From March 14, 2022, fully vaccinated travelers will be allowed to enter the popular Southeast Asian tourist hotspot – Bali – without having to quarantine upon arrival, plus the much-anticipated return of the Visa On Arrival program.
In what is being described as a ‘trial’ – which is due to begin in just two weeks – those who have received their full vaccination will be required to take a PCR test upon their arrival – which must return a negative result before they are ‘free’ to explore the province.
Having recently announced that quarantine for arrivals could indeed become ‘a thing of the past’ from April onwards, the Indonesian government is now looking to potentially fast track this, by significantly reducing the entry requirements for international visitors.
What are the current entry requirements for visiting Bali?
As of now, it is possible to enter Bali for tourism purposes – with the country having officially reopened for tourists on 4 February.
However, there is still a list of entry requirements that travelers must adhere to, including the need to quarantine upon arrival – with the length of of quarantine depending upon your vaccination status.
Those that have received their full vaccination – plus a booster – are required to quarantine for three days. Individuals who have received their full vaccination, but have had no booster shot, are required to quarantine for five days.
And, for any individual entering the country who isn’t fully vaccinated (ie- only 1 dose) there is a requirement to quarantine for 7 days. All visitors arriving into the country are also currently required to:
- take a PCR test no longer than 48 hours before departure
- take a PCR test on arrival, as well as on day 3 of their quarantine
- purchase health insurance – which includes coverage for the treatment of Covid-19
- obtain a visa before traveling to Indonesia.
So, what changes from 14 March?
Well, the biggest headline is that there will no longer be a requirement to quarantine upon arrival into Bali for individuals that have received their full vaccination against Covid-19.
Instead, fully vaccinated travelers can enter quarantine-free by:
- booking a hotel for at least four nights
- showing proof that they have received their full vaccine against Covid-19
- taking a PCR test upon arrival – and waiting in their hotel room until they have received their test result (within 24-hours)
- taking a PCR test on day 3 after their arrival
- taking a daily antigen test (which is only expected to be a requirement during the initial ‘trial’ period).
Although the above may still sound restrictive, travelers will be able to roam around – and explore – the beauty that the sun-kissed island of Bali has to offer after receiving a negative test result from their initial on-arrival PCR test. The results of the on-arrival PCR test will usually be available within 24 hours of taking the test.
Visitors will no longer need to obtain a visa before their arrival
Another significant change to the entry requirements for Bali is that travelers – from March 14 – will no longer need to obtain a visa before they travel. Instead, they will be able to – once again – apply for the visa on arrival (VoA) which tourist companies throughout the island have been hoping would be reinstated.
The VoA is a much more convenient – and hassle-free – way to gain entry into the country, as there is no need to pay an agency to sort out your visa before you arrive.
While Bali has been slowly reopening, tourists haven’t been returning yet, much because of the hassle of the visa on arrival program being paused. Now, with the return of the VoA, and despite other tough travel rules, Bali will finally start seeing an influx of tourists again.
If the quarantine-free trial in Bali goes well – and there are no major outbreaks of Covid-19 on the island – Indonesia hopes to drop the requirement of on-arrival quarantine for the entire country. It is hoped that this will happen from 1 April – if the ‘trial’ in Bali goes as planned.
And, here’s hoping that with the likes of other countries – including Thailand – also relaxing their entry requirements this month (March), we will start to see Southeast Asia welcome back the large numbers of visitors that has made it such a popular region for tourists.
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