June - December 2020 Archive
Update 9 November 2020
There has been information circulating about the opening of Bali to International Flights on December 1, 2020. At this stage, this cannot be officially confirmed. The information circulating on social media and some chat applications cannot be validated. Therefore we urge stakeholders and visitors to remain positive but wait until the Central Government releases an official statement.
In the meantime, Bali continues to welcome visitors from within Indonesia as well as other parts of the world that have arrived on approved e-Visas.
Update 28 October 2020
Bali experiences an increase in visitors to the island during the Indonesian long weekend. BHA would like to take the opportunity to remind all visitors to the island to travel responsibly and be aware that wearing a mask is mandatory except when seated for dining/driniking and when physcially distancing with the required 1.2 meters is not possible.
Update 28 September 2020
Every passenger arriving in Bali be in domestic or Internationally must complet the eHAC card.
Check with your airline for any other requirments that the airline may apply.
We continue to update our safety protocols, policy and operating procedures as new information becomes available and best practices are shared across the industry by leading experts in their respective fields. Bali Hotels Association have created a dedicated COIVD-19 Health & Safety Policy, which we continue to update as required.
We also understand that our partners have many concerns and questions regarding the current situation in Indonesia with regards to Covid-19 as Indonesia’s borders remain closed to international arrivals for the time being.
Quick action and careful preventative measures taken in Bali has only seen about 4,500 cases despite Indonesia’s COVID-19 numbers hovering around the 155,000-mark across a total population of 267 million.
It is important to note that the number of cases in Bali under care in hospitals remains low.
We urge you to keep updated by visiting our website and social media channels for all the latest official news.
Link to Department of Immigration latest update available here
Update 22 August 2020 23:00
Update 11 August 2020 17:00
Nothing has changed since the last update on 4th August 2020.
Update 04 August 2020 14:00
Travelling to Bali
Anyone travelling to Bali will need to follow the following protocols besides those imposed by the airlines.
Upon Arrival in Bali and check in to your hotel/resort
Complete the self assement form provided at check in at your hotel/resort. This form is part of the Indonesian Minsitry Health. View Decree here
Your accomodation provider will provide this form as part of the check in.
About the We Love Bali site that the local tourism office in Bali is promoting. This has several bugs and once it is in working we will provide a link and more information about this site.
Update 29 July 2020 11:00
Travelling to Bali
Information from Garuda Indonesia
Update 14 July 2020 23:00
Official list of hospital in Bali for handling COVID19 health related issues.
Update 13 July 2020 10:30
Important updates by the Indonesian Directorate General of Immigration.
Update 6 July 2020 14:30
At this stage the only confimred dates by Bali Goverment for opening Bali are as follows:
9th July 2020
Bali Residents start to return to work and resume activites under the new era of living protocols. Public decree has been announced.
31st July 2020
Visitors ( domestic tourists) Bali will open its boarders to other parts of Indonesia with some restrictions in place. Please check with your airlines and sea ports and border crossings.
11 September 2020
Open Ito nternational visitors. This has only mentioned in the press and there is no official circular issued from the Government.
As of July 3rd 2020
- For anyone holding a current visa still your can still get emergency extensions when expired, no matter what visa you have
- expired work KITAS get emergency extensions (notification to extent from Manpower) BUT you cannot work
- abroad Indonesian Embassies and Consulates are only issuing specific visas (read V-26)
For the full list and updates click here
Update 25 June 2020 10:45
The Indonesian Government through the Minister of Health Decree (KMK) has officially ratified the health protocols in the tourism and creative economy sector prepared by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy/Tourism and Creative Economy Agency together with stakeholders and related ministries.
The Deputy of Strategic Policy for the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy/Tourism and Creative Economy Agency R. Kurleni Ukar in a statement released on Monday (22/6/2020) said, heath protocol in the tourism and creative economy sector was compiled based on three main issues. Namely, cleanliness, health, and safety.
The KMK regulates protocols for hotels/inns/homestays/hostels etc., restaurants etc., tourist attraction locations, all modes of transportation, creative economy services, event/meeting organizing services, as well as other public places and facilities that are closely related with the tourism sector. Furthermore, the protocol can be used as a reference for all parties, namely ministries/institutions, provincial regional governments, regency/city governments, and the community. Including associations, managers, owners, workers and visitors in public places and facilities.
The presence of this health protocol is expected to support the plan to open a tourism and creative economy business gradually so that it can revive sector, which is heavily affected by the COVID-19. However, decisions related to the re-opening of the tourism business must certainly be adjusted with the level of risk of the spread of COVID-19 and the ability of the regions in controlling the virus.
