When Can We Travel To Bali In 2021?
LAST UPDATE: OCTOBER 19, 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.
Things around the world are gradually returning to normal as the global vaccine rollout gains momentum. We are monitoring the situation closely and will keep this article updated with any new info. So, can we travel to Bali, Indonesia in 2021? Read on for the latest updates.
AM I ALLOWED TO TRAVEL TO BALI?
In September, officials announced that Bali will begin welcoming some international tourists from October 2021. From October 14, fully vaccinated travellers from 19 countries can enter Bali. These countries are New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Liechtenstein, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Poland, Hungary and Norway.
Visitors will still be required to follow certain regulations – they need to be fully vaccinated and take two PCR tests, both before their flight and on arrival. They will also need to quarantine for 5 days in a hotel at their own expense.
However most international airlines are yet to reinstate their direct-to-Bali routes.
Foreign travellers are now able to apply for the B211 Visit Visa for the purpose of tourism for stays of over 30 days. You can find more information about visas on the official government website.
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.
DO I NEED A VACCINE?
To currently enter Indonesia you must show evidence of full Covid-19 vaccination.
PROOF OF INSURANCE
Travellers must present proof of medical insurance guaranteeing that the provider can cover treatment for Covid.
Fully-vaxxed arrivals in Indonesia must still quarantine at a hotel for five days.
Those entering Indonesia 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.
RESTRICTIONS & OPEN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Tourist attractions and beaches are gradually reopening in Bali, and restaurants, bars and hotels have opened doors. Each region is subject to restrictions including curfews depending on case numbers. All citizens and visitors are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines including mask wearing and social distancing.
Each country has different restrictions for travellers arriving from abroad. For information relevant to your situation, keep up to date with local government announcements.
In the UK international travel restrictions apply under a two-tier system. Travellers from red listed countries must quarantine on arrival in the UK for 10 days, while travellers from green listed countries can enter the UK without quarantine. From October 11 Indonesia is moving onto the green list, so will be good to travel! Find out more about UK travel restrictions here.
Like many countries, Indonesia, and Bali in particular, is eager reopen, but the government is reopening slowly to ensure the safety of citizens.
Travelling Bali is an epic adventure, and joining one of our group tours in Bali is the best way to experience it when Indonesia reopens! Whether you're on a short holiday, travelling on a gap year or anything in between, on our Bali trips we'll show you the best of this extraordinary island with a new bunch of friends and plenty of included activities.
We will update this article and our COVID page as official news breaks about borders opening and when we can recommence our trips in Bali.
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?
Indonesia is carrying out a widespread vaccination program for people working in tourism in the hopes of fully reopening places like Bali by the end of 2021. Bali has one of the highest vaccination rates in Indonesia with more than 82% fully vaxxed according to health data.
Bali will welcome international travellers from October 14 from a handful of countries including New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Liechtenstein, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Poland, Hungary and Norway. There are still specific circumstances for allowed entry, flights are limited, and a 5 day hotel quarantine is required.
Indonesia’s tourism minister, Sandiaga Uno, told reporters that reopening Bali’s airport to international flights would serve as a “trial opening of Bali for foreign tourists,” though he did not provide a timetable for the full return of tourism. We will update this article as more details are announced.
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 travel to Bali just yet, it is looking promising for the near 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. 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.