08/30/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 08/30/2021 12:54
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Updated 30 August 2021.
What is the current situation like in Bali?
As of 30 August 2021, the official tally has reported a total of 106,458 confirmed cases in Bali, where the population is more than 4.2 million. With 96,642 cases of recovery, Bali's recovery rate is at 90 percent.
There is still a travel restriction in place for Indonesia where passengers are not allowed to transit or enter the country, with a few exceptions.
Are there airlines flying to Bali now?
A search through Wego showed that there are several domestic flight schedules operated by a few local airlines.
The country's national carrier, Garuda Indonesia, is among the airline resuming domestic operations. Other airlines such as AirAsia, Batik Air, Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air, and Citilink are operating multiple daily flights from cities across Indonesia.
Am I allowed to visit Bali now?
Yes, if you are a resident of Indonesia. Bali is currently open for leisure travel only to domestic travellers.
International tourists remain banned from visiting Bali in line with the policy of the Government of Indonesia, although some will be allowed into Bali as part of trial-runs leading up to Bali's eventual reopening. More on this below.
As it stands, those allowed entry into Bali are the following:
The Vice Governor of Bali in a conference feed also added that entries are allowed for patients in need of emergency help, passengers attending to urgent matters like death or illness in the immediate family, and repatriated migrant workers and overseas Indonesian students.
What is the B211B visa?
International travellers wishing to visit Bali may be able to do so by applying for the single-entry visitor visa B211B. As per the Indonesian embassy website, the B211B visa allows any foreign nationals to gain entry into the country in some industrial or business-related capacity, so it's NOT a tourist visa.
The B211B visa is valid for six months and can be extended up to four times, with each extension valid for 30 days. Please note that one of the requirements of obtaining this visa is a presence of a company willing to sponsor said foreign national. However, visa agents in Bali can arrange for this requirement to be fulfilled.
While it's by no means ideal, the B211B visa is currently the only possible way of gaining entry into Indonesia and spend an extended amount of time in Bali.
What do I need to prepare if I need to visit Bali now?
Travel requirements from Java to Bali (and vice versa)
Travel requirements from/to Bali other than Java
Unfortunately, foreign travellers are currently denied entry into Bali. Indonesia is currently closed to all non-nationals and non-residents until further notice. There are exceptions extending to the following:
When will Bali reopen for tourists?
Due to the recent surge of coronavirus infection across Indonesia, the planned September reopening of the island has once again been postponed until further notice.
Governor of Bali, Mr Wayan Koster, has issued a statement outlining that the plans to open up Bali to foreign tourists have been postponed due to the epidemiological condition in Indonesia is less than conducive.
Is it safe to travel to Bali?
Bali is currently awaiting the government's decision on whether or not the PPKM (Community Activities Restrictions Enforcement) will be extended. But regardless of the government's decision, it has been reported that the national Bed Occupancy Rate (BOR) in hospitals across the islands of Bali and Java has seen a significant decrease.
But while the above statistics may be encouraging, Bali, like other provinces and islands across Indonesia, continues to struggle with a high number of COVID cases and flare-ups.
What are the things that are open right now in Bali?
In line with the government's level 4 community restrictions, most tourist attractions remain closed. The operational hours of shopping malls, restaurants, cafes and bars continue to be limited. All establishments are required to cease operations by 8 PM sharp. Stringent health and safety protocols will continue to be strictly observed.
Meanwhile, the opening hours of essential retailers the likes of supermarkets, traditional markets, and grocery stores are limited until 8 PM and must adhere to the 50 percent capacity requirement. Pharmacies and drug stores may open for 24 hours.