Bali says it’s reopening on 11 September, but you might not even be able to get into the country

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What’s worse than a volcanic eruption? If you’re Bali, the answer is the coronavirus.

Bali’s vice-governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati recently called COVID-19 “the most devastating disaster for Bali tourism”, as reported by CNN Travel. Sukawati, who is also the former chair of Bali’s hotel and restaurant association, said that the pandemic’s economic impact on the tourism industry is “much worse than the Bali bombings, both the first and the second, and worse than all the [2017] Mount Agung eruptions combined”.

Related: Here’s what the Mount Agung volcano eruption looked like from the ground

For many reasons, the popular Indonesian island destination is eager to draw visitors back to its beautiful habitats. But a number of roadblocks bar the path back, including Indonesia’s Minister of Law and Human Rights himself, who has not yet revoked the injunction barring foreigners from entering Indonesia.

Here’s what you need to know about Bali’s planned reopening on 11 September — which might not even take place.