Corona Virus Bali Indonesia News Archive


Bali airport shall require a swab test and online registration for all visitors starts 28 May

26 May 2020 - Domestic and international visitors who plan to visit the island must first undergo a Covid-19 swab test and fill up all the information needed on Bali’s official administration website. Even though the immigration has not lifted the temporary travel restriction, there are several people who still able to enter Bali from other countries as they hold KITAS, KITAP, Diplomatic Visas or qualified to do some essential works in Indonesia. “We urge everyone and all airlines to ensure this has been done before flying to Bali; all passengers must already have PCR test results declaring they are negative for COVID-19. The document should be checked at the airport before departure,” said Elfi Amir the Bali Airport Authority.

This new protocol which will be running starts on Thursday, 28 May 2020 is a result of the submitted letter by The Governor of Bali, I Wayan Koster to the minister of transportation on Monday, 18 May. The governor demands the swab test (PCR) results to be a compulsory requirement to enter Bali through the airport. This request has been responded quickly by the minister of transportation, which followed by a virtual meeting attended by the Bali provincial Covid-19 task force, Ngurah Rai airport authorities and some airlines representatives.

The visitors also need to register themselves online at https://cekdiri.baliprov.go.id/, which will generate a QR code that needs to be shown when buying the ticket as a proof that the passengers are healthy. 

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Bali prepares for tourism recovery strategy

20 May 2020 - The National and Provincial Authorities have finally agreed to prepare tourism recovery strategy after all of the enforcement measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 has severely hit Bali’s tourism businesses. Still, the President of Indonesia - Jokowi, stated that the government would always uphold all of the health protocols that have been imposed. All decision must be carefully made by considering current economic conditions. “Don’t pit them against each other as options. Our lives will change in facing the pandemic. That’s what people call the new normal [...], But the new lives must not be filled with pessimism; instead, we boost our productivity with optimism as we will still uphold various prevention efforts.” explained Jokowi in his official YouTube channel.

In line with the central government; Bali’s deputy governor, Tjokorda Oka Arta Ardhana stated that the province has planned to establish a “tourism clusters program”, which would be an exclusive tourist zones with high-level health protocols would be implemented. This way, tourists could be welcomed back without the risk of spreading COVID-19 to locals. “We can begin by opening the ITDC Complex in Nusa Dua. It can be positively done as Nusa Dua is physically isolated, far from residential areas, and with a completely separate set of supporting facilities,” said Tjokorda Oka Arta Ardhana.

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Denpasar City imposes Restrictions on Community Activities (PKM) to curb Covid-19

14 May 2020 - As the number of Covid-19 infections keeps increasing in Denpasar, Bali’s government has come up with a plan to impose restrictions on community activities (PKM - Pembatasan Kegiatan Masyarakat). The mayor of Denpasar City, IB Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra has signed this regulation on Wednesday, 13 May 2020; and to be expected active on Friday, 15 May 2020.

Denpasar city administration decided to impose community activity restrictions rather than the generally favoured large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) because the local government are expecting the local economy keeps running well. “Under the PKM, people don't have to close their businesses. All economic activity keeps running with several conditions imposed,” said Dewa Gede Rai the spokesperson of Bali’s COVID-19 task force. 

Foreign tourists and expatriates reside in Denpasar are expected to report to local Banjar or contact accommodations’ manager/ owner. This way, you can get further information and statement letter (if needed) so that you can mobilize normally in Denpasar during this restriction applies until 14 June 2020. In the future, the local government will evaluate this regulation in case need to be extended to another phase.

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Updates on Immigration rules in response to Covid-19

11 May 2020 - The Directorate General of Immigration has informed through its official social media for holders of expired ITAS/ ITAP and MREP staying outside Indonesia are allowed to enter Indonesia. This information has been stated on Minister of Law and Human Rights Regulation No. 11 of 2020 on Temporary Restriction of Foreigners Entering Indonesia - article five. “Foreigners whose Temporary Stay Permit (ITAS) or Permanent Stay Permit (ITAP) is expired and/or cannot be extended, will automatically be granted a deferral with Emergency Stay Permit (ITKT) without an application process at Immigration Offices.”

However, the visitors would still need to provide some requirements and follow protocols of incoming passengers during Covid-19 outbreak:

  1. Possessing a valid health certificate (in English language) issued by Health/Medical Authority of the respective country;
  2. Having been residing for at least 14 (fourteen) days in a region/ country with no confirmed cases of Covid-19;
  3. Statement of compliance to undertake quarantine measures for 14 (fourteen) days conducted by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia.
Another good news for those who have already obtained a visa approval (visa telex) or have been granted a visa but it has been expired due to travel restrictions or unavailability of public transportation during the pandemic; The Directorate General of Immigration has declared to automatically re-validate your visa.

