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Indonesia Removes Ban On Arrival Of Tourists From All Foreign Countries In A Bid To Boost Tourism

Even as local infections continue to rise, Indonesia removes the ban on entry of all international travellers, in an attempt to boost the tourism sector. By Anushka Goel

Indonesia removed its ban on international passengers, making international arrivals possible for people of all countries, reports Hindustan Times. The country has also kept the isolation period to seven days, the report adds, in a bid to boost international tourism into the country.

Indonesia removes ban on international arrivals

According to a statement by the COVID-19 task force, last week, the Indonesian authorities removed all 14 heavily-infected countries from its travel ban list. These included the UK and some South African nations, which were finally allowed to enter the Indonesian borders from January 12.

According to Bangkok Post, the removal of the ban came as Indonesia gears up for several international events this year, including the MotoGP championship in March and the G-20 Summit in November – both of which would lead to an influx of international arrivals.

Spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito said in the COVID-19 Task Force’s statement that with restrictions in place, “it will be difficult for cross border movements that are still needed to maintain stability including the national economic recovery.”

However, it is important to note that the government will impose strict health protocols at sporting events, writes Hindustan Times. Indonesia‘s Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno said this in a response to a statement by Dorna Sports, who are organising the MotoGP motorbike championship, which said that it would not follow Indonesia’s quarantine protocols during the race.

Even as Indonesia removed the ban on international passengers, President Joko Widodo urged citizens to not step out of their homes unless absolutely necessary, avoid overseas travel and work from home if possible to curb the spread of Omicron. At the moment, Indonesia sees a rise in COVID-19 cases, with the daily tally being at a three-month high, reports Bangkok Post.

Related: International Travellers Can Soon Fly Directly From Northeast’s Third International Airport In Agartala

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