Travel to Bali: Travel Information for Australians Visiting Bali in 2022 | Bali reopening and travel restrictions explained

A Balinese vacation in 2022 is a little different from how we remember it, writes Dilvin Yasa.

Are you missing your annual vacation in Bali? You are far from alone. Skyscanner travel demand data reveals that searches from Australia to our favorite island destination increased by +136% on the day it was announced to reopen to Australians.

Obviously, we’re all eager to get started, but if there’s one thing you need to know before booking your flights, it’s this: vacationing in Bali isn’t as easy as it used to be. Here’s why:

There’s a lot more to consider before jumping on a plane to Bali. (Getty)

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1. You must quarantine upon arrival

Although the Indonesian government has lifted the ban on international tourism, all fully vaccinated arrivals must quarantine for five days at a designated quarantine hotel upon arrival. The rule for partially vaccinated is seven days, but note that at this stage only fully vaccinated Australians can leave Australia freely. Those who are not fully vaccinated will need to apply for an exemption.

Luckily, the hotels designated for quarantine are not what you might call “slums”. On the list? Grand Hyatt Bali, The Westin Nusa Dua, Griya Santrian Beach Resort & Spa, Viceroy Bali Luxury Resort and Royal Tulip.

2. There will be times of testing

All travelers to Bali must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no later than 48 hours before boarding a plane to Indonesia. You will also need to undergo further PCR tests upon arrival in Bali, before leaving quarantine, and before leaving Bali to return home.

According Welcome to Bali (which also links to a handy list of approved local labs), the tests should cost no more than AUD $26 per pop, which seems cheap at first, but will add up quickly if you’re traveling with the family.

Something to keep in mind? If you test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival or at any time during your quarantine period, you will be taken to a hospital or isolation center for further quarantine at your own expense.

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3. You must apply for a visa

The era of the visa on arrival is over; every traveler must now apply for a visit visa (B211A) before traveling to Indonesia. You can apply via bali.com but beware: visa pricing is not for the faint-hearted. A standard e-visa valid for 60 days (including day of arrival) costs AUD 400 per person including children.

4. Teenagers should be vaccinated

Anyone traveling to Indonesia must show proof of vaccination (printed or digital), with vaccination requirements extending to children aged 12-17.

5. It can be difficult to find a flight

Desperate to go to Bali tomorrow? You may have to wait a bit longer as airlines try to accommodate the announcement. Singapore Airlines has announced the resumption of daily flights to Bali from February 16, two days after Jetstar took off from Melbourne. The Melbourne-Denpasar route will be followed by Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide in early March with exact dates to be confirmed. March 27 is locked for Qantas – resuming a daily flight from Sydney with Melbourne the following day – and Virgin Australia flying from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

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6. COVID-19 is still a thing

We’re sure you haven’t forgotten that the pandemic is still raging, but it helps to remind you that while Bali is as safe as any other developing country, its medical facilities don’t quite match that. what we are used to here at home. If another wave hits, finding a hospital bed could prove difficult.

Make sure you have adequate travel insurance (smarttraveller.gov.au states that to enter Indonesia, you must have proof of COVID-19 medical insurance coverage of at least US$100,000), as well as enough money in savings to pay for an extended stay or any other incident potential along the way.

For more information on Bali, visit bali.com.

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