The holiday is over: Tourists must leave Bali as visas expire

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

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.

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savanova commented Friday, 17 Jul 2020 at 11:20am

Bali is the land of Karma

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goofyfoot commented Friday, 17 Jul 2020 at 11:58am

Ouch, that’s pricey.

But if you weigh it up against relatively uncrowded Indo, ???

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harrycoopr commented Friday, 17 Jul 2020 at 5:45pm

Now once in a lifetime!

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Spuddups commented Friday, 17 Jul 2020 at 11:59am

I wonder what happens if you've run outta cash.

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stunet commented Friday, 17 Jul 2020 at 12:01pm
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lostdoggy commented Friday, 17 Jul 2020 at 12:06pm

I'd assume you have to make repayments, or additional contributions with tax payments, not get money back in a tax refund or the like.

Even if you come home and go on jobseeker, they could give $100 less each fortnight or something.

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tux commented Friday, 17 Jul 2020 at 12:39pm

Apparently you have 30 days to pay once quarantine is over

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lostdoggy commented Friday, 17 Jul 2020 at 12:49pm

Yeh but if you can't, you can't and they'll take repayments well before they lock you up.

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mowgli commented Friday, 17 Jul 2020 at 12:35pm

Wait a bit longer. 2-3 days out, look for a flight on last day of permit. Bugger, no seats left because everyone wanted to stay as long as possible! I need an extension please. 30 day extension gets you another month. Rinse and repeat until the game is up (affordable and semi-regular flight resume). Tidak apa apa!

“Life is a long lesson in humility.”

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bazattaz commented Friday, 17 Jul 2020 at 1:20pm

Couple of stacks of rups in the right hands and I'm sure you can get as many stamps as you require

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Eugene Green commented Friday, 17 Jul 2020 at 12:35pm

Beautiful.
Give the joint a chance to heal for a bit.
Stoked for the local surfers.

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Bnkref commented Friday, 17 Jul 2020 at 4:54pm

Yep. Great result for the local (Indo) surfers. Hope they're scoring themselves silly.

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indo-dreaming commented Friday, 17 Jul 2020 at 1:50pm

Im betting a big chunk of those is made up of people who pretty much live in Bali and normally do visa extensions or visa runs many working online etc.

They have all had plenty of time to get home though.

Please Stunet give me an ignore button for Talking Turkey, Shatners Basoon, Dale Cooper, Factotum, Pupkin, and any new fake profile he decides to create.

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dandandan commented Friday, 17 Jul 2020 at 3:24pm

Agreed Indo. Almost everyone I meet that says "I live in Indonesia" generally means "I've illegally migrated here on a tourist visa that I plan to extend every 6 months until I need the support of socialized health and welfare to keep me alive, and then I will go home."

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Lanky Dean commented Friday, 17 Jul 2020 at 4:31pm

trust funded permanent vacationers...

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Deffenti commented Saturday, 18 Jul 2020 at 6:52am

Bingo!

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Jono commented Friday, 17 Jul 2020 at 3:57pm

Bit of a discussion on Reddit regarding the Thai visa situation (similar to Indo but is happening a month earlier):
https://www.reddit.com/r/digitalnomad/comments/hpquee/thai_visa_amnesty/

Sounds like a lot of them don't want to go home (to USA) and are scrounging for other places to go. 

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Spuddups commented Friday, 17 Jul 2020 at 3:44pm

Goddamn freeloading expats and their antics!

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andy-mac commented Friday, 17 Jul 2020 at 4:57pm

Lived in Bali for 14 years on proper visas either working or with business. Back in Oz now. A lot of legit expats doing it very tough ATM which rely on tourist trade. Therefore their local employees hurting which is very difficult for local economy and local families.
Bali always bounces back but this is hurting.
On positive side, it has been pumping!!!
Always has been and will he Trustafarians...

Botak

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evosurfer commented Friday, 17 Jul 2020 at 8:27pm

Balos get all the waves anyway

IF im not surfing im racing

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goofyfoot commented Friday, 17 Jul 2020 at 8:33pm

So they should

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GuySmiley commented Friday, 17 Jul 2020 at 9:06pm

Straight to Christmas Island quarantine station with that lot!

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zenagain commented Friday, 17 Jul 2020 at 9:27pm

Is there waves on Christmas Island?

If so, wouldn't be so bad.

1173

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SI commented Saturday, 18 Jul 2020 at 8:23am

I dunno Zen, but if your really well behaved, Santa will bring you some good waves for Christmas!! His little helpers are already working on it.

Barrelrider

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zenagain commented Saturday, 18 Jul 2020 at 9:06am

Hope so- little buggers had their hands in their pockets last Christmas.

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topgeer commented Saturday, 18 Jul 2020 at 7:38am

Just do the visa run to Singapore, $3000 saved in Aussie quarantine buys a couple months in Indo...

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indo-dreaming commented Saturday, 18 Jul 2020 at 10:48am

Indo borders are shut you cant re enter unless you have a certain visa so couldn't return on a tourist or social visa.

Please Stunet give me an ignore button for Talking Turkey, Shatners Basoon, Dale Cooper, Factotum, Pupkin, and any new fake profile he decides to create.

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SI commented Saturday, 18 Jul 2020 at 8:20am

I’d be careful. Being detained in Indo might not be a lot of fun, but still, I’m sure it would be a real adventure!! It could be the bottom turn that you didn’t bargain for. Not everyone there is a big fan of drunken/drugged out Aussie Whities. When the shit hits the fan like it might with this covid, the lower you are down in the chain the rougher the treatment. I would come home and the faster the better. Plenty of good waves here.

Barrelrider