COVID-19 TRAVEL UPDATES

Borders, Measures & Requirements

Happily, Indonesia, Ecuador & El Salvador are now fully re-opened to national and international tourism. We are stoked to be able to run our retreats again. We would all benefit from a tropical vacation, right?!… Early wake-up call for sunrise surf sessions, healthy & delicious meals, deep conversations with like-minded souls, afternoon naps, sunset yoga… & REPEAT for 8 days… Yes Please!

INDONESIA ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Since 14 October 2021, Bali has been gradually opening its doors to international tourists. To support the process of Bali reopening, the Indonesian Government is making sure to keep their utmost efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by maintaining a high vaccination coverage, as well as consistently providing safety protocols for all visitors. 

As of 18 May 2022, all international travellers, whether they are Indonesian citizens or foreign nationals, should comply with all the detailed regulations.

Upon arrival, you will need to:

  • show a card/certificate (physical or digital) proving that you have received a complete series of COVID-19 vaccine, minimum 14 days before departure. The Indonesian Government recognizes the following vaccinations: two-doses Pfizer, Moderna, Sinovac, AstraZeneca, or Sinopharm and single-dose of Johnson & Johnson.
  • have downloaded PeduliLindungi app and completed the required steps. 
  • pay the VOA (Visa on Arrival) which costs 500.000 IDR and is paid directly at customs (valid for 30 days and can be renewed).
  • show your return ticket or onward ticket to another country

For more detailed information about the regulations to enter Indonesia, you can visit their governmental website.

EL SALVADOR ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

El Salvador has opened its borders and started welcoming back foreigners since September 2020. On November 17, 2021, the Government of El Salvador removed the COVID-19 test and/or vaccination requirements for entry. However, you must verify with your airline that they have implemented this change to avoid complications at the departure airport. Even if there is no specific requirement anymore to enter the country, we highly recommend that you get a complete series of COVID-19 vaccination, minimum 14 days before departure. It’s everyone’s responsibility to keep each other safe!

Regardless of COVID, no visa is required to enter El Salvador. Upon your arrival at the airport, you’ll simply be asked to pay 12$US for a tourist visa. You’ll then be allowed to stay for 90 days in the country. For more detailed information, you can visit El Salvador governmental website .

ECUADOR ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Ecuador approved resumption of commercial flight operations in June 2020. Upon entry to Ecuador, all travellers must provide:

  • a COVID-19 with QR code or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing the traveler received a complete series of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Ecuador.
  • -OR- a PCR test certificate with a negative result received not more than 72 hours prior to your arrival to the country.

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*Make sure to have a PRINTED version of your PCR test. There is no quarantine required. Verify with your airline if they have specific requirements regarding COVID-19. Special rules apply to travellers if their point of origin is Brazil or India or if they transit these countries en route to Ecuador. Reach out to us in case these countries are part of your itinerary. There’s no visa necessary. A maximum stay of 90 days in the country is authorized to regular tourists. For more detailed information, you can visit Ecuador governmental website.

FOR ALL DESTINATIONS

*Make sure that you have a travel insurance that covers Emergency Medical Coverage, including COVID-19 medical coverage (mandatory to participate in the Experience). Lots of credit cards offer coverage for short holidays.We advise you to check with your bank. Otherwise, here’s a list of travel insurance agencies that cover COVID-19.

*Make sure that your passport is valid for a minimum of six months following your departure date.

*If you need a PCR test to return back to your home country, we will organize that for you on site. The cost of the PCR test is NOT included in the retreat and therefore, you should plan some money for this (usually between 50$ to 100$US).

ON-SITE PROTOCOLS & CO-LIVING

Everyone must feel comfortable to be spending a week in a group of 18 (14 participants + 4 staff) co-sharing rooms and sharing social areas. All Salty Souls staff team members are fully vaccinated and are taking precautions to minimize the chances of being in contact with the virus. If a staff member were to develop any COVID-19 symptoms and would test positive, she would be sent home to quarantine. If a guest were to develop any COVID-19 symptoms throughout the retreat and test positive to COVID-19, we will help her to accommodate comfortably in a separate location from the group throughout the necessary quarantine time. The cost of this private accommodation, food and medicine -if needed- would be at your own expense. This is why we recommend having a travel insurance that covers ALL costs related to COVID-19 (a travel insurance that covers emergency medical including COVID-19 is mandatory, but we recommend having one that also covers the costs related to the self isolation period). We also recommend having a flexible flight ticket that allows changes in case of testing positive to COVID-19 and not being allowed to take your flight back home. 

*It’s everyone’s responsibility to check the entry requirements to return to their home country and to make sure to have all required documents to board their flight.

The rooms, bathrooms and social areas will be cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis, but you must be ok sharing your room and bathroom with other participants.  If something doesn’t make you feel comfortable or you prefer not to participate in an activity, please reach out to one of our staff members: no judgement here, we really want you to enjoy your well-deserved vacation and will honour your requests with love.

CANCELLATION POLICY

The only factor that could cause a cancellation of the retreats is the closure of the borders of Indonesia/ El Salvador/ Ecuador. If this were to happen, we will offer a travel credit of the same amount, that can be used on any further trip of the same value, any of our destinations, with no expiry date.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to have a printed version of their vaccination card showing the complete series of the COVID-19 vaccine taken at least 14 days prior to entering the country and/or a Negative PCR Covid test received maximum 72 hours before the arrival to the country. We highly suggest doing the test in a private clinic to be sure to receive the result on time. It’s also your responsibility to check with your airline if they have some specific requirements. We are NOT responsible if a document is missing to embark on your flight.

In the case that you receive a positive PCR test making you unable to participate to the Experience, we will offer you a travel credit of the same amount, that can be used on any further trip of the same value, any of our destinations. If you were to develop any COVID-19 symptoms prior to departure, we require you to advise us and cancel your trip. We will offer you a travel credit, available to be used on any further trip for any of our destinations. If you are already in Indonesia/ El Salvador/ Ecuador prior to the retreat and develop symptoms and/or receive a positive COVID-19 result, you could choose to either get a travel credit OR you could decide to take part in the Experience 5 days after the beginning of your symptoms -if the symptoms are going away- or after receiving a negative COVID-19 result, whatever comes first. The accommodation and food during your self-isolation are at your own expenses.

*We are not responsible for flight schedule changes / cancelled flight. We suggest purchasing refundable airline tickets and to check with your travel insurance agency what their coverage is, in the event that you would miss your trip or a part of it due to a flight change.

GOT MORE QUESTIONS 

Please visit our Frequently Asked Question section where we address most of the traditional concerns about travelling with us.

For any further interrogation, email us at bookings@saltysoulsexperience.com