Bali, Thailand and the Philippines set to reopen to tourists in February

The Indonesian vacation island of Bali will start welcoming travelers from all countries from the end of the week, officials said on Monday.

Ali officially opened its doors to visitors from China, New Zealand and Japan, among others, in mid-October, but there have been no direct flights since, Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno said. .

Reuters reports that from Friday February 4, international visitors who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 will still be required to serve between five and seven days of quarantine.

The news of the reopening follows a similar announcement from Thailand, which is expected to resume its ‘ Test and go‘ Quarantine waiver for vaccinated arrivals from February 1 in response to slowing Covid-19 infections.

The Philippines will also grant entry to visitors vaccinated against Covid-19 from February 10, its government announced last Friday, in a bid to revive a tourism sector decimated by the pandemic.

The Archipelago had planned to reopen in December, but the move was scrapped due to concerns over the Omicron variant.

Beginning February 10, citizens of 150 countries on the Philippines’ visa-free entry list (including Ireland) will be allowed to enter.

Quarantine requirements will be waived for foreign tourists from February 10, Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said in a statement, but they must be vaccinated and test negative for Covid-19.

Bali is known for its surfing, temples, waterfalls and nightlife, and attracted 6.2 million foreign visitors in 2019, the year before Covid-19 hit.

Strict pandemic border restrictions have devastated tourism, which typically accounts for 54% of its economy.

Singapore Airlines announced on Friday that it will resume flights to Bali from Singapore from February 16.

– Additional reporting by Pól Ó Conghaile

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