The Indonesian government has announced that the country will remain closed to foreign tourism for at least the rest of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is aiming to support an industry with local visitors that is essential for the development of the archipelago of is crucial.
“It seems that we will not receive foreign tourists until the end of the year. First we want to consolidate,” said the Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Pandjaitan, during a meeting with the business community this Thursday. The government wants to increase domestic tourism by up to 70 percent.
In March, the government banned foreigners from entering the country to contain the spread of the virus and only allowed entry for essential or official reasons. Pandjaitan’s embassy contradicts plans by the Balinese authorities to allow foreign nationals to visit this tourist enclave from September 11th.
The new announcement coincides with a recovery in infections. The Department of Health reported 2,098 new cases this Thursday, a total of 132,816, while the death toll rose to 5,968, 65 more than on the previous tally.