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Full Guide: Singapore – Bali VTL, including quarantine-free flights with 4 airlines

With four airlines now confirmed to be operating designated VTL flights from Bali to Singapore, here's all you need to know about the full process on one of the most anticipated VTLs so far.

Update 6th April
Indonesia has now revealed its nationwide quarantine-free arrival scheme for fully vaccinated travellers, leading to an even simpler Bali trip process with less testing, no CHSE hotel booking requirement and no VoA for ASEAN nationals.

See our latest article for up-to-date details.
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Following a long two-year wait for most Singapore residents, it’s finally possible once again to make relatively simple quarantine-free trips to one of the most popular destinations in the region – Indonesia’s holiday island of Bali.

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With 33 weekly non-stop flights from Changi, 14 of which return as designated VTL flights operated by four different airlines, there are both full-service and low-cost options available, plus a KrisFlyer redemption deal with 30% off the usual miles required for a saver award in April and May.

That could make the next couple of months the perfect time to rediscover Bali, as the island moves into the dry season and hotel rates are at all-time lows.

Here’s how it works.

In a nutshell

Before we get into the details, here’s a summary of the process in each direction for quarantine-free travel to Bali and back, for a Singapore resident.

Singapore Bali

Eligibility & Vaccination
  • Hold one of 42 nationalities to qualify for Visa on Arrival, or obtain a B211A Visit Visa.
  • Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (14+ days after the second dose).
  • Booster dose is not required.
  • Hold a travel insurance policy with a minimum coverage of US$25,000.
  • Have a confirmed booking at a CHSE-approved hotel for a minimum of three nights.
  • Install the PeduliLindungi contact tracing app on your personal device and register an account.
  • Verify your vaccination certificate.
  • Complete the e-HAC (Health Alert Card) via the PeduliLindungi app.
  • Visa on Arrival stays are limited to 30 days, extendable to 60 days.
COVID-19 Test(s)
  • PCR test no more than 48 hours before flight departure.
  • PCR test on arrival at Bali Airport (Day 1).
  • PCR test on Day 3.

Bali Singapore

Eligibility & Vaccination
  • 7-day travel history only includes Indonesia, Singapore, Category 1 countries, other VTL countries or travel history approved countries (EEA + 3).
  • Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Singapore or any VTL country.
  • Booster dose is not required.
  • Travel insurance policy with a minimum coverage of S$30,000.*
  • Apply for a VTP 3-60 days prior to departure.*
  • Complete SG Arrival Card up to 3 days prior to departure.
  • Take a designated VTL flight to Singapore (see below).
  • Install the TraceTogether contact tracing application on your personal device and register your profile.*

* Short-term visitors only

COVID-19 Test(s)
  • ART or PCR test no more than 2 days before flight departure.
  • Self-swab ART test within 24 hours of arrival (self-isolate until negative result).
The Conrad Bali

Singapore to Bali

Bali relaxed its quarantine requirements for international visitors in early March 2022, replacing a three-night / four-day “resort quarantine” arrangement with a new policy allowing travellers to roam freely around the island once the negative results of their on-arrival PCR test have come through.

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Unfortunately a minimum three-night hotel booking is still required, though practically all properties on the island are eligible, but aside from a self-isolation period awaiting the results of the on-arrival test there is no quarantine and you are free to explore Bali almost straight away.

Here’s how the eligibility restrictions and process look for travel from Singapore.

Singapore to Bali
Eligibility

In normal circumstances, if you’re travelling on a Singapore passport (or several others including those issued in Australia, the Netherlands and the UK) you do not need a visa to enter Indonesia for visits of up to 30 days. This service is currently suspended.

Since 7th March 2022, Singapore Citizens and those with passports issued in 22 other countries who are entering Indonesia via Bali for tourism purposes can instead apply for a Visa on Arrival (VoA) at a cost of IDR 500,000 (~S$47).

You can pay by cash or credit card after disembarkation at Bali Airport. You cannot apply in advance.

Update: From 22nd March 2022, citizens of 19 additional countries are now eligible for the VoA when arriving in Bali as tourists.

Bali Airport

This VoA is valid for 30 days, and can be extended once (for a maximum of 30 further days) by making an application to an immigration office once you are in Bali. You must extend your visa within the initial 30 days, to avoid an overstay fine.

Here’s the full list of 23 42 nationalities (based on your passport) you’ll have to hold to enter Bali under the VoA programme (the latest 19 additions from 22nd March 2022 are highlighted).

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Myanmar
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • UAE
  • UK
  • USA
  • Vietnam
Important: Your passport must have at least six months of validity remaining and contain at least one unused visa page for entry/departure endorsements by Indonesian immigration. This does not include any pages reserved for “Observations” or “Amendments and Endorsements”.
Your Singapore Passport will entitle you to the VoA process in Bali, but plenty of others will too. (Photo: Shutterstock)

If you are not Indonesian and your passport is not on the list above, you can still travel to Bali but you will need to obtain a B211A visit visa in advance.

You will require a company or travel agency to sponsor your application, and there are several services available online, though it is expensive.

Those entering on the B211A visa are also eligible for the quarantine-free process, as well as VoA passengers.

Singapore to Bali
Vaccination

To travel to Bali quarantine-free you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Your primary vaccine course (i.e. the second dose in a two-dose vaccine, or the only dose of a single-dose vaccine) must have been administered at least 14 days before departure.

