You know what time it is? Yes, #ItstimeforBali! Recently, the president of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, has imposed new regulations for those who are planning to visit Bali by air, as an initial step to re-open the island again. The regulations were issued during the Restricted Meeting (Ratas) regarding the evaluation of the Implementation of Community Activity Restrictions (PPKM), on 11 October 2021. These new regulations have been implemented effective immediately since 14 October 2021. By relaxing the travel restrictions to Bali, the Indonesian Government hopes that this move will be able to revitalize the country’s tourism.
And to support this process of reopening, the Indonesian Government will ensure to keep their utmost efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, namely by maintaining Indonesia’s status as one of the countries with the highest vaccination rates, one of the highest CHSE certifications, as well as being the country that consistently provides safety protocols for all visitors.
Who is eligible?
There are 19 countries that are allowed to open their international flights to Bali. These countries are also allowed to open their flights to the Riau Islands. These 19 countries are:
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
These countries were chosen by the Indonesian Government as they have a low COVID-19 positivity rate, in accordance with the standards of World Health Organizations (WHO), as specified in the Decree of the COVID-19 Task Force No. 15 of 2021.
Pre-departure preparation regarding visas
Before departing to Bali and Riau Islands, you need to prepare yourself with the information about the visa and requirements to enter Indonesia.
As an effort to provide ease of access, the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights has launched an electronic visa (e-Visa) application system. This e-Visa was launched to assist foreign travelers who intend to visit Indonesia. It allows foreigners to apply for a visa online without hassle. Check out this article to gather more information about e-Visa.
In accordance with the Decree of the Minister of Law and Human Rights (KEPMENKUMHAM) No. M.HH-03.GR.01.05 of 2021, below are the current types of visas allowed to enter the Indonesian territory:
You can visit this page to gather more information related to the types of visas currently applicable for Indonesia
When you have arrived at the airports, there are several measures you need to take before you can continue your travel. According to Circular of Covid-19 Task Force No. 20 Year 2021, regarding Domestic Travel Health Protocol during the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), all international travelers, whether they are Indonesian citizens or foreign nationals, should comply with the existing health protocols.
You will be able to enter the territory of Indonesia under the following conditions:
Through entry points (airports) in Bali and the Riau Islands.
Can show a card or certificate of receipt of COVID-19 vaccine and a negative RT-PCR test result.
Short Visit Visa or other entry permits in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
Proof of ownership of health insurance with a minimum coverage value of USD 100,000 which includes financing for handling COVID-19.
Proof of booking confirmation and payment (booking) for accommodation from the accommodation provider while staying in Indonesia.
You can visit this page to gather more information regarding the latest health protocol regulations in Indonesia.
Below are the arrival and departure flow you have to follow if you travel to Bali via I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport:
International arrival flow
International departure flow
According to the Circular Addendum of Covid-19 Task Force No. 20 Year 2021, you are also required to undergo mandatory 3 x 24 hours quarantine following your arrival, granted that you have received a full-dose vaccine.
On the last day of self-quarantine, another RT-PCR test will be conducted. If the test shows a negative result, you will be immediately declared for completed quarantine. Meanwhile, if the RT-PCR test shows a positive result then you will have to undergo the following procedures:
Here is the list of hotels in Indonesia that provide a mandatory quarantine facility.
Do also visit this page to check out accommodations in Bali that have been CHSE (Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability) certified.
After you have completed your quarantine, remember to always comply with the health protocols by keeping necessary habits such as keeping your distance, wearing a mask in public places, and washing hands regularly. Keep yourself updated with the latest information about traveling regulations in Bali by checking out this page.
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