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.
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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