Latest Corona Virus Bali,Indonesia Update
Like everywhere in the world these days, also the Indonesian government has two main goals: one, to stop the virus from spreading. Second, to manage the health care system and underlying logistics to cope with the current situation.
International tourism has been put on a halt since March 2020 by stopping the visa free regulations, that allowed visitors from 160 countries to come to Indonesia without a visa. This left a little door open for the Bali lovers to come, because until 31st December it was still possible to apply for a Business or Social Visa with the help of an agent.
But due to the outbreaks of new mutations, Indonesia has now implemented a stricter lockdown until 28th of January, which could be extended.
We don’t expect Bali to open for “normal tourism” (visa free or visa on arrival) soon. We expect however, that soon it will be possible to come to Bali again by applying for a business or social visa like it has been before the 31st of December.
In any case, foreigners holding a KITAS, KITAP (work permit, residency) or with diplomatic visas, can still enter Indonesia.
Corona Corona Travel Status Quo
Current Travel Restrictions and Immigration Policies Bali – Indonesia
- All Indonesian Borders are closed down for foreign visitors until 28th January 2021 (also holders of Business and Social Visas)
- Indonesian citizens from abroad, Holders of Diplomatic Visa, Duty Visa for Ministerial Level, KITAS and KITAP are still allowed to enter Bali – Indonesia but will be put into an hotel at their own expense for 5 days (quarantine) and subject to 2 tests
- The Central Immigration Office in Jakarta will return to process all types of OFFSHORE visa applications not before 28th January 2021 or until further notice
- Foreigners staying in Bali or other areas in Indonesia for now are expected to still be able to extend their Business and Social Visas ONSHORE after the 28th of January
Flying Requirements TO Bali – Indonesia
- There is NO direct flight to Bali. All foreign visitors must go through Jakarta International Airport – Soekarno Hatta
- Must show a negative Covid-19 PCR/ SWAB TEST document upon arrival. Test must be taken maximum 48 hours before flight at origin country.
- Filling up personal data information in e-HAC Indonesia app (an official application from Indonesia authority to monitor the migration of people within the country)
- Visitors are required to take another PCR/ SWAB TEST upon arrival
- While waiting for the results (five days), visitors will be quarantined in appointed hotels, at their own cost.
- On the fifth day of the quarantine, visitors must go through another Rapid Test, and if the results are negative, you may continue your journey
- In case of positive result on PCR/ SWAB TEST, visitors will be sent to a hospital at their own cost
Is it ok traveling to Bali? Is Bali Safe?
Corona Situation in Bali:
- Situation in Bali is very much controlled. The numbers had been considerably low compared to other areas in the country, even worldwide
- Most travelers have left Bali. There are no international tourists at the moment
- Indonesia has banned all foreign arrivals until 11th of September
- All citizens and visitors are asked to follow the guidelines of “SOCIAL DISTANCING”
- Food shopping and other important necessities are still possible
- A decent amount of restaurants, bars and hotels have opened again
- Major events have been cancelled and the governor has instructed the Balinese to stay away from mass events (religions and non-religious).
- Tourist attractions and beaches that had been closed are opening gradually
- Thousands of Balinese lost their jobs and businesses start to go bankrupt without ANY income. Personal hardship for the Balinese is very high
Health Risks in Bali
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 have been reported.
- a runny nose
- sore throat
- sometimes diarrhea
- aching joints & muscles
Severe cases may experience breathing problems or develop a lung infection.
Disease symptoms can emerge up to 14 days after infection.
What to do when you are getting sick in Bali and Indonesia
If you feel that you might have been infected you should as first measure prevent other people to get in contact with you and also inform the people who have been in contact with you lately, about your condition and see, if they have also experienced similar symptoms.
Call 112 or 223333 (Bali area)
The operator will guide you through the process. Usually patients will be picked up if they need to go to hospital.
The Bali provincial government has assigned five hospitals to handle cases of corona virus infections. The Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar, Sanjiwani General Hospital in Gianyar regency, Tabanan General Hospital, Udayana University Hospital and Bali Mandara General Hospital.
And call 119 ext 9 – local number or Mobile +62(0)81212123119, if you are in other area of Indonesia
If, within 14 days, any of the above-mentioned disease symptoms emerge, avoid unnecessary contact with other persons and stay at home wherever possible. Get in touch with your doctor by phone or call any of the mentioned hospitals and discuss how best to proceed, before going there.
Coronavirus, Covid-19, Sars-CoV-2
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that also include the currently rampant coronavirus. Since it initially had no name during the first few weeks, it was simply called the “new type of corona virus”.
The WHO gave the novel coronavirus that started spreading from Wuhan the name “Sars-CoV-2” (‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome’-Coronavirus-2). The virus that can cause symptoms but does not have to.
The respiratory disease caused by Sars-CoV-2 is called “Covid-19” (Coronavirus Disease-2019). Accordingly, Covid-19 patients are people who carry the Sars-CoV-2 virus and show symptoms.
Corona Risk Groups
At the moment scientists and doctors are still gathering relevant data. For now they are aware of following risk groups, while children have been reported as facing only mild symptoms when affected.
Elderly people from 60 onwards, particularly 70+
Men SEEM to be at higher risk than women
Chronic respiratory diseases
One of the many challenges is, that infected people might not show any symptoms at all, even though they can transmit the virus.