Bali COVID Quarantine – Hotels and Regulations
As reported by RadarBali.com, President Widodo, speaking before a Leadership Communication Forum in Bali, advised that many aspects of Bali’s reopening were under active review and discussion.
Underlining his concerns, the Indonesian President said he did not want to see Bali reopen its borders only to witness a surge in new infections caused by the onslaught of visitors, despite the high levels of vaccination achieved on the Island.
Adding: “Bali’s current situation has been explained by the Governor (Wayan Koster), so I am encouraged to decide on the creation of a travel bubble with the countries recently reviewed – China, South Korea, Japan, and the UAE.
The technical details of this reopening will be explained by the Governor and the Coordinating Minister (Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan). The main point is that we shall prepare the infrastructure, medical needs, and on the 14th (October), we will be ready to open.”
Bali COVID Quarantine – October 14th Reopening of Bali Seen Practically
While recent announcements that Bali will reopen to foreign tourists on 14 October have gladdened the hearts of many, especially those working in tourism, practical issues remain. Less than one week before the 14 October reopening date, neither Garuda Indonesia nor any other international air carrier has announced a recommencement of direct flights to Bali from the five countries mentioned in the initial announcement (China, South Korea, Japan, UAE, and New Zealand).
Also, still to be clarified is if nationals from the five selected countries will be entitled to a free visa on arrival or be required to secure a visa from an Indonesian Embassy or Consulate in their respective countries. Beyond the practical obstacles of a lack of flights and continuing visa complications, under current regulations, any foreign passenger arriving in Bali will be subjected to an 8-day quarantine at their own expense of a specially-designated Bali hotel.
Looking optimistically to the future while hoping for a remedy to the current very low occupancy figures of Bali hotels, Widodo said: “It is hoped that after the 14 October opening, the most important thing is that testing and tracing of visitors will be maximized.”
The President admitted the number of new cases of COVID-19 in Bali has reduced by a dramatic 95% from the peak in new cases in August. Widodo said that the high of 13,800 active cases of COVID-19 under treatment in Bali has declined to a number near 600.
Widodo continued, saying: “Hold the number of active cases to be as low as possible for as long as possible. I see there are no more ‘red zones.” This is all good, but it must be consistently maintained.”
Bali COVID Quarantine – Learning Bitter Lessons from the USA
Underlining why Indonesia needs to proceed cautiously, Joko Widodo pointed to the example of the United States where he said since June 2021, a “fourth wave” of COVID-19 has attacked that country. From only 11,000 new cases each day, the number of new daily infections surged to 177,0000.
But, as of 07 October, the number of new daily cases has declined to 107,000 – a number that remains unacceptably high. The Indonesian President said the bitter experience of other nations must become a mirror to cause Indonesia to enforce health protocols and prevent the future spread of COVID-19.
Widodo underlined the importance of maximizing immunization, citing how a full vaccination program has proven effective in reducing the severity and fatalities linked to the Delta variant of the corona virus.
At the same time, the President called on local authorities to ensure adequate supplies of medicine and oxygen were on hand at all hospitals. The President added that the urgent need for medications and oxygen in Bali had been automatically alleviated to a large degree by the sudden downturn in new cases.
Bali COVID Quarantine – List of Bali Quarantine Hotels
Bali’s “official” reopening to international travelers on 14 October 2021 may be rendered moot and forced to practically delay while the Island awaits the resumption of direct international flights from the five countries nominated by the Government.
When international visitors begin to arrive directly in Bali, current rules require that they undergo a mandatory 5 days of quarantine before undergoing a final COVID-19 Swab Test before being allowed to commence a Bali holiday.
As reported by RadarBali.com, international travelers compelled to undergo quarantine will be required to pay the entire cost of their mandatory period at a Bali hotel designated by the Government to provide quarantine services.
Presently, 35 three-star and five-star hotels are certified and ready to accept quarantine passengers. These hotels have undergone training for Cleanliness, Health, Security, and Environmental Sustainability (CHSE) and have been thoroughly inspected before their inclusion on the list of approved quarantine hotels.
Quarantine hotels in Bali can be booked via travel agents or directly with the subject hotel. Proof of an eight-day prepaid booking at one of the quarantine hotels forms one of the requirements before officials will allow visitors to leave the airport for a direct transfer to a quarantine hotel.
When asked by RadarBali.com regarding the cost of a quarantine hotel stay, one general manager in the Bali Regency of Gianyar, who requested his name not be disclosed, confirmed guests could be charged around Rp. 10.6 million for full room and board for an 8-day booking.
Price will vary depending on the hotel selected and the number occupying a single room.
In calculating the price of an 8-day quarantine stay, a hotel must include the cost of accommodation, all meals, PCR Swab Tests, and laundry.
As published by RadarBali.com, the latest list of 35 quarantine hotels in Bali, divided by regions:
Bali COVID Quarantine – Badung Regency
- Melia Bali
- Nusa Dua Beach Hotel
- The Westin Nusa Dua
- The Laguna, A Luxury Collection
- Courtyard by Marriot Nusa Dua
- The Mulia Resort & Villa Bali
- Hilton Bali Resort
- Ritz-Carlton Bali
- Conrad Nusa Dua
- Sol by Melia Nusa Dua
- Merusaka Nusa Dua
- Novotel Bandara Ngurah Rai
- Aston Kuta Hotel & Residence
- Swiss-Belhotel Tuban
- Bali Dynasty Resort
- Fairfield by Marriot Bali Kuta Sunset Road
- Hilton Garden Inn Bali Ngurah Rai Airport
- Harper Kuta Bali
- Ramada By Wyndham Bali Sunset Road Kuta
Bali COVID Quarantine – Denpasar
- Hyatt Regency
- Griya Santrian
- Taksu Sanur Hotel
- Tandjung Sari
- Prime Plaza Suites Sanur
- Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar
- Grand Hyatt Bali
Bali COVID Quarantine – Gianyar Regency
- Maya Ubud Resort & Spa
- The Westin Resort & Spa Ubud, Bali
- The Ubud Village Resort & Spa
- The Ubud Village Hotel
- The Sankara Resort & Spa Ubud By Pramana
- The Royal Pira Maha
- Komaneka Resorts
- Viceroy Bali Luxury Resort
- The Payogan Villa Resort and Spa
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Bali COVID Quarantine