18 May 2022
Today an updated regulation has been published, that fully vaccinated travellers entering into Indonesia from abroad will no longer have to present a negative COVID test result, effective 18th May 22
Reference: Official announcement SATGAS 19
It is getting easier to visit the Island of Gods.
Indonesia will no longer require travellers to present a negative PCR test result that’s taken within 48h before departure – as long as they are fully vaccinated.
President Joko Widodo has announced that this new regulation shall be effective 18th of May. Today the official regulation has been distributed to all relevant government bodies.
Further, the regulation that travellers needed no PCR test who had contracted COVID 30 days before their arrival to Indonesia AND have recovered, is no longer valid.
However, it is important for travellers to always check whether airlines have their own set of regulations, that might be different from the destination’s regulations to avoid surprises at the check-in counter.
Changes in Health Protocol
The latest regulation states also the following:
a. Use a 3-ply cloth mask or medical mask that covers the nose, mouth and chin while indoors or when in crowds;
b. Change masks regularly every four hours, and dispose of waste masks in the places provided;
c. Washing hands regularly using water and soap or hand sanitizer, especially after touching objects touched by other people;
d. Maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people and avoid crowds; and
e. It is advised not to speak one-way or two-way by telephone or in person throughout the journey using public transportation modes of land, rail, sea, river, lake, crossing, and air.
In essence, this means that wearing a mask outside and on the scooter is not required anymore.
Making travelling more easy
Over the course of the last couple of months, Indonesia has changed several covid related travel requirements which made the visit to Bali finally possible for many travellers.
Beside lifting the quarantine, the main and crucial step was to allow 60 nationalities to enter into Indonesia on a Visa on Arrival. Since then Bali has seen a drastic increase of tourists coming to the island and is expecting holiday makers to choose Bali again for their Summer Holidays in July and August.
Airlines started to fly to Bali again and the increased ticket prices are clearly indicating that Bali is on high demand.
After two years during which hundreds of thousands of Balinese lost all or a large part of their income sources, the recovering industry is desperately awaited.