Bali reopening to some foreign visitors

The Indonesian resort island of Bali has started accepting foreign tourists for the first time in more than a year.

The government said travelers from 19 countries, including Japan and France, are allowed to enter the island if they are fully vaccinated.
They are required to spend their first five days in quarantine.

The government had initially planned to welcome foreign arrivals in July, but it postponed the plan due to the spread of the coronavirus.

Bali's international airport is in the process of reopening, though no direct international flights to the island have been scheduled for this month.

A taxi driver said, "I hope the situation here will again be like it was, crowded with tourists."

Indonesia has been reporting around 1,000 daily cases in the past week. In Bali, 49 new cases were confirmed on Wednesday.