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Bali To Reopen For Tourism in October 2021, Says Indonesian Government

Bali is closed for tourism but may reopen in October. For now, allowed visitors need to submit a negative COVID-19 test result, take an additional one on arrival.

They also need to quarantine for 14 days at a government-designated hotel or until they can produce a negative test.

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BALI Reopening Tourism – Latest Updates

September 20 – Bali to reopen for tourism in October says government

Following a substantial drop in Covid-19 cases, Indonesia may permit international tourists to come back to Bali and other areas of the country in October, said Senior Minister Luhut Pandjaitan.

If the decrease in infections continues “we are very confident” that Bali could be reopened by October, said the minister. 

According to data released by Luhut, the “reproduction rate is below 1” and the national hospital bed capacity has fallen below 15%, some of the best figures seen since the latest spike in cases.

Source: Reuters

September 8 – Bali plans to test its first international travel bubble soon

After countless tries, Bali is ready to open its first travel corridor soon, said I Putu Astawa, the Head of the Bali’s Tourism Agency. 

Citing the need to restart the tourism economy in the region, Astawa confirmed on Sunday that “the government finally plans to test the reopening of the international travel corridor for Bali in the near future.” 

He also mentioned that all tourism workers have been vaccinated and all accommodation venues were certified in the Clean Health Safety and Environment (CHSE) protocol.

Source: The Bali Sun

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.

Bali e-visa information

COVID-19 situation in Indonesia

As of today, the country has reported 4,192,695 positive cases and 140,634 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.


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August 13 – Bali eases restrictions for vaccinated people

The government extended level-4 restrictions in Bali to curb the spread of COVID-19. New restrictions will be in force at least until August 16.

However, authorities decided to ease most of those COVID curbs for fully vaccinated people. Starting next week, malls, restaurants, offices and markets will be open for vaccinated people in several major cities. 

“Vaccinated people are entitled to more relaxed protocols than unvaccinated ones,” said Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin.

“The virus will stay with us for long. We need to have a road map that anticipates it could take years to get rid of the virus, and adopt the appropriate health protocols that will allow us to continue with economic activities in a safer circumstance.”

Balinese locals deeply disagree with the measure since they have not been able to get a vaccine. Many of them have jobs in local markets which means they won’t be able to come back to work.  

Source: The Australian

August 13 – Bali eases restrictions for vaccinated people

The government extended level-4 restrictions in Bali to curb the spread of COVID-19. New restrictions will be in force at least until August 16.

However, authorities decided to ease most of those COVID curbs for fully vaccinated people. Starting next week, malls, restaurants, offices and markets will be open for vaccinated people in several major cities. 

“Vaccinated people are entitled to more relaxed protocols than unvaccinated ones,” said Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin.

“The virus will stay with us for long. We need to have a road map that anticipates it could take years to get rid of the virus, and adopt the appropriate health protocols that will allow us to continue with economic activities in a safer circumstance.”

Balinese locals deeply disagree with the measure since they have not been able to get a vaccine. Many of them have jobs in local markets which means they won’t be able to come back to work.  

Source: The Australian

July 30 – Indonesia to loosen COVID-19 restrictions on Aug. 2 but Bali has no reopening in sight

President Joko Widodo has confirmed that businesses and malls will be allowed to reopen on August 2, despite the massive COVID-19 outbreak the country is facing especially in the islands of Java and Bali where hospitals are facing oxygen shortages.

Local media states that this decision was made because Bali has experienced the worst in terms of the economy compared to other regions, as tourism has virtually died.

The government had suggested it could reopen Bali at the beginning of August. Instead, it has gone silent about it. 

Source: ABC Net

July 15 – Bali launches new “no vax, no fly” policy for foreign visitors

The COVID-19 Task Force has launched a new policy which mandates that all international arrivals must both bring a negative COVID-19 test and produce a vaccine certificate, otherwise, “no vax, no fly”.

Indonesia’s Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno had announced Bali would reopen in July 2021 to vaccinated tourists. However, a worrisome growing spike in Covid-19 infections has pushed this date back at least for the beginning of August. 

But according to local media this probably won’t happen either. The Red Cross has recently warned that Indonesia is “on the edge of catastrophe” because of a rapid rise in Covid-19.

So far, the country has vaccinated only 5% of its total population, being Bali the island with more vaccinations per capita. 

Source: NZHerald

July 3 – Bali to hold off on reopening Bali for tourism until the beginning of August, says government 

Indonesia’s Minister for Tourism and Cultural Economy Sandiaga Uno, has announced the government will wait until COVID-19 cases decrease before reopening Bali to international visitors.

“We were targeting end of July, beginning of August, but we just have to be mindful of where we are in this recent spike (in coronavirus cases),” Indonesia’s Minister for Tourism and the Cultural Economy, Sandiaga Uno, told Reuters in an interview on Monday.

On July 2, the country enforced a new lockdown on its main island Java, as well as Bali. As of today, Indonesia is reporting more than 20,000 new cases per day.

(Source: Reuters)

July 24 – Bali could reopen for tourism as soon as stakeholders adhere to health protocols, said government. 

Although no official reopening date has been confirmed by the Balinese government, hoteliers and local media suggest Bali could reopen by the end of July.

Tourism and Creative Economy Minister, Sandiaga Uno spoke about the importance of adhering to health protocols so the country can reopen even amidst the pandemic. 

“All of our activities should be in accordance with the micro-scale public activity restrictions (Micro PPKM) and we can only revive (tourism) if we observe the health protocols,” said the Minister at a business training in West Java yesterday. 

For its part, Chairman of the Bali Hotels Association (BHA), Jean Heliere announced that the organization is closely working with Phuket Hotels Association (Thailand) to implement effective strategies that allow them to move forward. 

(Source: Antara News)

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.  

(Source: NZHerald)