No flights as Bali reopens to tourists

No flights as Bali reopens to tourists

The holiday island of Bali has reopened to foreign tourists after 18 months of pandemic hiatus, but there is one crucial ingredient lacking: international flights. Although its Ngurah Rai international airport has carried out simulations preparing for tourists to return, it is not expecting much to happen soon. "So far there is no schedule," said Taufan Yudhistira, a spokesman for the airport. Indonesia's tight immigration measures during the pandemic have devastated the tourism-dependent island, with widespread closures of hotels, shops and businesses. The government is eager to revive Bali's beleaguered tourism industry in response to a sharp fall in new coronavirus cases since July, when Indonesia was Asia's COVID-19 epicentre. But details about the reopening, such as visa requirements and which countries they apply to, have so far been patchy. …
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