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Why Australians Love Bali As Island Counts Over 700k Tourist Visits In April

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New data reveals that Bali remains one of the most popular holiday destinations for Australians. The news comes as immigration officials in Bali release travel data from the last month.

Added to data released last week by the Central Statistics Agency for Indonesia (BPS), it gives a clear picture that Bali is as popular as ever with Australians.

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Data from Bali Airport Immigration shows that I Gusti Ngurah Rai International recorded 887,198 international passengers in April 2023 alone.

The breakdown of the data shows 403,191 arriving passengers and 404,677 departing passengers.

The airport also served 732,517 domestic passengers in April, with the largest amount of arrivals landing on the Island of the Gods for the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

This figure can be broken down into 350,368 arriving passengers and 353,536 departing passengers. 

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Based on the new data shared by the TPI Ngurah Rai Special Class I Immigration Office, there were 106,820 Australian foreigners arriving through I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in April.

Followed by Indian tourists, with 36,278 people, and Chinese travelers totaling 25,383 people.

The hike in the number of Australian travelers heading to Bali is a positive sign. It shows that Australian travelers are as excited as ever to return to the popular holiday resort island.

As the high season approaches, the island is preparing to welcome even more holidaymakers from the land down under and around the world. 

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Tourism stakeholders on the island have shared their relief that the World Health Organization has officially revoked the Public Health Emergency Of International Concern for Covid-19.

That being said, as it stands at the moment, international travelers over the age of eighteen who are heading to Indonesia must show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination status unless medically exempt. 

Taking a look at data leading up to the end of March, figures from the BPS showed that Bali had 1,026,367 international arrivals.

Even in the first three months of the year, Australian travelers were the most frequent international visitors to the Island of the Gods.

But what is it about Bali that has Australian holidaymakers and other international travelers coming back for more?

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All-inclusive resorts and easy access to beachfront bliss continue to play a huge role in ensuring that Bali remains a top holiday destination for Australian travelers.

Whether it be the family-friendly resorts of Kuta or the stylish retreats of Seminyak, Bali offers travelers the epitome of luxury and relaxation, irrespective of travel budget.

Bali will forever be a popular destination for family holidays as there are just so many family-friendly activities to do during a trip.

From the Waterbom Waterpark to paragliding in Tanjung Benoa, from watching cultural shows in Ubud or getting fully immersed in rural life up in the rice fields of Tegalalang, there is plenty to keep the whole family entrained during a holiday.


Bali is famous for its hospitality, and unlike in many other parts of the world, this generous and open-hearted welcome is extended to children too.

As a very family-focused culture, children on holiday in Bali are treated like royalty!

This not only makes for a magical experience for little ones but also makes it easier for caregivers to be able to kick back and relax during their own holiday. 


Flight availability from Australia is another huge factor that ensures that Aussies return to Bali year after year.

With airlines like Jetstar, AirAsia, and Virgin Australia all landing in Bali dozens of times a week, it is super convenient to hop on a flight to Bali.

In fact, in 2023, flight availability got even better, with Virgin Australia introducing their very first Gold Coast to Bali flight which is a total game changer.


Australians might now have to pay for their first 30-day visa on arrival, but the ease of obtaining a visa certainly makes booking a holiday to Bali a breeze.

Before the pandemic, the 30-day visa on arrival was free for citizens of dozens of countries, including Australia. Post-pandemic, a blanket IDR 500,000 fee has been introduced to all who are eligible for the visa on arrival in Indonesia.

While some have felt frustrated at the extra cost, the ease of application (now available online) and the relative affordability of the VOA is another big reason Australians love holidaying in Bali. 

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Monday 15th of May 2023

How's it worthwhile for any Aussies (rich, middle, retirees or poor) to save every penny while taking a vacation or reside in Bali or elsewhere in Indonesia for that matter? $1 AUD equals IDR Rp. 9,873 more or less. Perhaps that a beer or hard liquor cost less here. A favorite consumers' pastime among Aussies during a vacay.

An American or a European taking a vacation in Thailand, Vietnam or Indonesia,the exchange rate goes even further even. It's a better deal with using USD or Euro against the Rupiah IDR.

Wayan Bo

Saturday 13th of May 2023

Dominican Republic, we R coming 🤣

Wayan Bo

Saturday 13th of May 2023

Perhaps because it’s close to kangaroo country. - Anyway big jumps with empty pockets is world wide trendy nowadays. German Lufthansa is selling food on their flights with duration of over sixty minutes for about € 12,- those passengers who wait until short time before landing can buy it on discounted sale for € 3.50


Saturday 13th of May 2023

"That being said, as it stands at the moment, international travelers over the age of eighteen who are heading to Indonesia must show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination status unless medically exempt. "

Once again having just been to Bali we did not have our vaccine status checked despite having all our paper work ready and the tracking app failed to work for anybody.

Just give it up already Bali. Covid is over.


Monday 15th of May 2023

@Andrew, The USA has no more covid shots requirements and I think that Bali is amongst the last few who still does. Even has a booster shot requirement to travel within Indonesia and outside of Indonesia for Indonesians How backwards is this?


Sunday 14th of May 2023

@Andrew, vaxx bullshit. Maybe it's causing psychological problems plus the other crapp with people already with bipolar. What vaxx is approved now? What a crock of $hit the world believes. Wake up people!!

Wayan Bo

Sunday 14th of May 2023

@Andrew, unfortunately Covid isn’t over yet. Just read carefully the WHO report.


Saturday 13th of May 2023

Bogans love cheap beers and plastic chairs. Not sophisticated, but very humble people.


Sunday 14th of May 2023

@BaliDuck, "Not sophisticated, but very humble people." My kind of people. A nice fit for Bali.