Bali is set to reopen to international tourists

Published on : Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Bali, the popular tourist destination has declared that it’s keen on reopening its international borders in October to foreign visitors but only to those from selected countries.

Luhut Pandjaitan, the coordinating Minister Maritime Affairs and Investment on Friday told media that preparations are in progress to allow the island to welcome tourists once again.

“Looking at the current trend, we are very confident we can open Bali by October,” he said, referring to falling Covid infections in Indonesia.

Bali will only be looking at welcoming tourists from countries which have a low spread of Covid-19 like South Korea, Japan, Singapore and New Zealand in its first leg.

Mr Luhut explained that these visitors will have to serve quarantine.

Australia has a possibility to join the list if by November the country reaches its target of 80 per cent of citizens fully-vaccinated. Till now, at least 46 per cent of Aussies had been double jabbed.

Indonesia at present only allows foreign nationals who have diplomatic or working visas, or are eligible for other exemptions, to enter the country.

In 2021, Bali was scheduled to reopen in July but a sharp rise in cases put plans on hold.

In July, it recorded upwards of 50,000 new Covid cases each day. However, as daily infection rate at present have dropped by almost 95 per cent, officials eased restrictions this week for locals.

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