24 February 2022
The first Singapore Airlines flight back to Bali carried the single largest number of passengers on a commercial international flight to the Indonesian island since it closed to foreign tourists in March 2020.
Bali was never closed for yachts, and the international airport has been open to commercial international flights since October, however there were no scheduled international flights.
Now the news is that international flights have started to schedule direct landings into Bali, hence the recent headlines reflecting ‘Bali Opening’.
The following criteria is now established to ease the arrival of foreign-flagged yachts:
“We can ensure our clients are aware of the latest situation for yacht arrivals,” notes Captain Thomas Taatjes of Asia Pacific Superyachts Bali.
Starting 1 March, tourists who have received three COVID-19 vaccine doses will be able to quarantine for just three days. There is also news and a released timeline that quarantine for those coming into Indonesia will be scrapped altogether in April, along with Visa on Arrival facilities back open.
A government official in Indonesia says the country could lift all quarantine requirements for international arrivals from April, as the COVID-19 hospitalisation and death rates are now under control.
According to a Bloomberg report, the suggestion was made by Luhut Panjaitan, who oversees the government’s pandemic response on the islands of Java and Bali. He went on to say that from next week, quarantine will be reduced from five days to three for international arrivals who’ve received a third vaccine dose. However, PCR testing on arrival will remain a condition of entry.
Indonesia re-opened in February 2022 and applications from yachts for the B211A visa are now welcomed. This visa is for a period of 180 days, 60 days first followed by four extensions of 30 days each time.
All crew must obtain a negative PCR test, taken 72 hours prior to departure from the last port. Your agent will handle paperwork, which includes test results.
The following paperwork will be given to the marina at your port of entry: copies of visas; boat registration; insurance; port clearance; stamped crew list; vessel declaration form; copies of all crew passports.
Once quarantine has been completed and all crew test negatively, yachts are free to sail in Indonesian waters.