Bali’s year-end domestic tourism boom is coming with heightened COVID-19 surveillance at the island’s entry points, including at crucial sea ports linking Java and Bali.
Starting today and until Jan. 2, passengers of ferries going from the Ketapang Port in Banyuwangi, East Java to Bali’s Gilimanuk Port in Jembrana must be fully vaccinated, in accordance with a Transportation Ministry circular on domestic travel during the Christmas and New Year holiday period.
In addition, travelers must present a negative antigen test result, which is valid for one day, or a negative PCR test, which is valid for three days. All vaccination and test records are contained in the government’s PeduliLindungi tracing app.
Previously, partially vaccinated travelers were allowed to board the ferry linking the two ports. Negative COVID-19 test results were also required.
Though foreign tourists haven’t been returning to the island of the gods in great numbers, the provincial government has seen a huge uptick in domestic tourist numbers ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays.