Bali is Safe and Pleasant to Visit

As an international tourism destination, Bali is deeply missed by the travellers from all over the world, either domestically or internationally. Bali which is well-known with the tagline of ‘cultural tourism’ and ‘The Last Paradise in The World’ serves a lot of beautiful scenery and view, along with the hospitality of communities and culture diversity that tourists could experience everywhere and freely.

The government has made many special policies to attract and facilitate the tourists’ interest to have vacation in Bali, the Island of Thousand Temples. Furthermore, the government offers some conveniences for foreign travellers visiting Bali. Those policies are: Visa on Arrival (VoA), free quarantine, and free RT-PCR Swab Test for domestic travellers.

This policy could happen in line with Bali as the highest rate vaccination province in Indonesia. The island of paradise has invented herd immunity so that it has been safe and pleasant to visit.

The Head of Bali Provincial Tourism Department, Tjok Bagus Pemayun conveys, the policies without quarantine and Visa on Arrival (VoA) addressed to international visitors is positively welcomed by the tourism community. This policies are expected to revive Bali Tourism that has been collapse by the pandemic.

The VoA fee is only 500.000 rupiah/person, both for adults and children. VoA is valid for 30 days and can only be used once to enter Bali or Indonesia and it can be extended once at Immigration Office,” said Tjok Bagus, Thu (7/4).

According to Tjok Bagus, from 43 countries that have been implemented VOA policy, there were 14,430 foreign travellers who have used VOA service at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali until April, 5, 2022.

One other ease given is that foreign travellers under 18 years old are not required to show vaccine certificates.

There are 9 ASEAN countries that get Visa Exemption Arrangement Facility Holders for Tourism Purpose:

  • Brunei Darrusalam,
    (2) Philippines,
    (3) Cambodia,
    (4) Laos,
    (5) Malaysia,
    (6) Myanmar,
    (7) Singapore,
    (8) Thailand, and
    (9) Vietnam

By the recent regulation, the government has made some allowance to facilitate the entry of international travellers to visit Bali. Travellers only need to do a PCR test 2×24 hours before the departure in the origin country. PCR test at the entry point or arrival at the airport is no longer needed, unless the body temperature is > 37.5⁰c and have not fully vaccinated yet. Travelers with incomplete vaccination are required to be in quarantine for 5×24 hours at dedicated accomodations, Tjok Bagus explained.

In conclusion, for incomplete vaccination travellers are required to have RT-PCR Swab Test on the arrival day and exit RT-PCR Swab test on the fourth day. If the result is negative, on the fifth day (quarantine over), they are allowed to proceed the trip. For waiting the result of entry test on arrival day can be done either at the airport or in the hotel with their own cost, except for Indonesian nationality paid by Government.

Countries included in VoA service are Australia, US, England, Germany, Netherland, France, Qatar, Japan, South Korea, Canada, New Zealand, Italy, Turkey, Uni Arab Emirate, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Darrusalam, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Philippine, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, India, Mexico, Norway, Pland, Seychelles, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, China, Timor Leste and Tunisia.

Furthermore, the travellers who have twice vaccinations are required to download and login to PeduliLindungi apps. Right on the arrival at the airport, the officer will help to integrate the travellers’ data to the pointed apps.

Related to travel insurance with Covid-19 coverage for travellers, Tjok Bagus explained, it could be reserved in advance. The purpose was to anticipate if the result of the RT-PCR Swab test was positive. “Tested PCR positive, and if with or without mild symptoms then it must be isolated for 5 days in a dedicated accomodations,” he added.

For positive travellers treatment will be covered by the insurance. If the test on the fourth day is negative, they will be allowed to continue their travelling on the fifth day. During the holiday they (international travellers) have to follow the health protocol, he emphasized. Alt.