Indonesia is considering lifting quarantine for Bali in April

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Indonesia is considering easing quarantine restrictions for travelers arriving in Bali by April. The government is focusing on “living with the virus”. The country is official February 4 reopened to touristsbut traveling there is not easy now.

Bali International Airport

A representative from the government said Monday “We need to find a balance between the need to maintain health and the need to support the economy.” The government is expected to lift all quarantine restrictions and possibly a second PCR test on arrival by April. A change of pace is urgently needed for the devastated economy of Bali.

Bali International Airport

Currently, all visitors must have a negative test for Covid-19 before departure. They will also need to pass another PCR test on the 3rd day of quarantine, with a negative result required for release. Travelers must also have proof of health insurance with a cost of coverage of at least $ 100,000 for the treatment of COVID-19. In addition, travelers need to obtain a visa before arriving in the country, but we’ll talk about that later.
Bali is a very popular destination for digital nomads, tourists and tourists. Influential social media figures and retirees will be along the shores of this beautiful place. Before the pandemic, 60% of the island’s economy was based on tourism.

A girl in Bali with a mask

The country, slower than some of its neighbors, has announced a resumption, having previously pursued a controversial “zero COVID” policy. Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand and Sri Lanka all have partially opened their borders.

Bali coast

So finally, travelers will be able to return to Bali, right? Well, maybe.

Several problems still prevent Bali from becoming the thriving tourist destination it once was.

  • The visa program on arrival has not yet returned. This means that travelers need to apply for a visa before traveling to Indonesia, which can be expensive and time consuming, and certainly not like those who live as a jet setter.
  • Many airlines have not yet resumed their routes to Bali due to lack of demand and tight restrictions. The first international flight with tourists to Bali arrived yesterday from Singapore. More flights are expected in March, but airlines are careful.
Tourists on the beach in Bali
  • Travelers are reluctant to return to a place where restrictions have been tough and changing rapidly. We see this evident in the number of tourists from other countries in Southeast Asia and Australia. It is clear that travelers may not want to book or plan a trip to a place without a guarantee that they will be able to make it. Bali partially opened its borders in October 2021, and since then only 45 international travelers have entered.
Bali beach


Currently, the Indonesian government has banned foreign guests from transiting and traveling to Indonesia unless they have a valid residence permit or a visa of certain classes. Visa-free and visa-free entry for all foreign travelers, including US citizens, remains suspended. The government has not set a deadline for ending restrictions on foreign visitors.

Working holiday visa

If you have one of these visas, you will need to show a negative test for Covid-19 before departure. On the third day of quarantine, they will also need to pass another PCR test. You will also need proof of health insurance with a coverage cost of at least $ 100,000 for the treatment of COVID-19.
As the rest of Southeast Asia emerges from these outdated restrictions in the pandemic era, we can only hope that the Indonesian government will quickly lift its restrictions. After all, do not want to miss another tourist season.

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