Bali plan to end quarantine requirement by latest 14 March
The State News Agency Antara, quoting Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investment and National COVID-19 Czar, has confirmed a “trial end” of quarantine rules will take effect from 14 March 2022. Speaking at a press conference following a coordination meeting on Sunday, 27 February 2022, Luhut said: “The government will undertake a suspension quarantine requirements on a trial basis with certain terms and conditions for international travelers arriving in Bali, starting from 14 March 2022.”
Luhut said the trial Bali end quarantine elimination of quarantine requirements could even be advanced to a date before 14 March 2022 if there are “positive developments” in the first week of March. He described how the government had witnessed an improvement in trending cases of COVID-19 over the past few weeks.
While international travelers can expect the current 3-day quarantine to be soon eliminated, those wishing to enter Bali on a direct international flight will need to:
- Show proof of the pre-payment of a hotel for a minimum of four days.
- Indonesian citizens must show proof of domicile in Bali.
- All international travelers, both Indonesians and foreign nationals must prove that they are fully vaccinated (2 injections) or have received a booster shot.
- International travelers must undergo a PCR test upon arrival in Bali and wait in their hotel room until a negative result is confirmed.
- International travelers must also undergo another PCR test performed at their hotel on the third day after arriving in Indonesia.
- All international events held in Bali during the trial lifting of the quarantine will require all participants, without exception, to undergo an antigen test during each day of the event.
Once confirmation of a negative PCR test is received, newly arrived international travelers are free to enjoy a Bali holiday. International visitors holidaying in Bali are required to follow established health protocols using the online tracking application of Peduli Lindungi, wearing masks, physical distancing, and capacity limitations for public places.
It is unclear when the visa-on-arrival facility will be restored for Bali visitors. However, Luhut has announced that travelers requesting an e-visa are no longer be required to secure a sponsor.
Luhut said Bali had been chosen as a “test case” for the trial lifting of the quarantine requirement because of the province’s relative success in vaccinating its population. As Bali approaches the target date of 14 March 2022 for ending quarantine requirements, the Minister said the ongoing vaccination program in Bali would be accelerated.
If the trial program of ending quarantine in Bali is successful and trending data remains supportive, Luhut said the government would consider eliminating the quarantine requirement nationwide on 01 April 2022.
Bali plan to end quarantine – Calls End to Quarantine and Resume VOA
NusaBali.com reports that the Indonesian Tourism Guide Association (HPI) and Bali Villa Association (BVA) remain optimistic that Bali’s tourism industry is rebounding. This sense of optimism is buoyed with the resumption of international flights to Bali by Singapore Airlines and Garuda Indonesia from Tokyo, Japan, and plans by Jetstar to start flying from Australia to Bali in March.
The chairman of the Bali branch of HPI, I Nyoman Nuarta, said on Monday, 21 February 2022, “We appreciate the government policies that are easing access by foreign tourists wishing to come to Bali.” The HPI chairman continued, saying the government must give attention to accelerating the flow of foreign tourists by supporting even more direct international flights to Bali while also addressing issues related to tourist visas and quarantine requirements.
Nuarta explained that the government must simplify currently cumbersome visa requirements. Adding, “Or just implement the visa-on-arrival (VOA) system that was available before the pandemic.”
Nuarta said he was confident that a simplified visa procedure or the return of the VOA would greatly support the return of foreign tourists to Bali.
The visa-on-arrival facility is a visitor-class visa given to tourists, those involved in social-cultural travel, short business trips, and working on government assignments. Bali plan to end quarantine
Bali ends quarantine – Regarding quarantine requirements, Nuarta acknowledged that the quarantine period is now three days but urged the quarantine requirement to be scrapped, providing foreign tourists are certified healthy on arrival in Indonesia. Adding: “The problem of visas and quarantine must be resolved to encourage more foreign tourists to come to Bali.”
Nuarta said the return of the still relatively small trickle of foreign tourists to Indonesia has yet to have a positive or significant impact on the employment of the Island’s professional tourist guides who are members of the HPI.
Echoing Nuarta’s comments, the chairman of the Bali Villa Association, I Putu Gede Hendrawan (Jro Hendrawan), said: “It would be best if the quarantine requirement is abolished and the visa-on-arrival or free-visa program extended to countries who are managing COVID-19 well and are vaccinating their citizens.”
Jro Hendrawan pointed to countries neighboring Indonesia that have already opened their doors widely to foreign travelers to underline his point. He said that reinstituting the VOA and eliminating quarantine requirements will increase foreign tourist arrivals in Bali.
