Indonesians Travel Again

Indonesians are currently “offline” celebrating the end of the Muslim fasting month (Lebaran) by doing what people all over the world are doing: traveling again. Similarly, with the return of visa-on-arrival, and the relaxation of testing protocols foreign tourists are returning to Bali and will no doubt, be traveling to other top destinations. (Editor’s Note)

Thousands of people have flocked to tourist destinations across Jakarta during the Idul Fitri holidays, after the government lifted COVID-19 travel curbs for this year’s festivities due to encouraging pandemic indicators. This year, the government also extended the Idul Fitri holidays to six days until Friday. Taman Impian Jaya Ancol (Ancol Dreamland Park) in North Jakarta recorded some 70,000 visitors on Tuesday, PT Pembangunan Jaya Ancol corporate communication manager Eko Nugoroho said. Having diverse attractions from beaches to the Dufan amusement park, Ancol is one of the most popular tourism spots in Jakarta and attracts visitors from inside and outside the capital. “Today has seen the highest [number of visitors] since the pandemic began,” Eko said on Tuesday, as quoted by “Most of the visitors went to the beaches, with Dufan coming a close second.” According to Eko, the figure of 70,000 visitors crowding the park on Tuesday was almost double the number of visitors on Monday, at 38,000. Before the pandemic, Ancol welcomed an average of 30,000 to 40,000 visitors on weekends. (Jakarta Post)