Bali to reopen for tourists if COVID-19 infection rate improves
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Of Indonesia’s 17,000 islands, Bali is probably the most well-known holiday destination. Indonesia is currently on the UK Government’s red list, alongside other ‘high-risk’ countries, meaning they advise Brits not to travel there. But when can British tourists return to Bali and Indonesia?
Once bustling with tourists, international travel to Bali and Indonesia has been halted since the outbreak of the COVID19 pandemic in March 2020.
Although Bali and Indonesia are on the Government’s red list for travel, there are signs they are beginning to relax restrictions and prepare to welcome tourists back to the islands.
Can I travel to Bali?
At the moment, British tourists can not travel to Bali.
Bali has stopped their visa-free travel – which welcomed tourists from 160 countries – and are currently requiring people to get visas before they enter the country.
As Bali is on the UK’s red list, Brits are not able to get a flight from the UK to Indonesia.
The Indonesian government is enforcing strict policies to reduce the spread of coronavirus including compulsory face masks in both indoor and outdoor public places.
Anyone who breaks this law can be fined, and foreigners who break this law or any other health regulations can be deported.
What are Bali’s entry requirements?
According to Bali.com, Indonesian borders are currently closed to tourism.
However, some foreign nationals are entering the country on 60-day business visas and the strict travel rules for these travellers might indicate what’s to come for tourists.
As there are no direct flights to Bali, travellers have to fly to Jakarta, the Indonesian capital.
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Travellers must be fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative PCR test result and will also need to register with Indonesia’s eHAC app.
After arriving in Jakarta, travellers must quarantine for seven nights, at their own cost, in an appointed hotel.
There they will be tested on day one and day seven of their stay.
If travellers test positive then they will be sent to hospital at their own expense.
After the mandatory quarantine in Jakarta, travellers can then take a domestic flight to Bali.
When will Bali be moved to the amber or green list?
The Government’s next review of travel restrictions is expected to be on either September 15 or September 16.
Express.co.uk will have the latest developments on whether Bali moves to the amber or green list, so check back for more information.
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