Good news for travellers! Bali has finally reopened its borders to foreign travelers from all countries. Bali has also resumed direct international flights for the first time in two years as Indonesia opens the resort island to foreign travellers. However, quarantine is mandatory for all visitors.
Taufan Yudhistira, public relations manager at Bali International Airport, said Singapore Airlines will soon launch a scheduled direct service to and from Denpasar in Bali. However, even fully vaccinated travelers will need to self-quarantine for five days in locations certified by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy.
Those who received only one dose of the vaccine will need to quarantine for seven days. The quarantine measure is taken to limit the spread of the virus. Before the pandemic, the airport handled some 200 international flights daily with at least one million passengers. But after being hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, the island was completely closed to international flights.
With tourism being the primary source of income in Bali, the reopening of the island is good news as it will help revive the island’s economy, which has been negatively affected by the pandemic. Sandiaga Uno, minister of tourism and economy, said the reopening will also serve as a trial run to host the G-20 events in Bali later this year.
Until Thursday, Indonesia reported 27,197 new COVID-19 infections and 38 deaths. So far, the country has recorded more than 4.4 million total coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.