Asia Minute: Is Bali signaling you? | Hawaiian Public Radio
The welcome warms for travelers coming to the Indonesian island of Bali.
The island has already welcomed domestic tourists, now welcoming an average of 4,300 visitors per day.
This is more than five times the pace of June and July.
International travelers could return later this month, under certain conditions.
Visitors will need to be fully vaccinated and test negative for the coronavirus, then undergo an eight-day quarantine.
Those from countries with a high number of cases can be excluded.
COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have declined sharply in the latter part of the summer – both in Bali and across Indonesia – but health officials warn any further peak could alter these as well. plans.
The vaccination rate on the island is now over 70%. Reuters puts the national rate at just over 25%.
Earlier this month, the Cabinet minister responsible for pandemic response sparked controversy when he suggested that budget travelers were not the ideal demographic.
He told the Bali Sun: “We are aiming for quality tourism in Bali, so we will not allow backpackers to enter once the reopening plan for international travelers is officially put in place.”
A government spokesperson later said the minister meant that those who break the law would not be welcome.