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Penalties await those who don't wear face mask in Bali’s public areas

28 April 2020 - Following the instruction from the president of Indonesia and governor of Bali (5/4/2020) on face mask obligation in public areas, many villages or banjars in all regions of Bali start to set up a covid-19 checkpoints in villages' entrances. Pecalang or local authorities are on stand-by checking every person who passes through the village. Not only make sure everyone wears a face mask, but some also do quick-test on body temperature.

Many stores, pharmacies, traditional markets and restaurants even put up a sign “No Mask, No Entry”. However, there are some people who still get caught for not wearing a mask on the street or market. Penalties for this violation vary depending on each banjar policy, some were sent back home, doing some push-up, public services (cleaning villages area) and even must submit some amount of rice to banjar.

Denpasar, Badung, Bangli, Buleleng and Gianyar are currently regions with the highest numbers of Covid-19 infections. By Monday, 27 April 2020; There are 193 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Bali, 4 deaths, 108 active cases and 81 fully recovered.


Public mass transportation suspended amid Covid-19 quarantine

24 April 2020 - All transportation entering and leaving areas affected by large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) will be suspended. The Transportation Ministry responded to ‘mudik’ ban set by the President of Indonesia, Jokowi by cancelling all passenger travel plans starting on today, Friday (24 April 2020), 00:00 WIB.  “The ban will apply to all types of public and private transportation by air, sea, land and railway, except for vehicles carrying leaders of state institutions, police and military vehicles, ambulances, fire trucks, hearses and vehicles transporting logistical supplies, staple goods and medicines,” said Adita Irawati, The Transportation Ministry spokesperson. This measure needs to be taken to prevent citizens from participating in ‘mudik’ tradition (exodus) to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

The ministry of air transportation has confirmed all passengers of domestic and overseas flights – both commercial and chartered flights – would be suspended starting Friday at midnight until June, 1st 2020. However, airports will stay open to serve air cargo transportation and aircraft with certain flight’s permission.

The ministry of land transportation has confirmed toll, national and provincial roads would remain open. However, checkpoints would be set up at several locations, guarded by police and military personnel as well as ministry officials. The restriction on land transportation will be valid until May, 31st 2020. The ministry of train also has confirmed that all services will be suspended until June, 15th 2020. While sea transportation will be suspended until June, 8th 2020. 

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Jokowi officially bans 'mudik' effective starting from Friday, April 24

22 April 2020 - In the beginning of this month the President of Indonesia Mr. Joko Widodo had only advised all the people in the country not to participate in the annual exodus event called ‘mudik’ and restricted all government workers from going on ‘mudik’ trips. A scenario on the possibility of setting a public holiday later in the year in order for people to go on mudik as the compensation were also discussed among the House of Representatives and ministers. This decision is finally made after reviewing a Transportation Ministry survey which shows that 24 percent of respondents are planning to travel home. The same survey also indicates that around 7 percent of respondents had already left on mudik trips. "Based on field research and a survey conducted by the Transportation Ministry, we found that 68 percent of people had decided to not participate in the annual exodus,  while 24 percent still insisted on leaving and 7 percent had already left,[...]It means we still have a very big percentage [of people who will participate in the mudik]. So I want to announce that we will ban the mudik altogether." Jokowi stated during a teleconferenced limited Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

Normally there are at least 20 million people from Greater Jakarta (including Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi), the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia, travel to their hometowns to celebrate Idul Fitri together with family. Public health experts suggest, this tradition could lead to worse spread of COVID-19 throughout Java and other islands in Indonesia.

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Bali tourism recovery program is expected to be started by the end of 2020

22 April 2020 - Covid19 is probably the worst thing ever happened to Bali’s tourism businesses in history. The damage caused by this pandemic is way more terrible than other tragedies such as Bali bombings and Mt. Agung eruption. When Bali experienced the bombing tragedies in 2002 and 2005 the hotel occupancy rates were plunged down at 20 percent, while during the eruption of Mt. Agung the occupancy rates of all accommodation in South Bali were still at 60 percent - as the red (dangerous) zone is only 12 KM from the crater. But these days, the hotel occupancy rates are even lower than 10 percent, which is followed by more than a million people who work in tourism sectors losing their job. The head of Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association or PHRI Badung IGA Rai Suryawijaya mentioned "Since April, almost 96 percent of hotels (in Bali) have closed, because there are no more tourist visits, the number will even continue to increase to 100 percent, because existing tourists will need to go back to their home countries". 

