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Aussie airlines flying to Bali again as Indonesia ditches tough quarantine rules - here's everything you need to know so you can start planning your next holiday

  • Flights between Bali and Australia have officially returned after a two year hiatus
  • The first flight to Bali left Melbourne on Monday with more than 300 tourists
  • It comes as the Indonesian government relaxed quarantine rules for visitors 

By Jesse Hyland and Charlie Coe For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 01:22 GMT, 14 March 2022 | Updated: 01:33 GMT, 14 March 2022

Flights between Bali and Australia have officially returned after a two year hiatus as the first batch of Aussies jetted to Indonesia on Monday morning.

The first Jetstar flight to the island nation left Melbourne's Tullamarine airport with more than 300 passengers on board - the first time tourists have flown to Bali since planes were grounded in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Jetstar CEO Gareth Evans said in a statement that the airline was delighted to re-commence flights to the popular tourist hotspot.  

'We are very excited to return to Bali today after two long years, and we are confident that Bali will quickly regain its position as our most popular international tourist destination now that borders are open,' he said.

Flights between Bali and Australia have officially returned after a two year hiatus as the first batch of Aussies jetted to Indonesia on Monday morning

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Flights between Bali and Australia have officially returned after a two year hiatus as the first batch of Aussies jetted to Indonesia on Monday morning

Jetstar held a flight sale last week to Bali from seven Australian cities for flight dates beginning April 8.

Evans claims the sale was a huge success, with Jetstar experiencing a surge in online flight bookings from those seeking a holiday. 

'Our recent Bali sale saw the biggest surge in bookings we've seen since 2016, and our recent surveys have consistently shown that Bali is still the top international destination people want to travel to.'

The re-commencement of flights from Australia to Bali comes as the Indonesian government relaxed quarantine rules for visitors arriving from approved countries, which includes Australia. 

The first Jetstar flight to the island nation left Melbourne's Tullamarine airport with more than 300 passengers on board on Monday - the first time tourists have flown to Bali since planes were grounded in March 2020 due to the pandemic

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The first Jetstar flight to the island nation left Melbourne's Tullamarine airport with more than 300 passengers on board on Monday - the first time tourists have flown to Bali since planes were grounded in March 2020 due to the pandemic

The re-commencement of flights from Australia to Bali comes as the Indonesian government relaxed quarantine rules for visitors arriving from approved countries, which includes Australia

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The re-commencement of flights from Australia to Bali comes as the Indonesian government relaxed quarantine rules for visitors arriving from approved countries, which includes Australia

Indonesia announced that it would no longer force fully-vaccinated travellers to isolate on arrival as well. 

Previously, even double-dosed arrivals had to self-quarantine for five days before being allowed out into the community.

The rule change means tourists from the 23 approved countries will need to pay only $47 for their visa, rather than $300. 

Arrivals can now pay for their visa at the airport, but still have to undergo a Covid PCR test upon arrival.

Travellers must also take out insurance that would cover them for up to $100,000 if they caught the virus. 

While Jetstar has resumed flights, Qantas have planned to restart trips from Melbourne to the Balinese capital Denpasar starting from April 14 and from Sydney a day later. 

Indonesia announced that it would no longer force fully-vaccinated travellers to isolate on arrival as well

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Indonesia announced that it would no longer force fully-vaccinated travellers to isolate on arrival as well

Indonesia, and especially Bali, has been severely impacted by the pandemic as the island nation's economy relies heavily on tourism dollars

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Indonesia, and especially Bali, has been severely impacted by the pandemic as the island nation's economy relies heavily on tourism dollars

Arrivals from the US, UK, Italy, Germany and ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations) countries - including Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand - are also eligible for quarantine-free travel.

Aussies have been locked out of Indonesia for the past two years due to travel restrictions brought about by the Covid pandemic. 

Indonesia, and especially Bali, has been severely impacted by the pandemic as the island nation's economy relies heavily on tourism dollars.

More than 70 per cent of Balinese residents work in tourism. The industry accounts for 52 per cent of the island's GDP.

At least 90% of tourism-related businesses and restaurants at the island have shut their doors due to the miniscule number of international arrivals over the past two years - with just 45 overseas visitors reportedly holidaying at the island in 2021.

Many resorts have closed during the pandemic to renovate and refurbish. 

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