JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesia plans to open an airport on the tourists island of Bali for international flights on October 14, after being closed for more than a year due to the COVID-19 infection.
Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Shipping and Investment Manager, said Monday that the airport will be open to international flights as long as it meets various tests.
Foreigners must have proof of a hotel reservation for eight days.
Pandjaitan said, “We have opened many countries, including South Korea, China, Japan, United Arab Emirates, and New Zealand.”
American tourists are currently not allowed to travel to Indonesia without certain types of visas, according to the US State Department.
The Indonesian government is still finalizing a number of procedures, including a list of countries that have flights to Bali.
Minister of Tourism and Economy Sandiaga Uno said the reopening of Bali would focus on returning tourists and visitors to Bali.
“The most important thing is the safety of the Indonesian people in terms of health and safety from the new Covid-19 attack,” said Uno.
Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, has recorded more than 4.2 million deaths from COVID-19 and 142,261 deaths, but the disease has declined in recent weeks after its peak in mid-July.