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While not quite as bad as Thailand’s road to reopening, Bali’s plans to reopen travel have been one unmitigated disappointment after another. Sorry, but it’s true.

It was so bad at one point, that even when the island was theoretically “open”, airlines chose not to restart any flights, due to the incomprehensibly strange policies and lack of demand as a result.

On March 9th, 2022 though, Bali announced new plans with new hope. Unfortunately, they too were still too ripe for ruined vacations. A post arrival testing requirement was still part of the “new” plan and awful quarantine conditions mixed with wide reports of reused swabs in Indonesia weren’t adding confidence.

That’s finally changing and accordingly, it may finally be time to visit Bali again.

Indonesian officials have confirmed new travel entry protocols which remove both post arrival testing and the greedy money grab requiring all visitors be funneled into specific hotels for a night. They’re already live, so here’s what’s changed.

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Bali Simplifies Travel Restrictions

From visa-free countries, travel to Bali now just involves proof of vaccination and a negative test before you leave. Arrival testing and quarantine hotel stays have all been dropped for vaccinated visitors.

No tests are be preferable, but Indonesia’s entry policy now virtually matches that of the United States. So, is your passport eligible to enter without arranging a visa before you jet off?

Visa free countries allowing for easy arrival into Indonesia currently include 43 nations, with more on the way. The initial list allows…

  1. Australia
  2. Argentina
  3. Belgia
  4. Brazil
  5. Brunei Darussalam
  6. Cambodia
  7. Canada
  8. China
  9. Denmark
  10. Finland
  11. France
  12. Germany
  13. Hungary
  14. India
  15. Italy
  16. Japan
  17. Laos
  18. Malaysia
  19. Mexico
  20. Myanmar
  21. Netherlands
  22. New Zealand
  23. Norwegia
  24. Poland
  25. Qatar
  26. Saudi Arabia
  27. Seychelles
  28. Singapore
  29. South Africa
  30. South Korea
  31. Spain
  32. Sweden
  33. Switzerland
  34. Taiwan
  35. Thailand
  36. The Philippines
  37. Tunis
  38. Turkey
  39. UAE
  40. UK
  41. USA
  42. Vietnam

Crucially, there are no more tests after arrival into Indonesia.

If you have a negative test and can board a flight with your proof of vaccination, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the trip. Visitors are also no longer being required to book specific hotels for their first night.

It’s not just Bali now, either. Indonesia is now allowing quarantine free arrivals into seven international gateways, including Jakarta. All passengers are still required to take a Covid-19 RT-PCR test prior to departure. Only fully-vaccinated visitors are able to skip out on arrival testing and quarantine.

Easier To Get To Bali Now

With Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam quickly reopening quarantine free travel, it’s much easier to reach Bali now. Airlines are resuming flights within the region and the return of Australian travel marks significant demand.

As flights resume and airline competition along with them, you can expect prices to drop accordingly.

A Beautiful Destination With Rare Value

Sure, there are hotels where you can pay New York prices, in Bali. But most of the island is not that, yet it manages to offer incredibly luxurious and stunning hotels and accommodations.

From the cliffside jungle paradises of Ubud to the stunning beaches of the West Coast and nearby islands like Nusa Lembongan, there’s value everywhere here. Local dishes are shockingly cheap to most visitors and even more delicious.

In many ways, Bali’s jumbling of its travel reopening is visitors gain. Demand isn’t near where the island would like it and that means an already value driven paradise has a bit more to offer.

As long as you don’t mind a pre-departure test, it might be time to go. Here’s a bunch of tourist mistakes to avoid, if you do. And a pretty cool way to get above the clouds.

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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  1. Finally we can plan to visit..happy to do the pre departure pcr rt testing. Planning to be there in November, it just might happen now..This is great news.

    1. hope that very soon they will remove the rt-pcr too before departure as i will leave towards the end of May and i’m also travellling with a 5 yr old

      1. Same here, we are going in mid-June and hoping they do away with the stupid testing requirement entirely by then. Even Singapore no longer asks for pre-departure tests now!

  2. Do we know when the rules are being reviewed next? I am going in June and hoping that they go further to drop the pcr test requirement completely like singapore.

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