Jetstar has begun announcing the first post-pandemic flights from Perth to Bali, giving travelers hope that they can soon enjoy a Bintang in the sunshine.
The budget airline has made travelers chop a bit by visiting the holiday island after announcing the flight, from as little as $ 169 one way.
The first flights will be announced from April 1 with flights from $ 169 to $ 269. Return flights will be cracked from as little as $ 124.
Jetstar’s booking platform has also hit a “sold out roof” on flights from 27-31. March, indicating that some West Aussies are already getting the deals that are almost too good to be true.
And you know what they say about things that are too good to be true …
The airline is selling the flights, despite Indonesia remaining closed to Australians.
Indonesia plans to open to international visitors on October 14, but it will include only a handful of countries, including South Korea, China, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and New Zealand.
International arrivals must also show proof of hotel reservations for a mandatory eight-day quarantine — so it will take some time before they can hit Kuta Beach.
Tourism and Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said the reopening of Bali will also focus on travelers and returning ex-patte who used to live there.
Speaking about The West Live this week, Indonesian Institute President Ross Taylor said Australian tourists were the largest market for Indonesia, but after several failed reopens, the country took a careful approach to welcoming foreign visitors.
“The tour operators in Bali have just a little bit of a huge amount of money, are just really eager to make sure this works, so I think they will approach it very carefully,” he said.
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Fighting companies, he said, kept ticking thanks to domestic visitors who took the opportunity to travel in their own country.
Indonesia has registered more than 4.2 million COVID-19 cases with 142,261 deaths, but infections have fallen in the last few weeks after a peak in mid-July.