Bali’s International Flights for Tourism Reopening All but Delayed

No direct flights to Bali yet. All international flights must transit to Jakarta first and do isolation for 5 days then you are eligible to visit Bali.

PLEASE WEAR MASK ALL THE TIME, follow all the regulations & health protocols from the governments.

All visits to Bali (either Domestic or International) must have PCR test – antigen test 3×24 hours (no longer than 7 days!). Check the full information regarding countries that are banned to enter Bali.

For those Travelers hoping to explore Bali this summer will have to wait a little longer as the Indonesian government just delayed the island’s reopening amid a rise in COVID-19 cases. In an interview on Monday, Indonesia’s tourism minister said the country will wait until cases fall significantly before welcoming international visitors again. Bali’s economy, which heavily depends on tourism, has been deeply impacted by the pandemic, but the government is still taking a cautious approach to reopening.

“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, said. “We will be waiting for the situation to be more conducive.” In recent weeks, the number of COVID-19 infections has steadily risen across all of Indonesia, including in Bali, where case numbers have quadrupled from about 50 per day to about 200 daily, according to official data, Reuters reported.

Uno said he wanted to hold off on reopening Bali until the COVID-19 caseload was about 30 or 40 per day. However, there are some lingering questions about the true number of COVID-19 infections in Bali, where testing rates are well below recommendations from the World Health Organization. In order to help kickstart tourism in Bali and isolate the island from the pandemic, Indonesia now requires domestic travellers to present a negative PCR test before entering. The government has also focused its vaccination efforts on Bali.

Approximately 71% of Balinese people have already received their first vaccine dose, while Uno says the island could reach its goal of full vaccination for 70% of the population by the end of July. In recent years, Bali has become a hot spot for digital nomads. While Indonesia intends to attract more temporary visitors, it also plans to offer a new visa specifically for remote workers. Under the new proposal, people who own or work for companies outside of Indonesia will be able to stay in the country on a five-year visa. “If they earn income within Indonesia, they will be taxed, but if it’s solely from overseas there will be zero tax,” Uno said.

The chief minister asked about the reopening of Bali when he announced the imminent application by Java and Bali of the tightened restrictions. Related Indonesia imposes emergency PPKM to fight COVID-19 outbreak, and it’s closest thing we’ve had to a lockdown. As for Bali, I think you can answer it yourself, Luhut said at the press conference this afternoon. There’s no way to reopen with this Delta variant, so we weren’t even thinking about it now. At the moment I was thinking about how to reduce [the COVID-19 crisis]. The government of President Joko Widodos today announced the toughest restrictions the country has seen during the pandemic, called the emergency enforcement of restrictions on public activities (PPKM emergency or Emergency PPKM in Indonesian), which is due to go into effect from July 3 to 20 and can be extended after re-examination.

Bali, along with other provinces in Java, will implement the emergency PPKM, which only requires takeout and delivery orders for restaurants, the closure of shopping malls and public facilities, as well as a Comprehensive Home Work Policy (WFH) for all workers in essential non-sectors, among other restrictions.

Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno, who oversaw plans to reopen Bali to international tourists, recently hinted at a delay. Nevertheless, hotel and tourism operators still hoped for a reopening in July if it was accompanied by high vaccination rates and strict adherence to health precautions. The government did not say when it would be safe to reopen Bali to international tourists. The province reported 311 new cases of coronavirus today. This is the highest daily number of infections since the daily infection rate rose to triple digits on June 19, after about a month of fewer than 100 new cases per day.

If you wonder about the newest regulations for travellers here are some insights for you. As per 25 April 2020, Indonesian government has banned all foreign arrivals and transits to Indonesian this of course includes Bali. Only travelers with a valid working permit and diplomats are allowed to enter and visit Bali.

These are the exception list that can visit Bali.

  1. Foreigners who hold Indonesian Temporary Stay Permit (KITAP) or Permanent Stay Permit (KITAS),
  2. Foreigners who hold Indonesian Diplomatic Visa or Service Visa,
  3. Foreigners who hold Indonesian Diplomatic Stay Permit or Service Stay Permit,
  4. Medical, food and humanitarian aid support workers,
  5. The crew of means of transport,
  6. People whose travel is associated with essential work for national strategies projects such as infrastructure or constructions.

Those foreigners in the list above must provide the following requirements:

  1. a certificate of health (in English) issued by their local government’s health authority, shows negative results for COVID-19 from a swab test based on the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR).
  2. the foreigners must have stayed for 14 days in areas which not affected by COVID-19 outbreak before entering, evidenced by an immigration stamp or boarding pass,
  3. statement of willingness to enter quarantine for 14 days in facilities provided by the Indonesian government.

 

Once Bali is open again for tourism, the risk to get infected in Bali might be as low or high as in any other place in the world. Indonesian authorities and particularly the ones in Bali have shown that they take the situation very seriously, and did shut down quickly bars and clubs, that did not enforce the safety regulations enough, or where the guests lacked discipline.

Bali is an “outdoor place”. The majority of restaurants in Bali are semi or even full open-air venues.  People are rarely indoors or in areas where there is no ventilation and fresh air. The virus is airborne and studies showed, that most mass-spreading happened in closed environments. Even during mass events and demonstrations that happened outdoor, no significant increase of infections has been reported. For now, we just can hope that the pandemic will end soon so the travel restriction could be erased by the government. Bali is having a really hard time right now, and we can not wait to see you as soon as possible to help us out from this hard situation.

 

 

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