When Can We Travel To Bali In 2021?
LAST UPDATE: MARCH 18, 2021
Disclaimer: This information is collated from official sources but general in nature. Entry requirements are subject to change at any time. Keep checking for the latest advice from your local government, embassy, or consulate to confirm any visa or entry requirements before travel.
While many countries are still currently under lockdown, restrictions are gradually starting to ease as the global vaccine rollout gains momentum. While there is no exact date for the resumption of international travel just yet, we at INTRO are monitoring the situation closely. So, can we travel to Bali, Indonesia now?
Read on for the latest updates.
AM I ALLOWED TO TRAVEL TO BALI?
Currently, most governments are advising against all but essential international travel, including to Indonesia.
Indonesia has ceased international tourist travel, and international transits are generally not allowed. The only travellers able to enter are Indonesian citizens from abroad, holders of diplomatic visas, or foreign nationals already holding a valid type of visa or stay permit. There are no direct international flights to Bali, so foreign visitors must travel through Jakarta International Airport.
The granting of free visit visas and visas on arrival is temporarily suspended. Indonesian Borders are currently only open for those already holding a valid visa or stay permit, such as:
Single-Entry Business Visas 211
These are granted to foreigners for the following purposes,
- Emergency and essential work visit
- Business meeting
- Purchasing of goods or materials
- Foreign workers coming for a probationary period in Indonesian companies
- Medical, food, and humanitarian aid workers
- Crew members of transport services operating in Indonesia
For working activities including,
- As a professional or expert
- Those who work on ships or vessels operating in the Indonesian maritime zone
- Those who work on quality control of goods or products
- Those who conduct workplace inspections and audits
- Those who install and repair machines
- Those who work in construction
- Those on a probationary period for skilled jobs
For non-working activities including,
- Engaging in foreign investment
- Family reunion
- Retirement travel
NEGATIVE COVID RESULT
Travellers must present evidence of a negative covid test issued no more than 72 hours before departure. They'll be required to undergo a further PCR test on arrival.
PROOF OF INSURANCE
Travellers must present proof of medical insurance guaranteeing that the provider can cover treatment for covid.
All arrivals in Indonesia must quarantine at an appointed hotel in Jakarta for five days, undergo a further PCR test, and await results at that hotel. If any of the tests are positive, you'll be hospitalised at a referral hospital until testing negative. If all tests are negative, you will be allowed to leave the appointed hotel and continue your journey, but should still complete the remainder of the 14 days self-quarantine at your accommodation. Travellers must pay for the costs of quarantine and testing.
Those entering Bali must download and register with the Indonesia Health Alert Card (eHAC) app. This is mandatory as part of the effort to detect, prevent and control public health through points of entry to Indonesia.
OPEN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Tourist attractions and beaches are gradually reopening, and a decent amount of restaurants, bars, and hotels have open doors. However, most international tourists have left Bali, and without income, many businesses are struggling. All citizens and visitors are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines.
Each country has different restrictions for travellers arriving from abroad.
Anyone arriving in the UK must quarantine for 10 days and take 2 COVID tests while in quarantine. Residents arriving in the UK from the red list of countries must quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days.
Australia has banned entry to everyone but residents, who must undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility. They may be required to pay for the costs of quarantine.
For information relevant to your situation, keep up to date with local government announcements.
Like many countries, Indonesia, and Bali in particular, is under pressure to reopen, but the government must ensure the health and safety of its citizens. Due to the narrow visa criteria, travelling to Bali is not an option for most travellers at the time of writing.
NOTE: This information is of a general nature and restrictions are subject to change, so keep in touch with the latest official advice from your local government and Indonesian authorities.
WHEN WILL BALI FULLY REOPEN TO TOURISM?
Due to the groundbreaking work of scientists around the globe, the distribution of covid vaccines has ramped up at incredible speed. Vaccines will hopefully see a return to 'regular' life sooner rather than later, and it's speculated that areas such as Bali will eventually ease restrictions so travellers may enter without quarantining.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is developing a vaccine passport system that will allow travellers to store official certifications for tests and vaccines. This information can be used by governments requiring testing or vaccination proofs as condition of entry during and after the pandemic, so countries can confidently reopen borders without imposing quarantines. Find out more here.
