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COVID-19 limitations are eased in Bali, but borders will be reinforced

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On the popular tourist island of Bali, Indonesia has lifted COVID-19 restrictions, while overseas travellers will face harsher measures upon arrival to help prevent the spread of new versions, a top official said on Monday (Sep 13).

Maritime and investment minister Luhut Panjaitan told a virtual conference that tourists will be allowed to visit most portions of the island as long as they follow tight regulations, such as validating their vaccination status using a government-verified phone app.


"The quickly improving COVID-19 scenario in Java and Bali has caused the PPKM level to decrease faster than we anticipated," Panjaitan said at the conference, referring to Indonesia's social mobility limitations system.

On a weekly basis, the extent of social mobility constraints in Bali will be assessed.

International travellers, on the other hand, must first complete an eight-day quarantine and three PCR tests before being allowed to access the island.


Those who break the rules will face "serious consequences," Panjaitan added, although he didn't specify what those consequences would be.

Indonesia's health minister, Budi Gunadi Sadikin, later said at the conference that the country's borders will be tightened.


"The government has resolved to fortify the country's entrance points by equipping and tightening the quarantine procedure at sea, land, and air," Sadikin said, adding that Indonesia would increase its use of genome sequencing to identify novel coronavirus variations fast.


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