Bali in Indonesia will reopen to some foreign tourists from mid-October
JAKARTA, Oct. 4 (Reuters) – Indonesia will reopen its tourist island of Bali to some international travelers, including those from China, New Zealand and Japan, among others, from Oct. 14, the top said on Monday. Minister Luhut Pandjaitan.
Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport will be open to foreign tourists from that date, with visitors to be quarantined for eight days at their own expense, Luhut told reporters.
The reopening of the country and the easing of social restrictions are happening in stages, he said, because Indonesia “does not want the unexpected to happen”.
Indonesia has been one of the countries worst affected by COVID-19 in Asia, officially recording more than 4 million cases and 142,000 deaths, although public health experts believe the true toll is much higher .
However, daily cases rose from more than 56,000 at the height of the second wave in mid-July of this year to 1,100 cases on October 3.
Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin previously reported the popular resort island reopening, saying foreign tourists could return after more than 70% of Bali’s people received at least one dose of a vaccine against the coronavirus.
The government has also signaled its willingness to reopen the island to international tourists to help revive Bali’s struggling economy.
Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy, emerged from its first recession in more than two decades in the second quarter, although a resurgence of COVID-19 and the resulting social restrictions likely have weighed on the dynamics of the recovery.
Reporting by Stanley Widianto Writing by Fransiska Nangoy and Kate Lamb; Editing by Martin Petty and Ed Davies
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