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!
Last Updated: 25/05/2022
Cases overview in Bali:
- Scoot Cruises - not operating until further notice
- Blue Water Express - operating from May 2022
- Freebird Express - operating wed & sat in May, and daily from June 2022
- Gili Getaway - operating from May 2022
- Gili Gili Fast Boat - operating from July 2022
For alternative services to the Gili islands you can book easily through our sister site Gilitickets.com. Currently there is a daily service available from Bali to the Gili islands that you can book if you are already currently in Bali.
Which restrictions have been put in place for Bali?
Bali has reopened for international travellers.
However, visitors must follow the below requirements:
- Travelers must be fully vaccinated (last dose minimum 14 days before departure date).
- Travellers with 1 dose only (Johnson & Johnson counts as 2) need to quarantine for 5 days in a certified hotel and get a PCR test on day 4 (you can book these packages with the hotels).
- Register with the PenduliLindungi App and fill their travel information on International e-HAC (Indonesia electronic health alert card app).
- A PCR test upon arrival is required for travelers showing symptoms and increased temperature at the temperature check-point upon arrival. These travelers must go directly to their accommodation and wait for the test result inside the room.
- Visitors need a travel insurance with Covid medical coverage.
All citizens and tourists are asked to:
- Use the PenduliLindungi App when visiting venues.
- Follow social distancing and use facemasks in public
COVID-19 ravages tourism in Bali
80% of the Bali economy relies directly and indirectly on tourism. However, since the Corona outbreak, the number of tourists in Bali has plummeted by 89%.
Many locals have lost their jobs. Those who didn't, got a pay cut up to 75%. The Balinese are desperately looking forward to a time when tourists will return to help restore the economy.
Are the Gili Islands Safe To Travel?
Yes! The three Gili Islands re-opened for tourism. It is now possible to travel from Bali or Lombok to the Gili Islands.
Feel free to check our latest blog to take a virtual tour of the Gili Islands.
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 travelling, consider buying more from street vendors who are likely to have been the worst hit.
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.
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 remaiied open throughout the pandemic but its been really quiet.
You can visit their news page for more information on this, for diving updates and specifically to see the Covid 19 measures taken at Manta Dive.
Now that the Gilis are open it's a great time to visit as they aren't 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 trip to the Gilis or you'll miss this fantastic opportunity.
It is now possible to travel from Bali to Lombok.
Lombok International Airport in Central Lombok and Lembar Port in West Lombok, remain operational, although with drastically reduced flights coming in and going out.
Nusa Lembongan is now open for tourism. Lots of businesses reopened, but lots of them only accept prebookings.
Please remember to avoid unnecessary contacts and to keep social distancing.
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.