As the two regions are seen to be better equipped, the Indonesian government would make it possible for international tourists to open doors in Batam and Bintan, the Riau Islands, before Bali.
Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno stating this.
"This is because Batam-Bintan are far more ready (than Bali)," Sandiaga said.
The opening tourist destination in Batam is Nongsa, while in Bintan it is Lagoi.
There were reported low and stable counts of covid-19 infection on the Riau Islands, with zero transmission reported in Nongsa and Lagoi.
They are scheduled for reopening on 21 April and around June and July in Bali.
The reopening of destinations for foreign tourists is possible gradually, subject of the order from President Joko Widodo, with the condition that there is control over the number of Covid-19 infections.
Sandiaga led a coordination meeting on Saturday in Nongsa and Lagoi on plans to open a safety corridor.
At this meeting, he invited the companies to rekindle the Riau Islands tourism sectors, particularly in Batam and Bintan, through the more disciplinary implementation of the health protocols.
"Let me underline that this is all possible to be done if Covid-19 infection on the Riau Islands is under control and can be suppressed as low as possible," the minister stressed.
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