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BALI Reopening Tourism – Latest Updates

October 27,2021

Bali reopened borders for international tourists from 19 countries on October 14. Travelers need to serve a 5-day mandatory quarantine.

I) These countries are also allowed to open their flights to the Riau Islands. These 19 countries are:

  1. Bahrain

  2. China​​

  3. France

  4. Hungary

  5. India

  6. Italy

  7. Japan

  8. Kuwait

  9. Liechtenstein

  10. New Zealand

  11. Norway

  12. Poland

  13. Portugal

  14. Qatar

  15. Saudi Arabia

  16. South Korea

  17. Spain

  18. Sweden

  19. United Arab Emirates (UAE)

These countries were chosen by the Indonesian Government as they have a low COVID-19 positivity rate, in accordance with the standards of World Health Organizations (WHO), as specified in the Decree of the COVID-19 Task Force No. 15 of 2021.

II) Pre-departure preparation regarding visas

Before departing to Bali and Riau Islands, you need to prepare yourself with the information about the visa and requirements to enter Indonesia.

  • E-Visa

As an effort to provide ease of access, the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights has launched an electronic visa (e-Visa) application system. This e-Visa was launched to assist foreign travelers who intend to visit Indonesia. It allows foreigners to apply for a visa online without hassle. 

To protect Indonesian citizens from the increasing transmission rate of the COVID-19 along with its new variants, according to Regulation of the Minister of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia Number 34 of 2021, the Free Visit Visa Waiver and Visit Visa on Arrival are temporarily suspended by the Ministry.

Below are the valid Visas or Stay Permits allowed to enter Indonesian Territory:

  • Diplomatic and official/service Visa;

  • Visit Visa;

  • Limited stay permit Visa;

  • Diplomatic residence permits and official residence permits;

  • Limited stay permit (KITAS) and residence permit cards (KITAP)

  • Kartu Perjalanan Pebisnis Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (KPP APEC)

A Stay Permit which is in the territory of Indonesia may be granted a new Stay Permit after obtaining a Visa. 

Visa applications can be submitted online through https://visa-online.imigrasi.go.id/

1) Arrival protocols

When you have arrived at the airports, there are several measures you need to take before you can continue your travel. According to Circular of Covid-19 Task Force No. 20 Year 2021, regarding Domestic Travel Health Protocol during the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), all international travelers, whether they are Indonesian citizens or foreign nationals, should comply with the existing health protocols. 

You will be able to enter the territory of Indonesia under the following conditions:

  • Through entry points (airports) in Bali and the Riau Islands.

  • Can show a card or certificate of receipt of COVID-19 vaccine and a negative RT-PCR test result.

  • Short Visit Visa or other entry permits in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

  • Proof of ownership of health insurance with a minimum coverage value of USD 100,000 which includes financing for handling COVID-19.

  • Proof of booking confirmation and payment (booking) for accommodation from the accommodation provider while staying in Indonesia.

Below are the arrival and departure flow you have to follow if you travel to Bali via I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport:

2) International arrival flow

  1. Pre Flight

    - Provide a full-dose vaccination certificate (at least 14 days before arrival)
    - Download PeduliLindungi app
    - Register e-PCR
    - Verify your e-Hac
    - Register e-CD (Electronic Custom Declaration)
    - Provide the proof of your 5-days quarantine hotel booking
    - Prepare negative PCR result (3x24 hours before arrival)
    - Prepare immigration documents
    - Prepare travel insurance
  2. Landing in Bali

    - Go to the arrivals terminal
  3. Go to the arrival terminal

  4. Thermo Scanner

    - For body temperature below 38°C, proceed to the next step

    - For body temperature exceeding 38°C, a further medical examination will be done immediately. If all health requirements are good, proceed to the next step. If not, travelers will be referred to the nearest hospital
  5. Port Health Office

    - Enter medical documents check

    - Scan e-HAC QR code

    - Tap QR code
  6. PCR Swab

    - Taking PCR swab sample

    - Scan QR code
  7. Immigration

    - Immigration check
  8. Conveyor Belt

    - Put your luggage in
  9. Customs

    - Scan e-CD (Electronic Custom Declaration) QR code

    - Customs check
  10. Holding Area

    - Wait for your PCR test result
  11. Exit Control Desk

    - Tap QR code

    - Hotel & transport registration
  12. Positive PCR

    - Nearest hospital
  13. Negative PCR

    - Pick up zone to stay at a quarantined hotel for 5 days

3) International departure flow

  1. Drop Zone

  2. Thermo Scanner

    - For body temperature below 38°C, proceed to the next step
    - For body temperature exceeding 38°C, a further medical examination will be done immediately. If all health requirements are good, proceed to the next step. If not, travelers will be referred to the nearest hospital
  3. AVSEC

    - Flight document and security check
  4. Check-In

  5. Tap Boarding Pass

  6. AVSEC PSCP

  7. Immigration

    - Immigration check
  8. Commercial Area

  9. Waiting Area

  10. Take Off

4) Quarantine rules

According to Circular of Covid-19 Task Force No. 20 Year 2021, those who receive negative PCR results upon arrival are required to undergo mandatory quarantine for 5 x 24 hours or 14 x24 hours depending on the escalation COVID-19 case of the origin country. The requirements are as follows:

  • For Indonesian citizens within the category of migrant workers, students that have finished education, and civil servants on duty, the quarantine facilities provided by the Indonesia government are free of charge.
  • For Indonesian citizens (not on the criteria for the previous points) and foreigners must undergo a self-funded quarantine accommodation (hotels/inns) recommended by the COVID-19 Task Force and have met the terms and conditions of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association and the Ministry of Health.

Four days after self-quarantine from the date of arrival, another RT-PCR test will be conducted. If the test shows a negative result, after 5 days of quarantine, you will be declared for completed quarantine. Meanwhile, if the RT-PCR test shows positive result then you will have to undergo the following procedures:

  • Treatment in centralized isolation facilities for asymptomatic people and people with mild symptoms.
  • Treatment at a referral hospital for people with moderate and severe symptoms.

Here is the list of hotels in Indonesia that provide a mandatory quarantine facility.

After you have completed your quarantine, remember to always comply with the health protocols by keeping necessary habits such as keeping your distance, wearing a mask in public places, and washing hands regularly. 

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