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Bali Reopens Visa On Arrival For 23 Countries And Removes Quarantine From March 7th

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The Government of Bali has unexpectedly announced that the popular destination will be revoking quarantine rules and reinstating its visa on arrival program for travelers from 23 countries. Included in this list of countries are the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia among others. This is HUGE news as Bali may again be able to rise through the ranks of popular tourist destinations around the world.

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The announcement is a major surprise as we weren’t expecting any changes to be made before April. No doubt the omicron’s freefall speed decline in cases, mixed with pressure from the tourism industry and envy of the other countries that have reopened, have played a massive roll in this decision. It will be interesting to see if there is still a large interest from the travel community to visit Bali after 2 years of very strict COVID restrictions.

Bali Airport

The Process of Reopening

Bali has been essentially closed down for the past two years only allowing foreigners in on the rarest of occasions. Last month, they welcomed their first flight since the shutdown, but since the demand for trips to Bali has been slow to grow. Until this announcement travelers needed to take a pre-departure COVID test AND quarantine upon arrival just to take ANOTHER COVID test 3 days later. On top of that the “VISA on arrival” program had not yet been reinstated, meaning that travelers needed to apply in advance to enter the country. This process is both expensive and time-consuming. 

Woman In Bali

With this announcement, travelers from the United States, UK, Australia, and Canada will be issued a visa on arrival again and be able to skip the costly quarantine. The decision and repeal of restrictions is strictly for the island of Bali. The government is taking steps to ensure that travelers do not spread the virus off of the Island by requiring results of a PCR test from any foreigner trying to leave Bali. 

Bali

There Are Still SOME Entry Requirements For Bali

  • Show proof of vaccination or booster
  • Conduct PCR test upon arrival and wait for results before accessing public areas
  • Visitors who test positive are required to undergo isolation at the appointed quarantine hotel
  • Covid-19 patients with comorbid diseases and senior citizens must undergo isolation at the appointed hospital
  • Insurance that covers COVID up to $100,000
  • Travelers are required to conduct another PCR test on the third day before gaining access into the provinces outside of Bali

Can Bali Still Be A Top Tourist Destination?

Bali was a wildly popular destination for digital nomads, backpackers, and tourists before the pandemic. Social media influencers lined the shores snapping endless photographs. Entrepreneurs of the digital age filled the cafes mingling with like-minded people. Before the Pandemic, 60% of the island’s economy was based on tourism. Will Bali make a comeback to these pre-pandemic levels? 

Male Digital Nomad Working On A Beach Location

Travelers are hesitant to return to places that had strict and quickly changing restrictions. We’ve seen evidence of this feeling in Australia, which recently reopened its borders to vaccinated travelers. It’s understandable that travelers may not want to book or plan a trip to a place with no guarantee that they will be able to carry it out. 

bintang beer bali

Zero COVID Policy

Indonesia as a whole plan’s to keep the “Zero COVID Policy” in place for the rest of the country. A policy that many countries in Asia are still clinging to. However in this point in the pandemic, it seems that the policy may be futile. Many of the strictest countries, like Australia and Austria, are beginning to open their borders…And maybe Asia will follow soon. 

Just To Reiterate


Bali has unexpectedly announced that the popular destination will be revoking quarantine rules and reinstating its visa on arrival program for travelers from 23 countries. Included in this list of countries include the United States, Canada, Australia, England, Netherlands, Germany, Qatar, France, Japan, South Korea, Italy, New Zealand, UAE, Turkey, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, and Cambodia. Hopefully, we will see tourists flocking to the beaches of Bali again soon!

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Moalim obaid

Monday 7th of March 2022

Good news is Indian travel to Bali please conform as soon as possible

Hallvar

Monday 7th of March 2022

There is no information about the selection of countries to the list of 23. Will there be an extension of new countries to this list? And when will it happen? Anyone have any thoughts or insight of this? :)

Belinda Blunsden

Monday 7th of March 2022

This opening is due to the G20 summit. It is not yet verified if arrangements will stay in place once that is finished

Andrew

Sunday 6th of March 2022

Not a chance in hell, lift all requirements for fully vaccinated and boosted tourists and we'll talk. Until then we will patronize the forward thinking countries, not the ones who hold onto draconian policies that and absolutely NOT necessary. You need to make travel easier not more difficult. Until you make these changes you'll be losing millions of dollars.

Max

Sunday 6th of March 2022

23 Countries ONLY? two PCR? Insurance?

No thanks