Traveling to Bali during the COVID Pandemic

Traveling to Bali during the COVID Pandemic

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It was a difficult journey getting into Bali, but it was worth it. My partner and I lived in Bali when the pandemic hit, and we just now found the opportunity to go back for a visit. It's great to be back!

How did you enter the country?
Air
Any difficulties with your vaccination card when entering the destination?
No, there were no problems. My certificate came from Australia and had the official barcode that's recognized internationally.
Was your COVID test result accepted?
Yes, there we no problems with showing the emailed results that were provided by a clinical lab. We took a rapid PCR test.
Did the local government ask for travel or health insurance when you arrived?
Yes, this was required and our policy was accepted. A confirmation for the policy was emailed to us and this is what we showed to authorities.
Did you experience any challenges with customs, immigration, or the health authorities related to COVID?
Everything mostly ran smoothly and the process was well organized, it just took a long time (~3.5 hours) to verify all of the documents on arrival at the airport. Immigration stamping our passports took the longest (1.5 hours for this step). We were also delayed on arrival because the dates on our quarantine hotel booking confirmation were one day off due to our flight being rescheduled at the last minute. There were no problems changing our reservation, but we had to wait at the arrivals terminal for our hotel to issue a new confirmation certificate.
Were you selected for a random health check? If so, what was involved and how did it go?
No random health checks took place beyond taking a COVID test and temperature check on arrival.
If needed, were COVID tests easy to find and book at your destination?
Yes, they are conveniently located at the airport. These are rapid tests, so they're processed within a few hours or less. Though, we haven't left the country, yet, so I'll let you know if we experience any issues upon returning.
Was this destination abnormally crowded or empty?
Abnormally empty. Hotels are also about a third of the price they were compared to peak season pre-pandemic.
Did you have to show proof of vaccination on location? For example, when entering restaurants, shops, events, etc.?
Not that I've experienced in Bali.
Were you required to wear a mask inside restaurants, event spaces, or public transportation? If you were able to choose, did you feel comfortable wearing or not wearing a mask?
Masks are required in public spaces, but this hasn't been enforced as far as I've seen. You might also be pulled over on the street if you aren't wearing a mask and fined a small amount. If you cannot pay the fine (you don't have cash on you), you might be asked to do pushups as a punishment (yes, seriously).
Did the destination adapt physical distancing in day-to-day situations?
Not that I've seen.
Did restaurants, businesses, and public services take COVID-related sanitary precautions that you noticed?
Some establishments check your temperature upon entering.
Were there additional requirements to travel within the region?
A negative COVID test is required to travel between regions. You also have to fill out a declaration form on their custom smartphone app.
Were most attractions open? Were you able to visit the ones you wanted to attend?
Everything was open in Bali as far as I could tell.
Anything else you think fellow travelers should know?
We had to jump through quite a few hoops to get to Bali: 1. acquire a visa that took 5 days to receive, 2. buy travel insurance, 3. take 2 COVID tests - before leaving and on arrival, 4. show proof of vaccination, 5. fill out a declaration form, and 6. quarantine for 10 days in Jakarta before traveling onto our final destination. We were initially supposed to quarantine for only 3 days and then it changed to 7 days and then 10 days within a span of a week, right before we were set to depart. Additionally, our flight was rescheduled on the way over, which caused us to rebook our quarantine hotel. Luckily, our negative COVID tests were still valid. It was definitely an arduous process made more complicated by the onset of the omicron variant.
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