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Quarantine-Free Bali Puts Indonesia On Track for Broad Reopening

A traveler pushes a cart upon arrival at the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali on March 7.
A traveler pushes a cart upon arrival at the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali on March 7.Photographer: Putu Sayoga/Bloomberg

An ongoing trial in Bali to let international visitors enter without quarantine is boding well for a broader reopening of Indonesia’s borders, said a senior minister.

“We see the Covid situation is improving,” said Luhut Panjaitan, coordinating minister for maritime affairs and investment who oversees the pandemic response for Java and Bali. Indonesia is on track to lift all quarantine rules in April or earlier, as foreign tourists in Bali now only need to wait for a negative test result on arrival before being released, he added.