Fully-vaxxed travelers no longer need COVID-19 tests to visit Bali: official

Tourists visiting a water palace in Bali, before the pandemic. Photo: Pixabay
Tourists visiting a water palace in Bali, before the pandemic. Photo: Pixabay

Travelers who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to present negative COVID-19 test results to enter Bali, an official has confirmed. 

Arguably one of the most anticipated news for those who plan to visit Indonesia’s tourism hotspot, PCR and antigen tests will no longer be required for fully-vaccinated international and domestic travelers as of yesterday.

Herry AY Sikado, the general manager of airport operations firm PT Angkasa Pura I, says Ngurah Rai has relaxed test requirements in line with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s statement earlier this week

Herry told local outlets that international travelers would only be required to show their two-dosage vaccination certificates (both hard and soft copies) obtained at least 14 days prior to departure to Bali. The same rule applies at all Indonesian entry points.

International visitors who are not vaccinated are obliged to show negative PCR test results upon arrival and will receive jabs upon arrival at local medical facilities. Meanwhile, foreigners who have only received their first dose will be required to undergo a 5-day quarantine.

In addition, foreigners are required to verify their personal and travel documents using the mobility tracking app PeduliLindungi before departure.

“Domestic travelers who have received their second dose or the booster shot are not required to show either PCR or antigen tests,” Herry said, adding that people who have only received their first dose will be required to show a negative PCR test result obtained three days prior to departure or a negative antigen result 24 hours before traveling.

Herry expected the loosened travel restrictions will further boost tourism in Bali, while reiterating that all travelers should still follow social distancing rules and wear masks when indoors.

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