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When will Australians be allowed to travel to Bali again?


Here's everything you need to know so you can start planning for your next trip to paradise.

Bali has been off-limits for Australian tourists ever since the coronavirus pandemic erupted early last year, and what once was Australia's playground has turned into a ghost town.

The ordinarily bustling nightclubs of Kuta are entirely deserted, restaurants are boarded up, and beaches are left empty. No tourism simply means no money for many of Bali's 4million residents who have been relying on the industry for generations.

So when will Australians be able to return? Here's everything you need to know so you can start planning for your next trip to paradise (although it's set to be a while away).

When will Australians be able to travel to Bali for a holiday?

Qantas has said that some international borders are on track to open by December 2021, when Australia hits an 80 per cent vaccination rate.

It says low-risk countries with high vaccination rates, such as the United Kingdom, will be the first to reopen.

However, the airline says that travel to Bali will not be restarted until at least April 2022 due to concerns about vaccination rates.

So does this mean we'll be able to start planning trips to Bali in 2022?

Nothing's confirmed yet, but Qantas's suggestion that it could start flying to Bali in April 2022 is the first signal that Australians will be allowed to travel there soon.

Will it matter what state I'm in?

With most states in Australia now planning to live with the virus rather than stamp it out entirely, international travel is looking much more likely.

However, Western Australia is looking to still pursue a Covid-zero strategy and this could mean Bali is closed off from the state for many more years.

How's Bali's vaccination program going?

In Indonesia, just over 11 per cent of the population have been fully vaccinated, after the program started in January this year.

Meanwhile, officials in Bali claim that nearly 100 per cent of tourism workers have been vaccinated. Still, it's probably wise to be a little sceptical about these numbers, given that they've been stretched by officials before.

Bali says it's ready to accept visitors

During a virtual conference on Monday, Indonesia's Maritime and investment minister Luhut Panjaitan said tourist spots in most parts of Bali will now accept visitors, given they have followed rigorous protocols such as providing their vaccination status on a government-verified phone app.

Additionally, international visitors must take 3 polymerase chain reaction tests before visiting then quarantine for eight days once on the island.