The Indonesia Health Minister has said that the country aims to reopen to foreign visitors from November, once 70% of the population has received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose.
Meanwhile restrictions in Bali are being relaxed.
Main picture Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia credit Saepul Jr on Unsplash
The minister was interviewed by Reuters and said that he was following the example in Britain which he said prioritised first doses and had seen a much lower rate of hospital admissions and fatalities.
“So for us we concentrate on the first dose. If we can vaccinate 70% of the target population of 208 million, if we can hit 140-150 million, 70% with the first dose, then we can gradually start reopening.
“And my calculation is that will be reached by November.”Budi Gunadi Sadikin, Indonesia Health Minister [Reuters}
He did not go into any detail on what restrictions and requirements would be in place once border relaxations began but did say that they would be reduced once 70% of that target population had received two Covid vaccine doses.
Indonesia has so far recorded 4,174,216 cases and 139,415 Covid-19 deaths.
Tourist spots in most parts of Bali will now be able to welcome tourists again although they must still follow strict protocols including providing proof of their Covid vaccination status. “Firm action” has been promised against anyone who fails to follow Covid protocols.
The move has been the result of falling Covid levels on the island. Restrictions will continue to be reviewed on a weekly basis.
Entry restrictions for foreign visitors have however been tightened.
All foreign visitors must now serve an eight-day quarantine and take three PCR tests before they enter the island.
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