Australians one step closer to Bali as gov’t updates travel advice

A couple walking by the beach. Photo: Artem Bali/Unsplash
A couple walking by the beach. Photo: Artem Bali/Unsplash

Australians are now one step closer to visiting Bali, after the government down under eased its COVID-related travel advice today, ahead of their international reopening next week. 

In an updated travel advice framework, the Australian government has removed the “do not travel” advisory put in place since March 2020. The updated framework also saw Indonesia lowered to a Level 2 of 4. 

Due to the ongoing risk posed by the coronavirus, no international destination will be set lower than Level 2, Australia’s ambassador to Indonesia, Penny Williams, said on Twitter today. 

Level 2 advice says that Australians should “exercise a high degree of caution” when traveling abroad. In Indonesia, the Australian government warns of limited availability of testing and infection control facilities, while noting that critical care for Australians who become seriously ill, including in Bali, “is significantly below the standard available in Australia.” You can read the updated travel advice in detail here. 

While this is one hurdle less for Australians looking to holiday in Bali, they must still wait for the Indonesian government to include Australia on its list of eligible origin countries for international arrivals. Currently, Indonesia is only accepting travelers from 19 countries, which includes China, India, and France. 

Also Read — Negotiations underway for Australian travelers to visit Bali soon, Qantas says

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