Eat, Pray, Swab: Bali Trip Planning & Pre-Departure Checklist

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No more warm-ups; Bali's ready for prime time. Here's the checklist of things to do before you fly.

⚠️ Important Update

The following changes have taken place since this article was first published

 The trip planning report below has been updated to reflect these changes.

Back in February, Bali reopened to tourists with the “Warm Up Vacation” scheme, which in reality was the kind of doublespeak Orwell would be proud of. 

“Warm-up vacation is different to quarantine,” insisted tourism representatives through gritted teeth. Because tourists were allowed to move around their hotel and use its facilities, the argument went, this four-night quarantine, sorry, warm-up, was something else entirely.

Great place to warm-up

Well, the market voted with its feet. The first day of warm-up saw only six visitors arriving, and officials quickly realised they weren’t fooling anyone. Bali’s real reopening was quickly brought forward to March with three PCR tests and a four-night minimum stay, reduced to two PCR tests and no minimum stay later that month.

I last visited Bali as part of the Mileymoon in 2019, and have been itching to see how it’s changed post-COVID. So here’s the game plan, in particular what you need to do before you fly.

🏖️ Eat, Pray, Swab

Travel to Bali: Pre-Departure Checklist

✈️ Checklist for travel to Bali
  • Fully vaccinated with any approved vaccine (exemption for children aged under 18)
    • Booster not required
  • Download PeduliLindungi app (Android | iOS) and complete profile
  • Take PCR test 48h before flight (regardless of age)*
  • Purchase travel insurance with min. US$25K COVID-19 medical coverage
  • Complete e-CD form within 2 days before arrival
  • Book hotel for entire duration of trip
  • Arrange on-arrival transport (optional)
  • Pay for visa-on-arrival (or obtain B211A visit visa beforehand; not required for APEC cardholders or ASEAN nationals)
*Not required for travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 within 30 days of departure and have a doctor’s letter or COVID-19 recovery certificate

Setup PeduliLindungi app and verify vaccination status

PeduliLindungi app

Travellers to Bali need to download and setup the PeduliLindungi app (Android | iOS), which is used to display vaccination status, check-in to venues and receive test results. 

In order to display your vaccination status in the app, you need to get your Singapore vaccination certificate recognised by the Indonesian authorities. The process could take a few days, so do it as soon as possible, even now if you wish.

Visit this website and create an account. Once done, you’ll be able to submit a vaccination verification request, which basically involves filling in information about your dates and doses.

Each dose requires proof of vaccination, but you can upload the same Notarise vaccination certificate for all three doses. 

I submitted my application on 27 March at 10.25 a.m, and got approved on 28 March at 5.15 p.m. 

After approval, the next step is to upload your verification status to the PeduliLindungi app. To do this:

(1) Update your PeduliLindungi app to the latest version (v4.0.5)
(2) Register and login with an email address or Indonesia Phone Number

(3) Tap on “COVID-19 vaccine” → “Vaccine Certificate” → “Claim now”
(4) Enter the following information

  • Citizenship: choose your citizenship
  • NIK: as Indonesia Citizen, input your NIK as stated in KTP and or KK
  • Passport Number: For Foreigner, choose the country issuer and input your passport number
  • Full Name: Input your full name the same as your submission at VaksinLN
  • Born Date: Input your date of birth
  • Vaccine Type: Choose your vaccine type as stated in the card
  • Vaccination Date: Input with the date your 1st dose of vaccination

(5) Tap “Claim”
(6) You should now be able to see your vaccination certificate in the app

Take pre-departure PCR test

Bali requires a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 48 hours of departure, and do note the requirement applies to everyone, regardless of age. 

Buy travel insurance

Travellers to Bali must purchase travel insurance with at least US$25,000 of coverage for COVID-19 medical expenses. There’s no need to upload this prior to travel, but you may be asked for it on arrival so bring the certificate with you.

I’m covered by my Singlife (formerly known as Aviva) annual travel insurance plan so I’m set, but those who need options can refer to the post below. 

Which travel insurance policies provide COVID-19 coverage?

Complete e-CD form

All travellers to Bali must complete an e-Customs Declaration (e-CD) form, which can be submitted within 2 days of arrival. 

Remember to save the QR code generated upon completion to show on arrival. 

Book transport to hotel (optional)

After completing the on-arrival PCR test, you’ll need to head directly to your accommodation and wait for the results. Pre-booking transport is more a convenience than a requirement, but it sure beats fumbling with your phone to hail a gojek/Grab while surrounded by aggressive touts. 

