Press Statement of President of the Republic of Indonesia During the Inspection at Bunaken Tourism Area, North Sulawesi Province, January 20, 2023

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 20 Januari 2023
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President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Well, we have renovated the area. At least the façade is visible. Homestays for tourists have also been prepared. The Government has built 50 houses for the people. We hope many international tourists can visit Manado, North Sulawesi, especially in Bunaken.

Reporter

Is there any special procedure for tourists from China, Sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

We are open for tourists from all countries without exception, including from China. It seems that at the beginning of this February, many tourists from China will visit Manado, will visit North Sulawesi.

Reporter

When will Likupang area be opened for tourists, Sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

It is already open. However, we want to enhance the infrastructure. As it is designed as a special economic zone for tourism, we are paying attention to it so that Manado, North Sulawesi will become a priority tourist destination—this area, especially. It is open for tourists from China.

Reporter

Sir, one more, Sir. What are the COVID-19 protocols for international tourists, especially those from China?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Tourists… Once again, we are open for tourists from any country, but there will be many tourists from China and health protocols are of the utmost importance. Based on my observation, China carries out health screening for people leaving the country, so we do not have to worry. Second, our herd immunity is good. It is at 98.5 [percent].

Reporter

So there is no isolation anymore, Sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

No, there is not. There is no isolation anymore.

(DH/MUR)

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