However, almost all of the members of Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association in Bali agreed with the Government’s decision to focus on handling COVID-19. "We are currently in a crisis situation, what we need to focus on right now is to get all the people contracted by COVID-19 a proper health care. So that people can calm down, and continue to their normal life soon, "  Added IGA Rai Suryawijaya. 

Nonetheless, IGA Rai Suryawijaya also mentioned about the recovery program for Bali tourism businesses is expected to be started by the end of the year. He hopes that Bali tourism can be reopened to tourists at Christmas and the new year 2021. Moreover, Indonesian President Joko Widodo has also stated that the tourism business will surely  return to normal again in 2021. Tourists will be most likely to increase their vacation time after being bored at home during the COVID pandemic quarantine.

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FAQ: On Immigration Policy During Covid-19

14 April 2020 - The Directorate General of Immigration Indonesia have released many new policies as the respond for the Covid-19 outbreak. All foreign visitors are temporarily restricted to enter and transit through the Indonesian territory. Indonesian Visa application at the Indonesian Embassy or Consulates is temporarily closed subject to business hours and only open for Diplomatic Visa, Official/Service Visa application or a person engage with essential work in Indonesia for National Strategic Projects.


Emergency Stay Permit are also automatically granted for those who are stranded in Bali or other areas in Indonesia. However we received many email about this particular subject, please find the answers for your questions in these FAQ on Immigration regulations in response to COVID-19 below.

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COVID-19 impacts on Bali - Indonesia’s Tourism Business

9 April 2020 - Businesses across different sectors anywhere in the world are facing one of the hardest times right now with the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak. Bali Provincial Human Resources Department is collecting datas of the affected workers across the island. So far, there are about 17 thousand workers who have been dismissed, as the result of temporary shut down for hospitality business in Bali (hotels, restaurants, travels and tourist attractions).

The Chief of Bali Hotel Association (BHA) I Made Ricky Darmika Putra explained the situation during an interview with Antara "At the moment, almost all hotels and restaurants in Bali have been temporarily closed for the next one to two months, we are still monitoring the current situation.” Some hotels are still operating, but with very low occupancy rates even below 10 percent. Meanwhile, restaurants that are still operating also revise their operational hours shorter and only provide delivery and take-away services, no dine-ins following the instructions from the government. He also advised all the business owners "We hope that all General Managers and hotel owners should avoid PHK (termination of employment) as much as possible. While praying, this situation will soon recover."

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Plan for 3 days Nyepi is officially cancelled

8 April 2020 - After being viral on many media for the last couple days, finally the plan for ‘Sipeng Nyepi’ (18, 19, 20 April) initiated by Bali Customary Village Council is officially being cancelled. This discourse has caused many pros and cons among all communities in Bali, some people considered it is not right to call this event as ‘Nyepi’, while others think that it will be in-effective since the airport will remain open during those 3 days, and other sensitive reasons related to those who are working as a daily worker, worry about the basic supply for the family during the Nyepi. "There is no longer ‘Bali Sipeng’, but we advise all Balinese people to do ‘Yasa Kerthi’, silence, stay in their homes, unless there is an urgent matter," said the head of Bali Customary Village Council.

In the meeting between PHDI (The highest religious constitution in Bali) and MDA (Bali Customary Village Council) held today in Denpasar, other points were also discussed related to ‘Peneduh Jagat’ ceremony which will be held at Mother Temple Besakih on 22 April. This ceremony will be attended by limited participants only, all the Balinese are expected to do the ceremony in their own house and keep staying at home.


Another plan for “Nyepi” on 18,19 and 20 April will be discussed by Bali Customary Village Council and related authorities

7 April 2020 - Some media online and Bali local television channels have announced the plan on having a Nyepi for another 3 days this month on 18,19 and 20 April. However the head of Bali Customary Village Council, Ida Panglingsir Agung Putra Sukahet has informed that this is not final yet. "That's still only a plan. We need to discuss this matter further on April 8th, and we will decide later. If so, of course, there will be an official circular letter from the Bali Customary Village Council," he added.

For your information that this Nyepi will be different from the regular Nyepi all Balinese people celebrate every year. This upcoming Nyepi is called ‘Sipeng Nyepi’ or ‘Eka Brata Penyepian (amati lelulungan)’ which means the only restriction is not allowed to go outside the house. Everyone will be still able to do normal activities, while sending prayers to God at home with electricity and internet service within these 3 days. 

