Singapore is set to be reconnected with Bali via direct flights for the first time since March 2020, with the reintroduction of services by Singapore Airlines from next month, initially operating on a twice-weekly basis.
At this stage, flights remain restricted to those eligible to enter Indonesia, such as Indonesian nationals, those with a temporary or permanent residence visa (KITAS/KITAP) or an APEC Business Travel Card.
A negative pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test is required within 72 hours of departure, with a second test and five days of quarantine imposed on arrival.
Nonetheless, last month we reported how Bali has embarked on a vaccination drive among tourism workers, with a view to forming international travel bubbles into an established ‘Green Zone’ on the island later this year.
The programme aims to vaccinate 600,000 tourism workers and other key workers by July 2021. The ‘Green Zone’ for tourists is planned to include the following areas:
- Nusa Dua
- Nusa Penida
According to Travel Trade Weekly, once tourism workers are inoculated, and comprehensive screening is widely available on the island, it is likely authorities will reopen Bali for tourists using travel bubbles or corridors based on bilateral agreements with low-risk countries.
New hotels in Bali to look out for since the vast majority of us managed a trip there include Raffles Bali in Jimbaran Bay and the Andaz Bali in Sanur.