Tourists will need tests when Bali reopens
Tourists looking to visit the Indonesian resort island of Bali will need to prove they are free of coronavirus before they start their holiday.
The island hopes to reopen in July – but tourists will need a negative test result from their home country, or Indonesian city of origin, before being allowed in.
They will also need to fill in an online form, set up by the local government, to enable tracing in case needed. Bali saw a decline of nearly 100% in foreign tourists arrivals in April, according to Bali deputy governor Tjokorda Oka Sukawati.
However, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said yesterday that tourist destinations shouldn’t reopen “in haste”.
It remains uncertain when Bali will reopen, but Rai Suryawijaya, a member of Bali’s Covid-19 economic recovery team, has told BBC Indonesia that the new normal protocols will be applied to Bali in July.
The island had confirmed 420 Covid-19 positive cases as of Thursday, and four virus-linked deaths.