Where to get Airlines PCR Swabs for International Flights in Bali

Indonesia’s first class and award-winning airline Garuda Indonesia has taken a number of anticipatory steps and issued related policies in response to the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to maintain a safe, secure environment for its customers, cabin crew, and other employees.

Passenger & Document Requirements

Garuda Indonesia ensures that it fully supports the Indonesian Government policy as well as local governments in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia which stated in:

Satuan Tugas Penanganan COVID-19 (COVID-19 Handling Acceleration Force) letter SE No. 7 of 2021 concerning Travel Provisions Extension for Domestic People During the 2019 Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic
Satuan Tugas Penanganan COVID-19 (COVID-19 Handling Acceleration Force) letter SE No. 8 of 2021 concerning g the Health Protocols for International Traveler in Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic Period
Categories of people that are allowed to travel are as follows:

International Flight
Outbound Indonesia: requirements should refer to each destination country’s policy and information on the government, embassy, and related authority’s website or IATA Travel Center here.
According to the Singapore Authority, flight transit through Singapore Changi Airport is allowed under current terms and conditions.

According to the Thailand Authority, flight transit through Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is temporary not allowed until further notice.
Inbound Indonesia: Refers to SE Satgas Penanganan Covid-19 No 8 of 2021, effective from 09 February 2021 until further notice, Foreigners (WNA) are not allowed to enter/transit in Indonesia. The exemption policy of foreigners permitted to enter Indonesia clicks the button Travel Restrictions to Indonesia below for detailed information.
While there is no restriction for Indonesian Citizens entering Indonesian territory, as long as it follows the document requirement.

Domestic Flight
Every person is eligible to travel as long as a Health Certificate with a COVID-19 free result is presented based on document requirements of each destination policy on the following table.
For departures from regions that do not have a COVID-19 test facility, may substitute it with a Health Certificate that shows symptoms-free of influenza-like illnesses issued by a hospital/community health center doctor.

Health Certificate Validity
Based on COVID-19 Handling Acceleration Force letter, the acceptable period of Health Certificates based on COVID-19 test type results are as follows:

Flights to Bali Island: health certificate of negative RT-PCR test results, issued within a maximum period of 2 x 24 hours before departure or negative results of the rapid antigen test, issued within a maximum period of 2 x 24 hours before departure.
Flights to other destination: health certificate of negative RT-PCR test results, issued within a maximum period of 3 x 24 hours before departure or negative results of the rapid antigen test, issued within a maximum period of 2 x 24 hours before departure, unless there are special provisions from local authorities.
For some destinations other additional/special requirements apply, detailed information in the table below.
Provisions for Health Care Facilities and Valid Health Certificates

All prospective Passengers must take a COVID-19 test (rapid antigen test or RT-PCR test) at a Health Service Facility recognized by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia as a COVID-19 Testing Laboratory, please refer here.

Falsification of medical documents from the rapid antigen test or RT-PCR test for air travel is against the law. Each violation will be subjected to sanctions in accord with the applicable laws and regulations (Articles 263 and 268 of the Criminal Code in Making False Letters or Falsifying Letters).
The documenfs needed for air travels are listed on each airline’s website. We suggest you check thoroughly what are needed before travelling to save you time in the airport.

Passengers are expected to prepare a copy and original copy of the documents prior to arrival at the departure airport and present it upon check-in. Garuda Indonesia is not responsible for any lack or mistake on any of the required documents and has the right to cancel the flight of any passenger that does not meet the requirement.

Wear Masks Onboard & in Airport Area
Every passenger is required to put on a mask at the airport and during flight. Garuda Indonesia also urges passengers to prepare their own masks as well as their own personal hygiene kits according to their individual needs before the flight.

