Indonesia set to fully reopen by April
Indonesia is on track to lift all quarantine rules in April or earlier, as The ongoing lawsuit in Bali to let in international visitors bodes well for a wider reopening of the country’s borders, a senior minister has said.
“We see the Covid situation improving,” said Luhut Panjaitan, the coordinating minister for maritime affairs and investment who oversees the pandemic response for Java and Bali.
International Arrivals in Bali Now just wait for a negative test result on arrival, and a similar form of testing could apply to all visitors to Indonesia.
“We have to find that balance between the need to maintain health and the need to maintain the economy,” Panjaitan previously noted.
The government is also set to expand its list of 23 countries eligible for visas on arrival, said Septian Hario Seto, deputy in the coordination ministry, in a joint interview with Panjaitan on Wednesday.
Indonesia has taken steps to ease virus restrictions and reopen international borders to revive its tourism industry, with a target of 3.6 million visitors this year.
While Bali‘s reopening has gotten off to a slow start, the beach destination has started to welcome more foreign tourists since a plane from Tokyo landed in early February, the first direct international flight to arrive in Bali since the country shut down its borders in March 2020.
Indonesia is following a strategy of trying to live with the virus even as infections continue to spread, opening its borders more freely to those who are eligible. Neighboring Singapore relaxed testing rules for vaccinated travelers last month.
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