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The certificate must be issued in both English and the local language of the country where you were vaccinated, if different.

Most of our readers fully vaccinated in Singapore will have no issues here. The Notarised vaccination certificate (i.e. with QR code) issued by the Ministry of Health will be accepted by Indonesia.

Bali does not require travellers to have a booster dose to travel to the country at this stage.

Children younger than 12 are exempt from the requirement to be fully vaccinated to enter Indonesia, when travelling with fully vaccinated parents.

Singapore to Bali
Vaccine Verification

You can verify your overseas (i.e. non-Indonesian) vaccination certificate in advance through the Non-Indonesia Vaccination Verification website, which can then be uploaded to the PeduliLindungi contact tracing app for the purposes of entry to public places while you’re in Bali (like you do with the TraceTogether app in Singapore).

Verify your overseas vaccination in advance to be able to use the PeduliLindungi app’s verification and check-in functions

Turnaround time for having your vaccination verified is approximately three working days, so you may want to get this process underway around a week before your trip if possible, since it should simplify your visit.

To do so you’ll need to upload your notarised vaccination certificate (or equivalent from the country you were vaccinated in) and your identity document.

Update: My Singapore vaccination certificate verification was approved and is now loaded in my PeduliLindungi app. Turnaround time was two days and the process is relatively simple. I now have ‘Green’ status to show while in Bali for check-in purposes, etc.

Singapore to Bali
Pre-Departure Testing

You must have a negative COVID-19 test before departing to Bali, which must be:

  • a PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure

The timing applies prior to departure at the first embarkation point in a continuous journey to Indonesia.

For most of our readers that means taking a PCR test within 48 hours of the departure time of your non-stop flight from Singapore.

There are about 600 places to get a pre-departure COVID-19 test in Singapore. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

For example, if you are departing Singapore for Bali with KLM on KL835 at 4.50pm on Thursday, simply take a pre-departure PCR test from 4.50pm on Tuesday onwards.

Here’s our latest rundown of the cheapest locations to get a pre-departure PCR test suitable for travel in Singapore, starting at S$90.

Children are not exempt from the requirement to have a pre-departure test to enter Indonesia, nor are recently recovered travellers.

Singapore to Bali
Insurance

To travel quarantine-free to Bali, you must have a travel insurance policy covering COVID-19 treatment costs, with a minimum coverage of US$25,000, valid for the duration of your stay.

Technically, the stated requirement in the regulations in S$20,000+, however the IATA Timatic system, used by many airlines to determine travel eligibility at the check-in desk, still states a minimum US$25,000 level (~S$34,000).

We therefore strongly recommend having a policy that meets that higher requirement, which is why we are quoting this US$25,000 in the article for now.

Singapore Airlines states the lower S$20,000 requirement on its website, but other airlines relying on Timatic (e.g. Jetstar or KLM) may insist on the higher cover.

Our advice is to play it safe here, while the programme is in its infancy.

Singapore to Bali
Accommodation

You must also have a confirmed booking of accommodation at a single CHSE-approved hotel for a minimum of three consecutive nights from your arrival date, for all members of your travelling party.

Make sure your hotel has the CHSE tick of approval

This will be checked by the airline before you board your flight, and also on arrival in Bali itself.

You cannot split your three-night stay across more than one CHSE property.

The brand new Andaz Bali in Sanur is a CHSE-approved hotel. (Photo: Andaz Bali)

Room rates in Bali are currently at all-time lows, and with almost all properties on the CHSE list there should be no shortage of great deals out there, somewhat offsetting the testing costs.

Unfortunately you cannot stay in a private villa / Airbnb or private residence for the first three nights, though you are free to move to such accommodation on Day 4.

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Several CHSE hotels in Bali are offering “warm up vacation” packages, inclusive of three nights accommodation, both on-arrival and Day 3 PCR tests and in some cases COVID-19 travel insurance accepted by Indonesia.

However, you can also make your own arrangements separately if you wish, a “warm-up” package is not mandatory.

Update: I have arranged with my CHSE hotel to have the Day 3 PCR test conducted in my room at a cost of IDR 490,000 (around S$46). That’s about S$20 more than heading to a local testing centre, but worth it for the convenience.

Otherwise I’m booking the on-arrival test and insurance directly myself, the hotel is just providing the accommodation (five nights in my case) and transport from the airport.

Singapore to Bali
App & Health Declaration

All inbound passengers to Bali from overseas must download the PeduliLindungi app, register a profile including a local mobile number or email address, and complete the heath declaration (e-HAC) within the app prior to arrival.

Complete the e-HAC via the link in the PeduliLindungi app

This is also where you’ll receive notification of your on-arrival PCR test result.

Singapore to Bali
Flight options

You must enter Bali on a direct international flight to use the quarantine-free scheme for tourists.

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From the start of the summer schedule on 27th March 2022 there are 33 weekly non-stop options loaded for flights from Singapore to Bali, as shown below:

From 27th March 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
TR280
787-9
SIN
07:10
DPS

09:50
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787-10
SIN
09:15
DPS

11:55
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A320
       
SIN
10:45
DPS

13:40
TR284
A320
SIN
11:15
DPS

13:50
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787-10