I’m in Bali!
It’s warm and chaotic. My spirit needed a little chaos after the strictures of the past two years. And there is minimal Covid signage and policing. So nice. This is my first time travelling overseas with my Covid vaccine exemption and mask exemption. I was so nervous, as I had heard horrible stories in a few social media groups where people with valid exemptions were not permitted to board planes, were carted off to quarantine against their will, or were deported on arrival. I imagine others will feel the same, so I’ve pulled everything I learned together in one place. I hope it helps.
And more detail on temporary exemptions, including prior infection HERE
If you absolutely cannot get an exemption, it’s ok, you’re still allowed in. You just have to do 5 x 24 hours quarantine. It’s not ideal, but it’s doable if you really want to ago and can afford the time and expense.
For more info on entry requirements to Indonesia, visit the Aus Gov Smart Traveller website and this recent update from the Indonesian Government on entry requirements.
My biggest fear of travelling with my exemptions was that it seems that most of these negative experiences are just the bad luck of colliding with a certain type of personality – an attendant who bristles at you, or an overzealous security person. That reminds me, my boyfriend was thrown off a plane last year for not wearing a mask, despite showing his medical exemption. He and the attendant had a personality clash, exchanged a few short sentences, and that was sufficient for the airline to chuck him off the plane. He was never reimbursed and had to purchase a ticket for the next flight, which he got onto with no issues of course, because he had all the correct paperwork. That’s one of the unsettling aspects of the pandemic-era checkpoint system. It has laid the groundwork for overzealous businesses and staff to deny services even if they’ve been paid for, and even if the person is legally owed them.
You can’t control who will be on the various checkpoints for a trip, but I took the view that it would be best to have every bit of documentation on hand so that, at the least, they couldn’t get me on a minor technicality that I didn’t know about.
I hope this helps, travellers. Feel free to contact me personally by DM @dystopiandownunder (insta) if you would like clarification on any of the above. Please bear in mind that I am not able to give out doctor contact details, but I would be happy to share ideas about how you can find a suitable doctor to work with.
Update on Bali travel: prior infection exemptionsFurther to the Substack I just sent out this evening, I’ve been advised by a trusted source in the Facebook unvaxxed travel group I’m part of that my reading of the Indonesian entry requirements was too stringent.THIS IS GREAT NEWS. In my post I stated that prior infection exemptions are not allowed to enter Bali, but this is not the case after all. A prior infection exemption will get you a temporary medical contraindication exemption registered with the Australian Immunisation Register, and that is just fine for sailing on through Denpasar airport.
I have updated the original post, but for those who’ve already read it and just want the update, as below from Point #2.
2. Exemptions are allowed, but only for contraindication
Initially, my reading of Indonesian rules was that prior infection exemptions don’t count unless you have had at least one dose of a Covid vaccine. However, admin of the Facebook unvaxxed travel group I’m in has advised the following:
”A prior infection can get you a medical contraindication and you can be issued with a temporary exemption (green tick) against the vaccine through AIR. As per ATAGI you can not be vaccinated for 4 months* following a Covid infection. This is a valid medical contraindication. That’s what most unvaxxed people are traveling to Bali with.”
Indonesian Government page entry requirements update HERE.
*ATAGI guidelines still say 4 months but other government sources say 3 months. It’s confusing, so best check with your doctor.
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Update on the Bali post: prior infection exemptions
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