Bali to trial quarantine-free entry

More outbound travellers from emerging markets are choosing Indonesia as a holiday destination; tourist in Bali pictured

Indonesia will allow inbound travellers to enter Bali without quarantine under a trial programme that will start on March 14 or earlier.

Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, coordinating minister for maritime affairs and investment, said at a virtual press conference on February 27 that an earlier start date would be considered if Covid infections in Bali dipped even lower “within the next week”.

Bali will trial a quarantine-free arrival procedure for fully vaccinated travellers

The programme is eligible for travellers who are fully vaccinated and have received their boosters. Travellers will have to take a PCR test on arrival and wait for the result at their hotel. With a negative result, travellers can carry on with their activities on the island.

Other entry requirements include proof of stay through a pre-booked accommodation of at least four days, or proof of residency for returning Indonesians.

Travellers will also have to take another PCR test in their hotel on the third day of stay “for reassurance of safety”, said Luhut.

Should Bali see success in the trial programme, Luhut said the revised entry requirement would then be implemented across Indonesia on April 1.

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