Bali could accept Australia holiday this weekend as Thailand allows Australians to go on holiday without quarantine



If Australians are given the green light to return to Bali, direct flights could resume there before Christmas, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said on Friday.

According to entry rules set by Indonesia, foreigners traveling to the island can only get there on direct flights from approved countries. They must be fully vaccinated and spend five days in quarantine in a hotel when they arrive in Bali, which has fully vaccinated more than 80% of its population, according to the Indonesian Ministry of Health.

China, India, Japan, New Zealand, and a number of European and Persian Gulf states are among the countries of Bali’s initial admission. But the tourism mecca is still awaiting the arrival of foreigners more than a week after the official reopening for lack of flights.

Bangkok also hopes to be able to welcome international tourists now that Thailand has opened its borders to several countries.Credit:Getty Images

Thailand, for its part, becomes the first country in Southeast Asia to open up more widely to international travel.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced on Facebook that he was expanding from 10 to 46 the number of countries whose Thailand would welcome fully vaccinated visitors, starting Monday week. They will be able to fly without quarantine and will only have to produce a negative test result before departure and after arrival.

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“If we want to attract more foreign tourists to boost our tourism and tourism related businesses, we had to be proactive,” Prayut said.

“If we wait until everything is ready, it will be too late. In addition, tourists can choose to go elsewhere.

Thailand has only fully vaccinated 36% of its population, but is desperate to save an economy dependent on tourism devastated by the global health crisis.


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