonesia. Since 2011, Lombok has had its own mandatory hijab regulation for civil servants.

The new instructions in Central Lombok to female civil servants goes even further. If there is little opposition, the instructions may be a precursor to new local regulations legally requiring all women to wear the niqab. This discriminatory dress code creeps across the archipelago and is strengthened by the central government’s failure to act.

The Central Lombok regent should withdraw his instruction and make it clear that Muslim female civil servants in his regency are not obligated to wear a niqab. Indonesia’s central minister for women’s empowerment, I Gusti Ayu Bintang Darmawati, should also explicitly state that women have the right to choose to wear a niqab or not in line with the right to be free “from discriminatory treatment based upon any grounds whatsoever” under Indonesia’s Constitution.

Wearing a niqab to work should be a genuine choice. Providing preferential treatment to women who abide by this dress code is effectively a sanction against those who don’t. Women are entitled to the same rights as men, including the right to wear what they choose. Human rights law guarantees the right to freely manifest one’s religious beliefs and the right to freedom of expression. Any limitations on these rights must be for a legitimate aim, applied in a non-arbitrary and non-discriminatory manner. For this reason, Human Rights Watch also opposes the move by some European countries to ban full-face veils.

The Jokowi administration’s failure to act now on women’s rights will betray Indonesian women – and all Indonesians.


Elaine Pearson is Australia Director at Human Rights Watch and also supervises the organization’s work on Indonesia. Follow her on twitter @pearsonelaine. 

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Prego Brunch Infinito Returns

As the world is slowly shifting into the new normal phase, The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali is delighted to announce the reopening of its Brunch Infinito at Prego. Brunch Infinito is a perfect day out for the entire family to enjoy flavoursome food and live entertainments. Guests can enjoy refreshing time-off with access to the swimming pools and beach lounge area at Westin, while the little ones can take part in safe activities supervised by the Westin Family team.

At Prego, they’re committed to ensuring the safety of the guests by implementing ‘New Normal’ protocols within the premises. A face mask is mandatory upon arrival, and guests will be greeted by Prego associates at the hotel lobby with a quick body temperature check before heading to the restaurant. They believe maintaining proper hygiene and minimising person-to-person contact can lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission. All surfaces at Prego are treated with a thorough and frequent cleaning, in addition to placing hand sanitiser dispensers in several areas. Dining tables are spaced two meters apart, where each of them comes with limited seats for a small group and is set with disposable placemats.

Introducing a new enlivening dining experience at Prego, where guests will witness the pleasure of a specialised Guéridon service as part of the à la carte menu. Food is handled with great care according to the Global Food Safety guidance. To further ensure safety and convenience, they also provide a digital menu via scannable QR code and contactless payment alternative.

Priced at only IDR 485K ++ per person, Prego brings fun and leisurely family-friendly brunch with a selection of free-flow drinks. Don’t miss their generous opening offer with 50% discount for limited seats every week in July, with terms and condition apply. Marriott Bonvoy members will also able to enjoy 20% discount and kids below 6 years will enjoy free brunch.

For more information, visit westinnusaduabali.com

Sources: https://www.balinews.co.id/prego-brunch-infinito-returns/
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