There’s no need to use your hotel’s transport provider; you’re free to take any private transport option. 

I booked an airport transfer via Klook at just S$4. It seems almost too good to be true, but my understanding is that’s the going rate right now. 

Book hotel for entire trip

While Bali has scrapped the need to book a CHSE-approved hotel, you’ll still need to show proof of accommodation booking for the entire duration of your stay. This can include guesthouses and Airbnb accommodations if so desired.

Visa

Nationals of the following countries are eligible for a visa-on-arrival at Bali airport. 

🇮🇩 Bali: Eligible Visa-on-Arrival Countries
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • UAE
  • UK
  • USA

This costs IDR 500,000 and is valid for 30 days, with the option to extend it for a further 30 days. No prepayment is necessary (or possible, for that matter).

There is no visa requirement for ASEAN nationals, or those with an APEC Business Travel Card with Indonesia listed as one of the countries on the back. 

If your nationality is not covered under visa-on-arrival, you will still need to apply for a visit visa (B211A). This is valid for 60 days and can be extended up to four times, for 30 days each time.

Flights

Eat, Pray, Swab: Flights
SIN-DPSDPS-SIN
SQ938
Depart
: 0915

Arrive: 1155
SQ945
Depart:
2000
Arrive:
2240
Cost: 32,300 miles + S$75

For this trip, I paid 32,300 KrisFlyer miles and S$75 in taxes for 1x Business Saver and 1x Spontaneous Escapes Business award (I couldn’t book 2x Spontaneous Escapes awards because SIN-DPS is only available in Business Class for the afternoon SQ944 departure). 

Do note that you can’t book a round-trip itinerary consisting of a Spontaneous Escapes and a non-Spontaneous Escapes award. You’ll need to book this as 2x one-way tickets. 

SQ938/945 are operated by a B787-10. I’ve already reviewed the Economy and Business Class seats in detail, so I won’t be reviewing them again. 

Singapore Airlines B787-10 Business Class

Hotels

🏨 Eat, Pray, Swab: Hotels
NightHotelPer Night Cost (Nett)
1-2Conrad BaliS$265

Because of everything that’s happened, hotels in Bali are going for rock-bottom prices. It’s a great chance to upgrade your stay beyond the lead-in category, since the price differences at most hotels are marginal.

Take the Conrad Bali for instance. The lead-in 45 sqm Deluxe Room costs S$103++, but a 235 sqm Pool Villa is only slightly more at S$228++!

Considering this room type normally goes for way more during regular periods, it was a no-brainer to book.

As a Hilton Diamond member, I’ll enjoy free breakfast, a room upgrade (though it’s hard to see what they can upgrade me to from here) and late check-out, which will come in useful for my 8 p.m departure. 

I did consider other properties like the Amankila and Amandari of course, but those rates don’t seem to have come down at all!

COVID-19 Testing

⚕️ Testing: Singapore-Bali Travel
LocationRemarksPrice
🇸🇬 Singapore48h before departure (PCR)From S$90
🇮🇩 Bali2 days before departure (ART/PCR)From S$12
^Children aged 2 and under exempt

Pre-departure PCR tests in Singapore start from ~S$90, and I bought a test for S$91.20 from TheTestingPro on Klook. They have a eight locations evenly distributed around Singapore, so it should be convenient enough for most.

I did mine at Canopy @ J-Link, and although the registration process was rather cumbersome (you have to fill in the same form multiple times), the results came back within 24 hours as promised (swabbed at 12.30 p.m, results at 5.14 a.m the following day). 

Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long Term Passholders returning from Bali can now do a remotely-supervised tele-ART, saving them the trouble of finding a swabbing centre overseas.

Good news: Tele-ARTs can now be used as pre-departure tests when returning to Singapore from any country

Returning to Singapore

Returning to Singapore is simpler than ever before, thanks to the launch of the Vaccinated Travel Framework (VTF). Fully vaccinated travellers only need to complete an SG Arrival Card and take a pre-departure test, as mentioned above.

There is no need to take designated flights or apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass. 

For the full rundown, refer to the article below. 

Complete Guide: Singapore’s quarantine-free Vaccinated Travel Framework (VTF)

Conclusion

Bali has been progressively loosening restrictions for visitors, and I’m quite confident we’ll see PCR testing downgraded to ARTs in due course (and then hopefully removed altogether for vaccinated tourists). 

Here’s to a test-free process by June, allowing holiday goers to hop over as effortlessly as before. 