Furthermore, Ida Penglingsir Agung Putra Sukahet also mentioned that this plan also can be considered as an alternative discourse in mitigating the spread of coronavirus outbreak in Bali. Among spiritual leaders these 3 days will be also giving a chance to ‘Bhuta’ (evil spirit) to become harmony 'somya'. By knowing this information days ahead, all the people in Bali are expected to be able to buy some basic needs more wisely without having to cause "panic buying" in prior days before Nyepi.


Don’t forget to wear your face mask before leaving the house #masks4all

6 April -  Quoted from the South China Morning Post, The Executive Director of the WHO - Health Emergency Program, Dr. Michael Ryan agreed to use masks in public places for everyone. But WHO continues to emphasize that the use of medical masks should preferably only be used by medical workers. Meanwhile, for those who are healthy and still need to go outside the house are suggested to use a cloth face mask. This advice is made to maintain the availability of medical mask stock so that all the workers on the front lines (doctors and nurses) will be able to get enough supply of standardized protective gears.


Following WHO, the Bali government through the Bali Covid-19 Task Force urged all people to use face masks when they are going outside from their home. In addition, all departments in every level and sectors are expected to increase their awareness toward Covid-19 as it is now showing an increasing trend in the national level. 

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Jokowi allows “mudik” with these following conditions

3 April 2020 - Mudik, is an Indonesian term for the activity where migrants or migrant workers return to their hometown or village during or before major holidays, especially during Lebaran (Eid al-Fitr) holiday. Each year, there are millions of people in this world’s largest Muslim-majority country return to their hometowns or villages after the Islamic fasting month (Ramadhan). This year, mudik is scheduled to fall in late May, in this horrendous condition of Covid-19 outbreak many medical experts strongly suggest the government to ban this tradition. 

However, President Joko Widodo yesterday decided not to ban mudik, but the government  advises the people should be aware that if they keep going on mudik, they can almost certainly bring the disease to their hometowns. Luhut Pandjaitan, the coordinating minister for maritime affairs and investment, as well as the acting transportation minister explained why the Government still allowed the exodus this year after the cabinet meeting in Jakarta yesterday. . “Even if we choose to prohibit people from mudik, they’d do it anyway. Therefore we decided to tell them instead that mudik will bring the disease to their families so it’s better not to do it,” he explained.

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Coronavirus updates on Bali until Thursday, 2 April 2020

3 April 2020 - Here are some updates related to Covid19 outbreak in Bali our editor has gathered. Please be safe, stay at home and keep practicing personal-hygiene at all times. Bali has 25 confirmed positive cases Covid19, 10 people were fully recovered, 2 deaths and 166 patients under observation in Bali hospitals.

Medical appliances supply also have been received on Thursday, 2 April. The supplies are 7500 medical protective suits, 35.000 face masks and 8400 units of rapid test kits. Some of these rapid tests are used in Bali airport to test the Indonesian migrant workers who have been sent home to Bali. 

Denpasar has reported total cases 145 people, with 3 confirmed positive cases Covid19, patients under observations 2 people, suspected cases without symptoms 3 people, and suspected cases under observation 137 people. 

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Indonesia’s President declares large-scale social restrictions due to COVID-19 health emergency, Apr 1

Joko Widodo has declared a COVID-19 public health emergency on Tuesday (Mar, 31st 2020) due to the increasing numbers of infections and deaths across the country. The president said during the press conference that the restrictions are based on the 2018 Law on Health Quarantine, which allows cities and provinces to shut down non-essential services and limit religious and social activities.

These regulations will allow the national police “to take proportionate law enforcement steps" in order to keep the large-scale social restriction measures running smoothly and effectively prevent the spread of Covid-19 outbreak.

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Work from home policy has been extended to April 21st, 2020

31st March 2020

The Governor of Bali has released a new public advisory letter. In this statement the government extends extend some of the already existing regulations to April 21st, 2020:

  1. Educational activities for students in Kindergarten to University Level will have to continue learning from home using online media.
  2. All government administration offices will also need to be carried out from home/ online with further internal directions given through related departments.
  3. All business trips to abroad or other islands are advised to be postponed unless it is extremely urgent.
  4. All activities which invites many crowds such as meeting (general purposes), FGD, seminar and courses must be cancelled.
  5. All activities in entertainment places must be temporary closed.
  6. All tourists attractions must be closed until further notice, all attractions in Badung Regions are advised to be closed down temporary until April, 21st 2020.

Full statement from Government in Eng and Ind


Updates on the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Bali, 31 March 2020

The Covid-19 Task Force on behalf The Government of the Bali Province has given some official updates on the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Bali, during an online press conference from the Bali Governor office on Monday afternoon. Until 30 March 2020 the numbers of Patients Under Observations are 146 people (with 9 new cases). Out of those 146 people who have been tested, 109 lab test results have come out, with 90 people are negative, and 19 people are positive. The number of positive infections is almost double from the last press conference on 29 March 2020, which were only 10 cases. 

