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Gili Island Closed to Business until 30 March 2020

Fast Ferry Services Between Padang Bai East Bali to the Gili Islands Halted until 30 March 2020

The Port Master at Bali’s Seaport of Padangbai has closed the operation of fast boats between East Bali and the three Gili islands of Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, and Gili Meno. 

The cessation of fast boat ferry operations will be in effect for 14 days from 16 March to 30 March 2020 and has been introduced to frustrate the spread of the COVID-19. 

As reported by NusaBali, all fast boats will cease to operate from the public port at Banjar Segara in the Village of Padang Bai for the 14 days. 

The closure is in accordance with instructions issued by the Governor of West Nusa Tenggara issued on 16 March 2020. 

On 17 March, seven fast boats were allowed to help ferry the large number of foreign tourists evacuating the three Gili Islands before boat transportation to the island went on a hiatus until 30 March 2020.

In normal times, an average of between 800-1,000 tourist depart each day from Padang Bai to the Gili Islands with an equal number making the same trip in reverse back to Bali.

After 14 days, the spread of COVID-19 in Bali and the rest of Indonesia will be reviewed and a decision made on whether or not to extend the shutdown of the ferry service to the Gili Islands for tourism. 

With the end of fast ferry operations, the small restaurants and souvenir shops at Padang Bai have shuttered and closed, waiting for the resumption of boat services. 

Meanwhile, ferry operations between Padang Bai in Bali and Lembar Harbor in Lombok continue to operate using 37 ships to undertake 16 trips every 24 hours. In recent days, the number of vehicles and passengers have declined dramatically, prompting suggestions that ferry schedule may soon be curtailed to match the reduced level of traffic.

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