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Indonesia to reopen Bali for international flights from October 14, quarantine made mandatory

By The Associated Press

Jakarta: Indonesia plans to reopen the airport for international flights to the resort island of Bali on October 14, after closing it for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The coordinator for Maritime Affairs and Investments Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said on Monday that the airport will open for international flight as long as it meets the requirements of quarantine and testing.

International arrivals must show proof of hotel booking for the mandatory eight-day quarantine.

“We are open to a number of countries, including South Korea, China, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and New Zealand,” Pandjaitan said.

Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, has recorded more than 4.2 million COVID-19 cases, with 142,261 deaths, but infections have slowed in the past few weeks after peaking in mid-July.

Tourism and Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said Bali’s reopening would focus on travelers and expatriates who lived in Bali.

The government is still finalizing some steps, including a list of countries with direct flights to Bali.

“The most important priority is the safety of Indonesians in terms of health and safety from a possible spike in new cases of COVID-19,” Uno said.

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