Kuta, Bali, Indonesia credit Saepul Jr on Unsplash
Indonesia is planning to open the borders to foreign tourists from July in Bali, Bintan and Batam.
The country is planning to speed up the vaccination programme in the three areas to allow the reopening plans to proceed.
Batam and Bintan had originally planned to open to travellers from Singapore from 21st April. Discussions are still underway on the plan between the two countries.
Other tourist areas in Indonesia are also being considered for opening at a later date depending on numbers of infections and vaccinations.
Talks are already underway with China, India, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates to allow visitors to “green zones”, areas that have vaccinated significant numbers of the population and curbed infections.
Poland and Ukraine are also believed to be interested in agreeing travel for limited numbers of visitors.
Plans to reopen to foreign tourists in Indonesia have been hampered by the highest numbers of Covid-19 cases in the region with over 1.5 million confirmed cases and more than 43,000 deaths.
The vaccination programme has been hampered partly due to supply problems but also with some elements of the population reluctant to have the vaccine after doubts were raised in some communities over the ingredients or side effects of the vaccines.
The country has however inoculated more than 10.6 million people so far. It would need to ensure that around 3 million on Bali and 70,000 in Batam and Bintan have received all doses of a vaccine prior to reopening.
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