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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Reopening of Bali

#ItstimeforBali, the Indonesian government has officially opened the island of Bali to domestic and international travelers. To complement this reopening, Bali will also provide you with 3 utmost efforts to make your travel safer and more comfortable, namely vaccination program reinforcement, implementation of CHSE (Cleanliness, Health, Safety & Environmental Sustainability), and provision of safety protocols for all. Below are the frequently asked questions regarding the arrival requirements to Bali. You can also find the good news, that starting from 18 May 2022 RT-PCR test results are no longer required to be taken from the country or region of origin. Read the details and see you in Bali soon!

 

1 | Are we allowed to fly to Bali?

According to the Circular Letter of the Directorate General of Immigration No. IMI-0650.GR.01.01 of 2022 concerning the Ease of Immigration to Support Sustainable Tourism during the COVID-19 Pandemic effective from 27 July 2022, below are the list of countries and special entities for Visa On Arrival ( VOA ) for tourism purposes, in alphabetical order:

  1. Argentina
  2. Australia
  3. Austria
  4. Bahrain
  5. Belarus
  6. Belgium
  7. Bosnia Herzegovina
  8. Brazil
  9. Brunei Darussalam
  10. Bulgaria
  11. Cambodia
  12. Canada
  13. China
  14. Colombia
  15. Croatia
  16. Cyprus
  17. Czech Republic
  18. Denmark
  19. Egypt
  20. Estonia
  21. Finland
  22. France
  23. Germany
  24. Greece
  25. Hong Kong
  26. Hungary
  27. India
  28. Ireland
  29. Italy
  30. Japan
  31. Jordan
  32. Kuwait
  33. Laos
  34. Latvia
  35. Lithuania
  36. Luxembourg
  37. Malaysia
  38. Maldives
  39. Malta
  40. Mexico
  41. Monaco
  42. Morocco
  43. Myanmar
  44. Netherland
  45. New Zealand
  46. Norway
  47. Oman
  48. Peru
  49. Philippines
  50. Poland
  51. Portugal
  52. Qatar
  53. Romania
  54. Russia
  55. Saudi Arabia
  56. Serbia
  57. Seychelles
  58. Singapore
  59. Slovakia
  60. Slovenia
  61. South Africa
  62. South Korea
  63. Spain
  64. Sweden
  65. Switzerland
  66. Taiwan
  67. Thailand
  68. Timor Leste
  69. Tunisia
  70. Türkiye
  71. Ukraine
  72. United Arab Emirates
  73. United Kingdom
  74. United States of America
  75. Vietnam

 

The list of countries and special entities for Visit Visa Exemption Arrangement facility for tourism, in alphabetical order are:

  1. Brunei Darussalam,
  2. Cambodia,
  3. Laos,
  4. Malaysia,
  5. Myanmar,
  6. Philippines,
  7. Singapore,
  8. Thailand, and
  9. Vietnam.


You can also find the complete details of the updated rules, regulations, and ports of entry here. Foreigners from countries aside from those mentioned above can enter Bali by applying for e-visa before departure.

 

2 | Which entrances can we access to enter Indonesia?

There are several entrances for international travelers to visit Indonesia. As for Bali in particular, according to the Circular Letter of the COVID-19 Task Force Number 25 of 2022 concerning Health Protocols for International Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic, international travelers can enter through I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport and Tanjung Benoa Seaport, Bali.

 

3 | Is there a mandatory self-quarantine?

According to the Circular Letter of the COVID-19 Task Force Number 25 of 2022 concerning Health Protocols for International Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic, as of 31 August 2022, a mandatory self-quarantine no longer applies.

 

4 | Which visas are allowed for entering Bali?

On 27 July 2022, the government updated the list of ports of entry for the Visa On Arrival (VOA) and Visa Exemption Arrangement Facilities Holders for Tourism Purpose. The list of countries and special entities eligible are as mentioned in question number 1. Travelers outside of the said countries can apply for e-visa before visiting Bali. Proof of insurance ownership based on the requirement under the provisions from the COVID-19 Task Force is also included as the mandatory requirement.

 

5 | What health protocols should we follow as we arrive in Bali?

As stated in the Circular Letter of the COVID-19 Task Force Number 25 of 2022 concerning Health Protocols for International Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic, all travelers entering Bali should adhere to the detailed requirements that you can find on this link.

The protocols can be summarized as follows:

1. All foreign travelers (foreign nationals) who will enter the territory of the Republic of Indonesia shall adjust their travel documents to ensure compliance with the provisions regarding the foreign travelers allowed to enter the territory of Indonesia, which includes Covid-19 vaccination certificates, recommended health protocols, along with the use of PeduliLindungi application while in Indonesia. Provisions for RT-PCR examination and quarantine period are not required except under certain conditions.

2. Foreign travelers must show a card/certificate (physical or digital) proving that you have received COVID-19 vaccine consisting of two doses of vaccine administered at least 14 days before departure.

