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Indonesian president calls for South-East Asian travel corridor

Jakarta: Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Monday called for a South-East Asian travel corridor to revive the economy as coronavirus cases subsided in the region. He said countries in the region had imposed some of the world’s toughest restrictions to curb Covid-19.  “ASEAN economic recovery must be accelerated by reactivating travel, including safe tourism,” Joko told a business forum ahead of the summit of the Association of South-East Asian Nations.  “With the Covid-19 situation increasingly under control, mobility restrictions can be loosened,” he said.   He said the so-called ASEAN Travel Corridor Arrangement proposed by Indonesia last year should be implemented as soon as possible.  On October 14, Indonesia re-opened its tourist islands of Bali and Riau Archipelago to visitors from 19 countries, but fellow ASEAN countries including Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand were not among them.

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