The holiday is over: Tourists must leave Bali as visas expire
When the COVID crisis swept the world earlier this year, tourists and expats were forced to make a decision: get a flight back home, or ride it out in a foreign land. Those who chose the latter did so not knowing how long the crisis would endure, nor what developments might follow.
In Bali, where an estimated 40,000 Australians were holidaying in March, most favoured prudence over adventure and headed home. However, up to 3,000 stayed taking up Indonesia's offer of Emergency Stay Permits. They joined an estimated 7,000 expatriates already living there.
On the 13th July, the Emergency Stay Permits expired giving holders thirty days to head home. All the permits expire on the 11th August.
The new policy is in response to Bali's plans to again open its doors to tourists on September 11th.
Indonesian immigration will grant further extension of the permit, but only if flights home can't be sourced. At present, approximately one flight per day is connecting Bali and Australia with prices beginning at $2,500 - one way of course.
On top of that, returning citizens will now have to pay for their fourteen day quarantine which is $3,000 for one adult, $1,000 for each subsequent adult, and $500 per child.
Bali is having an incredible season of waves and the diminutive crowds are akin to Indonesia of the 1970s, yet a $5,500 hit is a nasty trade off for those who stayed.