Bali: Booster Vaccinations for International Travelers Off The Table

Bali: Booster Vaccinations for International Travelers Off The Table

Less than a week ago Indonesia announced it would ask visitors to show proof of a Booster Covid-19 vaccine in a matter of two weeks. The news was announced by the Java-Bali Covid-19 Restrictions Coordinator Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.

“The government will also re-implement the requirement for booster vaccination as a condition for travel by air, land, and sea, which will be carried out in a maximum of two weeks…To encourage booster vaccination, and support travel requirements and entry to public places, [venues] such as malls and offices will be changed to booster vaccinations [centers]”. Pandjaitan said at a press conference

Now, it seems that the government has thought twice about the potential consequences for the tourism sector.

According to documents issued by the Indonesian government, the changes to travel regulations that take effect July 17 apply only to Indonesian citizens.

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Indonesian nationals who wish to travel by air domestically or abroad will be required to provide confirmation of their booster vaccination as of July 17. 

If for any reason they have not yet received their booster shot, they can obtain it at all legal entry points in Indonesia, including airports.

The new travel rules for Indonesian nationals are detailed on the government’s Covid-19 Information website.

In summary, Bali has stated that vaccination requirements for international visitors have not changed.

Fully vaccinated travelers also do not need a PCR test before arriving in Indonesia.

Countries with high numbers of international tourists to Bali, such as Australia and New Zealand, are beginning national discussions about the possible need for booster vaccinations in the near future.

Last Thursday, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said booster vaccinations are needed for all populations.

He told the media that conducting a booster vaccination campaign in Australia is a “matter of urgency” and an “inevitable” aspect of the pandemic.

The change in travel regulations for Indonesian citizens comes at a time when the government is trying to meet vaccination targets.

For booster vaccinations, coverage is only 24% of the fully vaccinated population, compared to 81% coverage with the second vaccine. The renewed focus on the booster vaccination program in Indonesia comes as case rates continue to rise throughout the country, including in Bali.