Bali, the top holiday destination in Asia, is now open. Leisure travellers can now visit Bali without having to quarantine. The last major hurdle that has stopped holidaymakers from travelling to Bali has been removed. We are now free to travel to the island of the gods and soak in the culture of Bali.
The government has announced that this is a trial phase of their plan for travel relaxation, with an option to make it permanent on or before 1 April. This significant travel relaxation is effective from 7th Mar 2022.
Bali’s New Simplified Travel Rules For Leisure Travel
The current rules state that leisure travellers must be vaccinated (with two doses of the vaccine), have a negative PCR test taken 48 hours before departure, take a PCR test upon arrival at the airport, have a decent travel insurance covering a minimum of US$25,000 with an added cover for Covid, and a four-day booking at any one CHSE certified resort / hotel / villa.
A 3rd PCR test will be needed on the third day of stay in Bali, with the cost of the test capped at IDR 275,000 (US$20). From the 4th day, travellers are free to travel to other parts of Indonesia.
Travellers will need to download the ‘Peduli Lindungi’ App, Indonesia’s official contact tracing app.
For the time being, it is better for travellers to have paper-based certificates as they make their way through Indonesian immigration, airport, hotel and restaurants & cafes in Bali.
Read More: Travelling To Bali With A Purpose
Visa On Arrival To Bali
Travellers from 23 countries can apply for a visa-on-arrival at Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali’s international airport. The cost of this visa on arrival is IDR 500,000 (US$35) per person. Payment can be made by credit card or cash however, it is recommended that one keep an exact amount of US dollars or Indonesian Rupiah to ensure a faster processing time. It is also important to keep passport size photographs on standby for the visas so that one doesn’t waste time queuing up at the photo booths at the airport.
The nationalities that can currently avail the visa-on-arrival facility include the following list:
South East Asia: Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Philippines.
Asia: Japan, South Korea.
Middle East: Qatar, Turkey, United Arab Emirates
Europe: UK, Germany, Netherlands, France, Italy.
North America: Canada, United States
The visa on arrival is also applicable to Australia & New Zealand.
Currently, the visa on arrival is not applicable to travellers from India; an e-visa will need to be applied 7 days prior.
More information: Welcome Back to Bali
Direct Flights to Bali
There are numerous direct flights connecting Bali. They include Garuda, Turkish Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Air Asia, Jetstar, VietJet Air and Cebu Pacific.
Singapore, the nearest central air hub to Bali, continues to connect Indonesia to Europe, East Asia and North America.
With the relaxation of travel rules, now is the time to visit Bali. Enjoy all that Bali has to offer without worrying about quarantine restrictions. Soak up the culture and beauty of this top holiday destination in Asia – Bali is back and ready for you! ◼
© This article was first published online in Mar 2022 – World Travel Magazine.