Currently, all foreign arrivals to Indonesia are still restricted (banned) until further notice while there is still Coronavirus in Bali. But there are a few exceptions or loopholes as I like to call them.
Despite Bali’s frequent earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, abrupt terrorist plots, and drunken tourists on motorbikes, 6.3 million visitors still made their way to this small island in 2019.
A handful of those visitors haven’t left since the lockdown, but still not enough for locals to survive on. And while there are nomads itching for an escape from whatever situation they’re in, finding a way here isn’t that simple. However, there are persistent nomads who just can’t sit still, they can be found trolling Bali forums and asking questions like the following before they find their way to Bali.
Random Questions from those wanting to enter Bali right now
Hi guys. How’s the Covid-19 situation in Bali? Are there any restrictions in public life? What about masks and social distancing? Are hotels, restaurants, shops, beaches, and so on open? Is it possible to fly directly to Bali or do I have to land in Jakarta?
As far as restrictions go, you’re required to wear a mask out in public, failure to do so is 100k (USD$7.11) fine if you’re caught (they’re doing surprise patrols all the time), and foreigners get their photo sent to Immigration….then it’s bye-bye Bali! Places have had to implement health protocols –washing your hands, using hand sanitizer, and getting your temperature checked before you enter.
There is always a tourist who knows more than a scientist, you’ll see them waltzing around Bali arrogantly without a mask. No matter what your beliefs are, please don’t be that guy.
As far as flying direct to Bali on a International flight, the answer to that is no. Not until further notice. All international flights land in Jakarta until further notice too. From Jakarta however, you can fly domestic to Bali.
As far as hotels, restaurants, clubs, etc., There are many establishments that have stopped operating temporarily and some that have closed permanently after not being able to pay their bills. Although, there are still plenty of places to eat, sleep, and play without the crowds.
Typically, an international visitor stays in Bali at least a week and spends an average of USD$1,142 during their visit, that’s US$152.22 per person per day.
If you do the math, multiply those numbers against 6.3 million tourists. That’s a lot of nasi goreng local families are missing out on.
However, Indonesia’s Immigration has made a few exemptions (loopholes) for foreigners wanting to enter Bali or other areas of Indonesia for the following reasons:
- Humanitarian activities
- Volunteering Activities
- Family reunion
- Business or Investment visit
- Nationals of Indonesia;
- Visitors with a Temporary Stay Permit (ITAS) or Permanent Stay Permit (ITAP);
- Visitors with a diplomatic or a service visa;
- Visitors with a diplomatic or service stay permit;
- Visitors with a visit visa;
- Visitors with an APEC Business Travel Card;
- Nationals of the United Arab Emirates traveling under the Safe Travel Corridor program to Denpasar (DPS), Jakarta (CGK), Medan (KNO), or Surabaya (SUB) with a business visa.
a. have a return ticket;
b. have a medical certificate in English with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure;
c. complete the “electronic health awareness card (e-HAC)” and submit it before departure at https://inahac.kemkes.go.id/ or present it upon arrival;
d. are subject to medical screening.
Passengers Who are not allowed to transit:
Passengers without a printed medical certificate in English with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 7 days before arrival are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days.
Airline crew without a printed medical certificate in English with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 7 days before arrival are subject to medical screening and quarantine until their next flight.
A completed “electronic health awareness card (e-HAC)” must be submitted before departure at https://inahac.kemkes.go.id/ or presented upon arrival.
Airline crew with a crew ID card are visa exempt if they are listed in the General Declaration and wearing uniform.
Deadhead crew will be given an entry stamp. They must:
a. have a valid crew ID card or crew member certificate;
b. provide written notification to Immigration Officer proving they will be on duty on the return flight. The notification must be received by Immigration Officer minimum 24 hours from arrival.
Suspension of all visa exemptions and visa on arrival facilities. visa exemptions and visa on arrival facilities.
(Last updated 28th October 2020)
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- Passports valid for at least 12 months at the date of entry
- Scanning of the main page of the passport Details
- Scanning of the page of the passport Cover
- Bank Statement
- Address in original country
- Address in Indonesia (hotel or villa)
- Personal contact details (phone number, WhatsApp number, email)
- Emergency contact details (family members)
- Nominate 1 Indonesian embassy overseas (for the visa application)
- Health Certificate From local authorities
- Travel or Health Insurance
- Before departure, please make sure that you have to take a SWAP OR PCR Covid-19 test and Certification. (Once complete keep results on you at all times.)
- Upon your arrival in Indonesia, immigration will ask your purpose to visit; you need to show your visa, telex, sponsorship, PCR/ swap test, travel insurance, and tell immigration that you are here for business or investment purposes.
- Make online registration at https://cekdiri.baliprov.go.id/ and fill up the Health Alert Card/ HAC.
- Once you provide them with all the details and required documents, Immigration will give you 60 days single entry business visa stamp.
It’s important to note, Indonesia is always updating their flying requirements, so always double-check with your airline, and your countries consulate or embassy to keep up with the latest requirements.
Electronic Health Alert Card (E-HAC)
For those entering Indonesia and or flying domestic flights within Indonesia, you are required to fill a Health Alert
Card from the Indonesian Ministry of Health. It is no longer possible to fill in manually,
therefore we suggest using E-HAC (Electronic Health Alert Card) that can be accessed at:
• Indonesian Ministry of Health official web
E-HAC filling can be done before you travel, during the departure, or during the arrival process
before the Port Health Authority (KKP) checkpoint.
Health Certificate Verification & Validation during coronavirus in Bali
For domestic flights, on some airports, passengers are required to go through a health certificate verification and validation process by Health Port Authority or local authorities.
For flights departing from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK), the verification and validation process will be done by Soekarno-Hatta Health Port Authority at Gate 3 Terminal 3 building.
Garuda Indonesia is among a few of the local airlines resuming domestic operations. They have also implemented a social distancing in the cabin by blocking out the middle seats.
Friends, family, myself, and our community all continue to pray every day since February’s mass prayer at Pura Candi Narmada, a Hindu temple in Kuta, Badung regency, Bali. We pray for the outbreak to end soon, so we can go back to the world’s normal way of living.
Until then, there are things we can all do to prevent the virus from spreading. Simple things, like social distancing, washing your hands and wearing a mask. Please share your own experiences during this pandemic below, if you have any questions, fears, worries, or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out.
Check out more coronavirus updates here: I document travel in Bali during the Pandemic