Coronavirus Covid-19 stats in Bali and Nusa Penida
The official total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus infection in Bali has remained below 50 daily cases since October 9, 2021 and below 1500 for all Indonesia since October 2nd. All provinces (regencies) of Bali are now yellow, which means they are low-risk zone and that vaccination is progressing rapidly. And more than 2,800,000 people, equivalent to 83% of the target population, have received two doses of the vaccine.
Thanks to these good results, Bali International Airport reopened its doors on October 14th. Visitor visas are once again issued. And the quarantine duration went down from 8 days to 5 days.
All these signals are extremely positive and give hope for an imminent reopening of Bali to tourists. That’s why NOW is the time to book your flight and your hotels to benefit from the current prices, very advantageous !
What is the covid-19 situation in Nusa Penida?
In Nusa Penida, as of July 10, only 154 people were detected positive. 132 already recovered and 5 passed away. The village of Sakti in Nusa Penida were is located Adiwana Warnakali dive resort and Amok sunset bar and restaurant has even been declared free from transmission of Covid-19 since the start of the epidemic.
Vaccination began in Nusa Penida on January 31 by health workers. It continued with tourist staff, but vaccination has now been generalized to the entire adult population and more than 80% of the target population is vaccinated.
All official information, including emergency telephone numbers regarding covid-19 in Bali, is available on this site.
Can we go to Bali now?
The Indonesian government now allows resident of 19 countries, including France, Italy, Spain and Portugal, to come directly to Bali.
Please note that airlines have not yet scheduled direct international flights to Bali before November. If you want to come to Bali in October you will probably have to take a flight to Jakarta and do your 5-day quarantine in Jakarta before taking a domestic flight to Bali.
Qualifications for international tourists travelling to Bali
- Show a full-dose vaccination certificate dated more than 14 days
- Present a negative PCR test dating 3×24 hours before arrival
- Have an appropriate visa and present proof of booking and payment for your accommodation in Indonesia. If you don’t have a Kitas you can get a business visa, renamed visitor visa, which costs around 4 million rupees (250 euros) and is valid for 2 months. Send me a message if you want the contact details of a serious agent capable of issuing such a visa.
- Show proof of health insurance with a minimum coverage value of USD 100,000 that supports COVID
- Plan and pay for a 5-day quarantine in one of the hotels approved by the government.
Once in Bali it is still very easy to reach Nusa Penida. Fast boat connections resumed in June 2020, with the obligation to wear a mask. The quick test is not required and there are many daily connections between Bali and Nusa Penida.
Rules for traveling within Indonesia
To fly to Bali from Java, the passenger must show either a one-dose vaccination certificate and a negative RT-PCR test result max. 2 x 24 hours, or a two-dose vaccination certificate and an antigen test valid max. 1 x 24 hours. If you come from abroad, you have undergone a 5-day quarantine with a PCR test carried out on the fourth day, so you can fly directly to Bali. The Garuda website gives more detailed information.
Once there, most of the additional restrictions were lifted.
How goes the trip from Europe to Bali ?
I tested for you a trip between France and Bali in October 2021. I flew with KLM with a stopover of one hour in Amsterdam, a very quick stopover of 30 minutes in Singapore then the quarantine of 5 days in Jakarta. I had booked my quarantine hotel among hotels approved by the authorities. In mid-October the airlines had not yet rescheduled their direct flights to Bali.
Check-in in Europe
The airline will check that you have with you:
- a valid passport
- a valid visa
- your negative PCR test
- your vaccination certificate
The requested documents depend on the companies and the transit airports. Check this excellent website : traveldoc.aero .
During the flight
The Roissy and Amsterdam terminals are not very crowded. The formalities go very quickly. You must wear your surgical mask for the duration of the flights and transit (excluding meals).
On arrival in Jakarta
There is no way to escape quarantine in Jakarta. You have a first health check to take your temperature, get your vaccination certificate, check your PCR test. You must then do a new PCR test on site. Then immigration will check your passport, your visa, your PCR test. You then go through customs.
At the exit door you are asked if you have booked a hotel. If not, I imagine they will propose you one. A hotel employee takes your passport, seats you in an airport chair and then collects the result of your PCR test. Once the result is obtained, after approximately 90 minutes, he guides you through 2 new checkpoints and then escorts you to your hotel. You only get your passport back after quarantine.
Quarantine in Jakarta
The hotel staff will take care of your check-in and then show you to your room. You do not have the key so in practice it is not allowed or possible to leave the room. A second PCR test must be taken after the third night. You have the result of this test around 9 a.m. after the fourth night. You can then leave the hotel with a valid certificate and the result of the PCR test which allows you to fly back to Bali (or elsewhere in Indonesia).
Meals are served three times a day, placed on a table at the door of your room. In my case the meals were hot and there was a choice between a Western menu or an Indonesian menu. For the less expensive hotels the meals are cold and there is no choice.
The flight to Bali
The controls are more traditional: PCR, e-HAC, boarding pass.
Any questions about covid-19 coronavirus in Bali?
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