The world-famous tourist destination of Bali will reopen to all international travelers from February 4, an Indonesian minister said on January 31, 2022. By Manas Sen Gupta
At a news conference, Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Minister of Investment Luhut Pandjaitan also said the quarantine period required for fully vaccinated travelers to Indonesia has been reduced to five days from the previous seven.
How Bali’s reopening progressed
October limited arrivals
The decision to reopen Bali to all foreign travelers comes three months after Indonesia allowed nationals from a handful of countries to enter Bali and the Riau Islands.
Countries included in the previous plan included China, South Korea, India, Japan, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Italy, France and Spain.
At that time, travelers had to undergo a mandatory quarantine at their own expense and provide proof of hotel room reservation for this.
It was the first time Bali had opened up to foreign travelers in 18 months. Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno, however, reportedly said there had been no direct flights since the limited reopening in October 2021.
Singapore Indonesia travel bubble
One of Indonesia’s top tourist destinations, the island of Bali is known for its beaches, lush green landscapes and temples. Reportedly, Bali attracted just over 6 million visitors in 2019.
However, the pandemic-era restrictions have broken the backbone of tourism in Bali. But things are looking good for tourism in Indonesia.
Last week, Singapore announced that people traveling to the country from the city-state would not have to undergo quarantine.
Airlangga Hartarto, Indonesia’s coordinating economy minister, said on Jan. 24 that a travel bubble between Singapore and Indonesia’s resort islands of Batam and Bintan would emerge from Jan. 25, 2022.
Some restrictions remain in place, such as not allowing visitors to Nongsa in Batam and Lagoi in Bintan to travel to other parts of Indonesia.
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