OREANDA-NEWS. Indonesian President Joko Widodo hopes to open Bali to tourists by mid-2021, when the island becomes collectively immune to COVID-19 thanks to vaccinations. It is reported by the Indonesian agency ANTARA.

"The preparation of this place for the reception of foreign guests must take place in the conditions of strict observance of precautionary measures and a disciplined attitude towards the implementation of the protocols of epidemiological safety," said Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno.

In Bali, during the pandemic, 37 thousand people were infected with a coronavirus infection, 34.5 thousand recovered, and more than a thousand died.

Earlier ATOR reported that the Bali authorities have determined the final list of resorts that will be included in the "green zone" for receiving foreign tourists.

Island Governor Wayan Koster has announced that international travelers will be allowed access to Ubud, Sanur and Nusa Dua. This decision was made with the approval of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia.

Initially, Kuta and Nusa Penida were also on the list, but so far foreigners will not be allowed there.

Creation of "green zones" is included in the nationwide program "Covid-19 safe travel". The strategy is to vaccinate everyone who lives and works in these designated areas.

In addition, as expected, the governor signed a law toughening penalties for violators of antiquated rules, including foreigners. They will be fined $ 70, and in case of repeated misconduct, they will be immediately deported from Indonesia.