For those of you entering Indonesia and or flying domestic flights within Indonesia, you are required to fill a Health Alert Card from the Indonesian Ministry of Health. It is no longer possible to fill in manually, therefore we suggest using E-HAC (Electronic Health Alert Card) that can be accessed on:
• Indonesian Ministry of Health official web
or you can also install the E-HAC app on your smartphone that can be downloaded on the following links:
• Android Play Store
• Apple App Store

E-HAC filling can be done before you travel, during the departure or during the arrival process before the Port Health Authority (KKP) checkpoint.
For domestic flights, on some airports, passengers are required to go through a Health Certificate verification & validation process by Health Port Authority or local authorities.
For flights departing from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK), the verification & validation process will be done by Soekarno-Hatta Health Port Authority at Gate 3 Terminal 3 building.

Now you can directly validate the health test results on the e-HAC application at the check-in counter at Soekarno Hatta Airport (CGK) Terminal 3 if you already have the QR Code of the medical test results.
Following are the steps for electronic validation:
Show test results on: Health Passport menu> List of Lab Test > Applicable test results will appear green, OR
Scan the barcode on: VaksinKu Menu> QR Code Certificate
If you don’t find a Covid-19 test result like the steps above, you must manually validate at the KKP counter.

Install Peduli lindungi App
Every passenger is suggested to install the official PeduliLindungi app from the Indonesian government on their phone that can be downloaded on either Android Play Store and Apple App Store.
Furthermore, there are currently some routes that are not available at the moment, so be sure to check on the airline’s website.

If you are planning to fly out of Bali, though, you might want to get a PCR test elsewhere in prior of coming to the airport. Based on our experience, the testing post at the airport can be packed with travellers and take a lot of waiting time before you finally get your turn. Get the test coveniently done in your home by the trusty team from Unicare Clinic Bali.

There are three types of test that yku can get: a Rapid Test and a Swab Antigen Test.
The Rapid Test, which is an inexpensive test required for domestic travel in Indonesia, regularly takes about 10 minutes for it to get done. This test looks for evidence of past infection and antibodies the body uses to fight off COVID-19.

A blood sample (often using pin prick on the finger) is taken at time of testing. A positive test may mean an Antigen or Swab test is needed to confirm active infection; however, a negative result is not necessarily a guarantee that there is no current active infection as it only tests for antibodies / past infection. Price starts from IDR 148K.

The Swab Antigen Test is a little bit more expensive test to check for active COVID-19 infection that usually takes around 20 minutes, and it particulary looks for an active COVID-19 infection in which nasal or throat swab is taken for testing.

A negative results means the patient didn’t have COVID-19 at time of testing. Price starts from IDR 235K
The most expensive one, PCR Swab Test, is often required for most international travel requirements. A regular test may take 2 – 3 days before you can get the result, but there is an express option that will only take 24 hours for the result.

This test looks for Active COVID-19 infection, in which a nasal or throat swab is taken for testing.
A negative results means the patient didn’t have COVID-19 at time of testing. Price IDR 1399K.
All Covid-19 Tests from Unicare Clinic are administered by professional with a starting price of Rp 248,000 including on-call fee if you want to do it in your home. We give faster result to save you more time and a 24 hours services is available. Additional fee may be charged if additional therapy is needed.

We hope this article will help you with your travel plans. Until next time, stay safe, and stay healthy!

Influencer Lost LeBlanc Pay Back the Land He Calls Home, Bali

One particular social media influencer who has been trying his best to give back to the local community is Christian LeBlanc, the man behind the brand Lost LeBlanc. With 666K followers on Instagram and almost 1,8 M subscribers on Youtube, this Canadian influencer is one of the most famous travel influencer on the platform.

His beautifully taken pictures are professionally edited and made even more interesting with high quality audio. Other than the technicalities, the contents themselves are top of the notch and full of inspiringly useful information. For the past couple of years, Bali has been the place he calls home; and, despite of being locked out of the country for almost 9 months in the early pandemic time, he has now been back in the island.

