Bali is partially reopening to international travel next week

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Bali will welcome selected international travellers starting October 14, according to Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, Indonesia’s minister of maritime affairs and investment.

However, Indonesia is selective of foreigners who can enter its borders. Citizens of several countries are currently allowed to enter under highly specific circumstances, including South Korea, China, Japan, the United Arab Emirates such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and New Zealand.

Currently, visas are issued to foreigners classed as urgent and skilled workers, paramedics or investors. Foreign spouses of Indonesians are also permitted to enter.

In a press conference, Luhut said: “Every international arrival passenger must have proof of booking a hotel for quarantine for a minimum of eight days at their own expense.”

Despite the announcement, concrete details regarding this plan are still unspecified as the government has extended the level-three restrictions in Java and Bali for another two weeks. Some facilities will be opened in limited capacities. Moreover, there is no list of accepted accommodation where tourists will be allowed to quarantine.

Indonesia is most hit by the coronavirus pandemic in Asia in terms of number of cases and fatalities. We can expect more details to be announced as the said reopening date nears.

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