Indonesia will reopen its tourist island of Bali to some international travelers from October 14, including those from China, New Zealand and Japan, senior cabinet minister Luhut Pandjaitan said on Monday, October 4.
Luhut told reporters that Bali’s Ngura Rai International Airport (DPS) in Denpasar would be open to foreign tourists from that date, with visitors required to quarantine for eight days at their own expense.
The reopening and easing of social restrictions in the country is being done in phases, he said, as Indonesia “doesn’t want to be unpredictable.”
Indonesia has been one of the countries worst-hit by COVID-19 in Asia, officially recording more than 4 million cases and 142,000 deaths, although public health experts believe that The toll is much higher.
However, daily cases have dropped from over 56,000 at the peak of the second wave in mid-July this year to 1,100 on October 3.
The government has also indicated a willingness to reopen the island to international tourists to help revive Bali’s battered economy.
Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy, exited its first recession in two decades in the second quarter, although the prospect of a COVID-19 resurgence and ensuing social restrictions was on pace to recover.