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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: 08/12/2021

Cases overview in Bali:

  • Confirmed: 113 639
  • Recovered: 109 042
  • Deaths: 4 010

 

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 international 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, keep up to date by following our Facebook page to get notified quicker and stay up to date with all the latest developments. Also check out our dedicated blog articles for tips and current events.

Gili fast boat services during Coronavirus pandemic

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. Note that all passengers are required to wear a face mask and adhere to social distancing measures during the trip. They must also show valid negative test results for Covid-19 prior to embarkation.

Lombok testing fast boat arrivals for Coronavirus in early March 2020

Coronavirus in Bali

Which restrictions have been put in place for Bali?

Bali has reopened for international travellers except nationals from Afghanistan, Botswana, Eswatini, Guinea, Hong Kong, Israel, Kamerun, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

However, visitors must follow the below requirements:

  • Present a valid Visit Visa (B211A). You don't need a visa if you hold a temporary stay permit KITAS/ permanent stay KITAP, or. a Diplomatic Stay Permit.
  • Register with  the PenduliLindungi App and fill their travel information on International e-HAC (Indonesia electronic health alert card app).
  • Travelers must be fully vaccinated (last dose minimum 14 days before departure date).
  • Travellers planning on flying to Bali must first acquire a negative COVID-19 PCR swab test issued within 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Visitors must undergo a quarantine in appointed hotels, at their own cost. The duration of the quarantine is 10 x 24 hours. Here is the list of appointed hotels
  • Visitors must purchase the Mandatory Quarantine Package. This includes hotel room, 2 PCR tests (can be charged separately), airport transfer to hotel, 3 meals a day, some laundry items.
  • Nationals with following passports can take flights directly to Bali: Bahrain, China, France, Hungary, Italy, India, Japan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates. Others will need  to go through Jakarta and do the quarantine in Jakarta.
  • Visitors will be tested upon arrival at the airport
  • A second test will be done in the hotel the day before check-out.
  • Visitors need a travel insurance with Covid medical coverage (minimum USD 100,000). 
  • In case of positive result on PCR/ SWAB TEST, visitors will be sent to a hospital at their own cost

All citizens and tourists are asked to:

  • Use the PenduliLindungi App when visiting venues.
  • Follow social distancing.
  • Follow simple measures such as 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 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. 

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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. BaliLombokLembonganPenida 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!

community market  lembongan

Coronavirus in the Gili Islands

Are the Gili Islands Safe To Travel?

Our friends over at Manta Dive Gili Trawangan got interviewed & featured on Sky News, reporting from the island during lockdown. Check it out!

The three Gili Islands re-opened on June 20for domestic tourism. It is now possible to travel from Bali or Lombok to the Gili Islands. You will need the following:

  • A vaccination certificate
  • A negative antigen test result for COVID-19 takin within 24 hours before travel
  • Fill-up the e-HAC (Electronic Health Alert Certificate) prior to travel

Feel free to check our latest blog to take a virtual tour of the Gili Islands.

 

empty beach Gili Air

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 trip to the Gilis or you'll miss this fantastic opportunity.
 

diving in the gilis during corona

Coronavirus in Lombok

It is now possible to travel from Bali to Lombok. You will need the following:

  • a vaccination certificate
  • a negative antigen test result for COVID-19 taken within 24 hours before travel.
  • fill-up the e-HAC (Electronic Health Alert Certificate) prior to travel.

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.

Lombok International Airport in Central Lombok and Lembar Port in West Lombok, remain operational, although with drastically reduced flights coming in and going out.

Coronavirus in Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan is now open for local tourism. Lots of businesses reopened, but lots of them only accept prebookings.

Please remember to avoid unnecessary contacts and to keep social distancing. 

testing passengers for COVID-19 speed boat gili islands

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Contact information

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.

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