Bali has theoretically reopened for international arrivals today, although no international airline is currently flying directly to the island.
Passengers arriving in Indonesia must, from today, quarantine for five nights instead of eight and go through a PCR-RT test before they are allowed to end it.
The visitors from the following 19 countries are allowed to enter Bali, but only on direct flights:
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
- New Zealand
- South Korea
Indonesia has indicated that these countries were chosen due to their low test positivity rate.
A LoyaltyLobby reader sent us a quote from a very popular Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Bali that has become infamous for its very low point requirement per night (5,000) and reasonable cash prices. However, their quarantine prices appear to be much higher than those you can book on their website.
HGI Bali Quarantine Packages:
HGI Bali Public Rate:
The publicly available price of 1.62M IDR ($117) versus the quarantine rate of 13.48M IDR ($957).
A reader notes that the two PCR-RT tests cost perhaps 3M IDR. Food is very cheap in Bali, and the transportation from the airport to the hotel cannot be more than a buck or two. The reader had been in touch with the hotel, who had confirmed that these are their prices for the quarantine.
It is quite understandable that hotels will try to recoup some cash they have lost over the past 19 months by offering way overpriced quarantine packages.
But, if you consider that there are no currently international flights into the island, this won’t work. So when you can do the quarantine in Jakarta with plenty of flight and hotel options, why would you try to fly Bali directly?
I did two “quarantine” packages in Phuket last month (two 7-night stays at Hilton properties on the island), and I just booked the rate I wanted on their website. But, of course, you were free to roam on the Phuket island during your “quarantine” that has already been cut to 7 nights.
I am sure that there is more competition among the quarantine hotels in Bali once there are international flights, and prices will eventually come down.