Any questions about travel to Bali?

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Sylv

Aaron, do you know if foreign tourists are allowed to hop out of Bali to somewhere else after? E.g. Lombok, Jakarta, etc. I think it should be fine, right, but just wanted to check if you’ve heard anything to the contrary.

Going

What if I book a hotel in another region but I am going in through Bali? Can i show proof of accommodation there?

James Quek

Do the hotels provide PCR tests ie similar to Thailand Test & Go?

Novz

Yaay! Can’t wait to read your trip report 😬 heading to bali in a week’s time and a bit anxious still. I am interested to know how the area around Conrad is; any local massage places, mini marts , food shops etc operating?

Have a safe n nice trip Aaron!

2dh

Could you update about the tourist shops/bars if they are open? Thanks!

ZYX

Kempinski houses a restaurant with aquarium (similar to the one in Sentosa).
I booked one night Ritz Carlton on hotelux for around S$300 with $100 credit and one way airport transfer.
Well famed Alila Uluwatu is still priced too prohibitive, I found the Six Senses may be a good alternative.

Last edited 7 months ago by ZYX
polyesterfats83

Hi Aaron, do you know if we go as a group, do we have to stay separate rooms during the PCR test period where the results are unknown?

Edm

I’m heading to bali and staying at the Conrad too! although will be doing it over the good friday long weekend instead

Dvie

Hi may I ask you about the flights?
Do Voa need only direct flight from the departure country?

Vanx

Hi Aaron,

and thank you for this instructive post.
I’m going to Bali in May 22.
Are you sure that travellers must necessarily show proof of accommodation booking for the ENTIRE DURATION of their stay.
I booked 4 first days and about 3/4 of my 3 weeks in Bali and for the other night i would like to choose on the spot…

Do you think it’s possible ? How is it controled ?

Rio

you can make refundable booking and cancel later after you arrive

Bluzey

Not a fully lined out article and quite bias. You excluded a people group whom either have not been fully vax or choose not to. Very selfish writer and poor journalism.

John

Not fully vax or those choose not to should stay put and not go on leisure trip. for their own health sake.

Polo

Is the PCR on arrival done at the airport? RSU Bali Jimbaran seems to be a 15 min ride south.

JTan

Hi Aaron, i’m going to Bali end April..is pre -departure ART really available in Bali international airport pre-flight or must i pre book one at the town clinics? I cant seem to find any information on that online. your fellow singaporean.

Ryan

Hi Aaron, are we required to stay in a CHSE hotel after taking on arrival PCR test in Bali? We have currentky book an air bnb accomodation that is not CHSE.

Alvin Ng

Hi Aaron, hope u r having a wonderful time in Bali. I will be flying over end April! Btw… I have already received the email stating that my Singapore vaccination’s records have been verified. However… I am still unable to claim my vaccination certificate in the app even after a few days. Can advise?

VM73

Anyone having issues with the (https://vaksinln.dto.kemkes.go.id/sign/in) website? I have registered with 3 different emails however haven’t received the verification email. Tried to reset my password multiple times but just receiving any automated response and I’m unable to login!! Anyone having similar issues or know who to contact?

FC21

In the same boat as you, I have yet to receive any notification for email verification. Tried to reset password to no avail either.

Suh

Same issues as well

VM73

I spent about 3 hours on their whatsapp helpline (translating on the fly from Bahasa to English) to solve this issue. Somehow they understood the problem and they managed to unclog’ whatever was blocking their system to let the verification email and password reset through. Give it a whirl, took time but somehow managed to get it to work.

Amily

I submitted it April 14 (2pm) and I received email at the same day.
But I don’t know Why they rejected my request.
Saying ”
We have rejected your request because we verify only koreans. pls ask .your nations embassy.”

Can anyone tell me “why”?
I got Vaccine Certificate from Singapore gov.

John

Hi Aaron, any updates on PCR upon arrival requirement if you bring a Singapore Recovery Memo from being COVID positive 30 days prior to departure? Worried that it might still turn out positive. Many thanks!

Soof

Apply as early as possible for the vaccination verification. I applied on 17th april and still no confirmation on 22nd april.

Soof

Hi aaron i know you said that it was pretty quick for you to get the vaccination certification done but we have been waiting a week with no response. Do they check the app for the certification when you get ton the flight or at bali? We have notarised certs from SG and trying to seethats enough if we dont get a response from them by the time we are meant to leave.

Soof

Thanks so much.

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