Bali Is Reopening to Vaccinated Tourists From Select Countries

Bali Is Reopening to Vaccinated Tourists From Select Countries

This marks the first phase of Indonesia’s tourism revival.

Early this year, the news of Bali reopening to vaccinated tourists from other countries gave many travellers something to look forward to. It was originally slated in June, but eventually postponed due to Indonesia’s vaccination rates at the time. Fortunately, the Indonesian government has confirmed that Bali will be welcoming foreigners beginning on 14 October 2021.  

Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport will also reopen to international travellers on this said date. However, only those coming from Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, China, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar are currently allowed. 

Details about Bali borders reopening

Bali reopening to vaccinated tourists

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Here’s another catch to Bali reopening this 2021. As of writing, all foreign travellers are required to quarantine in a hotel for five days at their own expense. This has to be at an accredited three- to five-star hotel, where rates start from US$60 (or ~$S81.19) per night. 

All tourists entering Indonesia must be fully vaccinated. On top of that, they will also need to present a negative RT-PCR test taken before departure, and pass another RT-PCR test upon arrival. 

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“Indonesia’s reopening and easing of social restrictions is being conducted in stages, because we do not want the unexpected to happen,” according to senior cabinet minister Luhut Pandjaitan. Bali reopening to vaccinated tourists is part of the Indonesian government’s initiative to revive their economy.

For the full list of requirements and protocols, click here

What else to expect from the island’s reopening

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Indonesia was among the Asian countries severely affected by the pandemic. But now, daily cases have plummeted from more than 56,000 in mid-July 2021 to 1,100 cases as of 3 Oct 2021. Also, 70% of Bali locals have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Pre-arrival and quarantine requirements aside, this might actually be the best time to travel to Bali. Those allowed entry can enjoy what the island has to offer minus the tourist crowds, after all. 

Of course, masks must still be worn outside at all times. Restaurants, bars, shopping centres, beaches, and temples in Bali can only operate at 50% capacity, according to the Indonesian government. Other leisure facilities like clubs, gyms, and spas are now open too. 

Also read: The Bali Backpacker Ban and What You Should Know About It

If you’re among the lucky ones who can visit the famous island soon, make sure to follow the necessary protocols — lest you want to end up like this couple

With Bali reopening to vaccinated tourists gradually, it’s only a matter of time before it gives the green light to more countries. In the meantime, we recommend staying tune to our Facebook Page for the latest updates. 

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A fast-talking caffeine-dependent wordsmith, Marcy has never been one to shy away from sharing a good story or two. If she’s not in a quiet coffee shop somewhere, she enjoys spending afternoons in a museum or art gallery — whether it’s around Metro Manila or a foreign city she’s visiting. She wishes to retire in a winter village someday, so she can fulfil her lifelong dream of wearing turtlenecks all year round and owning a pet penguin.