Bali Opens Again, But No International Flights

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One of Indonesia’s main tourist destinations, Bali, reopened to foreign tourists on Thursday (14/10) after an 18-month pause due to the pandemic. But the island still lacks one important thing that drives it: international flights.

A spokesman for Ngurah Rai International Airport said no flights were scheduled to land that day.

A trader prepares a chair while waiting for customers at Kuta Beach Bali, October 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

The day before, the Indonesian government said 19 countries had met the conditions that would allow their citizens to visit Bali. Those countries are China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand, as well as several countries from Western Europe and the Arabian Gulf.

The government wants to revive Bali’s tourism industry following a sharp decline in the number of new coronavirus cases since July. However, details about reopening, such as visa requirements, are still unclear. [ab/uh]

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