Bali will reopen to tourists in July but the requirements and restrictions have not been released yet.
As of now, allowed visitors have to submit a negative COVID-19 test result, take an additional one on arrival, and quarantine for 5 days at a government-designated hotel or until they can produce a negative test.
Indonesia’s Tourism and Creative Economy Minister SandiagaUno is reportedly working on implementing a COVID-19 free corridor in Bali to allow foreign tourists to return.
June 7 – Indonesia will reopen Bali, Batam and Bintan in July, says government
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has announced the government will reopen Bali, Batam and Bintan in July, as the “locomotive regions” that will boost the tourism industry in the country.
The number of travel bubbles Indonesia will open and with what countries remains unclear.
Back in March, Indonesia’s Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno told reporters Australia would be among several countries he hoped could be included in a “COVID-free corridor.” Something similar was said about New Zealand.
However, Australia remains a banned country until Indonesian Federal Government says otherwise.
Regarding New Zealand, Indonesia is ready to welcome back Kiwis but those will need to spend 14-days at a government-approved facility when coming back home because it would be a one-way travel corridor only.
May 28 – Indonesia to speed up vaccination pace in Bali so it can be reopened in July
Bali authorities are confident they can reopen the resort island of Bali in July. To do so, the country is speeding up vaccinations and cordoning off multiple islands to avoid locals from spreading the virus from an island to the other.
“We are fortunate we are an archipelago nation. We can make bubbles around islands. On Monday I had a meeting with the President and he asked me to restrict the transmission for people from Sumatra to Java and to Bali,” said Indonesia’s deputy health minister Dante Saksono Harbuwono.
Everything seems to be set up. However, the Minister also mentioned that they not only rely on the help the central government can offer but also on neighboring countries’ airlines willing to come back in July.
May 13 – Bali to reassess the countries they will have travel bubbles with
It’s a fact. Bali is reopening in July. At least, this is what Bali deputy governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati and Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin have stated in recent days.
However, given the worrisome situation some parts of Asia are going through with countries breaking world records for the most new coronavirus cases in a day, and literally hundreds of people dying at hospitals’ doors, Bali authorities have announced they will reassess the countries they will have travel bubbles with.
The country had targeted Singapore, China, South Korea, India, the Netherlands and United Arab Emirates as the first potential allies, but now, they are having second thoughts. It has become evident there will be a shift in the rules.
“We can still hope for China, in terms of quantity, as they contributed quite a large [amount of tourists] in previous years,” said the governor.
For its part, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said that travel bubbles will be offered to countries that are able to contain the spread of the virus, have high vaccination rates, and could offer reciprocal benefits to the country.
Is Bali open for Americans?
Bali is open for Americans as long as they hold a business visa.
How to enter BALI during the pandemic?
Everyone traveling for humanitarian, volunteering, family, business, or investment purposes is allowed entry.
Digital nomads and remote workers with business visas are also allowed entry. For further information click here.
Dojo Bali coworking space has trained people to help travelers with this process.
COVID-19 situation in Indonesia
Indonesia has been relatively successful at handling the Covid-19 crisis, especially considering its status as a middle income country of more than 250 million inhabitants.
As of today, the country has reported 1,863,031 positive cases and 51,803 deaths.
Despite being an island chain that is roughly the size of the United States, most of those people live on a handful of islands in highly urbanized areas.
For many people in East Asia, face masks and social distancing are quite normal after so many contagious diseases over the past twenty years. Indonesia has not reached that point yet.
The government is trying everything necessary to maintain complete control of the pandemic without destroying much of Bali’s tourism-based economy in the balance.