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Indonesia plans reopen Bali to international flights Oct. 14


Indonesia plans to reopen the airport in the hotel island of Bali for international flights on Oct. 14, after closing it for more than 12 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said Monday the airport will open to global flight as long as it fulfills requirements for quarantine and testing.

International arrivals need to exhibit proof of resort bookings for an obligatory eight-day quarantine.

“We are open to countless countries, such as South Korea, China, Japan, United Arab Emirates, and New Zealand,” Pandjaitan said.

Indonesia, the world’s fourth-most populous country, has recorded extra than 4.2 million COVID-19 instances with 142,261 deaths, however, infections have decreased in the last few weeks after peaking in mid-July.

Tourism and Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said Bali’s reopening will focal point on travelers and returning expatriates who used to stay in Bali.

The government is nonetheless finalizing some steps inclusive of lists of nations with direct flights to Bali.

“The most important priority is the security of the Indonesian people in phrases of fitness and being included from the attainable spike in new cases of COVID-19,” Uno said.

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