Want to Travel to Bali? You Will Soon Need a Booster Shot
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After ending its COVID-19 testing requirement in May, Bali and Indonesia are set to not only require visitors to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, but also to show proof that they have received a COVID booster shot.
The Indonesia COVID-19 vaccination requirement is already in place, and the booster requirement is expected to take effect within the next two weeks.
The new booster requirement is said to be in response to increasing COVID-19 cases on the archipelago, and will be enforced for all travelers arriving by air, land, or sea. In addition to visitors, the booster mandate will apply to Indonesian citizens who wish to enter public spaces and events as well.
This new mandate could present an issue for some would-be visitors. In certain countries, booster shots are only available to those who are considered to be at higher risk of COVID-19 infection. If you are from a country with this policy and not part of a high-risk group, you may be unable to get boosted at this time, and therefore unable to travel to Bali and Indonesia once the mandate goes into effect.
Luckily, the Indonesian government has stated that the booster mandate will only be in effect for around two weeks. However, with the fluid nature of COVID-19 restrictions around the world, requirements could change again quickly.
The best advice for any traveler planning to visit Bali or Indonesia in the coming months is to get their COVID-19 booster shot if at all possible. Also, download the PeduliLindungi App and create an account to get the latest Indonesia travel information.
Bali and Indonesia Insurance Requirements
If you’re planning to visit Bali or Indonesia, remember that travel medical insurance covering COVID-19 is required. Without it, you may not be allowed to enter the country. Besides, if you become sick or injured during your trip to Bali or Indonesia, you’ll want the financial protection that travel medical insurance provides.
Regardless of where you’re traveling, it pays to get insured and check for updates to travel restrictions and entry requirements regularly. As this proposed new mandate demonstrates, the requirements can change overnight.