Indonesia Expat

Dear Readers,

- Edo Frese

The tourism industry is giving its all to revive itself. Livelihood­s have been affected, mental health issues have reared their heads, and, well, the economy is at a standstill.

The Tourism and Creative Economy Minister, Sandiaga Uno, has prepared several plans to get the country’s tourism back on track. However, the recent surge of active COVID-19 cases is probably going to hinder the ministry’s plans.

Bali, for example, is expecting to welcome internatio­nal tourists back to its three green zones - Nusa Dua, Sanur and Ubud - this July. Lots of preparatio­ns have been put in place by the Bali provincial government. The minister, like the people of Bali, is waiting for the green light from President Joko Widodo. No official news has been released as of yet. Do you think Bali will get approval to reopen this year?

Whatever that outcome, domestic travels may be halted too, if the recent alarming spike in daily COVID-19 cases continues any longer. On the bright side, vaccinatio­n for Indonesian­s and foreigners age 18 and above living in the Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi areas can get jabbed now. Register now!

We can get through this! Read this Travel and Tourism Issue and keep hold of it as a reference for your future travels. Indonesia Expat features enchanting destinatio­ns across the country. This archipelag­o has endless destinatio­ns to visit at least once in your life.

Don’t forget to check out our daily news updates at indonesiae­ Follow our Instagram @ indonesiae­xpat and Facebook @indonesia.expat to stay updated on the daily COVID-19 case numbers and news, as well as attractive promotions from your favourite hotels, restaurant­s, and schools across the country. Now you can access Indonesia Expat on the Tripper app, available on iOS and Android for free.

Happy reading!

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