Indonesia Eases COVID-19 Restrictions in Bali but Tightens International Borders

Indonesia announced on Monday the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Bali but has tightened its international borders. 

Investment Minister Luhut Panjaitan said tourist spots in most parts of the island would accept visitors who have followed strict protocols. 

“The rapidly improving COVID-19 situation in Java and Bali has caused the PPKM level (restrictions level) to decline faster than we expected,” Panjaitan added

Panjaitan also said that international visitors would have to go through an eight-day quarantine and take three polymerase chain reaction tests before entering the island.

Meantime, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said the government has decided to strengthen Indonesia’s entry points by tightening its borders. 

Sadikin also said that the country would strengthen the use of genome sequencing to be able to quickly identify new variants of the coronavirus.

Indonesia started easing restrictions in other parts of the country last month, as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to decline

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