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Bali’s International Border Has Officially Reopened For 19 Countries

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The central government has announced that Bali has officially reopened their international borders for visitors and has expanded the list of eligible countries from 5 to 19 countries.

The Maritime and Investment Coordinator Minister, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan confirmed that the central government has decided to start allowing visitors from more countries as one of the efforts to revive Bali’s economic sector. “In accordance with the latest President’s instruction, we finally decided to grant permission for a total of 19 countries to visit the island.” Luhut said on Wednesday (13/10).

After previously announcing only allowing entry for travelers from 5 countries such as South Korea, China, Japan, New Zealand and United Arab Emirates when the border reopens on October 14th 2021, the central government decided last minute to open its international border for 14 additional countries. The additional chosen countries are: Norway, Poland, Sweden, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Liechtenstein, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and India.

Luhut explained that those countries were selected because of their ability to handle the Covid-19 pandemic in accordance with standards set by WHO. Despite allowing more visitors to come in, he also reminds the community that each of the international travelers are required to comply with all entry requirements such as showing proof of their Covid-19 vaccination, they’ve tested negative from Covid-19 and will undergo 5 days quarantine upon their arrivals.

“All travelers including Indonesian citizens who enter our border are required to undergo 5 days quarantine and will be tested again with a PCR test on the fourth day.” Luhut concluded. Visitors are also required to show proof of their hotel reservation and must have insurance with coverage of at least USD 70,422 (IDR 1 billion).

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Monday 18th of October 2021

Without me... a mask all travel (20 hours) with a great possibility to have someone wearing a full "cosmonaute" suit next to you, 2 PCR test and when you arrive completly exausted you get 5 days in your hotel room "locked" ! No beach, no pool, no scooter, no restaurant, no surf, no party. With the Jetlag, I wish good luck to the future travellers. Even we will give me money, I would refuse to go.


Saturday 16th of October 2021

I think the Indonesia government overlook our neighboring countries, if your Bali island do not have all this not mentioned countries esp SINGAPORE, MALAYSIA N AUSTRALIA your loses of all this tourist will be effect a lot. This 3 countries is still the best neighboring, they have no grudge against your country,why are they not invited and selected? Don't forget your country still need this tourists to survive. Never pick n choose it will effect your country.


Tuesday 19th of October 2021

@Jenny, Singapore overlooked Indonesians as their biggest tourist arrivals in pre-pandemic travel. They are NOT on the VTL scheme by Singapore. Btw Indonesia is having a talk on a travel corridor with Malaysia for essential business travel. Go figure!!


Saturday 16th of October 2021

Why Singapore n Malaysia was not inside the traveller. Do you know Singaporean tourist is still very powerful to tour your Bali. Dont forget some of the 19 countries need to transit in Singapore.Your side still need Singapore to support all this tourist. We heard it Singapore n Malaysia was not inside as your country is a mistake to left out Singapore. Please do considerate about this 3 countries. Singapore financial is very strong to support your Indonesia. You will regretted. If you only spend in 19 countries nit your neighboring countries, your government is really do a big mistake.


Tuesday 19th of October 2021

@Jenny, Singapore was slapped with a level 4 by the US CDC "high" risk for covid, the agency's highest risk category...that's just too bad. Guess Singapore will not be on the privilege list to enter Bali just yet. Quelle dommage!!


Monday 18th of October 2021

@Jenny, Indonesia is one of the TOP VISITOR to Singapore followed by China, India, Malaysia and Australia. Singapore's financially stability is partly due with offshore banking by wealthy Indonesians and Indonesian powerful businesses. Singapore is also one of the big investors in Indonesia.

Singapore has NOT opened up their VTL for Indonesian citizens. Indonesians have contributed highly to the Singaporean tourism industry pre-pandemic travel.

Have you seen the list of countries that are allowed in using VTL? That's right mainly Western nations. Go figure!!

Btw Malaysia has lashed out at Singapore for being out of the list...

So stop whinning as if Indonesia will be in the hole for not letting Singapore in. Sooner or later it will be added along with Americans.


Saturday 16th of October 2021

No mention about the e-visa which cost $200/300 !!


Friday 15th of October 2021

I think this guys don't realize what they do this way. I am a foreigner with KITAS fully vaccinated with Johnson&Johnson for a PCR test at each internal flight. Reason: it is only one vaccine and the policy says 2 vaccines for air traveling. So even I have a fully vaccine proof I have to do each week a PCR test because policy is policy and one vaccine is one vaccine. How do they want to attract tourists which such a thinking? I am here because I built a technology business and trained Indonesian people but to be honest I will have to rethink all. Luckily the guys in Jakarta are smarter and understand that Johnson is a one time vaccine but the guys in Bali...