Jro Hendrawan also regretted reports that some parties have used the current quarantine and visa rules to commit corruption and damage the reputation of Bali tourism while the industry is working to restore tourism. Adding: “The members of BVA think that VOA must be reinstated as it was before the pandemic, and after that, the quarantine must be eliminated.”
Bali plan to end quarantine – Making the Shift from Epidemic to Endemic
A decline in new COVID-19 cases, low rates of corona virus-related hospitalization, and reduced death rates are prompting the government to move forward with strategies to deal with the global disease as an endemic rather than a pandemic situation.
As reported by Balipost.com, Indonesia’s Minister of Health, Budi Gunadi Sadikin, speaking via his Ministry’s Youtube Channel on Sunday, 27 February 2022, the government is shifting its stance from dealing with a pandemic to endemic disease. Sadikin added: “We have also received guidance from the President and the Coordinating Minister (Luhut Pandjaitan) on strategies to deal with an endemic. Moving forward, we have prepared the needed protocols.”
The Health Minister said President Joko Widodo has urged in planning for the future careful consideration and inclusion to be given to perspectives – including scientific knowledge, health considerations, sociological and cultural impacts, and the economic effects of COVID protocols.
Bali plan to end quarantine – Alluding to how many nations are lifting COVID-19 restrictions, Gunadi said Indonesia, like other members of the international community, cannot rely solely on health and scientific considerations. The Indonesian President suggested that Indonesia strike a balance in dealing with COVID-19 to ensure a positive result for all parties.
The Indonesian Minister of Health pointed to lower trends in new cases and reduced occupancy rates for coronavirus patients at Indonesian hospitals, indicating that the virus is under control. Gunadi said that West Java, East Java, and South Kalimantan provinces would be monitored over the coming two weeks to see if the current trend of declining rates can be sustained.
Gunadi said the average number of COVID-related deaths nationwide now averaged around 250 people, a number he says is much lower than that experienced when the Delta variant was at its peak when average deaths numbered approximately 2,000. This total is equivalent to an 85% decline in new cases. The government has administered 344 million first and second injections against COVID-19.
Bali plan to end quarantine – More International Flight Inbound to Bali
Five airlines are scheduled to provide direct international flights to Bali beginning in March 2022.
NusaBali.com reports that route and airport slot permission for Bali has been issued for:
- Jetstar Asia flying between Singapore and Denpasar, Bali 3 x per week.
- Scoot Tiger Air flying between Singapore and Denpasar, Bali 3 x per week.
- Garuda Indonesia flying between Sydney and Denpasar operating initially only a once-weekly flight.
- KLM Royal Dutch Airline on an extension flight from their Amsterdam service operating between Singapore and Bali.
- AirAsia flying between Kuala Lumpur and Denpasar, Bali
Bali plan to end quarantine – Still in process and awaiting approval are Jetstar’s permits to fly in March between Sydney and Melbourne, and Bali are still being processed.
Current plans are for Jetstar Asia to begin flying Singapore – Denpasar on 04 March 2022 using an Airbus A320 aircraft configured to carry 180 passengers. That flight is scheduled to land at 9:55 am.
Also, on 04 March, Garuda is expected to resume flying from Sydney, landing in Bali with an Airbus A330 aircraft with 360 seats with a scheduled landing time of 2:25 pm Bali time.
Scoot Tiger Air
The convoy of international flights is slated to continue when Scoot Tiger Air lands in Bali with an Airbus A320 Aircraft with 180 saleable seats at 6:05 pm.
KLM Royal Dutch Airline
While the commencement date in March has not been announced, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have indicated that they will fly a Boeing B777-300 ER aircraft with 408 seats from Singapore twice per week. The KLM flight will be an extension leg from a flight originating from Schiphol airport in Amsterdam.
Starting sometime in March, AirAsia will fly three times each week between Kuala Lumpur and Bali, with each flight providing 180 seats on an Airbus A320 aircraft. Bali end quarantine
Once final flight permits are issued, Jetstar will fly three times per week Sydney-Bali and Melbourne-Bali. Both flights will use Boeing B788 aircraft carrying seats for 335 passengers.
February International Air Traffic Continue to Grow
PT Angkasa Pura I – Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport managers – report that international air passengers landing in Bali 01 – 24 February totaled 1,784 passengers traveling on 51 aircraft.
By comparison with the period before the global pandemic, 2019 international passengers for the entire year totaled 13.8 million passengers carried on 73,886 aircraft movements.
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Bali plan to end quarantine by latest 14 March