Bali vice governor wants Ngurah Rai airport to open for international flights

Bali’s vice governor said he was disappointed with the central government’s decision to exclude Ngurah Rai International Airport from serving international arrivals.

Transportation

Singapore Airlines quashes reports of November return to Bali

Singapore Airlines quashes reports of November return to Bali

No flights between Singapore and Denpasar just yet.

Singapore Airlines gears up to resume daily flights to Bali ahead of likely tourism restart

Singapore Airlines gears up to resume daily flights to Bali ahead of likely tourism restart

As the COVID-19 crisis in Bali looks increasingly to be under control, the island’s reopening to foreign tourism may actually be right around the corner.

Rimbun Air cargo plane carrying 3 in Papua crashes into mountain

Rimbun Air cargo plane carrying 3 in Papua crashes into mountain

Authorities have launched a search for the missing plane, which lost contact with air control in Sugapa district, Intan Jaya earlier this morning.

Bali airport sees more passengers as COVID-19 tests become cheaper

Bali airport sees more passengers as COVID-19 tests become cheaper

Pockets of domestic travel appear to have improved in Indonesia, at least where traffic is concerned, as COVID-19 tests drop in prices.

2 drivers arrested for forging test results to pass through Bali’s Gilimanuk Port

2 drivers arrested for forging test results to pass through Bali’s Gilimanuk Port

Two drivers were arrested in Jembrana regency for allegedly forging antigen test results for their passengers.

Police officers reportedly extorting travelers passing through Gilimanuk Port

Police officers reportedly extorting travelers passing through Gilimanuk Port

The allegations have prompted authorities to say they will conduct an internal probe into the matter.

Fully vaxxed? You can now fly into Bali with a negative antigen rapid test result, airport official says

Fully vaxxed? You can now fly into Bali with a negative antigen rapid test result, airport official says

Previously, all domestic air travelers were required to present a negative result from a PCR swab test and had to have been vaccinated at least once to enter Bali.

3 people arrested over sunk overloaded passenger ferry off Bali coast

3 people arrested over sunk overloaded passenger ferry off Bali coast

Authorities said KMP Yunicee had been traveling at over-capacity.

NTT suspends flights, boat trips amid rising COVID-19 cases

NTT suspends flights, boat trips amid rising COVID-19 cases

This is an unexpectedly bold measure in Indonesia during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Coconuts Bali Transportation

Bali, paradise island that it may be, is macet, macet, macet (traffic-filled) in many parts, especially in the south. Roads are usually narrow and too often in need of repair, with numerous potholes;  some roads are even collapsing in places from all the heavy trucks. Trucks, let’s talk about trucks — they are literally everywhere on the island as the mentality here is “build, build, build”. As the island becomes more and more developed, trucks are needed to transport construction materials. There are also plenty of buses, filled with tourists, ready to run motorbikes off the road if drivers aren’t careful. Unfortunately, a lot of our transportation coverage is related to such accidents, that usually occur on narrow roads, when someone tries to pass and gets trapped in a head-on collision. Not surprisingly, with giant vehicles on the road, shared with motorbikes, it’s usually the people on bikes that fear for their lives. Public transportation is almost totally lacking in Bali, so you can bet most people living here use their own motorbike. For visitors though, the big trend in transportation at the moment is ride-hailing apps. Obviously the bulk of people visiting Bali (and heaven knows there are loads of visitors) do not have their own transportation. As transport apps get more and more popular as they are quick and easy to use, hold drivers accountable, and have fixed, predictable rates, trouble brews in paradise when traditional transport gets challenged, putting money-making for some in jeopardy.