Indonesia could soon join Singapore in Australia's second two-way travel bubble, with President Joko Widodo proposing the establishment of a 'vaccinated travel lane' with Australia to improve tourism and economic ties between both countries.
The arrangement would see fully-vaccinated people arriving from Indonesia and Australia – including tourists, business travellers, students and workers – able to visit and return without having to undergo quarantine requirements
Further recognition of both countries' vaccination certificates will help accelerate travel as well, Widodo, known as Jokowi, told Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a meeting on the sidelines of Group of 20 leaders’ summit in Rome.
That same summit saw Morrison confirm that visitors from Singapore will be able to come to Australia as of Sunday November 21.
The latest relaxation of Indonesia's travel restrictions reduces the quarantine period to three days, down from five, while reopening tourist hotspot Bali to visitors from many countries.
However, the Indonesian government – like that of Singapore – has pressed for any travel arrangement to flow both ways, so that its citizens can visit Australia.
Before the pandemic struck, Australians accounted for one-quarter of all tourists arriving in Bali.
At the time of writing, Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar all plan to resume flying to Bali in March 2022.
Qantas' schedule shows a resumption of its daily QF43 flight from Sydney to Denpasar on Sunday March 27, with the Melbourne-Denpasar QF45 coming back on Monday March 28; both flights will be handled by a Boeing 737.
Low-cost carrier Jetstar has pencilled in April 1 for the return of its popular JQ37 between Sydney and Denpasar, which according to the timetable will be flown by its Boeing 787.
Sunday March 27 is listed as a three-city kickoff for Virgin Australia, with Bali-bound Boeing 737 flights taking off from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Speaking at a press conference on October 22, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said he hope that an arrangement for quarantine-travel between Australia and Bali would be in place before Christmas.
Last week saw Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs lower its warning for Indonesia from the highest status of 'Level 4: Do not travel' to 'Level 2: Exercise a high degree of caution', under which travel insurance remains generally available.
However, DFAT also highlighted the "limited availability of testing and infection control facilities," adding that "critical care for Australians who become seriously ill, including in Bali, is significantly below the standard available in Australia.
Additional reporting by Bloomberg