It took courage for Indonesia to finally welcome international flights with self-quarantine-free and the reactivation of visa on arrival (VoA) campaigns on March 7, 2022. Doubts are slowly turning to faith and the results show. The number of visits to Bali is increasing day by day. VoA that was first meant for 23 countries through the Circular of the Director-General of Immigration Number IMI-0549.GR.01.01 has increased to 43 countries on April 5, 2022. Furthermore, this facility is now accessible at Soekarno Hatta International Airport as well as Yogyakarta International Airport. Visa-free visits are also available since April 6, 2022, for special tourist visits from ASEAN Countries such as Brunei Darussalam, The Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. More checkpoints are also provided in Indonesia with 7 airports, 8 seaports, and 4 cross-border points. Bali is no longer the only entry point where you can use the facilities. You can see the detailed list in this of the checkpoints in this article.
Those 43 countries that are granted eligibility for VoA in Indonesia include South Africa, the United States of America, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, The Netherlands, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Denmark, Philippines, Finland, Hungary, India, The United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Germany, Cambodia, Canada, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Norway, France, Poland, Qatar, New Zealand, Seychelles, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, China, East Timor, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.
VoA and visa free-visit are extendable once for a period of 30 days. You can perform the visa extension in the immigration office
The tourism industry in Bali was battered for over 2 years because of COVID-19 but hope remains. It is reflected by a report by Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) proving that the occupancy rate in Nusa Dua peninsula has significantly improved by 182%. About 60.388 tourist visits were identified from the periods January to March 2022, an increase of 21,23% in three months (Q1 2022) compared to the same quarter last year with 26.913 tourist visits. The positive trend is encouraged by the campaigns promoted by the governments (VoA and Free Self-Quarantine for international tourists), domestic visits, and the numerous events being scheduled in Bali including the Indonesian G20 Presidency. We have no doubt that Bali will be soon bustling with international travelers.
Bali is a province in Indonesia with the highest vaccination rate that dominates even the capital city, Jakarta. The acceleration is also triggered by the Bali Summit of the G20 international forum that will take place in November 2022 inviting the Head of Nations in 19 countries, the European Union (EU), along with 9 other countries, and international organizations. The preparation should be well-considered since Bali is trusted as a host that will represent Indonesia in the world-class forum.
To top it all, although it seems the number of visits to Bali is volatile, with all efforts that have been performed by Bali to win back trust of the global citizens, we are pretty positive that Bali does not lose its charm yet and can again spark its glory in the near future.