CAN I TRAVEL TO INDONESIA?
Every day I wake up dreaming of being in Indonesia. Waking up in Bali, taking a walk to grab an acai bowl for breakfast, working from my laptop whilst at the beach and in between zoom calls catching some waves. We can all dream, right? So I'm dying to know. When can I travel to Bali again? When will Indonesian travel restrictions loosen up? I need to be at a Bali beach club. I need to be low key pretending I'm looking out to the ocean whilst my friend snaps those ultimate "candid" insta pics of me on the Gili swings. Indonesia misses me, and I miss it too. I don't have the exact dates of when the best country in the world will be opening back up but here's what we know currently...
WHAT IS THE LATEST TRAVEL UPDATE FOR INDONESIA?
What The Indonesian Government Says:
Unfortunately for us all, Bali is closed to foreign arrivals unless you fall into one of these 4 categories: humanitarian activities, volunteering activities, a family reunion, or business/investment visits. HOWEVER, if you are really committed and want to go to to Bali for a longer period of time you may be able to qualify for a priority visa that you can find more information on about HERE. Unfortunately it is quite expensive (~700 GBP), you still have to quarantine for 14 days in Bali upon arrival and thats only IF you qualify...so I wouldn’t get your hopes up yet but at least things are moving in the right direction.
What The UK Government Says:
As of now, Indonesia's number is still not as low as countries like Thailand and Vietnam, so it’s NOT on the UK travel corridor list, and therefore the FCO is still advising against all non-essential travel. So you know what that means… If you go, you’ll have to quarantine for 14 days when you return and won’t be covered by many travel insurance providers.
Yes, and no. But really no. YES if you are a resident of Indonesia or qualify on one of the above-mentioned qualifying factors. No if you are just trying to get over to Bali for a few Bintangs and a smoothie bowl. With the priority visa option it looks like Bali is beginning to be more open to foreign tourists, so keep an eye on this space for updates.
WHEN SHOULD I VISIT INDONESIA?
Indonesia is pretty much THE place to be all year round but the best time to visit is from March-early October. The weather is perfect for island hopping, snorkelling and pretty much spending all day on the beach. Top up that tan baby! Indonesia bridges the Equator, so it's hot all year round. Still, between December to March, the country sees a lot of rain. Particularly in the south!
There's so much to do in Indonesia, and if you don't mind a little rain you can hit some of the hotspots with half the tourists! Hit up Indonesia in the low season, and you'll experience some of Indonesia's rich culture with only half the tourists. If you venture further afield into the highlands, the temperatures are cooler, and with Indonesia's humidity, you might prefer it!
BALI, BIKINIS & ALL THINGS BEAU...TIFUL!
The list is endless of what you should do and where you should visit in Indonesia. Still, I'm going to give you the inside scoop with all the MUST DOS and MUST VISITS to be able to maximise your experience whilst you're visiting this beauty of a country.
Komodo Dragons - Ok, so this should deffo be on your bucket list! Stay on a liveaboard boat for 3 days/2 nights and spend your time between island hopping watching the sunset at sea and falling asleep under the stars. The days are just as good as the nights. Trek to viewpoints, snorkel in crystal clear waters but the most amazing part. VISIT KOMODO ISLAND. These prehistoric Jurassic Park style dinosaurs are only found in the wild in Indonesia. It's a surreal experience to get up close with these giant lizards and 100% a day you'll never forget.
Tegalalang Rice terraces - So if you're looking for the ultimate insta snap then look no further than the rice terraces. A UNESCO World Heritage site it's every nature lover and painter's dream. Learn how these beautiful formations play an essential role in the local's way of life. Because have you even been to Bali if you haven't visited the rice terraces? A hot spot for tourists but a great cultural learning experience, grab a coffee in one of the local cafes, buy a straw hat from a local vendor or just simply take in the fresh air of Bali's ever-growing greenery. However, you choose to spend your day, it's a must-visit.
Surfing lessons - TIME TO RIDE THOSE WAVES BABY! Have you ever wanted to learn to surf in Bali? Of course you have. Dreaming of riding those waves, shaka's up, flipping your hair backwards as you walk out of the sea, board in hand like the beach babe you are. Ok, so you may not be the next big thing at surfing but head to Kuta and team up with one of the local surf instructors to learn the basics. Surfing in Bali is next level. After a morning surf, take some time to chill on the beach coconut in hand. If you want to learn to surf, there really is nowhere better in the world.
VISIT THE GILI ISLANDS - You have to visit the Gili Islands if you're in Indonesia. That's right, I said it. YOU HAVE TOO. Whatever your fancy, there is a Gili Island for you. Made up of 3 islands, Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno. Whatever tickles your pickle, one of the islands will have them. If you're looking for the lively scene, a few too many drinks in an island bar then Gili T is the place for you. If you're looking to run off with the new backpacker love of your life you met a week ago head to Gil Meno. Gili Meno only has a few restaurants on the island and the most secluded beaches of the 3! Gili Air is the ultimate chill-out spot. You can lay on the beach and gaze into Lombok's mountainous landscape without a care in the world. Ideal.
The list is endless and with so many islands in Indonesia to experience it you'll really have to jump on a flight to see it for yourself. Although we can't run away right now, the best thing to do is plan, plan, plan. It's been a crazzzy year, and you deserve a holiday after this!
Don't Quit Your DayDream
If you never go, you'll never know, right?