More than a hundred Australians have left Bali on board a repatriation flight organised by the federal government.

The Qantas plane flew empty from Sydney to Denpasar, Bali’s capital, and took off for Darwin on Wednesday afternoon with 186 people on board, including infants and crew, an Indonesian airport official said.

“This Qantas flight is assigned for Australian citizen repatriation which will take it to Darwin,” airport public relations manager Taufan Yudhistira said on Wednesday.

Those on board the flight, mostly those considered vulnerable to the virus, will enter quarantine at Howard Springs.

Hundreds of other Australians eager to get home, however, will remain behind.

Australians queue to depart Bali at the airport.
Australians queue to depart Bali at the airport. Credit: 7NEWS

“I’ve been here nine months and I’m just ready to go home, see my family and hopefully come back next year,” a woman from Perth told 7NEWS.

“I look forward to coming back when I can.”

The workers wearing personal protective equipment carry the coffin of COVID-19 victims in Bali.
The workers wearing personal protective equipment carry the coffin of COVID-19 victims in Bali. Credit: Getty Images

Travellers have to return a negative COVID test prior to departure.

Indonesia has quickly become the epicentre of Asia’s COVID crisis.

July marked a grim record for the southeast Asian country, with 1.2 million cases reported during the month, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

The number of new cases in a single day eclipsed 56,000 in the middle of the month, with more than 1000 people dying each day.

Health screening is enforced at the airport.
Health screening is enforced at the airport. Credit: 7NEWS
A Balinese worker sprays natural disinfectant inside of Hindu Temple of Jagatnatha amid COVID-19 pandemic in Denpasar, Bali.
A Balinese worker sprays natural disinfectant inside of Hindu Temple of Jagatnatha amid COVID-19 pandemic in Denpasar, Bali. Credit: Getty Images

It’s not known whether more repatriation flights are scheduled for Australians in Indonesia in the future.

The Australian Embassy in Jakarta and the Australian Consulate-General in Bali made a joint statement at the end of July for those stuck in Indonesia.

“If you are an Australian in Indonesia and you want to return home, you need to register now,” it said.

“We are actively exploring options for Australians looking to return home but you need to register now.”

Hundreds of Australians to be flown out of COVID-riddled Bali as holiday hotspot’s virus situation deteriorates
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