Indonesia, including the holiday island of Bali, may start welcoming tourists from countries deemed safe as early as this October, per Luhut Pandjaitan (minister).
Indonesia this week started allowing foreign visitors on select visas to enter the country again, although leisure visitors are still excluded.
The countries that Indonesia plans to allow leisure visitors are those that have the Covid-19 under control, such as Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea.
Here’s an excerpt from Reuters:
The Southeast Asian nation intends to move cautiously to reopen its borders following a devastating second virus wave, driven by the Delta variant.
Luhut, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs, said the addition of confirmed cases of COVID-19 had dropped by 94.5% since a peak in mid-July.
Luhut said if the trend today continued “we are very confident” that Bali could be reopened by October.
Indonesia was severely hit with the Covid-19 this year, and the country is starting to get the virus under control. However, most of the country’s population still hasn’t received even the first dose, and less than a quarter are fully vaccinated.
Not sure how feasible this October opening is considering that the government hinted earlier this week that 70% of the target population should have received at least the first dose before allowing tourism arrivals?
Much of Indonesia is not dependent on foreign visitors, but Bali certainly is. Even if they decide to open the island for international arrivals, whether the tourists come is dependent on what requirements are in place when they return home.