As you may have heard the long-anticipated renewal of Bali's Visa on arrival system is back for 23 lucky countries.
However, you should know a few minor details before booking a flight back to the island of the gods.
In this article, I will detail everything you need to know to travel to Bali (as of March 2022 when this article was written) for regular updates head over to bali.com
1. Visa on Arrival.
While yes it is true the VOA is back, it is currently only available for foreign nationals from 23 countries and is only available for travel into Bali, if you are looking at flying into Java or any other Indonesian islands/provinces then you will still need to apply for a visa before coming.
The counties listed on the official government website are as follows:
Of course, if you're not travelling from one of the countries listed you will still need to apply for a B211A visa before coming to Bali.
The cost of the VOA is IDR 500,000 and this will get you 30 days to stay in Indonesia, however, you can extend the visa for an extra 30 days if you wish to stay longer.
The visa will be issued to you at the airport, you will just have to make sure you have at least 6 months validity on your current passport as well as an onward flight (does not have to be a return flight) with 30 days of arrival.
Due to the reduced number of Covid-19 infections on the island of Bali and throughout Indonesia, the government health and tourism ministers decided to end quarantine requirements effective march 14th 2022.
However you still need to book a government approved hotel for the first 4 nights of your stay here in Bali, this is because you will need to undergo your first PCR test when you land at the airport.
You will then be taken to the hotel to await your results, as long as your result is negative you will be free to move around the island until day 3 when you will need to do a second PCR test.
And this is where things get a bit mirky, if either of your tests come back positive you will be forced to quarantine in a government-mandated facility for up to 10 days (at your own expense).
This issue with this is the fact that most travel insurance companies will not cover you for any Covid related quarantine/isolation if you are asymptomatic.
We did however find an insurance company that will provide you with USD 50/Day coverage for any quarantine period mandated by the local government or health officials.
We have personally used Safetywing during our stay here in Bali can honestly say they are a great option if you are worried about any travel interruptions or potential illness while in Bali.