July 1st, 2021 Update: Due to rising cases on the island, mostly among unvaccinated locals, Bali and Indonesia have moved back plans to reopen tourism. The previously announced plans by President Joko Widodo are now being pushed back. According to statements from Balinese officials, it’s looking more like August 2021 now.

You can read the original article for more context on the plans, below.

“We are targeting the end of July, beginning of August, but we just have to be mindful of where we are in this recent spike. We will be waiting for the situation to become more conductive.”

Indonesian Government

Bali, the land of Gods as its known, is top drawer for any bucket list. It’s remote, exotic, full of culture, nature, and the food people travel thousands of miles for. Unfortunately it’s also been closed to most international visitors for quite a while.

Green shoots are appearing however, as vaccinations begin to hit critical numbers, and that means Indonesia and its islands, such as Bali and Bintan, are looking to reopen. In fact, Indonesia just reconfirmed its intention to open in July, and says it will!

If you’re in deep desire to go, here’s the latest on what’s known for reopening plans…

Bali’s Latest Travel Reopening Plans

Indonesia is actively looking to reopen borders for foreign visitors and is focusing most efforts on July, particularly for key tourism destinations, like Bali.

Despite a statement from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, it’s still not entirely clear if vaccination will be a requirement for visitors, but it’s clear an opening is on the way.

Plans to open late in 2020 were scuppered by a rise in cases, but vaccination drives are now well underway on the island.

Speaking at Arabian Tourism Market (ATM) in Dubai, Nia Niscaya, Indonesia’s Deputy Minister for Tourism, mentioned high rates of vaccination among locals in many key tourism areas, such as Bali, Batam and Bintan, and that these dreamy areas would absolutely be ready to welcome back visitors.

The success is creating new enthusiasm to open up borders, and for the first time since the pandemic began, this includes support from the Indonesian President, Joko Widodo. Widodo sees the reopening of tourism as a key economic driver in recovery.

Indonesian officials have taken the last few months to invite tourism and transport ministers from a variety of key tourism partners to sample the cleanliness measures and protocols in place on the islands, to help encourage countries to label Indonesia as ‘safe’ for a visit.

If you’re eager to visit Indonesia in July, Bali, Batam and Bintan appear to be the key focus areas of the government, and almost assuredly will open on time, according to statements.

Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan says the islands are nearly ready to welcome back visitors, and final details on protocols and visitor requirements are expected soon. No quarantine is expected for visitors to Bali, but vaccination status needs remains unclear.

Destinations are now eager to capitalize on vaccinated travelers, with options ranging from classic EU favorites like Greece, Spain and Italy, to the lovely Maldives, Seychelles and more. This is quickly creating immense competition, and even has some countries like Malta offering rewards for visiting.

Here’s a list of countries opening doors to anyone with proof of vaccination.

Americans and all outside visitors are expected to be included when Bali opens up tourism. A day in July has not been specified, but it’s rumored to be early in the month.

Pent up demand and millions of people already vaccinated would create a rather large subset of people able to travel with minimal risk to the local population, and could do wonders for the local economy, which has suffered significantly without visitors, with Bali suffering particularly hard.

Expats and digital nomads who remained in Bali during covid-19 attracted scorn the world over for flaunting local covid-19 restrictions. Fines imposed are significant to the local population, but at around $7 in western currency, many visitors were choosing to pay, rather than do their part to wear masks and obey other measures.

Hopefully, wider international tourism and stronger enforcement will help to create a successful tourism reboot. As part of current planning to welcome back international visitors, fines would jump to $70 on the spot, and deportation would be on the table for subsequent offenses by all visitors.

Bali: Reading Between The Lines

First it was September 11th, 2020 for a reopening date, then before the new year, and here we are into the second quarter of that “great new year”, but finally with a “firm” idea of when Bali will reopen.

The President of Bali says July, Tourism Ministers say July, so it sounds like July.

If you’re reading between the lines, Bali is very likely to open key tourism areas to vaccinated travelers by July 1st. Planning trips for the second half of 2021, particularly if you’ve been vaccinated seems like a fair bet right now. When you do go, be sure to follow these essential tips for Bali, so you don’t miss a thing.

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29 Comments

  1. Thanks for the information, Gib. My wife and I are supposed to visit in October and getting an idea where things stand and where they’re heading helps a lot.

  2. How safe would you say it is to make reservations for October? My husband and I are both vaccinated. Bali was high on our list for a 3-week vacation. I started to get the feeling that 2021 might be out, but after reading your article I’m more hopeful. There’s renewed hope (I hope)!
    Thanks!

  3. Hi Gib,
    My husband and I are supposed to visit this June for our honeymoon. If we are US passport holders, do we need a visa to enter? We are also fully vaccinated.

    1. Hey Sarah, Bali (Indonesia) hasn’t yet specified exactly what the protocol will be. When they open, likely Americans will be able to visit as before, where visa on arrival is easy and sorted, or not at all. Fully vaccinated I’d think you stand a strong chance for entry by June! Will absolutely update when Bali makes things official. Congratulations, btw!

