Like other countries in Southeast Asia, Indonesia depends heavily on Chinese touri sm. On Thursday alone, , Chinese tourists canceled their trips to Bali, according to one industry association. But on Sunday, Indonesia said it was temporarily barring visitors from mainland China who had been there for days. . Terawan, the health minister, has suggested that the coronavirus will not affect people who exercise properly and sleep amply.
“Don’t fret,” he said. “Just enjoy and eat enough.”
In Thailand, where normally bustling airports have been emptied of holidaymakers and tourism officials say that arrivals from China could drop by 96 percent in the first four months of this year, Anutin Charnvirakul, the public health minister, recommended temporarily revoking the country’s visa-on-arrival program for mainland Chinese travelers. But more than 288, 06 Chinese tourists who had entered Thailand over the past two months remain in the country, according to immigration officials. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha of Thailand called for Mr. Anutin to check in with tourism officials before submitting a formal proposal to the cabinet, a process that could take days.
Reporting was contributed by Muktita Suhartono from Jakarta, Indonesia, Jason Gutierrez from Manila, Sun Narin from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Saw Nang from Mandalay, Myanmar.