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When Australians will be back in Bali, Live chat with Tourism Minister Dan Tehan

Bali is begging for Australian tourists but it’s still off the travel bubble list. Tourism Minister Dan Tehan explains how Aussies will return in a live chat at 12.30pm AEDT.

Bali is begging for Australian tourists but has so far been left off the travel bubble list.

Tourism Minister Dan Tehan will answer readers’ questions live at 12.30pm AEDT, including when Australians might get back to having a Bintang on Kuta beach.

International borders will reopen from November 1 for travellers into New South Wales and Victoria, with Qantas scheduling flights to London and Singapore.

Mr Tehan, who has just returned from a 17-day world tour, is currently in hotel quarantine.

But that painful and expensive requirement will be dropped into Australia’s two biggest states next month.

You can watch the live chat above and send in questions below. It will also be streamed on Facebook.

Mr Tehan said he was “excited” about the return of travel, and was looking forward to hearing from our readers.

Qantas announced direct flights from Melbourne to London and Singapore will start from November 6 – three weeks early.

The national carrier will also run flights from Sydney to Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket, Johannesburg, and Fiji earlier than expected.

Fiji will open up its borders from December 1, with thousands of Australians booking a getaway there last week.

The island nation has 80 per cent of its population fully vaccinated, which has been helped by Australian-made AstraZeneca vaccines.

There are questions about the rate of vaccination on Bali, and the movement of people between there and the rest of Indonesia, which has a population of almost 300 million people.

Indonesia has administered almost 180 million vaccination doses, but its overall double dose rate was hovering around 33 per cent, according to Reuters.

The archipelago was reporting 633 cases a day last week, but questions remain about the scale of testing in the country, with Victoria alone reporting more than 2000 cases a day in recent weeks.

Mr Tehan visited Jakarta in September but was unable to meet with Indonesia’s tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno.

Qantas has flights booked to Denpasar, Bali’s main airport from March.

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Originally published as When Australians will be back in Bali


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