Bali eases entry for international visitors; offers shorter quarantines

As Bali prepares to reopen to international tourists starting February 4, 2022, the Indonesian government has introduced a new Bubble Quarantine Policy to manage arrivals.

Travellers to Bali will have their quarantine period relaxed from seven to five days, with arrivals being allowed to spend their days outside their rooms, but limited to hotel premises or the Phinisi cruise ship they arrived on.

All fully vaccinated travellers on direct flights are welcomed to Bali, not just those flying from 19 approved countries previously

In this initial stage, travellers must purchase a 5D/4N Bali Warm-Up Vacation package, which includes all meals and PCR tests, from the following hotels: Grand Hyatt Nusa Dua Bali; The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali; Griya Santrian; Viceroy Bali; and Royal Tulip Springhill Resort. In total, there are 447 available rooms and six liveaboard Phinisi ships.

Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Indonesia’s coordinating minister for maritime affairs and investment, announced the reopening and revised entry policies last week, and revealed that the decision was made to reinvigorate Bali’s decimated tourism industry. This is despite the number of increasing Omicron cases in the country.

He stressed that the opening will be conducted in stages, and will happen gradually.

Apart from introducing the new Bubble Quarantine policy, the government has also opened its borders to all international tourists that will be arriving via airplane to Bali. Previously, only travellers on direct flights from 19 approved countries were allowed entry.

To gain entry, travellers must apply for a B211A Tourist Visa through a travel company, possess travel insurance with a minimum of US$2,500 medical coverage including Covid-19, be double vaccinated, pre-book a quarantine stay, and complete the rest of their stays with approved travel companies.

Garuda Indonesia’s GA881 departing from Narita to Denpasar is scheduled to be the first airline arriving on February 4, while Singapore Airlines has announced it will be commencing its daily Singapore-Denpasar services as of February 16.

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