This new 9 positive cases are 1 foreigner and 8 Indonesian citizens. 3 out of these 8 Indonesian people are believed to be infected from transmission that occurs locally, from other positive COVID-19 cases in Bali. 1 out of these 3 local-transmission cases unfortunately happens to a medical worker. While 5 other Indonesian people were most likely to be infected from the outside of Bali.

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Some traditional markets change their operational hours or close completely

Local authorities in Bali are implementing further adjustments due to the Corona situation. Some regions in Bali have followed the advise published by The Minister of Home Affairs, Republic of Indonesia in letter with number 440/2436/SJ/2020, regarding the prevention of Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the local community.

For example the mayor of Denpasar, IB Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra who has already published an advisory letter with number 434/574/DKIS/2020 dated March 26th, 2020. In this letter the major advises all the people in Denpasar to limit their activity outside the house, especially in terms of doing grocery shopping by moving to use online shopping services. This measure is expected to be able to minimize the number of crowds as a part of Social and Physical Distancing practices in public places like traditional markets and grocery stores. Furthermore, hopefully near in the future all the people in Denpasar are also expected to get comfortable in using e-money. This is very important as money (bank notes) are considered to have become one of the biggest media spread of the virus. 

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Beaches and beach clubs are closed for temporary, Mar 30th

30th March 2020

Since the Governor of Bali has released his decree No. 7194 Year 2020 that all the tourist attractions and public places including beaches need to be temporarily closed. Nusa Dua and many other important beaches in the south of Bali were not accessible anymore since yesterday. This morning, the access to Berawa and Batu Bolong beach were barricaded and some local security (pecalang) are on standby.

Many beach clubs are also on pause, most of them have posted closing announcements since last week. Here are some of the notifications that we have gathered from their official social media accounts.

Badung Regency has scheduled disinfectant-spraying for this week, March 28th

Bali authorities have started disinfectant-spraying throughout many tourist attractions since last week. This week the head of the fire and rescue department of Badung Regency has scheduled disinfectant-spraying throughout the streets and public places in every district. 


See detailed schedule here

Governor of Bali asks public to stay home, and announces further travel restrictions

March 27th, 2020

The governor of Bali, Wayan Koster, announced stronger measures in handling the issue of Coronavirus outbreak in Bali. His letter to the public from Friday, March 27th 2020 instructs everyone to remain at home, asks all officials and leaders to cancel all cultural and religious events, enforces travel restrictions to and from Bali, and asks for an increase of security and control at Bali's borders.

Detailed Announcement in English and Bahasa


People in Bali are advised to stay at home until Monday, March 30th 2020

March 26th 2020

Bali Provincial Government has published another governor's letter on Thursday.

The letter advises everyone in Bali to stay at home until Monday, March 30th 2020.

Following this instruction, on its official Instagram account the Bali Provincial Government once again has emphasized that this measure is not considered as a lock down. It's important to understand, that people in Bali are still able to go out buying food and other important items, that are needed to manage the daily life.
Some businesses started to open their services already again, after being closed for two days since Nyepi on March, 25th 2020.

Full statement from Government in Eng and Ind

Nyepi will be “extended” for two days due to Covid-19 this year, 24 Mar 2020

The Governor of Bali, I Wayan Koster has published a new announcement in order to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in Bali.
Here is the unofficial translation of the letter which has been released on Wednesday, March 23rd 2020:

On Wednesday, March 26th 2020, all the people in Bali are strongly advised to stay at home or in their booked accommodation.

This regulation is made based on the directions given by the President of Republic of Indonesia on his speech at March 15th 2020 regarding the outbreak of disease caused by Corona (Covid-19) in Indonesia; and Notes from the Head of Police Department of Republic Indonesia, Number: Mak/2/III/2020 dated March 19th 2020 regarding the regulatory submissions to Government’s policies in handling the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19)-

Official Announcement Letter


Automatic Emergency Visa - FREE

25th March 2020
Finally, Automatic Stay Permit Extension granted for stranded tourists in Bali,

This Tuesday morning, March 24th 2020 through its official social media accounts The Directorate General of Immigration Indonesia has automated the extension process of emergency stay permit for all the stranded foreign travelers in Indonesia.

This regulation has been implemented after the immigration offices were overrun by travelers who needed to extend their visa.

This regulation is valid for foreigners who cannot return to their country due to Covid-19 outbreak, details are as follows:

  1. Applicants do not need to come to the immigration office to apply. There are NO FINES.
  2. Valid only for foreigners who enter Indonesian territory after 5 February 2020.
  3. The Emergency Stay Permit is FREE OF CHARGE.

