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Updated 30 August 2021.

What is the current situation like in Bali?

As of 30 August 2021, the official tally has reported a total of 106,458 confirmed cases in Bali, where the population is more than 4.2 million. With 96,642 cases of recovery, Bali’s recovery rate is at 90 percent.

There is still a travel restriction in place for Indonesia where passengers are not allowed to transit or enter the country, with a few exceptions.

Bali relies heavily on tourism and had welcomed 6.3 million foreign visitors in the year 2019. The pandemic has naturally impacted the local economy.

 

Are there airlines flying to Bali now?

A search through Wego showed that there are several domestic flight schedules operated by a few local airlines.

The country’s national carrier, Garuda Indonesia, is among the airline resuming domestic operations. Other airlines such as AirAsia, Batik Air, Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air, and Citilink are operating multiple daily flights from cities across Indonesia.

 

Am I allowed to visit Bali now?

Yes, if you are a resident of Indonesia. Bali is currently open for leisure travel only to domestic travellers.

International tourists remain banned from visiting Bali in line with the policy of the Government of Indonesia, although some will be allowed into Bali as part of trial-runs leading up to Bali’s eventual reopening. More on this below.

As it stands, those allowed entry into Bali are the following:

  • Nationals of Indonesia;
  • Passengers with a Temporary Stay Permit (ITAS) or Permanent Stay Permit (ITAP). They must not have been in India in the past 14 days
  • Passengers with a temporary residence visa. They must not have been in India in the past 14 days;
  • Passengers with a diplomatic or service visa. They must not have been in India in the past 14 days;
  • Passengers with a diplomatic or service stay permit. They must not have been in India in the past 14 days;
  • Passengers with an e-visit visa with a visa number ending with LN. They must not have been in India in the past 14 days;
  • Passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card. They must not have been in India in the past 14 days;
  • Passengers traveling under the Travel Corridor Arrangement (TCA). They must not have been in India in the past 14 days.

The Vice Governor of Bali in a conference feed also added that entries are allowed for patients in need of emergency help, passengers attending to urgent matters like death or illness in the immediate family, and repatriated migrant workers and overseas Indonesian students.

 

What is the B211B visa?

International travellers wishing to visit Bali may be able to do so by applying for the single-entry visitor visa B211B. As per the Indonesian embassy website, the B211B visa allows any foreign nationals to gain entry into the country in some industrial or business-related capacity, so it’s NOT a tourist visa.

The B211B visa is valid for six months and can be extended up to four times, with each extension valid for 30 days. Please note that one of the requirements of obtaining this visa is a presence of a company willing to sponsor said foreign national. However, visa agents in Bali can arrange for this requirement to be fulfilled.

While it’s by no means ideal, the B211B visa is currently the only possible way of gaining entry into Indonesia and spend an extended amount of time in Bali.

 

What do I need to prepare if I need to visit Bali now?

Domestic travellers

Travel requirements from Java to Bali (and vice versa)

  • Must be able to produce a vaccine card confirming the administration of at least the first dose
  • A negative PCR test is valid for 48 hours
  • A negative antigen test is valid for 24 hours (valid only if you are in possession of a fully vaccinated certificate)
  • Certificate of a negative RT-PCR/Rapid Antigen test result must incorporate a barcode/QRCode
  • Note: The results of the Rapid Antigen test are only valid if the passenger has an accompanying vaccine certificate of the second dose. If you only have a certificate for the first dose, the result of the RT-PCR test prevails

Travel requirements from/to Bali other than Java

  • Must be able to produce a vaccine card confirming the administration of at least the first dose
  • A negative PCR test is valid for 48 hours
  • Antigen test does not apply
  • The negative RT-PCR test result must incorporate a barcode/QRCode
  • Vaccination participants at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) Bali are not allowed to fly on the same day following the vaccination
  • Passengers who have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last three months may produce a COVID-19 Survivor Certificate in lieu of a vaccine certificate
  • Specifically for departure from Bali to the passenger’s home country: Foreign nationals departing Bali to an international destination via domestic flights and transiting for no more than 24 hours are not required to show a vaccination card

International travellers

Unfortunately, foreign travellers are currently denied entry into Bali. Indonesia is currently closed to all non-nationals and non-residents until further notice. There are exceptions extending to the following:

  • Diplomatic Visa and Service Visa holders
  • Holders of Diplomatic Stay Permits and Official Stay Permits
  • Holders of Limited Stay Permits and Permanent Stay Permits
  • Foreigners with health and humanitarian purposes (after receiving a recommendation from the ministry/institution that carries out the COVID-19 function)
  • The crew of the conveyance that comes with the conveyance
  • Travellers arriving from countries covered by the bilateral Travel Corridor Agreement (TCA) scheme are eligible for special consideration/permission in writing from the relevant Ministry/Agency

 

When will Bali reopen for tourists?

Due to the recent surge of coronavirus infection across Indonesia, the planned September reopening of the island has once again been postponed until further notice.

Governor of Bali, Mr Wayan Koster, has issued a statement outlining that the plans to open up Bali to foreign tourists have been postponed due to the epidemiological condition in Indonesia is less than conducive.

 

Is it safe to travel to Bali?

Bali is currently awaiting the government’s decision on whether or not the PPKM (Community Activities Restrictions Enforcement) will be extended. But regardless of the government’s decision, it has been reported that the national Bed Occupancy Rate (BOR) in hospitals across the islands of Bali and Java has seen a significant decrease.

But while the above statistics may be encouraging, Bali, like other provinces and islands across Indonesia, continues to struggle with a high number of COVID cases and flare-ups.

 

What are the things that are open right now in Bali?

In line with the government’s level 4 community restrictions, most tourist attractions remain closed. The operational hours of shopping malls, restaurants, cafes and bars continue to be limited. All establishments are required to cease operations by 8 PM sharp. Stringent health and safety protocols will continue to be strictly observed.

Meanwhile, the opening hours of essential retailers the likes of supermarkets, traditional markets, and grocery stores are limited until 8 PM and must adhere to the 50 percent capacity requirement. Pharmacies and drug stores may open for 24 hours.