Russian Flights Inbound for Bali?

Indonesian Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno substantiates rumors, heard over the past several years, that direct international flights will soon connect Bali and Russia. 

A general feeling that Bali-Russia direct flights will soon materialize is also supported by the Russian Ambassador to Indonesia, Lyudmila Vorobieva, who said on 27 May 2024 that, with the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, air connections between her country and Bali can now move forward. “Many of our citizens travel to Bali, one of the most popular tourist destinations for Russians. The number of visits by our tourists has now approached the level before the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope that direct flights between Moscow and Denpasar can be reopened soon,” said Vorobieva, who quoted.

The Russian Ambassador and Indonesian Tourism Minister expect flights between Russia and Bali to commence during the approaching Russian Holiday season.

Indonesian Tourism Minister Sandiaga, in his weekly press briefing, affirmed that his Ministry is actively collaborating with the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation to initiate Russia-Bali flights this year. Ambassador Vorobieva echoed these sentiments, confirming that similar measures are being taken by the relevant Russian government departments.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Russia sent 300,000 to 400,000 tourists annually to Bali. Minister Sandiaga depicts Russian tourists traveling to Bali, typically traveling with a family and staying in luxury accommodation.

However, the growing influx of Russian tourists to Bali has also brought reports of Russians misbehaving on the Island. reports that three Russians were deported from Indonesia as early as Tuesday, 25 August 2020. Russian tourists have also been deported for panhandling at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. A Russian who organized dance events without the proper immigration permits was also ousted, 

In another report in on Wednesday, 19 April 2024, a drunken Russian tourist was arrested for stealing five motorcycle helmets.

Each week, new reports emerge of Russian visitors breaking the laws, local cultural customs, and immigration rules.

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