Bali Visa on Arrival (VOA) resumes back in March 2022
No Quarantine & VOA back!
A meeting convened by the Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investment, who also serves as the National COVID-19 Czar, Luhut Bisnar Pandjaitan, was held on Friday, 04 March to decide that the mandatory quarantine requirements will end effective Monday, 07 March 2022. Also, on that date, direct international travelers arriving in Bali by sea or air will be eligible to receive a visa-on-arrival at their port of entry.
The new date advances the original plans to end the quarantine by seven days and responds to intensive lobbying by Bali’s Governor, Wayan Koster.
As reported by Balipost.com, the resumption of the Visa-on-Arrival (VOA) will initially only be available for the citizens of 23 countries, namely:
- The Netherlands
- South Korea
- New Zealand
- United Arab Emirates
- Brunei Darussalam
- The Philippines
Noticeable by their absence from the lists are Russia and Ukraine.
Following the coordination meeting, Minister Luhut stated that Bali was chosen as the trial-test destination for lifting the quarantine requirement and reintroducing VOA because of the comparatively high level of vaccination achieved by the Province.
While reopening Bali to international tourism, the government will continue to accelerate the administration of second and booster dosages of COVID-19 vaccine for the aged. Luhut added: “If the test trial in Bali goes well, the government will widen the elimination of the quarantine for all of Indonesia beginning on 01 April 2022. Once again, this policy will be based on developing data on the continuing pandemic.”
Bali Visa on Arrival – Entry Requirements
International travelers arriving in Bali must have:
- A passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of the visit.
- A visa if the traveler is not an Indonesian citizen or from one of the 23 countries listed above eligible for a visa-on-arrival.
- Proof of full vaccination, including booster shot.
- A “negative” result of a PCR Swab test administered before their departure.
- Proof of a prepaid booking for at least the first four days of their stay.
- Undergoing an additional PCR Swab test upon arrival in Bali.
Travelers testing “negative” for COVID-19 upon arrival in Bali are free to continue to destinations across Bali. Those testing positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate at an approved quarantine hotel until they can produce a “negative” test result. Elderly travelers suffering from co-morbidities will be hospitalized. If on the third day of their hospital stay, they test negative for COVID-19, they can then start their Bali holiday.
International travelers are still required to have health insurance that provides coverage for COVID-19 treatment.
Those applying for an e-visa no longer need to provide an Indonesian sponsor.
Following the meeting, Bali’s Governor ordered all regents across Bali and the single mayor to accelerate providing booster shot administration.
Difference in VOA (Bali Visa on Arrival) & Visitor Visas Explained
The clarification comes as Indonesia has resumed the visa-on-arrival for the citizens of 23 countries arriving in Bali, effective 07 March 2022.
As reported by the State News Agency Antara, Tourism authorities underline that the VOA provides for a shorter length of stay than the Visitor’s Visa. (Bali Visa on Arrival)
The sub-coordinator for public relations from the Director-General of Immigration, Achmad Nur Saleh, issued a written statement on Monday, 07 March 2022, in which he explained: “Foreign tourists using a VOA are allowed a shorter period of stay than those traveling on a B211A visitor visa.”
Saleh elaborated that a VOA is valid for 30 days but can be extended one time for an additional 30 days. Meanwhile, a B211A visitor visa can be given for an initial 60 days and extended up to four times to permit a maximum stay of 180 days.
Another significant difference between a VOA (Bali Visa on Arrival) and a visitor’s visa is that VOA can not be altered or upgraded into another visa class. On the other hand, a visitor’s visa can, in principle, be converted into a temporary stay permit (ITAS).
Continuing, Saleh said: “A VOA is available without the need for a guarantor or sponsor. That is one of the reasons why a VOA cannot be converted into an ITAS. To obtain a VOA for tourism, foreign visitors need to prepare a passport that will remain valid for six months and have a ticket to leave Indonesia at the end of their stay,
Bali Visa on Arrival – not available for Russians & Ukrainians
Indonesian Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, claims that Bali is a favorite destination for Russians and Ukrainians. The Minister put forth these claims during his weekly press briefing on Tuesday, 01 March 2022.
Despite the recent violent invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces, Sandiaga said Bali and the rest of Indonesia remain welcoming to visitors from these two nations. “We continue to extend opportunities for tourists from Russia and Ukraine to holiday in Indonesia,” said the Minister quoted by Kompas.com. Bali Visa on Arrival
Both Russia and Ukraine are considered among the highest foreign exchange contributors in terms of average expenditures and length of stay, with Bali as their favorite Indonesian destination. Indonesia hopes that the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine will not delay the recovery of Indonesian tourism. Ignoring recent developments, Sandiaga said: “We continue to coordinate on an inter-governmental level to establish Moscow-Denpasar air routes, although this plan is under review on a day-by-day basis.” Bali Visa on Arrival
Sandiaga underlined that Ukraine and Russian tourist markets have good potential from the perspective of average expenditures able to grow on a year-to-year basis. At the same time, the government will also focus on promoting visitor numbers from other major market sources, such as Australia.