For visitors who came to Bali or Indonesia before 5 February 2020, you can get a help from our recommended visa agent, Mr. Yusak, whom you can contact via email: visa@baliguide.com

Official Immigration Announcement


Sanglah General Hospital opens Rapid Test for Covid-19

After receiving an official permission from the Health Minister of Indonesia, finally Sanglah General Hospital starts opening FREE Rapid Test for Covid-19 on Saturday, March 21st 2020  as stated by the head of Bali Health Department, I Ketut Suarjaya during the interview.

The service will be opened everyday, from 08:00 - 16:00 Bali Time. (EXCEPT ON NYEPI DAY).

Please be noted, test will be ONLY given to:
  • People who have made contact with positive Covid-19 patients
  • People who have been traveling to infected countries
  • People with symptoms (bad cough, runny nose, diarrhea, lost consciousness and asphyxiate)

Always remind yourself to keep a distance from others especially when you visit a high-risk infectious place like hospital.


All Bali Tourists Attractions are Advised to be Closed Temporary, 21 March 2020

The President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo has given many directions to all of the governors of every island and areas in Indonesia to escalate the efforts in combating Covid-19. The directions given have been responded by the Governor of Bali through releasing a governor decree No. 7194 Year 2020, which advises everyone to practice social distancing, work/ study from home and limit all travel activity, unless it is really urgent. "We have worked from home, school from home, and cancelled all activities which invite many crowds," stated the Governor of Bali Wayan Koster during a press conference in Denpasar on Friday March 20th.


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Updates on the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Bali, 20 March 2020

The accumulative number of observation patients (PDP) keeps increasing in Bali, since the last press conference held on March 17th with 78 people under observation, only 3 days later on Friday, March 20th, there are 90 people reported to be fully observed in Bali hospitals. Out of those 90 patients, it is confirmed there are 4 positive cases detected after further lab check.

As we know, the only one confirmed case in Bali was a British tourist who unfortunately died after a couple days of treatment in Sanglah General Hospital on Wednesday, March 11th 2020. The new 3 cases are male foreign tourist age 72 and Indonesian with age 30 and 39 both male. From further investigation by local authorities these 3 new confirmed Covid-19, were having contact with at least 199 people. 

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President Jokowi asking for rapid testing & contingency plans

19th March 2020

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has asked to perform rapid tests for Sars-CoV-2 infections across the country.

“I ask for rapid tests to be carried out across Indonesia for early detection of infection,” the president announced during a meeting in Jakarta. “I also want more test kits to be distributed to medical laboratories and more laboratories [to be prepared] to conduct the tests.”

“Hospitals must determine who can isolate themselves at home and who requires advanced treatment in hospitals,” he added.

“I am instructing hospitals to form a clear contingency plan while we accelerate construction of the COVID-19 hospital on Galang Island (Riau) Islands,” the president said.


Corona Statistic for Bali - March 17th

17th March 2020

The COVID-19 Prevention Task Force on behalf of the Provincial Government of Bali has updated the numbers of suspected patients of COVID-19 in the island. As per Tuesday, in Bali 78 people were tested and treated, while only 1 patient so far, was diagnosed with CoVid-19. This information was delivered during a press conference at Jayasabha, Denpasar.

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Government Update 17 March - Effective 20 March 2020

17. March 2020

Additional Measures of the Indonesian Government in Relation to Covid-19 will be effective 20. March 2020.

The Government continues to follow cl​osely WHO situation reports on the spread of Coronavirus and keeps adjusting its policies in order to reduce the spread of the virus. Indnonesia still faces an increasing number of people affected by the Corona Virus in Indonesia. In this latest announcement, more countries are added to the "banned" list and the issue of Free Visa and Visa on Arrival is suspended for one month.

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Bali Closes Schools and government services due to COVID-19

March 16 March 2020

The Provincial Government of Bali  decided to suspend all education activities for two weeks, starting on today, Monday, 16 March 2020. This decision was taken after the 19th COVID Handling Task Force meeting held on Sunday night, 15 March 2020.

A letter has been published on 16 March announcing several new measures in order to slow down the spreading of the Corona Virus in Bali.

Today President Jokowi called in a press conference for "social distancing" to reduce virus spread, urging his citizens to stay home, work from home, study home, and worship from home.

