Bali Reopens a Week Ahead of Schedule

Quarantines have been dropped, while visitors coming in from 23 countries can now apply for visas on arrival.

Sunrise over Mount Agung and paddy fields in Sidemen, east Bali. (Photo: Geio Tischler/Unsplash)

In a last-minute decision, Indonesia has brought forward its plans to scrap quarantine restrictions on international tourists entering Bali from March 14 to today. Bali’s governor made the surprise announcement on Friday, but this was only confirmed over the weekend by senior officials in Jakarta; a circular issued by the central government states that the new rules have already taken effect.

In addition to ending the self-isolation requirement, authorities said that tourists arriving from nearly two dozen nations will no longer need to apply for an e-visa in advance. This privilege extends to citizens of all ASEAN countries, as well as those of Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand. Also on the list are five European nations, three in the Middle East, and Canada and the United States. Visas on arrival will be valid for 30 days and can be extended for one month.

Bali-bound foreign visitors must carry a return ticket, along with proof that they have either been fully vaccinated or received a booster shot at least two weeks prior to the trip. A prepaid hotel booking for four days is mandatory, as is health insurance with a minimum coverage of US$25,000 for Covid-19 treatment. Travelers will be required to install the PeduliLindungi app and complete an online health declaration form (e-HAC) through PeduliLindungi. They’ll also need to take a PCR test no more than 48 hours before departure and be swabbed upon arrival at the airport. Instead of quarantining, holidaymakers should wait in their chosen accommodation for a negative result, after which they will be free to explore the island. A PCR test taken at the hotel on the third day will be necessary before tourists can travel to other parts of Indonesia.

Here is the full list of countries whose citizens can now apply for a visa on arrival in Bali:

Region Country
Asia-Pacific Australia
New Zealand
South Korea
Middle East Turkey
Europe Germany
United Kingdom
North America Canada
United States
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