Indonesia has lifted a Covid-19 quarantine requirement for international visitors who arrive on the resort island of Bali, a week earlier than planned, an official says.
“In line with President Joko Widodo’s directive, starting March 7, 2020, there will be no quarantine for international travellers who are fully vaccinated,” Deputy Tourism Minister Angela Tanoesoedibjo said on Monday.
Visitors from 23 countries, including Germany, will be allowed to get visas on arrival, according to immigration spokesman Achmad Nur Saleh.
Visitors must also show hotel bookings for at least four days and proof of negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, authorities said.
The government had said earlier that it would no longer require international arrivals to quarantine starting on March 14.
Previously, international visitors to Bali were required to undergo a three-day quarantine period, in addition to proof of vaccination.
The government said that the no-quarantine measure would be expanded across the country if Covid-19 case numbers continued to improve.
Indonesia, home to 270 million people, recorded nearly 25,000 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, with 254 deaths.
Bali received more than 6.3 million international visitors in 2019, but the number of foreign arrivals dropped to just 45 last year because of the Covid-19 lockdown.