“We hope we can learn pros and cons of opening travel bubbles with these first four countries, before we can apply it to other nations” he said.
Statistics Indonesia noted that China and Australia led the way in foreign tourist numbers in 2019, with 2.072.079 and 1.386.803 respectively. Japan is third with 519.623, while 388.316 South Koreans visited Indonesia last year.
A one way deal
However, Japan has named Indonesia as one of 111 countries, along with the United States, the entire European Union, and most Asian nations, whose nationals are still barred entry.
The Kyodo News said Tokyo is only considering loosening criteria for the nationals of Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Vietnam to enter the country, due to their success in reducing Covid-19 cases.
A number of countries have started experimenting with travel bubbles after imposing lockdowns and other strictures during the coronavirus pandemic. They include countries in the same region such as Australia and New Zealand, and the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. (Writer: Nabilla Ramadhian/Editors: Kahfi Dirga Cahya/Ni Luh Made Pertiwi F.