Aug 25 2022

Bali is Open

Published by at 3:32 pm under Balinese,Reviews

Well its been a long time since many have been able to return to the island of gods. With the lockdowns and associated problems from the Covid pandemic the island has been pretty much closed to all. Like many countries Indonesia has protected their people, and now its open we can return to support the Balinese people and ultimately economy while again enjoying the lifestyle and relaxation of the island and Balinese people.

Yes there have been few delays and there are a few things you need to do prior to travelling. In our case you need to be at least double vaccinated for Covid19 (in our case we are triple) you will need to wear a mask on the plane. At least 2 days to arrival complete the Indonesian Electronic Customs Declaration (ECD) online and download the PeduliLindungi app for your phone (we also registered our ICVC on this app) print out your countries vaccination proof documentation and the big one make sure you have at least 6 months on your passport (This is because many have not and there has been longer than normal delays in obtaining a new or replacement passport).


Worth noting you can add all those travellers who are with you in the single declaration. (You can always fill in a paper version once you have completed your Immigration process at the airport prior to presenting to Customs.

Print or save the QR code as that is your declaration evidence.

NOTE: I found a smartphone web browser works straight away and a computer web browser failed.

What you need to do is obtain your International Covid Vaccination Certificate (ICVC) from your responsible authority.

PeduliLindungi App instructions (as of June 2022 may be subject to change):

For Bali register your international vaccination certificate using the PeduliLindungi App.

To register your Non-Indonesia Vaccination, please follow these steps:

  1. Download PeduliLindungi version 4.4.7 or newer on Google Play, Apple App Store or Huawei AppGallery
  2. Register and login into your account
  3. Open Vaccine and Immunization
  4. Choose COVID-19 Vaccine ICVC
  5. Choose Vaccine Non-Indonesia
  6. Complete your vaccination data and click Submit
  7. Wait up to 5 working days for approval and get your vaccine verification!

If you have already submitted a verification request, you can check your approval status in PeduliLindungi. For more information, click here 

You need the Peduli Lindungi app which the above used email address and password for login. 

Once we boarded after a reasonable delay the plane took a collective sigh of relief and waited for the take off and inflight service. The flight itself was good and the time passed quickly with the use of the inflight entertainment and food service. Everyone we spoke with felt the same and the delay was a thing of the past as we all had a holiday in the island of the gods to look forwards too.

Once we landed there was a short wait our vaccination proof was checked, we then went on to pay for our Visa On Arrival (VOA) and swiftly moved to the immigration lines, this process was quick and without issue. Then we where directed to the customs area, as we had completed our ECD earlier all we needed to do was show our QR code from the ECD registration and the out to the baggage carousel to pick up our luggage. This took the normal time and within a few more minutes we met up with our friend and driver / tour guide Made Mace who greeted us with his friendly smile and a big hug. Pretty soon we are at the car and Made ensured we both had an ice cold Bintang, my partner had the Lemon Bintang, within a short time we left the airport precinct and arrived to get a local tourist Sim set up for the time we are in Bali. This process is one that many tourists want to enable them to have the internet and be able to be in contact. I normally set my phone up with the local SIM and share the internet to my partner, but for the IDR 200,000 for 35GB on a tourist SIM its not a big leap to get one each. There are smaller plans if you did decide to get a local SIM each.

We then headed off with light traffic for Bali to our accommodation on the esplanade in Kuta. This trip we chose the Sheraton Kuta, which was a partial ocean view with daily breakfast. The drive was enjoyable and although a lot warmer than Melbourne the aroma activates memories of past travel to Bali. The roadside stalls mostly seemed open and there where plenty of people walking around and of course scooters. As we passed by the memorial we noted that there was a lot of people walking through and taking pictures.

Soon we arrived at the Sheraton Kuta to be greeted by the concierge and security teams. Our room was wonderful and comfortable, the air conditioning freezing which we remedied soon as each room has their own controls. A quick orientation of the resort and then we went for a walk to the Beachwalk Shopping centre.

We look forward to getting out and about more in the coming days.

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