Bali bound: Cheap Jetstar flights, open borders signal travel rush to favorite destination

For two years West Aussies have been unable to holiday on one of their favorite tropical islands but from next month flying to Bali will again be dirt cheap with Jetstar announcing a $ 99 one way fare sale.

Jetstar’s marketing move to get hesitant travelers back in their Bintang singlets at their favorite Kuta bar started at 9pm on Thursday for trips from April 8 and comes as the island heads towards quarantine free travel for fully vaccinated holidaymakers.

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Ross Taylor from the Indonesia Institute told The West Australian those with all their shots will only need to quarantine for three days while those double-dosed must isolate for five days upon arrival.

“Currently Bali still requires tourists to apply for a visa prior to departure from Australia,” he said.

“However the good news is that our ‘insiders’ tell us that the Indonesian government is wanting to eliminate any quarantine requirement as early as this month as Omicron cases fall.

“They are also looking to reinstate the Visa-on-Arrival that is so popular with Australians. This will be the game-changer. ”

A woman meditates sitting in a bale in Bali, Indonesia.
Camera IconDuring the pandemic, hotel occupancy rates plunged on the holiday island. Credit: Supplied – CNBC/TheWest

Prior to COVID over 400,000 Western Australians visited Bali every year but the pandemic had a devastating impact on the travel mecca.

More than 70 per cent of Balinese earn their living from tourism and most have had to return to the country to survive that past two years.

During the past two years the hotel occupancy rates have plummeted to barely 10 per cent.

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Jetstar said to help stimulate travel demand back to the popular island destination, the fare sale from $ 99 to $ 125 applies to seven Australian cities including Perth.

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

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