Foreign tourists may be able to visit Bali again as soon as June under a travel corridor program to help revive the economy.
The travel corridor arrangement will be offered to countries that are deemed successful in their vaccination programs.
And to those able to contain the spread of the coronavirus, and could offer reciprocal benefits, Mr. Uno said in a statement.
Ubud, Sanur, and Nusa Dua are major holiday spots in Bali that are included in a pilot project to begin receiving foreign travelers in mid-June.
Of course, this under strict health protocols, said Mr. Uno.
As many as two million Bali residents will have to be vaccinated before the pilot project can start.
South-east Asia’s largest economy has started to ease restrictions to spur household spending after gross domestic product shrank last year for the first time in two decades due to the pandemic.
Covid-19 has so far infected more than 1.4 million Indonesians in the past year and killed almost 39,000 people in the country.
The government may allow a chartered flight to bring in overseas travelers under the pilot project, which will be closely monitored and evaluated every two weeks, said Mr. Uno.
Open Bali is not the only project
The Indonesian province closest to Singapore, the Riau Islands, including Batam and Bintan, is the area readiest to reopen to tourists from neighboring countries as coronavirus infections have declined and stabilized, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno has said.
The plan is to start reopening tourist spots in Nongsa (Batam) and Lagoi (Bintan) on April 21, ahead of the country’s main tourist spot Bali, which is expected to reopen only in June or July, the minister said after a meeting with Batam officials on Saturday (March 20).
“Batam and Bintan are far more ready,” he said.
Reopening the Riau Islands would pave the way for Indonesia to have a possible “safe travel corridor” with Singapore, Mr Uno stressed.
Source: The Straits Times