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Bali Airport Records A 287 Percent Increase In International Arrivals From March To April

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Since the reopening of Indonesian borders for travelers in February 2022, numbers of visitors have risen consistently and show no sign of slowing down. This comes as welcome news for the travel and tourism sector of Bali whose businesses have been decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Bali Governor, I Wayan Koster confirmed that Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport has recorded a 287% increase in its international arrivals in April compared to March 2022. This sharp increase in arrivals can be attributed to the ending of Indonesia’s strict quarantine policy and the reopening of the visa on arrival program. The visa on arrival program enables travelers from 60 countries to travel to Indonesia without filing for a tourist visa before their arrival. The visa on arrival enables visitors from the 60 listed countries to stay in Indonesia for up to 30-days. 

Widespread uptake of the vaccine is also being hailed as a reason why travelers feel confident and safe to resume international travels. Governor Koster has stated that the distribution of the vaccine within Bali has enabled restrictions to be reduced. In a press statement, he said that he feels optimistic that tourism in Bali will make a speedy recovery and that the island is ready and excited to host the G20 Summit in November 2022.

During April Bali received an average of 2,222 arrivals per day, totaling 66,685 people across the month. Despite the increase in total visitor numbers, the number of domestic flights decreased in the month of March. This was due to lower demand for travel during the month of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month. However, over the Eid Al-Fitr weekend, the number of domestic travelers on the move across Indonesia increased significantly with many people leaving Bali and crossing the strait to enjoy the beaches of Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan. 

As Bali, and Indonesia more broadly, continue to emerge from Covid-19 travel restrictions both authorities and locals have their eyes set on the G20 Summit. The event is a hugely important opportunity for Indonesia to showcase its tourism sector to the world and to table itself as an essential economy on the world stage. 

The Indonesian government and provincial ministries are taking the G20 Presidency seriously. There will be 39 heads of state in attendance with over 10,000 delegates, representatives, speakers, and other attendees during the two-day event. The G20 Summit will be held from the 15-16th November, with supporting events happening throughout the month. 

With widespread vaccine rollout and both Australia and New Zealand opening their borders for travel, it is coming easier for travelers from Indonesia’s most depended upon nations to plan their travels. Despite borders opening and quarantine restrictions ending earlier in February and March, rules for Australians and New Zealanders returning home heavily influenced people’s decisions to travel. Although Indonesia was open, many countries were still imposing strict quarantine tules for their own citizens upon their return meaning many have held off booking their time abroad.

Bali is by far Indonesia’s most popular tourist destination, for both international and domestic travelers. A hub for digital nomads and ex-pats, the Island of the Gods was used to welcoming over 6.5 million direct foreign visitors a year in the decade leading up to the pandemic. 

Comparatively, welcoming just over 66,000 people a month is nominal. Both the Balinese tourism authorities and the global travel sector are committed to ensuring that this recent rise in visitors continues safely and sustainably.

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Simon Thomas

Saturday 7th of May 2022

Bali has really done the right thing in opening up in the way they have. I don't think the PCR test 48 hours before a flight is a bad thing at all. It protects us all. The other entry requirements for VOA travellers such as myself are really minimal. I'm looking forward to a month there in July. Well done Governor and Bali!

Kay Reilly

Thursday 5th of May 2022

Hopefully the pre PCR testing will be dropped costing Australians $150 to be tested families can’t afford that on top of a holiday in Bali. Come Indonesian Govt let’s get rid of that……

Laureece Cassell

Wednesday 4th of May 2022

Can you go to bali with no vaccine


Thursday 5th of May 2022

@Laureece Cassell, to me looks like its not possible. Even most of the countries in the world dont have this restriction.


Wednesday 4th of May 2022

If you would just stop pre pcr tests. Cost too much in Australia. I know many people this week cancelled a holiday in June to Bali because of this rule. More money lost for Balinese businesses. I want to book for 2 weeks in August but pre pcr test in Oz is 600 dollars for 4 people.


Thursday 5th of May 2022

In Northern Europe the cost of pre-departure PCR as per Indonesia requirements; cost up to US$1,200 for a family of 4.

The high cost is a result of Indonesia changing PCR test requirement from maximum 72 to 48 hour before international departure; As a consequence now PCR needs to be taken at very expensive private airport clinics (express PCR). With the 72 hour rule it was possible to use inexpensive local clinics at (lets say) public hospitals -- that needs much longer time to process compared to express PCR clinics.

Indonesia should go back to the 72 hours rule for PCR tests.


Thursday 5th of May 2022

@Lee Just came back from Sydney. Test was $79pp. Precaution is not just Bali. You need to have PCR to enter Australia. Price is set at Rp275,000. I realise the cost may deter some travellers, but when I'm locked up in a tin cigar for 6+ hours I want the extra layer of testing/security.


Wednesday 4th of May 2022

Article states "During April Bali received an average of 2,222 arrivals per day" AND "...feels optimistic that tourism in Bali will make a speedy recovery"

In 2019: Average of around 17,000 foreign arrivals/day (6,3million in total) In 2019: Average of around 28,000 domestic arrivals/day (10,5million in total)

April 2022 arrivals/day is only 5% of average 2019 arrivals/day!?

Reference: 2019 numbers