“Regional government and tourism and creative economy business players are expected to be able to prepare and implement health protocol in accordance with the decree signed by the Minister of Health,” she said.
Update 19 June 2020 13:00
The Indonesian Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio is reported as saying that rebuilding tourist confidence will be key for Bali – Indonesia's number one tourist island – to recover its economy to pre-pandemic levels.
Wishnutama gave his support to the Bali provincial government to prepare the three stages needed to reopen the island for business.
"Local governments must prepare thoroughly before reopening the tourism and creative economy sectors. There's no need to rush. Tourism is highly dependent on tourists' trust in security and comfort on the island," he said.
If all goes according to plan, on July 9 Bali will start the first stage of reopening several sectors except education and tourism, the Governor has reported.
The island will begin welcoming domestic toursits in the second stage beginning August. This would be subject to the successful execution of the first stage."
According to the Governor the third stage, anticipated for September, would see the return of international tourists.
The Bali Government has stressed this is still a plan not a set timeline for implementation.
In the meantime all Bali Hotels Association Members continue to prepare all the necessary protocols, guidelines and staff training.
Update 5 June 2020 17:00
From a health and public safety perspective, the island has emerged relatively unscathed – for reasons that continue to baffle infectious disease experts. By early June, there had been only five deaths and 510 confirmed infections, two-thirds of whom have fully recovered, according to coronavirus tallying resource Worldometer
No date has been set to lift temporary travel restrictions that prevent tourists from visiting Bali. Reports that suggest otherwise are false, according to Bali’s Ngurah Rai Immigration Office and the island’s tourism board.
Update 1 June 2020 7:30
The Indonesian Ministry of Transport prepares to enter the new normal with flights to and from Bali's I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport as per Ministerial Decree No. 25 of 2020 on Transportation Control.
Bali had been making preparations to enter the new normal era by following the provisions and official health protocols
During the new normal era, passengers looking to enter Bali through the International Airport should hold a document that shows negative results for COVID-19 from a swab test based on the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR).
Every aircraft passenger must fulfill the requirements submitted by the Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling, as stipulated in Circular Letter Number 5 of 2020 on the Amendment to Circular Letter Number 4 of 2020 on the Criteria for Restricting Travel for Accelerating the Handling of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) or hereinafter referred to as SE Number 5 of 2020," he expounded.
The Bali provincial government in a bid to boost the island’s tourism and economic potential by continuing to prioritize health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in all transportation services on land, at sea, and in air.
Please ensure you keep updated with all the changes through official channels only.
Garuda Indonesia has taken a number of anticipatory steps in following up on the development of the COVID-19 pandemic which of course always prioritizes aspects of flight safety and comfort for both passengers and flight crew.
Flying Requirements & Requirements
Garuda Indonesia documents fully support the policies of the government of the Republic of Indonesia and also the local government in the context of the spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia as stated in:
Regulation of the Minister of Transportation No. 25 of 2020 concerning Transportation Control During the Eid Mubarak 1441 H Mud Season in the context of Preventing the Spread of COVID-19
Circular of Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling No. 5 Amendment to Circular Letter No. 4 of 2020 concerning Criteria for Limiting Travel of Persons in the Framework of Accelerating Handling of COVID-19
Circular of the Minister of Health Number HK.02.01 / MENKES / 313/2020 concerning Health Protocol for the Handling of Indonesian Citizens and the Arrival of Foreigners from Overseas at the Entrance of Countries and Regions in Situations of Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB)
That people are allowed to travel / flights are as follows:
Exit Indonesia: Refers to the requirements of the destination / destination country authority available on the official IATA website
Entering Indonesia: Foreign nationals who may enter Indonesia refer to the Republic of Indonesia Ministry of Forestry Regulation No. 11 of 2020, please click on Travel Restrictions Entrance to the Republic of Indonesia for more information.
There are no restrictions on Indonesian citizens while following the applicable document requirements.
People who work in government or private institutions that conduct:
- Accelerating services for handling COVID-19;
- Defense, security and public order services;
- Health services;
- Services of basic & supporting needs
- Services of important economic functions;
Travel for patients who need emergency health services
Travel for people whose family members are essentially very ill / dead
Repatriation for the return of Foreign Citizens, Indonesian Migrant Workers, Indonesian Citizens and students / students who are abroad, and the return of people for special reasons by the Government to the regions
People who are allowed to fly as above must fulfill the document requirements according to the flight categories and routes available on this Link
Update 31 May 2020 22:30
IATA board announces principles for restart of aviation industry
Geneva - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced a commitment by the airline CEOs on its Board of Governors to five principles for re-connecting the world by air transport.
More information available here
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