Travelling to Bali? Visa-free entry for 9 countries and where to stay

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Bali-lovers rejoice! Visa-free entry is now available for nine nationalities: Brunei, Cambodia, Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The single visa-free entry is only applicable for 30 days only, and it is not extendable. Not only that, the completion of e-HAC form is no longer required for International arrivals and no three-night CHSE-approved hotel booking needed.

This comes after the Indonesian government announced last month as of 8th March, fully vaccinated foreign travellers need not undergo hotel quarantine when they arrive internationally into Bali.

However, a few requirements still apply, like a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to departure and a Visa On Arrival (VOA) programme for 43 selected countries.

According to the official website of the Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia, these are the 43 countries subjected to the VOA policy: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, East Timor, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA and Vietnam.

All passengers fully vaccinated and not fully vaccinated, entering Indonesia must comply with the mandatory use of a three-ply cloth mask or a medical mask.

To comply with the regulations here's what you should follow:

1. Download the PeduliLindungi app.

2. Present the card or certificate (physical or digital) of receiving a complete dose of COVID-19 vaccine which is administered at least 14 (fourteen) days before departure written in English other than the language of the country/region of origin of arrival.

3. Complete the e-CD (Customs App)

4. Have proof of confirmation of booking and payment of accommodation

5. Complete your Single Entry Visa (B211A) application form online.

6. The PCR test on arrival will only apply to those that show symptoms or have a temperature of 37.5 degrees Celcius or higher during the health monitoring on arrival

7. Don't forget to apply for Visa on Arrival at the Immigration counter

8. Show proof of ownership of travel insurance which includes financing for handling COVID-19 and medical evacuation to a referral hospital with a minimum coverage value equivalent to S$25,000

9. After immigration and customs point, pick up your luggage and head to your booked accommodation

Here are some hotels and villas we think you may be interested in.

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For the luxe nomad

Jumeirah Bali

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(PHOTO: Jumeirah Bali)
(PHOTO: Jumeirah Bali)

Boasting spacious villas perched atop the limestone cliffs, the luxurious resort offers 123 villas in one- and two-bedroom configurations, as well as a four-bedroom Royal Water Palace, all featuring sublime tropical views of the Indian Ocean and mesmerising lush green natural beauty of Bali.

Each villa features a private pool and outdoor living area with an open pavilion overlooking the sunset horizon or a landscaped tropical garden for guests to indulge in a spiritual, secluded, and soulful experience. The resort also provides guests with exclusive access to a private beach framed by the natural landscape offering a secluded enclave to relax.

Buahan, Uluwatu

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Rainforest pool bale. (PHOTO: Tripadvisor)
Rainforest pool bale. (PHOTO: Tripadvisor)

Set to open on 14th June 2022, Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape will be an attractive and idyllic oasis for those seeking a peaceful refuge from everyday's hustle and bustle. At the resort’s heart are the Open Kitchen and Living Room, both open dining and lounge spaces created to evoke a sense of community. Here, guests are invited to learn how the resort reinvents the basics of food and drink through its unique zero-waste farm to table concept, local sourcing philosophy and heritage techniques.

The menu concept, 70 per cent of which is plant-based, is sourced locally within a one-hour drive from the property. The Botanist Bar is centred around the use of local-grown natural ingredients and botanicals infused into its beverages, while Toja Spa celebrates the wellbeing traditions of Buahan village and its surrounding areas, with a unique “open” garden experience – certified by the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa Academy.

Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort

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Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort - Ocean View Pool Suite. (PHOTO: Booking.com)
Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort - Ocean View Pool Suite. (PHOTO: Booking.com)

Perched atop a dramatic cliff, Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort’s contemporary luxury reveals sensational ocean views of the world-renowned Impossible Beach right in front of the resort. This beach is one of the most famous surf points in Bali where surfers can descend through the resort’s beach elevator to the beautiful rocky beach.

Double-Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak

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Double-Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak. (PHOTO: Agoda)
Double-Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak. (PHOTO: Agoda)

Strategically situated in Seminyak, allowing you access and proximity to local attractions and sights. Be sure to set some time aside to visit Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary as well as Kuta Beach nearby. Rated with 5 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to restaurant, indoor pool and outdoor pool on-site.

The Apurva Kempinski Bali

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The Apurva Kempinski Bali. (PHOTO: Agoda)
The Apurva Kempinski Bali. (PHOTO: Agoda)

With a rating of 9.1 and over 1,800 reviews, this hotel property is highly raved for its stunning beachfront views and interior design. Don't just hear it from us – a satisfied traveller even shared, "every corner you turn takes your breath away."

The Westin Resort & Spa Ubud, Bali

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The Westin Resort & Spa Ubud, Bali. (PHOTO: Agoda)
The Westin Resort & Spa Ubud, Bali. (PHOTO: Agoda)

Looking for a tranquil hotel but with breathtaking and serene views? Look no further than the Westin Resort & Spa Ubud. The multiple room layout options at The Westin Resort & Spa Ubud, Bali include rooms with separate living room and balcony or terrace. Keep your entertainment options wide even in room, with a wide range of facilities including the cable TV.

Six Senses Uluwatu

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Six Senses Uluwatu. (PHOTO: Booking.com)
Six Senses Uluwatu. (PHOTO: Booking.com)

Perched on a cliff with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, Six Senses Uluwatu welcomes guests at their elegant accommodations in Uluwatu in the Bali Region. Providing complimentary WiFi and express check-in and check-out, the property is around 4.9km from Suluban Uluwatu Beach, 3.7km from Padang Padang Beach and 4.9km from Dreamland Beach.

For the budget-conscious

The Saren, Canggu

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The Saren. (PHOTO: Agoda)
The Saren. (PHOTO: Agoda)

A range of amenities is offered in guestrooms at The Saren. Free internet access is provided within the resort villa to keep you connected throughout your stay. Driving? Parking is available for guests.

Disini Luxury Spa Villas, Seminyak

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Disini Luxury Spa Villas. (PHOTO: Skyscanner)
Disini Luxury Spa Villas. (PHOTO: Skyscanner)

Disini Luxury Spa Villas is nestled in the Seminyak area, 700 metres from Seminyak Beach. The villas come with an infinity pool, spa massage table and a marble bathroom. Free WiFi is accessible in all villas.

Horison Seminyak Bali

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Horison Seminyak Bali. (PHOTO: Skyscanner)
Horison Seminyak Bali. (PHOTO: Skyscanner)

A two-minute walk from Seminyak shopping and dining area, Horison Seminyak Bali houses an outdoor swimming pool and spacious air-conditioned rooms. The hotel provides free WiFi throughout the building.

The 1O1 Bali Fontana Seminyak, Legian-Kuta

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Centrally located in Kuta area, THE 1O1 Bali Fontana Seminyak. (PHOTO: Skyscanner)
Centrally located in Kuta area, THE 1O1 Bali Fontana Seminyak. (PHOTO: Skyscanner)

Centrally located in the Kuta area, The 1O1 Bali Fontana Seminyak features an outdoor pool, spa treatments and free Wi-Fi in public areas.

Apple Villa and Studio Seminyak

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Apple Villa and Studio Seminyak. (PHOTO: Skyscanner)
Apple Villa and Studio Seminyak. (PHOTO: Skyscanner)

The 4-star Apple Villa and Studio Seminyak offers comfort and convenience whether you're on business or holiday in Bali. The property offers a wide range of amenities and perks to ensure you have a great time. 24-hour front desk, restaurant are just some of the facilities on offer.

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