Three of Indonesia’s most popular resort islands are expected to reopen soon.
The Indonesian government is currently in the process of ramping up vaccination efforts in hopes of reopening a trio of postcard-worthy island destinations in Bali, Bintan and Batam by July.
While most of the country’s vaccines are being dispersed in hotspots like the capital of Jakarta, President Joko Widodo reportedly aims to reallocate some of those vaccines to the aforementioned islands.
“We already have close to 60,000 to 70,000 vaccinators ready in Bali,” Indonesian Tourism and Creative Economy minister Sandiaga Uno told South China Morning Post. “Once we have the supply, the health minister said we can complete the task in two to three months, taking us to mid- or end July”
The ultimate goal is vaccinating up to 3 million people in Bali and roughly 70,000 in Batam and Bintan before they are reopened to foreign visitors. Once the Indonesian government meets those vaccination goals, it hopes to create travel bubbles with countries like Singapore, China, South Korea, India, the Netherlands and United Arab Emirates. The government is also reportedly in talks with officials from Ukraine and Poland, who seek to open the door for their citizens to vacation in the Southeast Asian country. Citizens from other countries like the United States could conceivably be welcomed back soon thereafter.
Indonesia’s urgency to reopen islands like Bali, Bintan and Batam is certainly understandable. In 2017, tourism
accounted for a significant 4 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, and a whopping 10 percent of its jobs.
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