Is it safe to travel to Bali?
We will be posting regular updates to this page to keep you informed of the situation in Bali, Lombok, Lembongan and the Gili Islands, detailing the response to the Coronavirus on each island. As soon as it's safe to travel again, you’ll see it here first!
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As this global pandemic is affecting travel in all parts of the world, current restrictions mean that at least for the time being, non-essential travel to Bali is not allowed. Bali and the surrounding region has relatively few cases of COVID-19 so far and authorities have taken measures to help prevent its spread, but if you're wondering when you might be able to travel to Bali again, you can follow our Facebook page @Gilibookingscom to get notified quicker and stay up to date with all the latest developments.
Last Updated: 23/09/2020
Cases overview in Bali:
Note: The Gili Islands have no recorded cases.
News for Fast Boat services: Bali to Lembongan
Travel Warning: Coronavirus in Indonesia
President Joko Widodo declared a state of emergency but did not yet call for a nationwide lockdown. Social distancing is required. Indonesia has banned all foreign arrivals and transits until further notice unless you have a valid work permit. If you arrive in Indonesia, you must:
- Hold a valid residency permits (KITAS/KITAP) for Indonesia.
- Not have stayed in the 14 days before the arrival in Indonesia in a country/territory seriously affected by COVID-19
- If you’re eligible for entry you will need to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR (swab) test issued within the past 7 days.
- Fill out an electronic health awareness card (e-HAC) which is available via the e-HAC Indonesia mobile application
Important: Indonesia has lifted domestic travel restrictions within the country, however is not expected to reopen to interantional toursim until September 2020.
What can we do to help the locals?
Indonesia’s tourism industry has almost entirely collapsed, so Bali and its surrounding islands are suffering from an immense economic downturn, putting many people out of work and under incredible strain. A way to help the locals is to consider rescheduling your travel plans instead of cancelling bookings and asking for refunds.
When it’s safe to travel again, consider buying more from street vendors who are likely to have been the worst hit, and if you can permit it - explore more of the region than you may have previously considered. Bali, Lombok, Lembongan, Penida and the Gili islands are all within easy reach of each other and offer something unique and worth experiencing. You can learn more about the region to help plan your trip on our dedicated Travel Tips pages.
If you are already on the island, think about shopping local products. Lembongan new Community Market is the perfect place to do your weekly shopping and support the Island. You will find fresh, local products and many handmade items. The next market will be held on the 9th of August!
Coronavirus in Bali
Which restrictions have been put in place for Bali?
It is hard for travellers to determine what the exact restrictions are, as there are nearly daily updates on the subject. To sum up, all governments and health organisations ask travellers to postpone unnecessary travelling during this time. Bali’s Regional Government has declared a state of emergency from March 31 to May 29, 2020. In response, the number of people entering Bali and the area through air and seaports has drastically reduced. Test screening are in place at Ngurah Rai International Airport and Gilimanuk Port.
Bali is open to local tourists, but with travel requirement:
- A swab test with a letter stating they are free from COVID-19. The SWAB/PCR Test will only be valid within 14 days after test result. The document will be checked prior to the departure, at the airport.
- If you cannot provide a certificate of negative PCR/SWAB test you will need to take a PCR/SWAB test or rapid test in Bali. While waiting for the results of the swab test, tourists undergo a quarantine process at a place determined by the Provincial Government of Bali. This will be at your own cost.
- Prior to departure to Bali, every tourist must fill-in the LOVEBALI Application.
- While in Bali, tourists are encouraged to activate the GPS on their smartphones for their protection
All citizens and tourists are asked to:
- Stay at home and work from home when possible.
- Follow simple measures such as social distancing, coughing or sneezing into the crook of their arm, or into a paper handkerchief, washing their hands 20+secs with soap or using alcohol-based hand cleaning products.
- Use facemasks, especially those who are sick or when outside the home
A penalty of up to IDR 100million and imprisonment of up to 1 year if regulations are not obeyed. There is no complete lockdown as yet, meaning food shopping and other necessities are still possible. Although most restaurants and bars are closed, some are offering a delivery and pick up service. Almost all the hotels in Bali have been temporarily closed. All tourist sites and attractions are temporarily closed, and major events have been cancelled. Beaches in Bali are already reopened.
Udayana University Hospital in Jimbaran is now operating as a hospital specializing in handling COVID-19 patients for Bali.
What is next? Governor Wayan Koster announced that Bali will not open for international tourism until the end of 2020.
Are the Gili Islands Safe To Travel?
The task force, together with the health agency, are disinfecting a number of main public spaces on the Gilis.
Before the fast boats stopped running from Bali to the Gili islands, health officials were performing mandatory checks at Bangsal Port in Lombok for all passengers on board. They took the temperature of foreign tourists aboard speedboats before they were allowed to enter the Gili Islands. This mandatory check was part of the country's effort to fight the coronavirus epidemic and has so far seemed to help prevent the virus from spreading significantly to the area. These kinds of checks are likely to be the case again once limited services resume, possibly in June.
The three Gili Islands re-opened on June 20, for domestic tourism. The Gili Islands will be the pilot project to start a "new normal" and will hopefully be an example for other tourist destinations in Indonesia. Tourists will be required to show a Covid-19 health certificate or rapid test result. They will also have to wear a mask. Strict health protocols will be carried out by hotels, restaurants or other tourism businesses.
Gili fast boat services during Coronavirus pandemic
Fast boats with direct routes between Bali, Lombok, Lembongan/Pendia and the Gili Islands are not operating at the moment.
- Blue Water Express - not operating until further notice
- Freebird Express - not operating until further notice
- Gili Getaway - not operating until further notice
- Gili Gili Fast Boat - not operating until further notice
- Scoot Cruises - operating from Sanur to Lembongan
Note that suspension of services may run beyond the above dates and you can keep up to date by following our Facebook page.
Diving the Gilis and Covid 19
Our friends and partners at Manta Dive on the Gili Islands can't wait to welcome back customers. They have been busy getting ready to reopen their fantastic resort and dive center in line with the Covid 19 health and safety protocols.
You can visit their Covid news page for more information on this, for diving updates and specifically to see the Covid 19 measures taken at Manta Dive.
As soon as the Gilis are open it's going to be a great time to visit as they just won't be as busy as they were pre Corona. The dive sites will be teaming with fish life rather than divers and it'll probably be more reminiscent of the late 90's, when life was a bit slower, than the last few years when the Gilis were booming. Don't wait to book your trp to the Gilis or you'll miss this fanatastic opportunity.
Local authorities are enforcing very strict measures to prevent spread, to a degree that is becoming very difficult for locals to obtain supplies. Especially smaller communities are struggling. Social distancing is required on the island. People are asked to avoid crowds and to keep a clean and healthy lifestyle.
Foreigners entry is temporarly not permitted (exceptions apply to diplomat, medical helpers or holders of a long-term residence permit). Residents coming home to Lombok are asked to enter a 14 days self-isolation. The COVID-19 task force is constantly trying to collect data from returning residents. They are spraying disinfectant to all hamlets and villages and even directly into the resident’s homes. They are also attempting to provide food supplies for those returned residents in self-quarantine, however, this is proving difficult to implement as normal supply lines have been effected.
Lombok International Airport in Central Lombok and Lembar Port in West Lombok, remain operational, although with drastically reduced flights coming in and going out.
If you had a fast boat booking for travel in the next few months or for other destination-related questions, feel free to contact us directly if you wish to reschedule your trip. We also invite you to consult our Terms and Conditions if you have any questions regarding a cancellation.