As Bali prepares to reopen its borders to foreign arrivals from July onwards, the Indonesian government has confirmed what safety measures will be in place, to ensure a safe and welcoming return of international tourism.
An official promotional video from the Wonderful Indonesia tourism department gives travellers an idea of what to expect on their holidays to Bali. To ensure their safety from the moment of arrival until departure, visitors can expect to see and experience a range of new health and safety protocols, supporting every aspect of their stay.
These safety requirements actually begin in travellers’ home country. Before setting off to Indonesia, all visitors must first download the Indonesia Health Alert Card (eHAC), available from the App Store and Google play. They can also apply for the eHAC online.
After signing up to the service and logging their data in the system, they will receive a QR code that can be scanned by an officer from the Ministry of Health. The eHAC is a mandatory health declaration for Indonesia that all passengers from abroad must complete before entering the country.
The safety precautions will then continue upon arrival at the airport, where a negative swab test result will be required for entry. Passengers can then expect regular disinfectant procedures, physical distancing and temperature checks to be the norm.
Contactless technology will be a theme of the new era of tourism in Bali, as digital online services are used to minimise physical contact throughout the arrivals process – from immigration, through baggage claim, and all the way to the exit.
From there, pickup and transfer services will adhere to strict government-standard safety protocols, to ensure the safety of visitors in transit. Upon arrival at their hotel, travellers will have their luggage disinfected by hotel staff, while check-in procedures will involve minimal contact and an “uncompromising level of hygiene” throughout all guest facilities.
Beyond the hotel, local authorities’ cooperation can be expected in public spaces on daytrips, while dining regulations will ensure peace of mind during evenings out. In case of emergency or illness, the island’s health services and hospitals have made extra preparations for the return of international arrivals, to ensure safe and seamless care in the unlikely event of treatment being needed.
Visitors are reminded that the Covid-19 situation in Indonesia continues to change, so regulations for tourism are likely to be updated in response to new developments. This can happen at any time and with little notice. To follow all the latest news and make the necessary preparations, stay tuned to our social media channels: