Bali Airport Screening for Pneumonia

The growing global outbreak of Mycoplasma Pneumonia in Mainland China and beyond has piqued the attention of health officials at Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport. Quoted by on 07 December 2023, the interim general manager of Angkasa Pura I, Iwan Novi Hantoro, commented, “This (outbreak) has become a point of interest, bearing in mind […]

BREAKING NEWS: COVID Rates Growing in Bali

There are worrying signs that COVID-19 may be staging an infectious comeback in Bali. Both and report that government authorities in Bali are asking the public to take precautionary steps of following health and hygiene protocols to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus that, despite an ongoing vaccination program, is still manifesting a

Editorial: A Humble Defense of Backpackers

Quoted by many mainstream national media, including, the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, who also serves as the National COVID-19 Czar, said that in the future, Indonesian tourism wants to focus on quality foreign tourists and ban international “backpackers.” Follow-up reporting to Minister Luhut’s comments states that Indonesian Immigration officials would soon screen foreign nationals applying

Bali Businesses Need a Helping Hand

Bali has suffered unprecedented financial setbacks resulting from the global COVID-19 pandemic. An economic analyst, IGK Sandjaja Putra, interviewed in on Tuesday, 15 March 2022, said that Bali entrepreneurs burdened with debt repayment desperately need a “bailout.” Putra explained that the “bailouts” would be cash injections needed for bankrupt or near-bankrupt companies or banks

Editorial: LNG Terminal in South Bali

A delegation from the traditional village of Intaran in Sanur, Bali, visited the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) on Monday morning, 06 June 2022, to register their objections to the construction of a Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in the port of Benoa.  The Indonesian Government’s plans to build an LNG terminal in or near the Island’s

WHALI Seeks Access to LNG Public Records reports that Bali’s Chapter of Friends of the Earth (WALHI-Bali) has written and tabled their objections regarding the proposed LNG Terminal in South Bali to Bali’s Governor I Wayan Koster and PT Dewata Energi Bersih – the company under contract to build the terminal. Bali Friends of Earth Demand Access to Public Records (Photo Luh De Suriyani/Mongabay Indonesia The

RI Adultery Law at Odds with Tourism

As reported by, a draft criminal law (RUU KUHP) regarding adultery threatening criminal prosecution to unmarried couples checking into Indonesian hotels is being hotly debated and attracting protests from business circles. The draft law (section 415) threatens every person who engages in extra-marital sex with a maximum prison term of one year or a

Tubing Trips at Celuk, Sukawati, Bali

The village of Celuk in Sukawati, just north of Bali’s capital of Denpasar, is home to a unique new water sports attraction: Tubing Asa Suka 92, a six-kilometer-long tubing trail that passes along a river, through rice fields, and even passes a cavern at one point. The water tubing experience is a joint venture between

Kuta Ranks among “Cheapest” Destinations

The 18th Edition of the UK Post Office Travel Money Holiday Money Report, a globally recognized authority, has published its 2024 list of best-value destinations worldwide. Among these, the Kuta Beach area of Bali, a place of international acclaim, ranks 8th. Bali and Egypt were among the top 10 “cheapest” destinations. Kuta ranked eighth, with

Q1 24 Bali: Refused Entry & Deportations

318 foreign nationals were refused entry by immigration officials at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport during Q1 (January-March 2024). According to the head of immigration at Bali’s Airport, Suhendra, through 09 April 2024, the largest group of 132 travelers refused entry to Indonesia due to their failure to hold the required visa. The 318 foreigners denied

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