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Indonesia to reopen Bali for international flights on October 14

Indonesia plans to reopen the airport in the resort island of Bali for international flights on October 14, after it had been closed for more than a year. COVID-19 global 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 potential spike in new cases of COVID-19,” Uno said.

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