19 Nations Now Allowed to Visit Bali
Effective 14 October 2021, Indonesia that the Indonesian gateways of Bali and the Riau Islands are open to international visitors from a total of 19 countries.
The 19 nationals of the following 19 countries are now welcome to visit Indonesia providing they hold a valid visa, have undergone RT-PCR testing both prior and during their arrival process, and have submitted to a five-day quarantine:
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
- New Zealand
- South Korea
The Principality of Liechtenstein is included among the 19 countries – a European micro-state of around 39,000 covering only 160 square kilometers.
As reported previously by balidiscovery.com, pre-arrival requirements for nationalities have been put in place to reduce the possibility of a new surge in COVID-19 cases in Bali.
Among the pre-departure requirements are:
- Visitors must originate from a country with a WHO COVID-19 Level of 1 or 2 and a less than 5% positivity rate.
- Travelers must have in their possession a “negative” RT-PCR Test performed within 3 x 24 hours of their departure for Indonesia.
- Official proof of being fully vaccinated (2 x injections) completed a minimum of 14 days before their departure for Indonesia. The subject proof must be in English in addition to any other language used on the official certificate.
- Proof of insurance to a value of US$100,000 that includes coverage for care in connection with COVID-19.
- Proof of pre-paid accommodation from an accommodation provider in Indonesia or a third party.
Foreign travelers to Indonesia must also:
- Complete an E-HAC (Electronic Health Alert Card) using the online PeduliLindungi Smartphone Application.
- Undergo an RT-PCR Test upon arrival in Indonesia performed at the traveler’s expense. Traveler’s RT-PCR test Results will be sent to their designated quarantine hotel after arrival.
Visit Bali – Quarantine Period Reduced to 5 Days
In a reduction from the former quarantine period of 8 days, arriving international passengers are now only required to remain in a designated quarantine hotel for five days. On the evening of the fourth day, an RT-PCR Test would again be performed. If the results are “negative,” the traveler will be free to leave the quarantine hotel and resume normal activities beginning day five.
The five-day quarantine period applies equally to both Indonesian and foreign travelers.
Visit Bali – AirAsia Resumes 2X Daily Bali Service
Initially, AirAsia is operating two round trips each day between Jakarta and Denpasar, Bali, with the following schedule:
- QZ 7520 Jakarta – Bali Dep: 09:25 Arr: 12:25 Effective 14 October
- QZ 7521 Bali – Jakarta Dep: 12:50 Arr: 13:25 Effective 14 October
- QZ 7526 Jakarta – Bali Dep: 13:25 Arr: 16:10 Effective 14 October
- QZ 7527 Bali – Jakarta Dep: 16:35 Arr: 17:30 Effective 14 October
For a limited period, AirAsia is providing 15 kilograms of checked luggage at no additional charge.
Rapid Antigen Tests for COVID-19 are available to AirAsia passengers in Jakarta for Rp. 35,000 and in Bali for 85,000. RT PCR tests are available for Rp. 390,000 in Jakarta and Rp. 385,000 in Bali.
The CEO of AirAsia Indonesia, Veranita Yosephine, has promised that the resumption of flights between Jakarta and Bali will see additional flight frequencies added over time.
Visit Bali – Health Coverage Available at Bali Airport
Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, quoted by Kompas.com, discussed the requirement that foreign tourists must be fully vaccinated and pass COVID-19 screening and hold health insurance with a minimum coverage of Rp. 1 billion per traveler.
Speaking during a weekly press briefing on Monday, 18 October 2021, Sandiaga said: “Foreign tourists coming to Bali must have health insurance with coverage for at least Rp. 1 billion. The government will provide insurance available on arrival with two premium levels of Rp. 800,000 and Rp. 1 million.”
Sandiaga said that the health insurance provided by the government to foreign travelers provides coverage to a maximum protection level of Rp. 1.6 billion – Rp. 2 billion, depending on the policy purchased, for a coverage period of 30-60 days from the date of purchase.
The tourism minister explained that whenever arriving foreign tourists do not already have health insurance acquired in their home country, they can now purchase insurance upon arrival in Indonesia.
Sandiaga postulated that the current low level of foreign tourists arriving in Bali is due to the lack of scheduled international flights from any of the 19 countries approved to fly to Bali and the lag time required to prepare travel documents.
Sandiaga confirmed communications were underway with operators of charter flights from Russia and Ukraine. Arrangements are also being discussed and coordinated to position live-aboard small cruise ships in Bali to accommodate arriving foreign passengers during the mandated 5-day quarantine period.
During his weekly press conference, Sandiaga said that the 35 hotels certified to quarantine arriving international passengers can now also receive regular “non-quarantine” guests provided stringent health protocols are enforced, and areas and accommodation for quarantine and non-quarantine guests are strictly separated.