Realizing his power to make a difference, LeBlanc had made a series of videos showcasing the beauty of Bali, and some of our closest neighbors, The Gilis and Lombok Island. In these videos, LeBlanc helps promote the island to his fellow travellers, especially in this desperate time. One particular video follows him and a group of friends giving donation to a village near the famous Lempuyang Temple, which, like so many others, have suffered terrible loss of jobs and livelihood due to the death of the tourism this past year.

Although it may seem wrong for some people (why does he have to let everybody know about the donation?) it’s actually one of the best ways to tell and show people about the way they can help Bali in the pandemic. With that much followers and subscribers, surely many of them have come and fallen in love with Bali; and LeBlanc’s videos have given them a sad reality of the island the Gods have probably deserted. Hopefully, people will be able to see for themselves just how much Bali is suffering, and maybe start to give a small amount back to the communities that have welcomed them warmly.

Another video in his Youtube channel follows LeBlanc to a neighboring isles The Gilis, in which he escaped Bali during Nyepi and head off to Gili Air instead. The video is loaded with so many beautiful footages of the clear blue seas, along with the fishes and turtles he managed to meet in the dive spots. While going around the island on bikes, he also shows us the eerie villages as they are almost empty and so lacking of tourists. Nyepi day is one of the happiest times for the islanders since foreigners come flooding from Bali in order to avoid the day of silence.

In another video, LeBlanc treats a group of kids from a Balinese orphanage to a breakfast at a local Mc Donalds before going to a water park overviewing Mount Batur. Seems like a pretty good guy, right? This happy occasion ends with a gelato session before going back to the orphanage, where a caretaker proposed for a photo and video-making lessons for the kids. LeBlanc answered the proposal with a taunting message for camera and laptop sellers, asking for donations to make the idea comes true.

All and all, we have to say that we really appreciate what LeBlanc has done for the local community. That after receiving so much from the island, he remembers to give some back. That he tries to help Bali tourism back on its feet, and does it in a very professional way. If you are one of his followers or subscribers, and if you followed his lead by making donations for the local communities, we thank you, too. We can never tell you how much it means to us. To them. To the island we love so much. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. Stay safe, stay healthy, and we’ll see you soon.

The Ngurah Rai Airport is Getting Crowded: Bali Tourism is Back Alive!

Finally, the news we have all been waiting for. Ylou read that right people; after a long year of being ripped from their main jobs, both the locals and any other foreign individuals living in Bali can breathe a little easier. Here it is: the rainbow after the storm. If hope is what has been keeping us alive, then this definitely is one thing we can be hopeful for.

According to the authorities, the number of passengers at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali in the March 2021 period recorded an increase of 68% in comparison to the passenger movement statistics in the February 2021 period.

In March 2021, it was noted that the airport served as many as 264,070 passengers consisting of 134,558 arriving passengers and 129,512 passengers leaving the Island of the Gods.

“When compared to passengers served in the previous February 2021, the departures increased by 63% and arrivals increased by 74%,” stated the General Manager of the Branch Office of PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) International Airport I Gusti Ngurah Rai Herry AY Sikado, in Badung Regency in Bali, Sunday (4/4/2021).

He explained then that the highest number of daily passengers during March 2021 occurred on March 28, 2021, recording 11,776 passengers served in the facility.

The three most popular flight destinations in March 2021 are Jakarta, Surabaya and Lombok. “Of course, if the statistical movement of passenger traffic increases, the aircraft carrying also increases by 26% or 2,845 aircraft movements in the March 2021 period, when detailed for the arrival of 1,416 aircraft movements and 1,429 departures of aircraft movements,” Herry further said.

According to Herry Sikado, it is confirmed that with a statistical increase in March 2021 for both passengers and aircraft movements, the Ngurah Rai Airport manager would still maintain the level of service provided, especially in implementing health protocols according to procedures.

He also appealed to all service users while at the airport to prioritize health protocols by using masks, maintaining distance and regularly washing hands or using hand sanitizers.

