After much speculation and just days after Indonesia has implemented the Visa on Arrival for 23 countries arriving in Bali, the government has announced new quarantine regulations for Bali (and Batam and Bintan).
The mandatory quarantine in that sense is history, but there are still regulations to follow, even if these are giving travellers much more freedom.
- confirmed Hotel Booking for 3 nights / 4 days in a government certified hotel (CHSE)
- first PCR test taken at the airport
- guests need to wait in their hotel room until they get the result
- 2nd PCR test on the 3rd day of the stay
- Other regulations are still in place: fully vaccinated, arrive with a negative PCR test, travel insurance covering covid related expenses
More Good News: Indonesia reduces the quarantine related regulations significantly
Effective 8th of March, Indonesia implements new quarantine regulations and makes travelling to Bali much easier. Of course the hope is, that more travellers will now decide to travel to Bali and the harshly hit tourism industry can gradually recover.
There are still regulations to follow and the Visa on Arrival is only valid for 23 nationalities. But compared to everything that Bali experienced during the last 2 years of the pandemic, this is the first time, that one can remotely say: Bali is open again.
The new quarantine regulations that apply for all nationalities in detail:
- you need a confirmed Hotel Booking for 3 nights / 4 days in a government certified hotel (CHSE). Some hotels will now offer a carefree “warm-up” package that takes care of everything
- first PCR test at the airport, we advise to book hotel packages where this this PCR test is already included
- guests need to wait in their hotel room until they get the result. We are not aware how long this would take, but depending on your time of arrival it can happen same day, or next morning.
- If the test is negative you can freely enjoy Bali, but you cannot travel onwards to another hotel, particularly not leave Bali and go to Lombok or Java
- 2nd PCR test on the 3rd day of your stay. Also here we suggest to book a hotel where this is already handled and arranged for you
- If the second test is negative, you can check out the next day and then go to other hotels or other islands
- Other regulations are still in place: fully vaccinated, arrive with a negative PCR test, travel insurance covering covid related expenses (some hotels offer packages including an insurance that is accepted).
There are some details that the government has not specified and some travellers might still have some questions. Those details will probably be clarified in the days to come.
On the 6th of March the Visa on Arrival has been made possible for travellers from following countries, but only if you arrive in Bali. the nationalities listed below can obtain a Visa on Arrival in Bali:
- United States of America
- Brunei Darussalam
- South Korea
- New Zealand
- United Arab Emirates
The Visa on Arrival is valid for 30 days and can be extended once while in Bali. After 60 days you must leave the country, You cannot apply for another onshore visa.
What about the other travellers
If your nationality is not listed above you still need to apply for a Visit Visa B211A. This Visa is valid for 60 days and can be extended up to 4 times (each extension for 30 days).
So if you wish to stay longer than 60 days you need a B211A Visa, even if you could get a Visa on Arrival.
The regulations have been published by the government in SE Satgas No 12 and 13.