After remaining closed for a long period due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Indonesia is all set to reopen its airport in the resort island of Bali for international flights starting 14th Oct 2021.
International passengers arriving into the country must show proof of hotel bookings for a mandatory eight-day quarantine.
According to Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, Indonesia’s minister of maritime affairs and investment, Bali Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar will begin welcoming arrivals from a select number of countries, including South Korea, China, Japan, United Arab Emirates, and New Zealand.
However, he did not clarify whether foreign tourists would be permitted or not.
Indonesia, the world’s fourth-most populous country, has recorded more than 4.2 million COVID-19 cases with 142,261 deaths, but infections have decreased in the last few weeks after peaking in mid-July.
Tourism and Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said Bali’s reopening will focus on travelers and returning expatriates who used to live in Bali.
The government is still finalizing some steps including lists of countries with direct flights to Bali.
“The most important priority is the safety of the Indonesian people in terms of health and being protected from the potential spike in new cases of COVID-19,” Uno said.