“Currently all Ngurah Rai Airport officers are also gradually undergoing the Covid-19 vaccination process to help the government anticipate the Covid-19 pandemic and increase public confidence in using air transportation modes,” he finally added.

Well, that is one good, if nort great, news that we all have been waiting for. At last we can go back to doing whatever it is we were doing before the pandemic hits; albeit the strict health protocols thag we will still have to conduct in our daily activities.

However, is it really safe to start travelling again? Well, with the CHSE protocols being carried on every aircrafts taking us to the island, the mass Covid-19 vaccination given to the islanders, all the way to the safety protocols applied in every public places in thr island, we think it’s safe to say that it is. At least, it will be relatively so, now more than ever.

What is CHSE, anyway? The Indonesia Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy / the Tourism and Creative Economy Agency (Kemenparekraf / Barekraf) ensures that Bali has implemented cleanliness, health, safety & environment sustainability (CHSE).

Deputy for Destination and Infrastructure Development at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Hari Santosa Sungkari, said the CHSE is important to welcome tourists. CHSE is a protocol with hygiene, health, sanitation and environmental standards.

“Bali must be ready to welcome tourists, both those coming from the air, land and sea,” said Hari Sungkari in a statement in Jakarta, Tuesday (8/12/2020). He added, Kemenparekraf / Barekraf participated in restoring tourist destinations in Bali by touching everything. Starting from cleanliness such as revitalizing toilets, to implementing health protocols based on the CHSE.

Hari added, the government is exploring the possibility of foreign tourists via direct flights from Japan and China to Bali. “We are currently discussing a travel bubble with several countries. such as Ukraine, Kazakhstan. But there is someone asking again from America, “he continued. The travel bubble is the opening of a cross-country boundary zone that allows residents to travel as long as it does not exceed a predetermined area.

In this regard, the Ministry of Tourism is preparing a health protocol to welcome foreign tourists. According to him, it is possible that tourists need to bring PCR results and after arriving in Denpasar they must first undergo quarantine.

Last year, the former Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Wishnutama Kusubandio handed over the CHSE certificate to a restaurant manager in Kuta, Bali, Friday (11/12/2020).
The world tourism organization (UN WTO) appreciates the tourism industry in Bali for implementing the CHSE (Clean, Health, Safety and Environment Sustainability) protocol. This appreciation was expressed when the UN WTO representative visited Bali.

“Yesterday the WTO UN came here. They really appreciate the implementation of the CHSE protocol in Bali,” said the former Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Wishnutama Kusubandio in Kuta, Bali, Friday (11/12/2020).

He explained that Indonesia was the first country visited by the WTO UN to see firsthand the implementation of the CHSE protocol.

While in Bali, UN WTO made visits to a number of places, from airports, hotels, restaurants and a number of tourist objects.

Wishnu asked that the appreciation given by the WTO UN be maintained consistently by tourism actors and tourists on vacation in Bali. “Tourism actors and tourists alike must have concerns about the CHSE,” he said.

In addition to the implementation of the CHSE, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has also revitalized tourism supporting infrastructure including toilets on Kuta Beach, Bali, as one of the tourist attractions in tourist’s favorite destinations.

Deputy for Destination and Infrastructure Development at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Hari Santosa Sungkari, said that the supporting infrastructure for tourism, including clean toilets, is an indication of a well-managed and quality destination.

“A clean toilet indicates that the destination is also clean. Moreover, we carry out the standard implementation of health protocols with the CHSE program or ‘Cleanliness, Health, Safety, Environment’, “said Hari Sungkari.

He said that Kuta Beach, which is located in Badung Regency, Bali, is one of the favorite destinations for tourists, so it needs to be revitalized to make it more comfortable for tourists to visit.
For this reason, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy / Baparekraf is carrying out activities to revitalize toilets as an important tourism supporting infrastructure.

