Bali to Reopen for International Flights on October 14th, Here's What We Should Know


Auli Cinantya Hadi •  Oct 07, 2021

The Indonesian government have announced that they will be reopening Bali on October 14th, 2021. After closing it for more than a year, this decision was made to revive the tourism industry after being hit hard by the pandemic.

Previously in September, the Indonesian government has set a requirement for foreign tourist who is planning to visit Bali. Before flying to Bali, foreign tourists must have prepared proof of a complete dose of vaccine, have 3x24 hour PCR results, fill out a health alert card (HAC), have quarantine hotel booking documents, fill out e-PCR, confirm immigration documents, and fill out electronic customs declarations.

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According to Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, Indonesia’s minister of maritime affairs and investment, there will be a strict screening in welcoming foreigners who will be able to enter Indonesia.

Several countries will be allowed to enter under highly specific circumstances including South Korea, China, Japan, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and New Zealand.

In addition, according to Luhut, all international flight passengers must have proof of hotel bookings for a quarantine of at least 8 days, which they paid for themselves. In addition, referral hotels should be prepared for tourists who will undergo quarantine according to the SOPs that have been set.

That being said, Tourism and Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno explain that Bali’s reopening will focus on travellers and returning expatriates who used to live in Bali.

In conjunction with the news, Ngurah Rai International airport in Denpasar have made several preparations to welcome international tourist from abroad. Starting from departure through the PCR test, there will be 11 steps that needed to be taken for tourists when arriving in Bali.

The airport will also collaborate with Bali Jimbaran Hospital with two mobile lab facilities and 20 PCR test booths. Then 10 units of PCR machines with a capacity of 320 tests per hour, and a total capacity of 3,840 tests per day.

Previously, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin had hinted at reopening the popular resort island, after more than 70 per cent of the local population on Bali had received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. Now, approximately 20% of the population in Indonesia is fully vaccinated against the virus.

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