Bali's opening status has been subject to many rumours. In 2020 it was speculated Bali would reopen borders in the latter months of the year. News sites and blogs have hypothesised potential timelines for Bali's tourism reopening based on announcements from government officials, but until the Indonesian government makes an official declaration, this is mostly hearsay.
We will update this article and our COVID page as official news breaks.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TRAVEL TO BALI?
Itching to escape the cold? Indonesia is right on the equator, so Bali benefits from gloriously warm temperatures year-round! Catch us working on our tans, sipping cocktails outside, and swimming in the ocean literally any month of the year.
Like most tropical islands, Bali experiences two distinct seasons, Dry (April to September) and Wet (October to March). But don't let the word 'wet' put you off! There are still hot temperatures at this time of year, but it is very humid and the days have a slightly higher chance of rain. The rain doesn't stick around long though, plus is relief from the heat! If you don't mind occasionally getting a bit wet, this season is perfect for discovering a more peaceful side of the island.
Needless to say, when Bali safely reopens for international travel we won't care what month it is... our bags are already packed. Check out some of our favourite year-round activities in Bali below!
WHY VISIT BALI?
Bali has long been THE place to be in South East Asia. Beyond the beaches, yoga retreats, and nightlife scene, this island is a paradise of its own, crammed full of natural beauty that draws backpackers and high-end tourists from all over the world.
SPOT WILD DOLPHINS
Hop on a traditional fishing boat in northern Bali for your chance to spot dolphins in their natural habitat! Our small group tours in Bali have this experience included in the itinerary, and we make sure our boats stay far away enough so the dolphins have space to frolic, stress-free.
EXPLORE TROPICAL ISLANDS BY BIKE
Located off the main island, the Gili Islands are a heavenly trio. The serenity of the tropical surroundings is amplified by the lack of motor vehicles, so the best way to explore the beaches is on two wheels! No cars, no motorbikes, no worries.
HIT THE BEACH, BABY!
Find your bliss on one of Bali's many beaches. Snorkel with turtles, sun-bake on the sand, sip a pina colada... there's a beach for every mood.
LEARN TO SURF
Want to learn how to shred like a pro? Bali is a surfer's wonderland, full of spots suitable for beginners wanting to live out their beach babe fantasies. With a bit of help from a local instructor, you'll be catching waves in no time. Day 3 of our Bali Intro small group tour includes a surf sesh in laid-back Canggu - check out the full itinerary here!
SEE INCREDIBLE RICE TERRACES & WATERFALLS
Along with bright oceans and sandy shores, Bali's inner regions are full of natural beauty waiting for you to explore. Misty mountaintop temples, iconic rice paddies, hidden canyons, and cascading waterfalls all make up the island's landscape. Whip out your phone and snap some bangers for the 'gram.
TREK AN ACTIVE VOLCANO
Sacrifice a snooze for an early start to climb through the clouds and witness sunrise atop the active volcano that is Mt Batur. Jelly legs are absolutely worth the sweeping views you'll get across Bali's lush landscapes. The last full day of our Bali Intro group tour includes a guided sunrise hike up Mt Batur, followed by a traditional Balinese massage in the afternoon to treat your deserving muscles. It's all about balance.
Although we can’t easily travel to Bali just yet, it is looking quite likely in the not-too-distant future. Travel restrictions are beginning to ease and tourism will return with a surge in demand, so now is the time to get planning.
If Bali sounds like your kind of paradise, click through to check out our Bali small group tours here! With expertly crafted itineraries, the guidance of a knowledgable group leader, full end-to-end support, and a new group of friends to make memories with, our trips are the ultimate way to discover a new country! Oh, and did we mention that all of the activities on our itineraries are included? You heard right - everything we mention is included in the tour - no extra payments required.
With flexible booking policies and complete support during this uncertain time, you can be confident booking with INTRO. You deserve an adventure after all this.