The Toilet Revitalization Activity on Kuta Beach was inaugurated by the Deputy for Destination and Infrastructure Development at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Hari Santosa Sungkari, accompanied by the Director of Regional Destination Development II of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Wawan Gunawan, and Secretary of the Tourism Office of Badung Regency, AA Yuyun H. Enni, on 11 December 2020.

Hari Sungkari said the Clean Toilet Program was the second toilet revitalized by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy / Baparekraf in the Kuta Beach area.

Hari added, destination managers have also proven their commitment to maintaining and maintaining the first toilets that have been revitalized.

Director of Regional Tourism Destination Development II of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Wawan Gunawan, said that good facilities make visitors more happy and comfortable while enjoying the beach atmosphere.

So, are you ready for Bali 2.0?

Bali as a Medication Tourism Destination

As quoted from KOMPAS.com, the Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf) Sandiaga Uno has recently declared Bali as a health-based tourism destination (medical tourism).
A press statement from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Wednesday (31/3/2021), stated that the decision was made to open job oportunities and restore the glory of the island’s tourism sector.
“We are launching a health-based tourism…, a pillar effort to spread enthusiasm in the midst of a pandemic…” the minister said.

This intention was conveyed by Sandiaga after a discussion with the Udayana University community and the Bali Provincial Government (Pemprov) in Badung Regency, Bali on Wednesday.
Through the collaboration between the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Udayana University, and the Regional Government (Pemda), Bali will be used as a reference for medical services, not very different from our neighboring countries Singapore, Bangkok, and Malaysia.

He further revealed that Bali as a health-based tourist destination will have various advantage; in particular, the involvement of tourism villages.
Not only providing inner peace through the beauty of nature while undergoing treatment, these tourism villages will also provide a variety of traditional archipelago treatments.

“This is what we will change; this mindset,” “Proud to be Indonesian means proud to be medically treated within Indonesia,” said Sandiaga. He also hopes that the healing tourism can involve tourism villages and have the ability to showcase the power of our traditional medicine.

To realize the dream of making Bali as a health-based tourist destination, Sandiaga said that a collaboration from all parties will be very much needed, especially regarding the plan to build an international-standard hospital in the island.

According to the minister, the presence of such hospital is believed to be able to make Bali a health-based tourist destination that, in time, will directly absorb a large number of workers.
“Udayana Medical Tourism 2021 will be our partner in establishing a medical tourism ecosystem,” Sandiaga then added.
The ministry itself will have to coordinate with other ministries and agencies to provide incentives and other opportunities.

Well, what do you think? Among every other plan that have previously been bestowed upon the island, this one is, in all honesty, one of the most surprising ones. If we were not stuck in this pandemic, we strongly suspect that there will be even the smallest thought of the idea.

However, we strongly support the idea and think that this could actually be realized in the future. With the fast movement of the country’s healthcare system, we say it’s about time we have an international-standard hospital od our own and stop giving away our money to foreign countries. You know, just our two cents.
What do you think, is this a great idea? Let us know in the comment; and until next time, stay safe and healthy!

Bali is Reopening its Tourism Gate in July, You Must Come!

After a year long of being more or less like an abandoned island, Bali and all the people who depend heavily on the island’s tourism, can finally see the light in the end of the tunnel. Everywhere, the island sounds busy with hopeful whispers and words of joy. One by one, sfore fronts are once more being cleaned, dusred, and re-decorated.

President Joko Widodo through the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy (Kemenparekraf in Bahasa Indonesia) has finally decided to reopen the Island of Gods for international tourist starting this July, 2021.

As quoted from Antara News, “We are very delighted with the move signaled by President Joko Widodo to open Bali in June or July this year. We have been waiting for a year and it has not been in vain,” said corporate secretary, PT Destinasi Tirta Nusantara, AB Sadewa, in a statement issued in March 2021.

“As a tourism industry maker, we hope the reopening of Bali can truly be realized in order to boost the recovery of the tourism and economy sector,” he added.

