Travelling to Bali During Covid-19
Visiting Bali during COVID-19
Answering your questions about the Corona Virus Situation in Bali
We are being overwhelmed with questions about the situation in Bali right now and is it still safe to go travelling to Bali during COVID-19.
While travelling during these times is an entirely personal decision and totally up to you, we can give you up to date information on what is happening in Bali during these times and how Bali is handling the situation.
Latest Update: 31 March
Today, Indonesia’s government has decided to ban all arrivals and transits by foreigners in Indonesia to prevent a further spread of the coronavirus.
Foreigners with stay permits and some diplomatic visits will be exempted from the ban.
We’ll keep you posted!
Latest Update: 18 March
There has been a decision made by the Indonesian government that as of midnight March 20 Indonesia will no longer issue visa on arrival or paid visa on arrival for one month.
There are other conditions for residents or other types of pre-purchased visas, but for now this means no more tourists coming into Bali on the general entry visas on arrival for one month.
There ARE options for pre applying for other types of visas, we will update details on how to do this later in the week….but most tourists come in on the FREE entry or VOA which are both stopping for a month.
Click here to see the full list of additional measures.
Update: 17 March
- The President of Indonesia has called for social distancing, cancellation of events, school closures & for people to work from home where possible for 14 days.
- The airport remains open to both international & domestic flights (excepting China, South Korea, Italy & Iran)
- Yesterday there was a widespread HOAX about Bali airport shutting down – so far this is NOT the case. Bali is about to celebrate Nyepi Day on March 25 (which happens every year) and the airport does close from 6am March 25 to 6am March 26 – this has nothing to do with COVID-19.
- Some businesses have chosen to shut for 14 days (for example Waterbom Bali) and others remain open. This is each to their own discretion. Most restaurants remain open, as do supermarkets.
- Places such as Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore have all imposed self quarantining if you arrive back from international travel….something to consider if you are currently travelling. Also some of these countries are no longer accepting tourists. If you are a tourist in Bali at the moment you may be unaware that any of this is happening…please stay informed.
- Gili Islands is now closed to tourists for 14 days due to COVID-19.
We will endeavour to keep you updated as things are unfolding.
Bali has suspended flights to and from the most affected areas – China, Iran, Italy and South Korea. At this point all other routes remain open. When you land in Bali you are required to fill out a Health Alert Card and you will also be thermal scanned (this has already been in place for many weeks).
What If You Get Sick When In Bali?
For sickness other than suspected COVID-19, medical centres and doctors are operating as usual. You can find a list of our recommended hospitals and clinics in our travel tips section (or by clicking the link).
Bali has been testing possible cases of COVID-19 for many weeks now, if you or someone in your group has a suspected case of COVID-19 please have your accommodation staff help you to call the COVID-19 Hotline on 112 or call ahead directly to Sanglah Hospital. Sanglah Hospital is currently in charge of all testing for the virus. Tests are sent to Jakarta and results are generally back between 48-72 hours.
Bali has set up multiple isolation wings dedicated to treating possible COVID-19 cases across their Government hospitals. We toured through the wing at Bali Mandara Hospital. This was being built as a cancer wing, but for now has been transformed for COVID-19 potential patients.
What Is The Mood In Bali Now?
Bali is definitely quieter than usual, however there are still many tourists on the Island and continuing to arrive. Businesses, activities, restaurants and accommodation remain open for business. There is no panic buying happening at the supermarkets, so far life has continued as normal in Bali.
What Can You Do To Minimise The Risk?
- Wash your hands regularly for more than 20 seconds, with soap
- Use hand sanitiser in between washing hands
- Avoid shaking hands where possible (hands in the namaste position is a polite greeting in place of hand shaking)
- If you need to sneeze, do it into a tissue, then dispose of it and wash your hands
- If you need to cough, cough into your elbow
- When travelling on the plane take wipes to wipe down your tray table and seatbelt buckle
- Stay hydrated