What’s the current situation like in Bali?
Bali has a small population of around 4.2million and as of 12th April there were around 42,000 cases of COVID reported and a recovery rate of 93%, however this could be due to asymptomatic. Cases and a low testing rate
So in essence it is potentially safe for you to travel to Bali as long as proper hygiene and social distancing measures are being adhered to in line with guidance from WHO!
Can I travel into Bali right now?
Travel into Bali has been restricted for international tourists since March 2020 and visas on arrival have been halted for many, with exceptions made for those listed below:
• Indonesian citizens (WNI) from abroad
• Holders of valid Visa or Residence Permits
• Holders of Official Visa, Diplomatic Visa, Visit Visa, Temporary Stay Visa, Official Residence Permit, Diplomatic Residence Permit, Temporary Stay Permit (ITAS) and Permanent Stay Permit (ITAP)
• Transport crew members
• Medical, food, and humanitarian aid workers
• Holders of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and Business Travel Card (ABTC)
• Holders of Traditional Border Crossing card
Howeverrr! It’s not ideal, but if you’re desperate to travel, international travellers wishing to make the trip can do so by applying for a B-211 visa. It’s NOT a tourist visa and requires you to be there in an industrial or business-related capacity. It usually requires sponsorship from a company, but some visa agents can arrange this for you.
The visa is valid for 6 months and can be extended up to 4 times (with each extension allowing a maximum of 30 days before renewal is required).
I’m planning to travel during the “pandemonium”, what do I do?
Bali relies heavily on tourism and their local economy has been hugely impacted by the pandemic.
• First things first – Get a negative PCR-based swab test issued within 2 days prior to departure via land or sea. You can check out http://www.gov.uk for guidance on your local test centres if you’re from the UK and remember NHS tests are no longer valid for use when travelling so it’ll have to be done privately. Some airlines are offering discounts when you book with their affiliated companies. Sorry friends.
• Next up, you’ve got to fill out an electronic-Health Alert Card (e-HAC)
• You’ve got to have your test certificate to hand and this has to be renewed every 14 days.
When will I be allowed to travel into Bali?
Tourism into Bali was initially slated to return in March 2022, with trial runs (whereby, travellers from countries where the infection rate was low, would be allowed to form travel corridors with Indonesia, but only allowed to visit Ubud, Sanur and Nusa Dua) being held in the Summer of 2021, but a recent video release by the Indonesian president said that Bali could begin reopening to tourists from as early as June 2021 if conditions remain favourable.
Is anything even open in Bali?
Most popular destinations are still closed off to the public and tourists such as:
• Lovina Beach
• Besakih Temple
• Wisnu Kencana
Some beaches in Bali and Kuta have reopened to residents and domestic tourists, but strict new normal measures are being enforced which means only a limited amount of people at one time will be permitted entry L