For a year, the tourism sector, which specifically caters to international tourists, has stopped operations due to restrictions on entry of foreign travelers, he then noted.

The reopening of Bali is scheduled to begin in July, 2021 with pilot trials in three green zone destinations — Ubud, Sanur, and Nusa Dua. The vaccination campaign is being accelerated in the green zones to ensure the safety and comfort of tourists coming into Bali.

COVID-19 vaccination programs have been held simultaneously in the three green zone areas in Bali, starting Monday (March 22, 2021), with the vaccines supplied by the central government.

The central government has supported the supply of vaccines in accordance with the requirement of 170,487 doses, divided over three regions. At least 47,045 doses have been given to the Ubud region, 87,715 to Nusa Dua, and 35,727 doses to the Sanur region.

Sadewa said he is optimistic that opening Bali to foreign tourists could be a turning point for tourism recovery in Indonesia in general and help move the local economy, such as hotels, restaurants, and souvenir shops, and ensure health protocol readiness, or CHSE (Cleanliness, Health, Safety, Environment), as per the standards set by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy.

To maintain tourism sustainability, Sadewa said he hopes the government would roll out stimulus or incentives, especially for tourist agencies to help them restart operations that have been halted for over a year. Such stimulus measures, he said, can be in the form of a soft loan for capital, marketing cost incentives, relaxation for foreign tourists who come to Indonesia, and tourism grants.

He also said he is hoping for prompt implementation of ‘vaccine passports’ for foreign tourists who have received their shots, in order to reduce the risk of transmission. This will certainly encourage travelers who want to vacation in Indonesia as well as boost the level of acceptance of foreign tourists by the Indonesian people, he added.

“We hope that Bali (tourism) will soon be revived if the vaccination process goes on every day. If the spread of COVID-19 begins to slow down, with the designated steps by the regional governments, the opening of the economic sector in Bali can be carried out one by one, especially the tourism sector, to (help the region) return to normal,” said President Joko Widodo while reviewing a mass vaccination program in Gianyar, Bali on March 16, 2021.

If the three green or COVID-19-free tourist destinations are opened to tourists, monitoring and evaluation will continue every week, including the developments following the reopening.

“Green Zone Tourism or COVID-19 free areas will be able to accept foreign tourists starting August 17, 2021. It is still the trial stage, because in March, 2022, the whole tourism (area) in Bali will be opened to foreign tourists,” said the Gianyar district head I Made Mahayastra.

Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, said green tourist destinations that are free of COVID-19 would make tourists, both domestic and foreign, feel safe while vacationing in Bali. On the other hand, those in the tourism industry and the Balinese people will also be safe and comfortable as incoming tourists would be free of COVID-19, he finally added.

Well, now that we know the plan, can we just start planning already? Below are some ideas of what you can do within the area of Nusa Dua, Sanur, and Ubud.

If you love extreme and water sport, we recommend you to stay in Nusa Dua area; as it is conveniently located along the shores of Bali’s most priminent beaches and known for their water sport and extreme sport facilities like parasailing and paragliding. If jetskis and banana boats have become far too modest for you, then you definitely need to give these a try.

More into yoga and all that jazz? Then you should stay in Ubud and try meditating in the various yoga shalas you’ll easily find there. Known as the center for yoga enthusiasts, you will find no problem getting healthy and vegan food in the area. You should also give Ubud a visit if you have an interest in art as there are some of the island’s most popular art galleries and museums in the area.

Lastly, for a more refined and high-classed version of the island vacation, try staying in Sanur area. Its relatively flat contour make it ideal for family stroll, and it seems like the seniors prefer the area too. With distinguished local boutiques scattered in between luxury brand stores and cozy little restaurants offering five-star menus to fill your stomach with, Sanur had always been busy with pedestrians strolling in summer dresses, and we sure hope that it will soon see some life again.

Which area will you go to this July?