Worthy of note, both Russia and Ukraine are not included in the list of 23 countries eligible for visa-on-arrival commencing 07 March 2022. Therefore no “Bali Visa on Arrival” (VOA) available.
The Deputy to the Tourism Ministry for Tourism Products, Rizki Handayani Mustafa, added: “Certainly, we can look at other countries not affected (by war), such as Australia, which is Bali’s number one source market and must therefore become a priority.” Rizki also pointed out that Australia is reopening its borders, releasing substantial pent-up demand from the Australian market to visit Bali.
Bali Shoreside Businesses to be Closed?
Bali Provincial Enforcement Officers (Satpol PP), in cooperation with their counterparts from the Regency of Badung, are surveying and recording beachside businesses and traders in the Berawa Beach area of Canggu, North Kuta, who are failing to comply with the minimum zoning setback rule of for structures of 100 meters from the high-water mark.
As quoted by the State News Agency Antara, the head of the Provincial Satpol PP, Dewa Rai Dharmadi, told the press on Monday, 07 March 2022, “The principle is that if we do not take action now, when will we do so? We can’t wait too long considering the way the panoramic view of the beach is being damaged.” Bali Visa on Arrival
At the same time, Rai Dharmadi called on the public to do what they could and not try to appropriate public land to open a private business. For this reason, the Provincial Satpol PP is surveying companies and individuals suspected of breaking the law through the unauthorized use of public land and building structures standing too close to the shoreline.
In a survey visit lasting for three hours, the Satpol PP Team discovered 22 warungs and bars operating in violation of the law. From the 22 businesses, 17 identity cards (KTP) of “owners” were seized as a means of compelling those individuals to attend a more formal legal proceeding at a later date. Five illegal warungs and bars operators could not present a valid identity card (KTP).
Rai Dharmadi continued, saying: “If we’re only talking about an umbrella, sunbed, or one table, some leniency might be possible. But if someone has constructed a semi-permanent building or permanent building within the prohibited setback area from the shoreline, that is an infringement on public land.” Bali Visa on Arrival
The Satpol chief says semi-permanent and permanent structures close to the shore destroy the beach panorama, particularly when tourists come to the beach to enjoy a sunset. The current steps taken by provincial authorities against businesses operating too close to the beach are being done due to complaints from domestic and international tourists and local residents.
Urged on by complaints from the public, Satpol PP has begun to move against beachside traders in Canggu, with other areas of Bali expected to follow. “This enforcement is a part of preserving the natural beauty of a tourism destination,” explained Dharmadi.
Dharma admitted many people setting up businesses on the beach had done so during the continuing pandemic due to the lack of any other gainful occupation to pursue. The Provincial official said that the beachside traders know that trading in the public right-of-way or setback from the high watermark is illegal. Adding: “Selling (in these areas) violates setback rules and reduces the size of the public right-of-way and violates the rules. We will therefore summon them and request they voluntarily demolish their businesses. Other matters, such as the possibility of relocation of their businesses to new locations can be discussed with the appropriate authorities.”
Rai Dharmadi emphasized that surveying beachside areas and identifying businesses that violate the 100-meter setback will be done on Berawa Beach and eventually spread to other popular beach areas of Bali.
Bali Airport Ready for Surge in VOA(Bali Visa on Arrival) Users
In anticipation of a flood of returning international travelers, Immigration officials at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport have established 16 immigration counters in the international arrival counter, each staffed by two officers.
Quoted by NusaBali.com, Jamaruli Manihuruk, the head of the Bali office of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, said on Monday, 07 March 2022: “We are very ready to face foreign tourists who will come to Bali, and we also make sure that the ability of immigration checkpoints to serve passengers is 32 passengers per minute,”
Under the most recent changes of immigration law, citizens of 23 countries are eligible to obtain a visa-on-arrival (VOA – Bali Visa on Arrival) upon landing on a direct international flight to Bali. Details regarding the eligible countries and other terms and conditions are available in the link below.
While Bali is temporarily the only port where a VOA is available to the citizens of the selected countries, after an initial stay of four days in Bali, tourists are welcome to roam the entire nation and exit the country from any other international port.
Manihuruk confirmed the fee charged in Bali for the issuance of the VOA (Bali Visa on Arrival) is Rp. 500,000.
A Visa-on-Arrival has a validity of 30 days and can be extended for an additional 30 days.
Perhaps due to the last-minute nature of the announcement of the resumption of the VOA facility, only one passenger arriving on Singapore Airlines on 07 March 2022 requested and received the visa-on-arrival.
Officials expect the utilization of the VOA service will be maximized over time as travelers become aware of the service.
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