Bali is Open Back Again!
Good news for all travelers and content creators!
Bali is now finally open back again.
Since February 4th, Bali’s international airport has officially been re-opened to the public.
This is a step that’s been done by the Indonesian government, in hopes to revitalize Bali’s economy which has suffered quite the impact ever since the pandemic hits in 2020. After two years of being in lockdown, Bali deserves its time for recovery.
Although the beautiful island that we all love is now reopening its gate, there are still some rules that applied for visitors hoping to visit. Pre and post-flight covid tests are still mandatory, also only those who are fully vaccinated are allowed to step on this island.
According to Indonesia’s governmental letter that is officially enforced since 7th March, Bali visitors are required to follow these new covid prevention policies including:
- Visa on Arrival will return for 23 selected countries but at this stage, not the FREE entry that you may be used to entering on. It seems the visa will be 500,000 Rp ($50 AUD) per person and will allow you up to a 30-day stay (you can also choose to pay for an extension that will give you a 60-day stay). If you are from a country that is not on the list you can still visit however you need to apply for a B211A visa before arrival.
- Such as payment proof of accommodation booking of a minimum of 4 days (proof of residency for KITAS holders), Four nights in an “approved” hotel must be booked before arriving. After your PCR test at the airport, you go directly to your hotel. Once your results come back, if you are negative you are free to explore Bali (this should only take a matter of hours). If you are positive you will need to isolate (it seems. like for a period of 3 days but waiting for full confirmation of where).
- PCR test on arrival (travelers required to wait for the negative result at the pre-booked accommodation).
- Fully-vaccinated or has taken their booster shot, another negative PCR test result on 3rd day as virus-free reassurance.
- If positive, travelers with virus symptoms, and especially elderly people, will be transferred to the hospital for isolation and treatment.
- On the 3rd day, travelers must do 2nd PCR test at an “approved” hotel to reassure being free from virus. If the test returns negative, a traveler can check-out from the hotel on day 4.
- Travelers must have health insurance that covers covid-19. (Minimum $25.000 USD)
These strict health protocols must be done in order to bring back the island to life after two years of closing its gate. Hopefully, this means that Bali’s tourism is back in running but with fewer covid cases.
Now that Bali is open for international visitors, another good news for content creators and for those of you thinking of shooting in Bali. With the government’s new policies, many Bali shooting locations are re-opened with fewer restrictions than before, also it’s now easier to organize shootings with international models as well. Now’s the time to say Yes to that international client for a shooting gig.
It is now safe to say that Bali’s warm sandy beach and lovely weather are waiting for you! Now grab your passport, vaccination certificate and hop on that plane!
See you in Bali, stay safe!