Indonesia Holiday Locations To Reopen In April

Picture Bintan Island, Indonesia credit Wengang Zhai on Unsplash

For months it had seemed that Bali would be the first area of Indonesia to reopen to foreign tourists but the latest news from the country suggests otherwise.

Indonesia Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno has said that the Riau Islands, which includes tourist hotspots Batam and Bintan, is the area most ready to reopen.

Covid-19 infections in the area have declined and, importantly, stabilised, meaning that they are better to suited to allowing foreign tourists.

Batam and Bintan are very close to Singapore which would help to pave the way for a safe travel corridor between the two areas.

It is hoped that the Riau Islands may be able to reopen to foreign tourists from as early as 21st April much earlier than the June or July date when Bali is hoping to reopen.

“The Covid-19 infection number in Riau Islands province has flattened and stabilised, and in the two tourism spots Nongsa and Lagoi, there have not been any new infections.”

“Our hope is we can continue to keep it low and under control.”

SANDIAGA UNO Indonesia Tourism and Creative Economy Minister

Any foreign tourists entering the area would need to have a negative Covid-19 PCR test prior to arrival plus pass a GeNose test, a Covid-19 breath-test device. They will also have to use a track and trace system during their stay.

Source: The Straits Times

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