Bali Finally Reopening for International Travel in October 2021
Bali finally reopening for international travel with direct flights from New Zealand, Qatar and United Arab Emirates starting on Thursday October 14th 2021. Bali’s Ngurah Rai international airport will be open to foreign tourists from that date, with visitors required to quarantine for eight days at their own expense said Luhut, minister Luhut Pandjaitan said on Monday October 4th 2021.The government is still finalizing some steps including lists of countries with direct flights to Bali.
Low-cost carrier AirAsia Indonesia announced a number of scheduled flights would be operated in stages starting October 2021. The airline’s President Director Veranita Yosephine said the Jakarta-Bali (round-trip) route will start operating from October 14, 2021, with a frequency of four times a week, and the Jakarta – Kuala Lumpur (round-trip) route to start earlier from October 2 with two flights a week.
- Proof of vaccination (full doses)
- Valid negative PCR test (3x24h)
- E-HAC form
- Proof of booking quarantine hotel
The government is now allowing fitness centers and restaurants in cinemas to reopen with limited capacity and strict health protocols. A youth basketball competition in Jakarta and Surabaya is also allowed to proceed. Authorities reported 922 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the lowest since June 21, 2020. More than 4.2 million people in the country have tested positive for the virus, with 142,261 total fatalities, according to the health ministry data.
However, health and economy experts are weighing in on Bali’s expected limited reopening on Oct. 14, with some warning officials to tread carefully as they welcome back foreign visitors amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan on Monday announced that the Ngurah Rai International Airport will start welcoming foreign visitors from select countries on Oct. 14.
Further details on COVID-19 requirements and visa arrangements have yet to be announced at the time of publication, though Luhut mentioned that all foreign visitors are expected to quarantine for a minimum of 8 days upon arrival at their own expense.
Yusuf Rendy Manilet, an economist from the Center of Reform on Economics (CORE Indonesia), noted that reopening foreign tourism may not result in a quick economic recovery, as an uptick relies on positive public health developments within the country and around the region. “There are risks involved with this reopening plan,” Yusuf said, expressing concerns over welcoming tourists from countries where the COVID-19 situation has yet to improve.
“The reopening for foreign visitors must also take into account the situation in other countries, not just the pandemic situation within the country,” Nailul Huda said, adding that the deeply battered tourism industry will likely take time to recover compared to other sectors. “[We should be careful] not to let the government’s good intentions on restarting the economic wheel of tourism be paid with spikes in COVID-19 cases,” Huda said.