Bali and Riau Islands now accepting tourists from 19 countries

Bali and Riau Islands now accepting tourists from 19 countries

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Two of Indonesia’s major tourist destinations have reopened for business, under certain conditions

Since October 14, travelers from 19 countries have once again been allowed to enter Indonesia for leisure purposes. The provinces of Bali and the Riau Islands —  two of the country’s tourist hotspots — have been welcoming visitors from the following nations:

The basic rules

The Pura Bratan temple is one of Bali's famous tourist attractionsThe Pura Bratan temple is one of Bali’s famous tourist attractions — Shutterstock

Travelers must arrive in Bali or the Riau Islands directly from one of the origins above. Moreover, they must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and able to show proof of this, as well as of a negative PCR test taken no sooner than three days prior to arrival.

Additional entry requirements include:

  • proof of health insurance covering treatment for Covid-19 up to the value of $100,000
  • proof of arranged accommodation in order to self-isolate for at least three days upon arrival
  • a limited-stay visa

Vaccination has given hope to Bali’s main industry

The Indonesian government cited Bali’s high dependence on tourism, as well as the impressive vaccination rate in the region in motivating the decision to reopen. According to data from the Ministry of Health, around 80% of Bali’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccine against Covid-19. This is a stark sign of improvement, considering that the epidemiological situation in Indonesia was among the gravest in Asia earlier on in the year.

If you’re planning a trip to Bali or the Riau Islands, you can find the most up-to-date travel guidelines on the website for Indonesia’s Ministry of Health, and great-value flight tickets at

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