Bali, Batam And Bintan Plans For July Reopening

In April we reported on plans to reopen three Indonesian provinces, Bali, Batam and Bintan, from July, then all was quiet until now.

Main picture Bali credit Dennis Van Dalen on Unsplash

A press release following the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) Dubai 2021 said:

“His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, announced plans to re-open borders in July 2021, with destinations including Bali, Batam and Bintan serving as ‘locomotive’ regions to kickstart tourism for the whole country – if the pandemic is handled as well as expected.

In preparation, the government has carried out a widespread vaccination program for targeted groups, including the tourism workforce. In addition, the government has also initiated the Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability (CHSE) certification program throughout the tourism sector in Indonesia.”

Press Release – PRNews Asia

No further details have yet been released and time is ticking for reopening the areas to international tourists in a few weeks. Tourism officials in Phuket, Thailand, have become increasingly vocal at the lack of information for tourist organisations and potential travel that is affecting bookings for their planned reopening on 1st July.

Phuket Safety Scheme Forges Ahead

On 28th May the official Indonesia tourism organisation reported that Bali Province has received a total supply of 2,223,180 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. It added that Dr. I Ketut Suarjaya NPPM, Head of the Bali Provincial Health Office had said “We are pursuing the target of 70% or 3 million of the total 4.3 million population of Bali being vaccinated.”

Indonesia continues to be the hardest hit nation in Southeast Asia from Covid-19 with more than 1.8 million confirmed cases and 51,803 deaths.

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