Trial to Enter Bali Without Quarantine Will Start on March 14

Ngurah Rai Airport
Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali

Seeing the trend of controllable Covid-19 transmission, the government plans to test the concept of Overseas Travelers (PPLN) entering Bali without quarantine.

This trial will be implemented starting March 14. If this trial is successful, then the entry policy without quarantine will be applied to all regions in Indonesia.

Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan in a virtual press conference, Sunday (27/2/2022), said, “The government will also conduct a trial without quarantine for PPLN coming to Bali and it is planned to take effect on March 14 with several conditions.”

Furthermore, he said that this policy could take effect before March 14, provided that Covid-19 cases in Bali continued to show a decline in the next week.

“We could speed up March 14 to what date if the data will improve during the next week. Because in Bali it seems that yesterday we saw the numbers continue to improve in the last few weeks,” he said.

Luhut also explained the mechanism for entering Bali without quarantine. PPLN must have been vaccinated in three stages or have been vaccinated with a booster. Furthermore, they will be tested by PCR to determine the condition of exposure to the virus.

“PPLN who come must show proof of hotel payment that has been paid for at least 4 days or show proof of domicile in Bali for Indonesian citizens. Incoming PPLN must have been fully vaccinated or booster. PPLN perform PCR tests and wait in hotel rooms until negative test results come out,” Luhut explained.

“After being negative, PPLN can move freely with health protocols still being applied. PPLN will again carry out a PCR test on the third day at their respective hotels. This is for our mutual safety,” he continued.

Furthermore, Luhut explained that the trial without quarantine will be implemented throughout Indonesia in the future if the trial in Bali is successful. However, he reminded that the policy would only apply if the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia improved.

“If the trial in Bali goes well, then we will expand the no-quarantine policy throughout Indonesia from April 1 or earlier than April 1, 2022. However, once again, this policy will be carried out based on data on the development of the pandemic going forward,” added Luhut.