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The best guide for Bali post COVID-19 (2022)

As the world continues to adjust to life after the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us are dreaming of escaping for a well-deserved holiday. Bali is the perfect destination for a post-pandemic getaway, with its incredible culture and stunning landscapes. Here’s our guide to help you make the most of your time on the magical island of Bali post-COVID-19. With insider tips, advice on entry, and a whole list of must-see attractions, this guide is sure to make your trip to Bali one to remember.

Sunset Market Legian

Best time of year to visit Bali

Generally speaking, April through to October are the coolest and busiest months to visit Bali. 

In Bali, this is referred to as the “dry” season because there is less rain and humidity at this time. Bali’s “wet” season lasts from roughly November to March, though this can change depending on which part of Bali you stay.

The dry season is what you want if you’re looking for pleasant dependable weather. There is no reason why you can’t take advantage of fewer crowds and reduced rates by travelling in the wet season. As long as you don’t mind a little humidity and afternoon downpours. Wet season always produces some of the most beautiful sunsets.

Canggu

Visa Entry Requirements

A Visa on Arrival (VOA) is acceptable for the majority of major nations. On arriving in Bali, you can purchase a VOA visa. This visa is valid for 30 days (not one month), however it can be extended for an additional 30 days by going to Immigration.

There is also the Visa Free Entry program, which is open to citizens of numerous nations. If you are there for touristic purposes, you can now easily get through immigration. The Visa Free Entry is only good for 30 days, and each additional day would cost you almost 1 million rupees.

Entering Bali Post COVID-19

Edit: As of 2023 you no longer need to provide proof of vaccination to enter Bali. Always check with your airline for entry requirement before visiting.

There have been a few changes to Bali entry requirements since the pandemic to be aware of.

  1. You must be fully vaccinated (three of more doses) to enter Bali. You will need to prove this one arrival. So take a printed copy of your vaccination status.
  2. Bali now have an online declaration (as well as a paper version when you arrive). When you complete the online declaration take a screenshot on your smart phone of the QR code. This will help you get through final security checks faster.

Remember to refer to the latest information from your travel provider or your nearest Indonesian Embassy or Consulate before travel.

How to get around Bali

1. Private Driver

A private car with a driver to take you around for the day is my preferred way of transportation in Bali. You can find Bali drivers on Facebook very easily, or they are often available at hotels, however the safer option is to find a driver that is recommended by a friend.

We have utilised a number of drivers in Bali, and they will all transport you to the top tourist destinations for the day charge. However, Kadek is our preference if you’re searching for a tour guide for a day excursion that is more educational, cultural, and historical.
My wife has been travelling to Bali for 20 years, and on our most recent trip Kadek taught her a lot more about Balinese culture. You can contact Kadek via his website or Facebook page via Messenger.

You shouldn’t have to pay much more than $50-70 AUD (Rp 500,000-700,000) per day for a private driver, evenings may cost slightly more this needs to be negotiated with your driver. These vehicles, which are often SUV’s with seating for up to 5, which are perfect for people traveling with others or who simply don’t want to worry about making travel arrangements. This is the BEST method of travel if you have a lot of tourist attractions to see because you won’t have to worry about getting home. It will also reduce the stress of navigating Bali traffic.

2. Taxi

Choose Bluebird taxis if you need to take a taxi. It is suggested for both visitors and locals, and it is metered. They all have apps that you can download and pay for with a credit card, much like Grab, and they’re all safe and moderated.

Just be aware that there are other blue cabs out there that aren’t the genuine Bluebird Taxis and will try to charge more. Bluebird taxi drivers will have an ID card inside the car.

3. Scooter/Moped

Locals and expats in Bali rent mopeds (scooters). Since most of Bali’s roads are too narrow for automobiles to travel on, you can go farther and faster on a motorcycle. For roughly $7 AUD (Rp 70,000) per day or $70 AUD (Rp 700,000) per month, you can rent a scooter (haggle the price down). Of course, not everyone feels comfortable operating a scooter, so if you can’t, don’t force yourself to.

Kuta

Where to Stay

There aren’t many awful places to stay in Bali because there is something there for everyone. Where you stay might just depend on your personal style. Canggu is currently a lot busy than it was before COVID-19. I wouldn’t recommend visiting Canggu if you don’t want to spend an hour travelling one way to any location, because the roads weren’t really designed for that many people. It’s strange for Bali, but Kuta and Legian appear to be a lot quieter these days. Keep an eye on this space to see how things develop in Bali now that borders are opened. Don’t forget to check out my post on How my family saves money for travel for tips to save on hotels.

  • Kuta – For surfers, party lovers, bargain shopping and cheap massages.
  • Legian – For surfers, party lovers, sunset beach markets and cheap massages.
  • Seminyak – For sunset beach bars, luxury restaurants (Eat Street), and shopping.
  • Canggu – For laid-back boho-chic beach lovers and beach clubs. And loads of traffic.
  • Uluwatu – Upscale clifftop resorts and beach clubs.
  • Ubud – For serenity, yoga, forest, stunning nature and peaceful getaways.
  • Nusa Dua – For family getaways and water sports.
  • North Bali – For a quiet escape surrounded by stunning natural landscapes.
  • Sanur – For a relaxing beach getaway.

This post is current as at September 2022 and will be reviewed on a yearly basis.

Things to do

For detailed information about the below activities, visit my post on things to do in Bali and best places to eat in Bali.

  • Visit a coffee plantation,
  • Visit and swim at waterfalls,
  • Visit a Hindu Temple,
  • Learn to surf,
  • Enjoy the sunsets,
  • Bali Swing,
  • Visit the monkey forest,
  • Visit Uluwatu Temple,
  • Massages,
  • Yoga,
  • Jewellery making course,
  • Try Bali cuisine and more.
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