Indonesia opens Bali, Riau to international tourists does not offer direct flights

Jakarta, Oct. 14 (EFE) .- Indonesian authorities on Thursday opened the popular tourist islands of Bali and Riau to fully vaccinated international travelers from an initial list of 19 countries with no need for quarantine but no direct flights available to those destinations for the moment .

The measure, similar to those announced by other countries in the region including Thailand and Singapore, includes travelers from China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates , Spain, Italy, France and Sweden, among others, while leaving outside the United States.

Spokesman for Indonesian airport operator Angkasa Pura, Taufan Yudhistira, confirmed to Efe that there are no international flights to Bali at the moment but they could start operating next week. .

Hang Nadim International Airport, located in Batam on the Riau Islands, also does not have any international flights listed on its website.

Foreign tourists can travel to these islands via Jakarta, where they will undergo a five-day quarantine at a designated hotel.

The coordinating minister of maritime affairs and investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, told a press conference on Wednesday that the countries on the list had been selected due to their low level of infection and clarified that the quarantine “does not apply only to Bali or the Riau Islands”.

Luhut added that tourists from any country can enter Indonesia as long as they undergo the five-day quarantine and are vaccinated.

Anyone entering Indonesia must also have a negative PCR test result.

Thailand, which opened the islands of Phuket and Samui to fully vaccinated visitors in July, said on Monday it would open its borders to vaccinated travelers from a list of ten “low risk” countries.

Countries on the list include the UK, China, Germany, and the US.

From December, the Thai authorities will allow the reopening of places of entertainment as well as the sale of alcohol in bars and restaurants, which is currently prohibited.

Singapore, which has vaccinated more than 80% of its population, will allow entry without quarantine of vaccinated tourists from eight countries, including Spain, the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Italy, from October 18.

Visitors from South Korea will also be allowed from November 15.

Some countries in Southeast Asia, hit hard this year by a wave of the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus, have started to open their economies to lessen the impact of the pandemic on businesses and citizens. EFE

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