Indonesia eases COVID-19 restrictions for yachts in Bali

Indonesia has opened its international borders to foreigners again, with visa applications now open.

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Foreigners who apply for the visa must have completed full vaccination against COVID-19 and will have to do 7 nights/8 days quarantine in a hotel if arriving by air or on board the vessel if arriving into a seaport,” reported Thomas Taatjes of Asia Pacific Superyachts in Bali.

A report from Noonsite, a cruisers’ planning tool, on 16th September 2021, stated, “After withdrawing the only remaining visa option for yacht crews (e-visa B211A) at the start of August, Indonesia has now re-opened and applications for the B211A visa are welcome.”

Foreign nationals entering the territory of the Republic of Indonesia are required to show a COVID-19 vaccination card/certificate with a completed dose according to the vaccination protocol standard issued by the health authorities or pharmaceutical companies that produce the vaccines and valid in their respective countries.

According to senior minister Luhut Pandjaitan, Indonesia may allow foreign tourists to start returning to the popular resort island of Bali and other parts of the country by October after a sharp slide in COVID-19 cases.

The Southeast Asian nation intends to move cautiously to reopen its borders following a devastating second virus wave, driven by the Delta variant. Pandjaitan, the coordinating minister for maritime and investment affairs, said the addition of confirmed cases of COVID-19 had dropped by 94.5% since a peak in mid-July.

“We are happy today that the reproduction rate is below 1. It is the lowest during the pandemic and is indicating the pandemic is under control,” Pandjaitan said during a press conference.

Other positive signs included the national hospital bed occupancy rate falling below 15%, while the proportion of people who tested positive, was at less than 5%. Pandjaitan said if the trend continues "we are very confident that Bali could be reopened by October.”

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