Bali to Reopen Borders for Some Tourists via Travel Bubbles in July 2021
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Bali will reopen to tourists in July but the requirements and restrictions have not been released yet.

As of now, allowed visitors have to submit a negative COVID-19 test result, take an additional one on arrival, and quarantine for 5 days at a government-designated hotel or until they can produce a negative test.  

Indonesia’s Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno is reportedly working on implementing a COVID-19 free corridor in Bali to allow foreign tourists to return.

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May 13 – Bali to reassess the countries they will have travel bubbles with

It’s a fact. Bali is reopening in July. At least, this is what Bali deputy governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati and Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin have stated in recent days.

However, given the worrisome situation some parts of Asia are going through with countries breaking world records for the most new coronavirus cases in a day, and literally hundreds of people dying at hospitals’ doors, Bali authorities have announced they will reassess the countries they will have travel bubbles with. 

The country had targeted Singapore, China, South Korea, India, the Netherlands and United Arab Emirates as the first potential allies, but now, they are having second thoughts. It has become evident there will be a shift in the rules. 

“We can still hope for China, in terms of quantity, as they contributed quite a large [amount of tourists] in previous years,” said the governor. 

For its part, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said that travel bubbles will be offered to countries that are able to contain the spread of the virus, have high vaccination rates, and could offer reciprocal benefits to the country. 

April 27 – Bali to reopen to some travel bubbles by the end of July.

Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said Friday, the country is in talks with Singapore, China, South Korea, India, the Netherlands and United Arab Emirates for potential travel corridors that would allow their nationals to visit some areas of Bali a.k.a.“green zones”.

Also, Ukraine and Poland have reportedly expressed their interest in joining the travel bubble agreement guaranteeing a number of visitors via charter flights.

“We already have near to 60,000 to 70,000 vaccinators ready in Bali. Once we have the supply [the vaccines],  [we will] kickstart the tourism reopening, when at least two million residents have been vaccinated.” Said the minister, who thinks this can be a reality by mid- or end-July. 

March 29 – Bali will be officially reopening for tourism in July 2021. 

On March 26, the Indonesian government officially announced the reopening of some “green areas” in Bali where travelers will be allowed to visit and stay. This reopening is set for July. 

Also, the government is reportedly creating travel bubbles with a number of countries to boost tourism in the rest of Indonesia, said deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Angela Tanoesoedibjo.

According to the coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the country will be preparing the parameters to establish reciprocal travel bubbles with other countries.

In both cases, the government made clear that countries with low rates of infection and high vaccination rates will be prioritized. 

March 12

Indonesia’s central government is considering creating a “COVID-free corridor” for tourists from low risk countries to visit only select areas of Bali -which the local media has started to call “green areas.”- Those would include Nusa Dua on the southern side of the island.

The Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno mentioned that Australia, China, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan would be the first countries to be included on this new reopening strategy. 

February 26

In a meeting held on Feb. 25, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno and the coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan officially discussed multiple options to reopen Bali for international tourists.

Minister Luhut stated that the new plan contains penalties for health protocols violations and warnings for foreign visitors. According to Luhut, the government is considering reopening to international tourists once the COVID-19 situation crisis has improved in the country. 

Is Bali open for Americans?

Bali is open for Americans as long as they hold a business visa. 

How to enter BALI during the pandemic?

Everyone traveling for humanitarian, volunteering, family, business, or investment purposes is allowed entry.

Digital nomads and remote workers with business visas are also allowed entry. For further information click here.

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COVID-19 situation in Indonesia

COVID-19 cases in Bali
Source: Worldmeters

Indonesia has been relatively successful at handling the Covid-19 crisis, especially considering its status as a middle income country of more than 250 million inhabitants.

As of today, the country has reported 1,731,652 positive cases and 47,716 deaths.


Despite being an island chain that is roughly the size of the United States, most of those people live on a handful of islands in highly urbanized areas.

For many people in East Asia, face masks and social distancing are quite normal after so many contagious diseases over the past twenty years. Indonesia has not reached that point yet.

The government is trying everything necessary to maintain complete control of the pandemic without destroying much of Bali’s tourism-based economy in the balance.

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