The Indonesian island of Bali will reopen to international tourism on October 14, but only for some countries including China, New Zealand and Japan: the Minister of Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan announced, according to CNN, underlining that all passengers arriving at Ngurah Rai International Airport will be subject to an eight-day quarantine period.
The reopening of the country and the relaxation of anti-Covid measures, the minister explained, must take place gradually because Indonesia “does not want the unexpected to happen”. Indonesia was among the Asian countries most affected by the coronavirus with over four million cases and 142,000 deaths. However, the number of daily cases has plummeted in recent weeks from a peak of more than 56,000 infections in mid-July this year to 1,100 on Sunday.
Among the corrective measures launched nationally by Jakarta, the reopening, in the regions of Bali and Java itself, of fitness centers with a maximum capacity of 25 percent, and that of Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport. The reopenings concern the areas of Jakarta, Bandung, Solo, Semarang, Surabaya and the special region of Yogyakarta. The government has also allowed the sale of drinks and food in cinemas, where access is limited to 50 percent of the maximum capacity