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‘Thrilled and nervous’: Flights to Bali return after two-year absence

Hundreds of holiday-goers have packed into the first all-but-sold-out flight from Australia to Bali in more than two years.

Direct trips to the holiday hotspot have re-opened after the Indonesian government relaxed its COVID-19 restrictions.

Fully vaccinated arrivals will no longer have to quarantine on arrival, once again rendering Bali a viable vacation destination.

More than 300 people are booked in for the first Jetstar flight out of Melbourne.

Jetstar CEO Gareth Evans said the re-opening of direct flights to Bali signalled the return of “international leisure travel”.

“Bali is our biggest and our most important route,” he told Today.

Jetstar will initially offer three flights between Melbourne and Bali every week, but the number will grow.

Flights from Sydney and Perth to Bali will begin at the start of April, while Queensland-Bali flights will open in May.

Flights to Vietnam and Japan are also on the cards for April.

“Then a little later on, places like Korea too,” Mr Evans said.

“We are continuing to look for other opportunities to fly to new destinations. It feels like we are coming out of the tunnel and people are definitely starting to fly, and fly internationally.”

Mr Evans admitted high fuel prices would see the aviation industry look to “recoup” some of the extra cost.

“Overall I think that airlines will have to put prices up to recoup some of the fuel costs,” he said.
He also detailed the COVID-19 testing regimen Bali visitors would need.

Travellers will need to undergo a PCR test 48 hours before their departure time, and another one on arrival.

Mr Evans said that would all be organised at the airport. But per Indonesian government requirements, visitors will also need to take a PCR test on day three of their stay.

They will also need to bring their vaccine certificates.

People who test positive for COVID-19 while overseas will have “flexible” options to move their travel bookings, Mr Evans said.

“You do have to have travel insurance as well to fly to certain countries like Indonesia, and we recommend that people take out travel insurance wherever they are going overseas,” he said.

Visit the government’s Smart Traveller website for more information. (9news)

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