Bali reopening: Flights and travel rules explained + top deals

Posted: 2 February 2022 2:21 pm

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:

RouteNext available direct flightPriceReady to book?
Sydney to Denpasar1 March$452 returnBook now
Melbourne to Denpasar1 March$378 returnBook now
Brisbane to Denpasar27 March$432 returnBook now
Perth to Denpasar27 March$252 returnBook now
Adelaide to Denpasar1 April$436 returnBook now
Darwin to Denpasar1 April$309 returnBook now
Cairns to Denpasar3 April$495 returnBook now

Want to fly with your favourite? Check out our Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia deals.

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."

See the rules for travelling to Indonesia from Australia.

Woman in red dress walking through Handara Gate in Bali Indonesia.

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:

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).

If you're after a guided experience Topdeck is offering up to 22% off its Delve Deep: Bali and the Gili Islands tour, available now from $818.22 for May dates.

Travel insurance

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.

Ready to get back to Bali? See all of our Bali travel deals, guide for things to do and discover the best time to go.

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