Health insurance with coverage of at least US$100,000
7-day mandatory quarantine
Is Bali open for Americans?
Bali is open for Americans as long as they hold a business visa.
COVID-19 situation in Indonesia
As of today, the country has reported 4,266,649 positive cases and 144,136 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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December 20 – Bali to implement stricter restrictions from Dec. 23 to Jan. 3
The government has extended public activity restrictions (PPKM) in Bali and Java at least until Jan. 3.
Restaurants, bars and similar venues in level 1 areas will be able to operate at 75% capacity until 22:00. In level 2, the capacity will be reduced to 50% and could be open until 21:00. And those in level 3 at 25% capacity until 18:00.
Unvaccinated travelers engaging in domestic long travel must present a negative rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours before departure.
In addition, Bali has removed Norway from its list of “green countries.”
December 9 – Bali extends quarantine from 7 to 10 days
A few days after reintroducing a 7-day quarantine, Bali authorities have further extended the restriction to 10 days for all allowed travelers visiting from any of the 19 countries the island is open to.
The government has also banned all travel from 17 nations including Afghanistan, Botswana, Eswatini, Guinea, Hong Kong, Israel, Kamerun, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Returning nationals from any of these areas must undergo an even tightened quarantine period of 14 days.
December 1 – Bali extended quarantine from 3 to 7 days for all foreign tourists
The Indonesian government has extended its quarantine restriction for all international arrivals from 3 to 7 days, announced the Coordinator of Maritime and Investment Minister.
In addition, travelers who have been to Hong Kong, South Africa, Malawi, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Eswatini, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Lesotho are now required to undergo 14 days of quarantine upon arrival.
“I must admit that this will impact our tourism industry as people become more reluctant to travel,” said Bali’s Head of Badung Hotel and Restaurant Association.
November 3 – Bali could scrap quarantine for foreign tourists, says official
Indonesia’s central government is reportedly considering adopting Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) to allow visitors from certain countries to enter the country without quarantine.
“All of the leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed that we need to be more focused on reviving our tourism sector by implementing the VTL program,” said the Minister of Economic Coordination on Thursday.
Another alternative being considered is to shorten quarantine from five to two or three days for the remaining permitted tourists, which so far are only 19 countries.
October 22 – Bali, the world’s less booked destination, according to a study
Bali continues struggling to lure airlines to resume operations to the island even though it reopened for tourism on Oct. 14.
According to data released by the Skyscanner’s Horizons report, Bali currently holds the unenviable title of being the world’s less booked destination.
This could explain why airlines still refuse to accept the generous landing discounts offered by the Indonesian government.
Although few airlines have explicitly revealed their plans to restart their service to Bali, Qantas and Jetstar are reportedly in talks with the Indonesian government about accepting fully vaccinated Australians with a much reduced to no quarantine whatsoever.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.