Bali sets up ‘green zones’ as it braces to welcome tourists back – here’s what it means for Aussies desperate to visit the holiday island

A once bustling five-star resort in Bali is now unrecognisable as the Covid-19 pandemic forces tourists out of the island and luxury hotels are left abandoned (pictured Padma Resort in Legian on New Year’s Eve)
The Padma Resort in Legian, on the island’s west coast, stretches more than 6 hectares, boasts five swimming pools, multiple restaurants and overlooks the beach but is sitting empty (pictured) 
  • Bali establishing ‘green zones’ where international tourists could freely visit 
  • Move coincides with lower Covid case numbers and Indonesia vaccine rollout 
  • Non-essential international travel is banned for Australians since March 2020 
  • While there is no set date to lift this ban, travel bubbles have been discussed

Australian tourists could soon be welcomed back to Bali as the popular holiday destination plans ‘green zones’ open to travel on the island.

The government and health authorities are formulating areas where both domestic and foreign tourists will be able to holiday, Bali governor Wayan Koster said on Tuesday.

Other Indonesian ministers have also brought up the prospect of the designated free-travel areas in some parts of the island – specifically mentioning Nusa Dua, Ubud, Kuta, and Nusa Penida.