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: 25th May 2020
Cases overview in Bali:
Note: The Gili Islands have no recorded cases.
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:
- Be in possession of a valid health book issued by the Health Authority of the country of origin
- Not have stayed in the 14 days before the arrival in Indonesia in a country/territory seriously affected by COVID-19
- Declare to comply with a 14-day quarantine
Warning: Indonesia will temporarily ban both domestic and international air and sea travel from April 24. The ban of air travel will remain until June 1 and the ban of sea travel will be in place until June 8 (cargo transportation, diplomatic staff, representatitives of international organisations, rapatriation of Indonesian and foreign citizens and states official are exempted).
NOTE: Indonesia is not considered as a hotspot for the virus yet. While Bali and its area have only a few reported cases, they are expecting the number to rise. However, the government and local health organisations are doing their best to keep the situation under control.
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.
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.
From May 28, everyone visiting Bali is required to have undergone a swab test and obtain a letter stating they are free from COVID-19. The document will be checked prior to the departure, at the airport. For those entering through the seaport, a rapid test result issued by a public hospital, regional health agency or other authority that declares a person negative for COVID-19 is enough. The rapid test result and swab test result should be valid for at least seven days after the arrival day at Bali’s airport.
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.
Udayana University Hospital in Jimbaran is now operating as a hospital specializing in handling COVID-19 patients for Bali.
What is next? Regional and national government officials are debatting as whether to open the island to tourism as early as July or October. Travellers entering Bali via airport will undergo mandatory health tests. The province planned to extablish tourism "clusters", which would be exclusive tourist zones. High level of health protocol would be implemented to keep locals and tourists safe.
Are the Gili Islands Safe To Travel?
Access to the Gili Islands has been closed for tourists coming in directly from Bali. However, tourists who are still in either Gili Trawangan, Gili Air or Gili Meno, can still leave the islands. If you leave the the Gilis, you can only come back if you live there, and you must observe a 14 days quarantine. 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.
Local boat services between the Gili Islands and Lombok are onloy operating to bring supplies or for anyone on the Gilis that needs to go to Lombok. Check Gili-islandtransfers to book a private transfer.
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 likely to be operating until July
- Freebird Express - not likely to be operating until July
- Gili Getaway - not likely to be operating until July
- Gili Gili Fast Boat - not likely to be operating until July
- Scoot Cruises - not likely to be operating until July
Note that suspension of services may run beyond the above dates and you can keep up to date by following our Facebook page.
There are currently less than 10 known cases of COVID-19 in Lombok. However, 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.
Nusa Lembongan has implemented a strict selection process for inbound residents. They must first report to the Nusa Penida II Health Center and accept to follow 14 days self-quarantine.
Tourists are currently not permitted to enter Lembongan. All tourists still in Lembongan are recorded. Foreigners and local Balinese who still live in the villages of Lembongan and Jungutbatu are encouraged not to travel out of the villages of Lembongan and Jungutbatu. If they have left already, they are not permitted to enter the villages of Lembongan and Jungutbatu again.
A few restaurants are still open to sit in, take away or deliver. Please remember to avoid unnecessary contacts and to keep social distancing. Some tourist accommodations are still open but will require a health certificate from the country of origin, a health check-up at the government hospital and 14 days of self-quarantine. Managers of boarding houses are encouraged to not accept new residents coming from outside Bali.
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.