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Bali reopens to travelers from 19 countries in monthlong program

Visitors must quarantine for 5 days in designated hotels

A man straightens beach loungers as the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Sept. 14 as it prepares to welcome international visitors vaccinated against COVID-19.   © Antara Foto/Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesia reopened the popular holiday island of Bali to travelers from select countries on Thursday, offering a ray of hope to the tourism-dependent economy, which has been ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel to the island from 19 countries, including China, Japan and South Korea, along with a number of countries from the Middle East and Europe, is now permitted. The trial reopening will last a month, Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno said on Monday.

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