  4. hello dear Gilbert
    I want to visit Bali on August so I want to see Bali for culture and food I wonder that what is going there about restaurant restrictions and famous culture centres ( Tegalalang rice fields waterfalls temples etc. ). Bali can allow to visit their cities ? so Gilbert what about hotels are they following covid 19 rules ? what does government think about local people because it effected to all local business ?
    many thanks from now

      1. Thanks for replyGil. Yes, watching closely, and it’s looking positive. And thankfully both vaccinated. Really really missing Asia, it’s simplicity and lovely way of life. Feel bad for all those lovely people out of work through lack of tourists. Fingers crossed.

  5. We are supposed to travel from the UK to Bali and Lombok in December 2021, I was fearing it was highly unlikely but now I have a glimmer of hope

  6. Hi Gilbert,
    Thanks for the update.
    We have 14 days planned in July and we already have a first injection and should have the second one before we travel. Would you say it will be opened by then. We travel from Dublin

  7. Hello Gilbert

    I have been reading the comments and have to say i have hope that reopening will happen in June my husband and I have booked a flight for June 9th and we have been going back and forth on what’s to happen. Do you think bali will reopen by June should we apply for a visa?

  8. Used to go there every other weekend when I lived in Singapore. Does anyone know what life is like on the ground for people in Bali at the moment? I don’t really understand how anyone is managing to survive without tourism income.

    1. @Joe – My wife and I befriended our driver who has showed us around Bali half a dozen times. In short, things aren’t good. Some people have had to sell family land to survive and money is very tight all around. For our part, we help out a little but we’re simply not in a position to offer massive assistance. Some variety of Covid shot has been offered for the past month or so but I’m not sure which and I feel it would be impolite to ask lest it look condescending. We’re scheduled to visit this Fall and I’m certain that your going as would be most welcome to the Balinese.

  9. Any info about raja ampat..(West papua) i was suppose to be around there in september 2020 now 2021..finishing my trip in bali i have till july to report to 2022.. i will have two shots but my childre probably only one unfortunately..

    1. Raja Ampat is open now anyone can get business visas very easily to enter Indonesia.

      BTW what a destination seriously mega super amazing place nice choice

  10. Hi Gilbert, Nick here in rainy U.K. in need of Bali – I do worry about infections rising here – even if we do all get vaccinated. That notwithstanding, I have our family holiday booked for October 17th flying from London :- since your comments above do you still think a holiday is a fair bet at this time of year assuming we are all vaccinated? Thanks for all your various, helpful articles since the start of Covid.

  11. Bali wont be open any time soon. I’m here now and like they say its the best place to be during the pandemic. Just get a business visa easy to get for £200 (ask if you need help) but must quarantine in Jakarta for 5 days on arrival then fly down to Bali.

    1. Hi Rob,

      That’s a good update. Obvs you are in biz there and got a visa. We have booked for November so hopefully we will get in vis Singapore direct to dps. Sounds like they are trying to get tourists back in, even if it is for later in the year. Unlike Thailand, not tricking people into booking holiday and changing the goalposts. Can’t wait to get back there. Been in touch with friends in canggu, locals, and say it’s still low nos of tourists. Where do you live, out of interest?
      Pls keep posting, it’s a very useful update. Appreciated by this readership, am sure.

  12. I wonder if the author lives here, or he’s just being misleading. The $7 fine he’s talking about is for not wearing a mask on your motor scooter. It’s not about keeping other people safe from Covid– it’s next to impossible to infect someone riding your motorbike down the road– it’s about the police making a few extra Rupiah.

  13. Thanks for the update. I live in Jakarta and plan to head overseas during June. Am wondering what the chances of being able to re-enter the country via Denpasar and then jump on a domestic flight home would be. Would save me five days’ mandatory (and self-funded) quarantine. Maybe book a couple of nights at a Bali hotel, and then quietly slip away…..?

  14. Hi Gilbert!
    My fiance is Filipino and I (US citizen) have not seen him since Covid started in Asia ='( We can both get into Bali visa free, and my break from college is Sept 1-22. I have been hearing whispers this week that the requirements will be 5 day quarantine, negative test 72hr before, and another test at the airport, have you seen any official updates confirming? Philippines is short on vaccines, so my fiance cannot get one, so hopefully that does not develop!

    Thank you, have a lovely day!
    Kyler and John

  15. i want to go Indonesia 25/8/2021. i want visa stay in the indonesia three months.
    how to go Indonesia 25/8/2021 and return back 29/10/2021. i want your sajison,
    which travel i am book my ticket. can you give me travels agent nomber and mail adress.

  16. i want to go Indonesia 25/8/2021. i want visa stay in the indonesia three months.
    how to go Indonesia 25/8/2021 and return back 29/10/2021. i want your sajison,
    which travel i am book my ticket. can you give me travels agent nomber and mail adress. please sir give reply, i am waiting your reply.

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