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Indonesia has reopened the airport in the resort island of Bali for international flights today, after closing it for more than a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indonesia has reopened the airport in the resort island of Bali for some international flights today, after closing it for 18 months over of the COVID-19 pandemic.

International arrivals must show proof of hotel bookings and undergo five days of mandatory hotel quarantine.

But Australia is not among the handful of countries allowed to fly to Bali.

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The Indonesian government announced earlier this month, Bali would be open to visitors from South Korea, China, Japan, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand.

Indonesia, the world's fourth-most populous country, has recorded more than 4.2 million COVID-19 cases with 142,261 deaths, but infections have decreased in the last few weeks after peaking in mid-July.

Tourism and Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said Bali's reopening is focusing on travellers and returning expatriates who used to live in Bali.

The government said it is putting safety first as vaccination rates on the island remain relatively low.

"The most important priority is the safety of the Indonesian people in terms of health and being protected from the potential spike in new cases of COVID-19," Mr Uno said.

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Bali will reopen to some international tourists from next week.

Bali has been a long time favourite for Australian tourists, but it remains uncertain when they will be able to travel there.

Qantas is now accepting bookings on services to London, Vancouver and Singapore from December 18.

Flights to destinations with lower vaccination rates - including Bali, Jakarta, Manila and Johannesburg - are expected to restart in March or April next year, Qantas said.

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Source: 9News

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