Indonesia names 3 ‘green zones’ of Bali to welcome foreign tourists

7 Jul 2022

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The governor of Bali, Indonesia, has designated three areas of the province as Covid-19 "green zones" to welcome foreign visitors, a move Thai officials may be interested in. As Indonesia takes tentative steps toward reopening its borders, the popular tourist destinations of Ubud, Sanur, and Nusa Dua have all been classified as "green zones."

Wayan Koster, the governor of Bali, says the three zones are part of a wider "Covid-19 safe travel" strategy, and the initiative was taken out with Indonesia's Health Minister and Tourism and Creative Economy Minister's cooperation and approval. The green zones are part of a Covid-free corridor, according to officials, where all residents and businessmen in Ubud, Sanur, and Nusa Dua will be vaccinated against Covid-19.

According to a Coconuts report, 50,000 residents in Ubud, 60,000 in Nusa Dua, and 27,000 in Sanur will be vaccinated against the virus. All residents of officially selected villages and sub-districts will be vaccinated.

However, Dicky Budiman, an epidemiologist at Griffith University in Australia, warns that before the province reopens for tourism, it should set a target of at least two weeks with no new deaths from the virus, as well as some other conditions.

Indonesia has recorded 1,398,578 infections and 37,932 deaths since the instances. President Joko Widodo was the first one to receive the vaccine, which began in January.