On February 4th, the Indonesian holiday island of Bali will open its borders to tourists from all over the world for the first time since the beginning of the corona pandemic.
Jakarta – The Indonesian holiday island of Bali will open its borders to tourists from all over the world on February 4th for the first time since the beginning of the corona pandemic. “This is to help revitalize Bali’s economy, which has been hit hard by the pandemic,” government pandemic officer Luhut Pandjaitan said on Monday. However, visitors cannot move freely on the island immediately: Anyone who has complete basic protection with the second syringe that is usually necessary must be in quarantine for five days in a hotel of their choice. Those who only have one primary vaccination must isolate themselves for seven days.
The government decided to open the doors despite the fact that the number of coronas had been rising for days due to the contagious omicron variant. Bali is dependent on the important tourism industry, which has been almost completely on the ground since April 2020. In 2019, more than six million holidaymakers traveled to the island, which is known for its temples, rice fields and beaches.
Indonesia has long been the worst-hit country in the region by the virus. The Southeast Asian island nation recorded more than 11,500 new infections on Sunday. So far, around 4.3 million cases have been registered in the country with 270 million inhabitants. More than 144,000 people died in connection with Covid-19. (dpa)