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96 positive COVID-19 cases in Indonesia

14th March 2020
As reported in the Bali Post, the government has updated the number of COVID-19 positive patients in Indonesia - to 96. Government Spokesman for Corona Virus Handling, Achmad Yurianto, said that until Saturday (3/14) afternoon there were 96 positive cases of COVID-19. "Today's update, the number of positive cases totals to 96 per day today from the last yesterday we reported 69, now to 96. "

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Bali will limit activities involving gatherings of groups

13th March 2020
The Corona Virus Disease Task Force in Bali Province held a meeting at Bali Governor's Office, on Friday (13/3). In a meeting involving all members of the Task Force from elements of the Bali Regional Police, Kodam, Korem, local governments, organizations including the tourism industry, health institutions, as well as districts / cities agreed on implementing 5 new measures.

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Bali's Governor taking further Corona preparations

(Date: Friday 13th 2020, Bali)
In a DPRD Plenary Meeting the Governor of Bali, I Wayan Koster, shared his confidence that the government is well prepared and has implemented strong efforts to prevent the uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus. He stated, that Bali is economically and in terms of infrastructure ready to overcome the virus outbreak. "When it comes to our budget, we are ready," he said.

He added that he would gather all delegations from each hospital in Bali to discuss further about how to handle patients and to ensure the availability of isolation rooms. "In total, there are about 44 rooms that will be prepared as a place of isolation.... So far the number of infections is still small and still can be managed in Sanglah Hospital." stated the Governor.

At the moment Sanglah Hospital has four isolation rooms that have been developed into 18 rooms. Additional rooms are available at Tabanan Hospital, Sanjiwani Hospital, Gianyar, and Buleleng Hospital. More isolation rooms are now being prepared also at Bali Mandara Hospital and PTN University Udayana Hospital.

Koster also added, the need for medical support of doctors, nurses, as well as facilities for the personal safety of doctors and medical support, is being coordinated by the Provincial Secretary of Bali who is also appointed as the Chair of the CoronaVirus Disease Task Force, Dewa Made Indra.

Further he said, "Bali is not adding further restrictions or regulations". .... "We advise the public to remain calm, the government is working to mitigate this case according to standard procedures set by the central government," The Governor said.


Government Waives Income Taxes for Six Months to support Economy during Covid-19 Crisis

(Jakarta March 12th 2020)

Finance Minister of Indonesia Sri Mulyani Indrawati announced that Indonesia will grant a six-month tax break for employees, manufacturers, and importers, starting as soon as next month (April), as part of its second fiscal stimulus to help support and stimulate the economy which has been strongly afected by the corona outbreak crisis.

She said the government would suspend collecting employees' income taxes, also known as PPh 21. The ministry's tax office would waive the income tax paid monthly (PPh 25) by entrepreneurs in the manufacturing sectors.

Indonesia and particularly Bali, whose economy depends on tourism has been hit hard by the corona crisis. The shutdown of China stopped all visitors coming from China. The Chinese tourists are now the largest group, while the Australians are now second.

The minister has earlier projected that the largest economy in Southeast Asia could see its growth slowing down to 4.70 percent this quarter, from the 4.97 percent pace in the last quarter as the Covid-19 outbreak disrupted China's economy, Indonesia's largest trading partner. The country has so far 34 confirmed cases of the corona, with one fatality which occurred in Bali.

Also, Indonesia's stock market stopped trading for 30 minutes on Thursday 13th March, the first time since the market installed the 5 percent circuit breaker to slow panic selling amid worries of a widespread Covid-19 outbreak in the country.
The Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) halted trade at 3:33 p.m. local time after the index fell more than 5 percent to its lowest level since June 2016.


Indonesia confirms first death linked to Covid-19 in Bali

A 53-year-old British tourist has become Indonesia’s first death from coronavirus. She died early Wednesday, March 11th 2020 around 02:00am after three days of treatment. The Chair of Bali’s COVID-19 task force, Dewa Made Indra stated “Today, early in the morning, at 2:45 a.m., a foreign national under observation at Sanglah Hospital died," during a press conference in Denpasar on Wednesday. 


Indra added “Because this patient died in the isolation room, under observation, we tried to get confirmation from Jakarta. We hadn’t received her laboratory test results yet. After calling the ministry, we were told that the patient who died was Case 25, who was announced as COVID-19 positive yesterday."


Mr Achmad Yurianto, the Indonesian government spokesman for COVID-19 stated “The patient had severe illnesses including diabetes, hypertension, hyperthyroid and lung disease, so the coronavirus was not the main cause (of the patient’s death), but it had worsened her condition”. She arrived in Bali on February 29 and tested negative to thermal sensors at the airport, but within a few days she had symptoms consistent with coronavirus and brought to Sanglah General Hospitals. 


