Bali will be open to tourists in July. 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.
March 29 – Bali will be officially reopening for tourism in July 2021.
On March 26, the Indonesian government officially announced the reopening of some “green areas” in Bali where travelers will be allowed to visit and stay. This reopening is set for July.
Also, the government is reportedly creating travel bubbles with a number of countries to boost tourism in the rest of Indonesia, said deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Angela Tanoesoedibjo.
According to the coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the country will be preparing the parameters to establish reciprocal travel bubbles with other countries.
In both cases, the government made clear that countries with low rates of infection and high vaccination rates will be prioritized.
Indonesia’s central government is considering creating a “COVID-free corridor” for tourists from low risk countries to visit only select areas of Bali -which the local media has started to call “green areas.”- Those would include Nusa Dua on the southern side of the island.
The Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno mentioned that Australia, China, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan would be the first countries to be included on this new reopening strategy.
In a meeting held on Feb. 25, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno and the coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan officially discussed multiple options to reopen Bali for international tourists.
Minister Luhut stated that the new plan contains penalties for health protocols violations and warnings for foreign visitors. According to Luhut, the government is considering reopening to international tourists once the COVID-19 situation crisis has improved in the country.
The country started COVID-19 vaccinations for education sector workers on Wednesday. The government expects to be able to administer 5 million doses by June.
Tourism and Creative Economy Minister SandiagaUno has revealed the Indonesia government has been discussing the possibility of opening a “free corridor” in Bali to boost the tourism sector. The idea is to allow tourists to return to the celebrated island before they can travel to the rest of Indonesia.
He also mentioned that speed up vaccination rollout in Bali would help such recovery. The date of this potential reopening has not been announced yet.
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 1,501,093 positive cases and 40,581 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.