  1. Foreign travelers who undergo post-COVID recovery are allowed to continue the journey by attaching a doctor's certificate from the Government Hospital of the country of departure or the ministry that carries out government affairs in the health sector in the country of departure stating that the person concerned is no longer actively transmitting COVID-19 or the COVID-19 recovery certificate;
  2. Foreign travelers with special health conditions or comorbidities that cause travelers to have not and/or unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, are allowed to continue the journey by attaching a doctor's certificate from the Government Hospital from the country of departure, stating that the person concerned has not and/or is unable to take part in the COVID-19 vaccination.

3. Upon arrival at the entry points, foreign travelers must undergo a COVID-19 symptom check, including a body temperature check, with the following conditions :

  1. If there is no symptom of COVID-19 and body temperature is below 37.5 degrees Celsius: no need to undergo RT-PCR examination upon arrival

  2. If there is any symptom of COVID-19 or body temperature above 37.5 degrees Celsius: must undergo RT-PCR examination upon arrival.

4. As a requirement for domestic travel or departure abroad from Indonesia, international travelers with the status of Indonesian citizens aged 18 years and above must present a card/certificate (physical or digital) of receiving the third dose of COVID-19 vaccine (booster) displayed through the PeduliLindungi application. You can check out this link to find out about the detailed regulations for domestic travel.

5. The provision regarding the period of isolation (quarantine) no longer applies. All foreign travelers without symptoms related to COVID-19 and whose body temperature is below 37.5 degrees Celsius are able to continue their journey. However, it is highly recommended to monitor their health independently.

6. All travelers are strongly advised to follow the health protocols such as :

  1. Wearing 3 ply of fabric mask or medical grade mask, covering nose, mouth, and chin at indoor settings or any crowded situations;

  2. Replacing the mask regularly within every 4 hours, and dispose the waste in the proper place;

  3. Washing hands regularly with water and soap or hand sanitizers;

  4. Maintaining social distance for a minimum of 1.5 meters and avoiding crowds; and

  5. Keeping in mind that it is advised not to have one-way or two-way communication by telephone or in person throughout the trip using public transportation modes of land, rail, sea, river, lake, ferry, and air.

 

7. The above policies are temporary and will be readjusted according to global health developments.

 

6 | Should we show proof of vaccination from our country of origin?

All travelers, which include both Indonesian citizens and foreigners, must show a card or certificate (physical or digital) of second dose vaccination at least 14 days before departure as a requirement to enter Bali. If you’re a foreign national, make sure your vaccination data is verified beforehand by Indonesia’s Ministry of Health. Check out this page to learn about how to verify your vaccination status. 

The obligation to show a second dose vaccination card or certificate (physical or digital) as a requirement to enter Indonesia will be excluded if you:

  • Are diplomatic visa holders or service visa holders related to official/state visits of foreign officials at ministerial level and above, or if you enter Indonesia under the Travel Corridor Arrangement (TCA);

  • Are under 18 years old;

  • Are undergoing post-COVID recovery
  • Are having special health conditions or comorbid illnesses that prevent you from receiving vaccines.

     

7 | Should we take another RT-PCR and do a self-quarantine again?

According to the Circular Letter of the COVID-19 Task Force Number 25 of 2022 concerning Health Protocols for International Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic, RT-PCR tests are only required for those who are detected with a symptom of COVID-19 or showing a body temperature above 37.5 degrees Celsius upon arrival.

8 |  What if my RT-PCR test result is positive?

If your RT-PCR test during arrival or quarantine shows a positive result, then you will have to:

  • If asymptomatic or experiencing mild symptoms, isolation or treatment is carried out in isolation hotels or centralized isolation facilities set by the government; or

  • If accompanied by moderate or severe symptoms, and/or with uncontrolled comorbidities, isolation or treatment at a COVID-19 referral hospital is carried out;

  • The cost of isolation/treatment for foreigners is borne independently, while for Indonesian citizens it is borne by the government.

     

9 | What happens if we can't pay for self-quarantine and/or treatment at the hospital?

Sponsor parties, Ministries, Institutions, or State-Owned Companies that approve the entry permit for you will then be responsible for it.

 

10 | ​Which vaccines are accepted in Indonesia?

The Indonesian government recognizes all types of vaccines. The card/certificate will be accepted in English and other foreign languages. Please make sure your vaccination data is verified beforehand by Indonesia’s Ministry of Health, as specified in question no.6.

 

11 | What if we plan to depart on a domestic trip?

If you’re already in Indonesia and planning to depart on a domestic trip, we suggest you find an updated regulation regarding domestic travel by clicking the link here.

 

Kindly visit this link to check out all the accomodations in Bali that have been granted the CHSE (Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability) certification.

During your stay in Bali, make sure to always comply with the CHSE (Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability) protocols, including wearing a mask frequently, keeping your distance from others, as well as washing your hands with soap regularly. Keep yourself up to date and get the latest trip inspiration by following our official social media on Instagram @wonderfulindonesia, Facebook @WonderfulIndonesia, Twitter @wonderfulid, TikTok @wonderfulid, and Youtube Wonderful Indonesia.

 

*Disclaimer : This article was updated on August 31, 2022. Due to the dynamic nature of travel regulations, please stay updated and confirm your itinerary with your chosen travel providers.