Meanwhile Mr John Nickell, a spokesperson from United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office delivered his support to the deceased's family "Our sympathies and thoughts are with her family at this difficult time,” and adding that she was in Bali.   


The Bali provincial government has assigned five hospitals to handle cases of coronavirus infections. The Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar, Sanjiwani General Hospital in Gianyar regency, Tabanan General Hospital, Udayana University Hospital and Bali Mandara General Hospital. “We advise the public not to worry, and not panic because the Government of Bali Province has applied a proper system with WHO standards,” stated Bali Vice Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati.


Since the detection of its first two COVID-19 cases last week, Indonesia has a total of 34 cases as of Thursday morning.


More Countries Added to Temporary Ban List for Entering Bali - Indonesia due to COVID-19

(11th March 2020)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia re-emphasizes that current measures for visitors/travelers from China remains in full effect until further notice. The Government has also issued measures for visitors/travelers who have been visited: Iran, South Korea and Italy within this last 14 days.
The ban is officially effective started from Sunday, March 8th, 2020 (00:00 Bali Time). This policy will affect people who have a recent history of travel to:
  • Iran: Tehran, Qom and Gilan 
  • Italy: Lombardi, Venetto, Emilia-Romagna, Marche and Piedmont 
  • South Korea: Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do
Travelers from other regions/ cities in those 3 affected countries are still possible entering Bali/ Indonesia by providing clean bill of health published by the authorized health institution appointed by the Indonesian Embassy in their countries (it is compulsory). This certificate must be shown upon check-in at the airport. “Without a health certificate, travelers will be denied entry or transit in Indonesia,” added the minister during the press conference in Jakarta, Saturday, March 7th, 2020. This certificate only needed if you have traveled to Iran, Italy and South Korea within this 14 days. 

However, there is no infections were confirmed to be found in Bali, all suspected who were showing symptoms are negative after further medical lab check in Jakarta. Please contact Indonesia Embassies or Consulates for official updates in your countries if you are planning to visit Bali or other islands in Indonesia.

Update on Corona Virus in Bali - Travel Restrictions

(5th Feb 2020)

The government has announced to suspend all flights from Bali to China starting Wednesday 5th of Feb. Since then no Chinese tourists were allowed to visit Indonesia anymore. Since then Indonesia has further closed its borders for visitors coming from certain regions in South Korea, Italy, and Iran. "For everyone's safety, Indonesia bans the entry and transit of travelers who in the last 14 days have been to [these regions]," Retno said.

Even though, there is no significant Corona outbreak in Indonesia (only 4 confirmed cases until 6th of March), nor in Bali (no reported case), the number of visitors coming to Bali has reduced due to cancellations from China, Italia and other countries.

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said in Jakarta, travelers from Tehran, Qom and Gilan in Iran, Lombardi, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Marche and Piedmont in Italy, and Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do in South Korea are banned from entering Indonesia.

The Indonesian authorities have ordered preventative procedures to prevent an outbreak of the Corona Virus in Bali and actually all over Indonesia, which will have to be carried out at 135 entry and exit points including international airports, seaports and border areas. The government installed thermal scanners and medical check-up posts to examine travelers who might be infected with the corona virus.


Impacts of Corona Virus Outbreak for Bali - Indonesia --- 5th Feb

(5th Feb 2020)
According to the latest Press Statement No. 44/SP/II/BKIP/2020 from Indonesian Ministry of Transportation, all tourists from the People's Republic of China will have to return home by Wednesday 5th February 2020, 00:00 WITA. "Therefore, we would like to express our deepest sympathy and sending out prayers to everyone who has been affected by the Corona outbreak", the government stated.

Because of the Corona Virus Outbreak, all flights between China and Bali will be suspended as per February, 5th 2020 at 00:00, for an undetermined time, until the next review from Indonesian Ministry of Transportation will be officially published. Only passenger holding a valid ticket are requested to go to the airport.

With almost 6 million foreign tourists coming to Bali every year, Chinese tourists are the second largest group right after Australians. Almost 100,000 Chinese visitors come to Bali every month. Many local businesses are very dependent on this tourism segment. So far the government has recorded already 50-60% cancellations after the travel warning have been released.
The Corona Virus outbreak surely will have massive impact to many tourism businesses all over Bali. However, the face masks are also here in Bali already difficult to find, since many shops are sold out.

According to Indonesian Health Ministry dozens suspected carriers of the Corona Virus had been already clinically tested in major hospitals throughout Indonesia, including 3 tourists in Bali who were sent to Sanglah General Hospital. All of the tests returned negative, no patient as infected with the Corona Virus as of Monday, February 2nd.

Official Statement Letter about the Corona Virus in Bali (2nd Feb.)