Bali reopening: Flights and travel rules explained + top deals
Bali is reopening and ready for you to visit, but there are a few things to note before you take off.
Australians have been itching to get back to Bali. Just 3 months ago they faced disappointment when the Indonesian government announced it was reopening to travellers from some countries excluding Australia.
Speaking at a press conference senior minister Luhut Pandjaitan announced that from 4 February, the ban on international visitors (including Australians) will finally be lifted.
There are some conditions in place, however:
- If you're fully vaccinated: You'll need to spend 5 days in self-isolation.
- If you're not fully vaccinated: You'll need to complete 7 days of quarantine.
These conditions aside it's a welcome step in the right direction for those who have been waiting to return to the island paradise.
In a recent survey of Jetstar customers, Bali came out on top as the destination most were planning to travel to in the next 12 months beating Thailand, New Zealand, Hawaii and Fiji.
If you're prepared to endure the 5-7 days of quarantine for the chance to rediscover Bali or make your first visit, here are all the best deals.
While Bali might be ready for you on 4 February you might need to wait a little longer to get direct flights there.
You'll be able to catch direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne from 1 March and most other cities with direct routes in late March.
Here are when each route resumes and the cheapest return prices:
|Route||Next available direct flight||Price||Ready to book?|
|Sydney to Denpasar||1 March||$452 return||Book now|
|Melbourne to Denpasar||1 March||$378 return||Book now|
|Brisbane to Denpasar||27 March||$432 return||Book now|
|Perth to Denpasar||27 March||$252 return||Book now|
|Adelaide to Denpasar||1 April||$436 return||Book now|
|Darwin to Denpasar||1 April||$309 return||Book now|
|Cairns to Denpasar||3 April||$495 return||Book now|
Note: Price estimations from Skyscanner retrieved 2 February 2022.
Laura Lindsay, consumer travel expert at Skyscanner said, "Known for its surfing, temples, waterfalls and nightlife, this latest announcement will be welcome news for Australian travellers who have been waiting to hear when they can get back to one of their favourite overseas destinations."
"Bali was the top booked overseas destination on Skyscanner for Aussies pre-pandemic and we'd expect that demand to return following further easing of restrictions."
Accommodation and holidays
Of course, you can't have a holiday in Bali without a place to stay. Luckily for you, we know how to find all the best deals.
Travel booking site Expedia is offering up to 45% off Bali Holiday packages. What's more, it's offering 100% off your flight on select luxury villa stays including:
- The Wangsa Benoa, in Kuta Selatan, available from $912 per person
- The Awan Villas, in Petitenget, available from 1,623 per person
- Rumah Madu, in Seminyak, available from $1,715 per person
Travelling with the family?
Stay in the heart of Kuta with up to 69% off a stay in Aryaduta Bali (from $999 per room) with Luxury Escapes. If a jungle retreat is more your style, Luxury Escapes is also offering up to 63% off at stays in the Maya Ubud Respot and Spa (from $899 per suite).
Before you get too carried away planning days filled with the Bintangs by the beach, surfing and visiting local sights, you might want to consider your travel insurance options.
Due to COVID-19 some countries including Indonesia have made travel insurance a mandatory requirement. To get to Bali you'll need travel insurance with medical cover of at least US$100,000.
Luckily that's easier than it sounds as most comprehensive travel insurance policies include unlimited medical cover. See the list of insurers that provide travel insurance with COVID-19 cover.