Bali Eliminates Quarantine for Fully Vaccinated Travelers — What to Know
Just a month after opening, Bali is testing out a pilot program allowing fully vaccinated travelers to visit without a mandatory quarantine.
Reuters reported the program will eliminate the quarantine so long as travelers stay on the island for a minimum of four days. All adult travelers to Indonesia must be vaccinated, and exceptions must be made for unvaccinated travelers, according to the U.S. Embassy.
A minister overseeing COVID-19 trends in Bali told Reuters that if the pilot program goes well, beginning April 1, Indonesia plans to scrap the three day quarantine altogether for all adult visitors. Currently, there is still a quarantine requirement for other parts of Indonesia.
The wider opening will likely be a boom to Bali's tourism industry. In 2019, the destination welcomed 6.2 million foreign travelers, Reuters reported, accounting for more than half of its economy.
Bali initially planned to reopen to foreign visitors in the summer of 2021, but was forced to delay its plans due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.
When travelers return to Bali, they will be greeted by breathtaking hotels hugged by unspoiled rainforests and featuring gorgeous pools and high-end design, as well as luxurious high tea services, and the chance to soak in a hot spring surrounded by lush gardens.
While there's never a bad time to visit Bali, travelers looking to avoid the rainy season (November to March) and get in some quality beach time should plan a trip from May to September.
Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she's not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.