Vacation is back! Big changes for Australian visitors to Bali – making it easier to get to the island as tough Covid rules end
- Indonesia abolishes the requirement to test negative for Covid upon arrival in the country
- Travelers previously had to present a $150 worth of PCR test after landing
- Welcome news to the millions of Australians who visit Bali every year
Indonesia has dropped the requirement for a mandatory Covid test upon arrival – which is welcome news for the millions of Australians who visit Bali every year.
Previously, both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers had to take a $150 PCR test and tested negative after landing.
From Wednesday, vaccinated passengers will no longer have to present the test.
In the year before the pandemic, Bali was Australia’s second most popular country to visit with 1.3 million people coming to the island.
Vaccinated Australians will no longer have to take a $150 PCR test before landing in Indonesia – boosting tourism for Bali (pictured)
President Joko Widodo on Tuesday confirmed his plan to continue easing restrictions as cases subside.
“Completely immunized domestic and international travelers no longer need PCR tests or antigen swabs,” he announced on the government’s YouTube channel.
Airlines have been notified of the changes to the rules, which will take effect from Wednesday.
The easing of restrictions will take effect from Wednesday, a welcome boost for national tourism and for visitors.
The decision is expected to boost tourism into the country, with a red tape removed from the process.
Mask use remains mandatory in homes and on public transport across Indonesia.
A spokesman for Indonesia’s Covid task force confirmed the change would take effect next week.
“The guidelines will be built into a number of regulations and will come into effect on May 18,” he said.
‘We expect the policy to be well implemented. However, people are expected to remain vigilant and adaptive to future changes. ‘