To Bali: Cheap Jetstar flights and open borders signal rush to favorite destination

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For two years West Australians have been unable to holiday on one of their favorite tropical islands, but from next month flights to Bali will be bang on the cheap again, with Jetstar announcing a sale $99 one way.

Jetstar’s marketing move to bring hesitant travelers back in their Bintang swimsuits to their favorite Kuta bar began at 9 p.m. Thursday for travel from April 8 and comes as the island moves towards quarantine-free travel for fully vaccinated vacationers.

Ross Taylor of the Indonesian Institute told The West Australian that those with all their vaccines will only need to quarantine for three days while those on a double dose must self-isolate for five days upon arrival.

“Currently Bali still requires tourists to apply for a visa before leaving Australia,” he said.

“However, the good news is that our ‘insiders’ are telling us that the Indonesian government wants to eliminate any quarantine requirements as early as this month as the Omicron cases fall.

“They are also looking to reinstate the visa on arrival which is so popular with Australians. It will be the game changer.”

Camera iconDuring the pandemic, hotel occupancy rates have plunged on the vacation island. Credit: Supplied – CNBC/west

Before COVID, more than 400,000 West Australians visited Bali each year, but the pandemic has had a devastating impact on the travel mecca.

More than 70% of Balinese earn their living through tourism and most have had to return to the land to survive for the past two years.

Over the past two years, hotel occupancy has dropped to just 10%.

Jetstar said to help boost demand for travel to the popular island destination, the $99-$125 fare sale applies to seven Australian cities, including Perth.

Travel dates vary by itinerary, but include early May to late June, mid-July to late September, and early October to mid-December 2022.

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