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Bali is Open: Here’s What You Need to Know

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It’s official: the island of the Gods is back open for business. Here’s everything you need to know to plan your next Bali escape.

After a long wait, Australia’s favourite holiday destination is ready to welcome visitors to its golden shores once more. From the beach clubs and restaurants of Seminyak to the tranquil jungle of spa-laden Ubud, the surf breaks of Canggu and the five-star resort luxury of Nusa Dua, the very best of Bali awaits, as glorious as it ever was – in fact, it’s hard to believe any time has passed at all.

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“If there’s one destination I’ve been dreaming of returning to, it’s Bali,” says Aaron Corbett, Luxury Escapes’ Bali expert. “This year, Forbes listed Indonesia as the most beautiful country in the world, and it’s not hard to see why. Aside from the incredible resorts, perfect waves and outstanding beaches, it’s the Balinese people I’ve missed. They are some of the most beautiful, friendly and welcoming people in the world.”

As of 18 May 2022, Bali is open to fully vaccinated visitors with no Covid-19 testing requirements prior to travel, or after arriving in the country. Here’s everything you need to know to prepare for your Balinese escape.

Please note, this article contains the latest travel guidelines that are correct as of 18 May 2022. Conditions can change, so please consult the relevant government website and official tourism website before you travel to Bali in 2022.

Vaccination required

You must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at least 14 days prior to travel, and will be required to submit physical or digital evidence of this, written in English. Your evidence must be verified on the website of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia or eHAC International Indonesia.

No quarantine period necessary

Travellers aged 18 and over (under 18s are exempt from having to show proof of vaccination), who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with two or more doses and completed vaccination at least 14 days prior to travel, will not be required to quarantine on arrival – meaning you can head straight to the pool for a well-deserved dip and cocktail.

Health insurance

Health insurance is required, which should cover Covid-19 and medical evacuation, with a minimum coverage equivalent to US$25,000.

Visa needed on arrival

You must apply for a tourist visa in advance at a cost of approx. A$50 per traveller. You can apply for your tourist visa online here.

Download the PeduliLindungi app

Just like in Australia, you’ll be required to have the appropriate app downloaded on your mobile phone for Covid-19 contact tracing purposes. The app for Indonesia is called PeduliLindungi, which can be downloaded through Google Play or the Apple App Store directly from your device or by clicking here.

What else you need to know

Don’t forget the usual international travel regulations apply: you’ll need a passport with at least six months’ validity and a return flight ticket or connecting ticket to another country.

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Top travel tips

  • Keep checking the government websites because requirements can change in other countries, just like they do in Australia . Welcome Back to Bali has the most up-to-date information.
  • Airline requirements can be different, so be sure to keep checking those, too
  • Prepare your documentation in advance and keep it together with your passport
  • Book a driver or arrange a transfer via the hotel for ease of travel

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