Visit Bali – Play by Bali’s Rules or Please Leave
An expert staff in crisis management for the Ministry of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Henky Hotma P. Manurung, has warned the foreign tourists visiting Bali but refusing to follow established health protocols face the real possibility of deportation.
Quoted by NusaBali.com and CNNIndonesia.com while on an online webinar, Hengky proclaimed: “Those who do not want to wear a mask will be deported.” The Tourism Minister consulting expert reminded foreign visitors of the consequences awaiting those who disregard health protocols.
According to CNNIndonesia.com, Bali Enforcement Officers (Satpol PP) apprehended 120 foreign tourists for disobeying health protocols.
Hengky explained that foreigners designated to be deported would be required to organize their own departure from Indonesia.
Manurung said that the health protocols now in place must become part of a “new culture” followed by local citizens and foreign visitors to answer the challenges posed by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
Deputy-Governor Tjok Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Cok Ace) said visit Bali was prepared to receive foreign tourists. Nonetheless, these visitors must follow all arrival regulations, including undergoing an RT-PCR Test and a 5-day quarantine.
Describing the format for future tourism in Bali, Cok Ace said: “For tourist attractions like as Tanah Lot, if visitors are already vaccinated, the facility has CHSE Certification (Cleanliness, Health, Security, and Environmental Sustainability), and the PeduliLindungi Smart Phone Application is in use – then the attraction is truly ready (to welcome tourists).”
Once foreign tourists have completed the five-day quarantine period, they are free to explore the Island of the Gods. However, if COVID-19 is spreading in any tourism area, the Government of Bali will close that area as an infectious cluster.
Meanwhile, as of Thursday, 14 October 2021, there are no reports of foreign tourists arriving in Bali in response to the declared reopening of the Island to the citizens of 19 countries and the reduction of the mandatory quarantine period from 8 to 5 days. On the most basic level, the lack of foreign visitors is linked to the lack of any direct international flights landing at Bali’s airport.
A spokesperson for the Bali Chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI-Bali) blames the mandatory quarantine as being to blame for Bali’s lack of foreign visitors.
Visit Bali Ready? Or Not?
Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, heralding the announced reopening of Bali to international air travel, posted on Instagram on Saturday, 16 October 2021: “Is Bali Ready to rise again? Is Bali ready to take part in the recovery of global tourism? I hope with the opening of flights for international tourists, and this can become the turn-around point for the recovery of employment in the tourism and creative economy sector.”
Quoted by Kompas.com, the Tourism Minister terms the reopening of Bali to direct international flights to Bali as a “trial run” to restart tourism and create new employment opportunities.
Sandiaga explained that the citizens of the 19 countries allowed direct entry to Bali once international flights recommence serving Bali have been selected based on strict World Health Organization (WHO) criteria, including low positivity rates in COVID-19 testing programs.
When will international airlines fly again to Bali? Most experts believe international flights will remain disinclined to fly to Bali as long as quarantine mandates remain in place.
Visit Bali – DPS Cuts Landing Fees for Int’l Airlines
PT Angkasa Pura I (PT PAP), the State-owned management company for Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport, is trying to stimulate and support the recent announcement of a limited reopening of the Island’s international air borders.
Quoted by Balipost.com and the State News Agency Antara, the CEO of PT PAP, Faik Fahmi, said on Wednesday, 13 October 2021: “We hope that by providing incentives (to the airlines) this will reduce the burden on the airlines and reactivate their international air routes to and from Bali.”
To persuade airlines to fly to Bali again, PT PAP will extend discounts on landing fees from 14 October 2021 until 30 June 2022.
From 14 October 2021 until December 2021, PT PAP will give a 100% discount on landing fees. From 01 January 2022 until 30 June 2022, the discount on landing fees will reduce to 50%.
Apparently, the incentives to boost travel to Bali and help struggling airlines do not include Indonesian airlines operating domestic or international flights destined for Bali.
PT PAP has attached the following conditions to the discounted landing fee facility:
- Those applying to receive the discounted landing fee incentive must be a foreign airline.
- Those receiving the discounted landing fee incentive must be a passenger airline operating scheduled flights to and from Bali that have received flight approvals from the Director-General of Civil Aviation based on agreed air routes and international air agreement.
- The discounted landing fee incentives do not apply to cargo flights, general aviation, or charter flights.
Faik explained that in 2019, before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport served some 50 international destinations, including Incheon, Dubai, Doha Narita, Istanbul, Sydney, and Melbourne. Adding: “In 2019, the number of international passengers (flying through Bali’s Airport) totaled 13.8 million. Most of these flights were operated with Boeing 777, Boeing 787, and Airbus 330.”
Faik said that airlines utilizing the incentive offered by PT PAP would also receive support from PT PAP, including promotion via social media.
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