Can I visit Bali during the pandemic?
In short: Yes, but you need a Visit Visa. Foreigners can still visit Indonesia (from most countries, see banned list of countries below). A mandatory 7x24 hours quarantine is set for fully vaccinated travellers.
Does it make sense to come to Bali under these conditions?
Depends. Because of course you have to consider the additional cost with visa and quarantine, that can be USD 1000 or more. And if you plan to come for 2 or 3 weeks, then the additional nights quarantine is a lot of time to spend in a hotel room.
Who is visiting Bali now?
Most foreign visitors that choose to travel now to Bali, stay a month or longer (visit visa is valid for 60 days and can be extended up to 180 days). Travelers come, because they might choose to have a staycation, work remotely or are digital nomads. Some follow up on doing their business arrangements, meeting clients and partners, or look for products to export and be manufactured. The normal holiday makers that come for 2-3 weeks are usually not yet ready to take all the hurdles and face the extra costs - which is ver understandable.
Updated Travel Regulations for Bali (Indonesia)
Are any countries currently "red-listed" and banned from entering Indonesia?
The list of "red countries" that were banned from entering Indonesia and from applying for a Visa due to Covid, has been cleared by the Indonesian government effective Jan 12th.
Do I need a Visa for traveling to Bali, Indonesia?
Yes, EVERY foreign visitor needs a VISIT VISA to enter Indonesia. The Free Visa Entry or Visa on Arrival (VoA) is put on hold during the pandemic.
What Bali Visa do I need?
Travelers need a valid Visit Visa (B211A).
How do I get this Visa?
You can apply online on Bali.com and get your e-visa per email (Details about requirements and online application here),
You don't need a visa if you hold a temporary stay permit KITAS/ permanent stay KITAP, or. a Diplomatic Stay Permit
Due to pre-existing travel restrictions nationals from following countries CAN NOT apply for visit visas for Indonesia.
- North Korea
Who can arrive DIRECTLY in Bali and follow quarantine in Bali?
According to the latest update by the government, NATIONALS with following PASSPORTS are allowed to take flights directly to Bali. All other nationals have to arrive in Jakarta and follow quarantine there.
||15. Saudi Arabia
||10. New Zealand
||14. South Korea
Technically, other entry points for foreigners beside Bali and Jakarta are Batam (BTH) Batam, Surabaya (SBY) and Tanjung Pinang (TNJ). But that would not be practical for travellers coming to Bali.
Can I actually get a direct flight to Bali?
Very uncertain; if you are a national of the above mentioned countries you are technically allowed to arrive directly in Bali. BUT airlines are very reluctant to offer flights to Bali (DPS). They have difficulties to get enough passengers. Simply check with flight ticket sites of your choice, but be aware that airlines often cancel direct flights to Bali 2 weeks before departure, if they did not get enough bookings.
I am NOT one of the nationals above, what is the best way to come to Bali?
In any case, we suggest these days to simply get a ticket to Jakarta (which could be substantially cheaper than Bali) and then follow the quarantine in Jakarta in one of the appointed quarantine hotels. When the quarantine is completed you can take a DOMESTIC flight from Jakarta to Bali on the same day with one of the smaller airlines such as Citilink, Batik Air, Air Asia etc. Ticket price one way 50-150USD.
- Can I transit in Jakarta and then do quarantine in Bali? No.
Is there Mandatory Quarantine?
Updates quarantine regulations can be found HERE
Do I need to be fully vaccinated to come to Bali, Indonesia?
YES! You need to show a COVID-19 vaccine card/certificate (printed/digital) that has been done minimum 14 days before departure date, written in English.
Can Children get a visa and travel with parents?
Generally Yes. They would also need a visa. Children above 12 years of age need to be fully vaccinated. Below 12 years of age they need to have a negative PCR test like the adults upon arrival, and the accompanying adult must be a family member. However, just make sure to double check with the airlines of your choice, since they have their own regulations about minors at times.
What else do I need to travel to Bali or Indonesia during the Pandemic?
- Upon arrival, visitors will get the first of two PCR tests at the airport (will be paid by the hotel). It could be that you have to wait for the test result at the airport, which could unfortunately take up to two hours. Second PCR will be done in the hotel the day before check-out.
- Proof of medical Travel insurance with a Covid medical coverage of minimum USD 100,000. In the event where RT-PCR test upon arrival showed a positive result, medical treatments on a isolation/health facilities based on the symptoms level will have to be taken by foreign citizens at their own expense
- Negative Covid-19 PCR taken maximum 72 hours before departure at origin country.
- Proof of booking and payment for mandatory quarantine accommodation upon arrival - will be provided by the hotel after you have completed your quarantine / repatriation package booking
- Register to PeduliLindungi App, proceed to fill your travel information on International e-HAC (Indonesia electronic health alert card app).
How is the situation in Bali?
- The situation is overall well under control. The number of vaccinated citizens is above 80%. The government still applies a cautious approach and keeps Micro-Scale Social Restrictions (PPKM Regulations) in place which are regularly updated, to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. Expect at times shorter operational hours on restaurants and attractions, also health protocols enforcement
- Wearing masks in Public is mandatory
- You need the PeduliLindungi App when visiting some venues and stores.