Jakarta (CNN) – Indonesia’s Bali and Riau islands are reopening to visitors from 19 countries from Thursday, according to the country’s Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Panjaitan.
“We have allowed 19 countries to be able to travel to Bali and Riau islands,” Luhut announced at a meeting in Jakarta on Wednesday.
The countries are: China, India, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Liechtenstein, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Poland, Hungary and Norway.
The United States is not on the approved list yet.
Tourist visa must be obtained in advance.
Luhut said the countries were selected on the basis of data showing low positivity rates.
Luhut said travelers from the countries can enter Bali and Riau Islands, as long as they comply with requirements before and upon arrival.
Eligible travelers must be fully vaccinated with a second vaccine taken at least 14 days prior to travel to Indonesia, have insurance coverage for at least US$100,000 worth of Covid-19 treatment and a five-day quarantine Must pay for their own accommodation during the period.
The Crisis Management Special Staff of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Hanki Hotma P. According to a report by state-run news outlet Antara, Manurung said.
Luhut said the reopening would be assessed from time to time and that “this list of 19 countries only applies specifically to direct flights to Bali and the island of Riau.”
Bali’s Ngura Rai Airport (DPS) in Denpasar is set to welcome international arrivals on Thursday, Toufan Yudhishthira, stakeholder relations manager for Ngura Raya’s International Airport Authority, told CNN.
Yudhishthira said that, however, no international flight will land there as of now.
Photo of Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali, Indonesia AP/Firdia Lisnawati . By