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Editorial

Tourists, Travelers & Adventure-seekers…

Om swastiastu. Welcome to our July issue!

July is the true start of Bali’s ‘dry season’ and one of the best months to be on the island. With an average of 10 hours of sunshine a day, July is one of the driest months with cooler, pleasant temperatures to match. The average temperature in July is 27°C and ocean temperatures also remain steady at 27°C – perfect temperatures for a refreshing dip in the ocean.

Bali is slowly opening up. The government has established plans for the gradual re-opening of tourism, with current plans to open local Bali tourism in July, followed by Indonesian domestic tourism in August and international tourism in September. These targets naturally are subject to change based on the Covid-19 situation.

The following is the latest information regarding travel to/from Bali. Please note that the situation is fluid and rules regarding travel can change at any time. Please check with your travel provider before planning a trip.

All domestic travelers arriving in Bali (DPS) must be in possession of a negative Covid-19 rapid test (PCR test no longer required) result issued within 14 days of arrival. International arrivals require a negative PCR test valid within 14 days and are expected to self-quarantine for 14 days, monitored locally through daily WA communication.

Passengers departing from Bali (DPS) domestically must be in possession of a negative Covid-19 PCR or rapid test result valid within 14 days of departure. Temperature checks are being carried out at the international terminal, but there are currently no document requirements for entry. Airlines may require documents at check-in however, as per regulations at transit or destination locations.

We recommend that travelers carry a full set of original documents and a 2nd set of copies as this could potentially speed up processing. Digital copies on your phone is also a good idea.

Please note that pre-flight Covid-19 Rapid Test Screening is available at BIMC Hospital Nusa Dua.

A negative Rapid Test result is reportedly also required to travel to many destinations within the region. Authorities in the Kintamani area are currently requiring negative Rapid Test results to enter the area. Proof of a negative Rapid Test is also required for travel via boat to Nusa Penida. Recent reports advise that foreigner ciizens are now able to travel to the island, though obtaining a Rapid Test for the return trip may present a challenge. Check with your boat service for further details.

The major Indonesian airlines are flying limited domestic schedules. Many conditions and restrictions are in place. We recommend checking airline web sites prior to booking travel.

International visitors currently in Bali maintain special emergency stay permits valid until the formal State of Emergency (declared by President Jokowi on April 13) is subsequently declared over. Visitors are not required to go to Immigration and please be wary of information you see on social media except if it comes from official Indonesian Immigration outlets (Ditjen Imigrasi). It is currently not known how long tourists will have to leave the country once this special period ends.

For those here in Bali, there continue to be many great deals at hotels and properties across the island. Most properties are still offering a version of a “pay now/ stay later” packages offering bargains and flexibility for savvy travelers.

Head over to our Hot Deals section for a great idea to spend a relaxing day at the Reef Beach Club at the exclusive Apurva Kempinski Bali, one of the island’s most talked about resorts.

Hotels and restaurants are implementing stricter standards of hygiene. Many restaurants are still focusing on takeaway and delivery options only, though we see many restaurants opening up.

In our Don’t Miss section, learn about two of the most important days in the Balinese calendar: Saraswati and Pagerwesi. Also discover why on Tumpek Landep, you will see cars and motorbikes adorned with offerings – hanging on the front of vehicles or dangling from side mirrors. These offerings are an indication that the object has been blessed and yet another example of how unique Bali truly is…

July is a great month to be outdoors. Beaches are officially opening which is welcome news after being cooped up for the better part of 3 months. We urge you to continue to respect health protocols and others at all times.

We strongly recommend taking advantage of these times and visiting somewhere you haven’t been before. With much less traffic on the island these days, getting to most places is a breeze. Bali will bounce back (we hope soon) and you may never be able to enjoy these quiet roads, sites and properties like this again, so get out there and enjoy it!

If you’ve had a wonderful time here in Bali, or have tried something exciting and new that you would like us to know about, contact us! We always love to hear from you. Reach us on Facebook (Baliplus Magazine) and Instagram (@baliplus). Tag us or send us messages with your favorite Bali photos and stories and we might just share it on our feed. Meanwhile, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter via our website (www.baliplus.com) where you’ll find the latest updates, articles and blogs to help you on your visit. ‘Til next time, Om shanti shanti shanti Om, stay safe and welcome to Bali!

 

The Bali Plus Team

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