Bali Travel tips and things you should know about Bali and Nusa Dua area
Visa to Visit indonesia
The Department of Justice and Human Rights has officially determined that as of August 2005: Indonesia Government had granted visa on arrival favor to 52 countries to be able to purchase the visa on arrival facility upon their arrival in Indonesia's designed “International Gateway” at 15 airports and 21 seaports.
They are: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, RRC, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Surinam, Taiwan, The Netherland, United Arab Emirate, United Kingdom and United States of America.
And started per 28 May 2007, Indonesia will be added its Visa on Arrival (VOA) favors to more 11 countries joined with previous 52 other favored countries according to the Directorate General of Immigration recent released paper.
The 11 countries are Algeria, the Czech Republic, Fiji, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Panama, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Tunisia.
Tourists from those selected countries will not oblige to apply abroad for a visa but can purchase a visa on arrival at 15 gates of Indonesia's international airports and seaports. The fee for this visa, payable upon landing, is US$10 for a 7 day visa and US$25 for a 30-day visa.
The official entry requirements for the issuance of
a 30 or 7 days visa-on arrival:
- Passport must be from one of the countries listed above.
- Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 (six) months from the date of entry into Indonesia.
- Payment of US$10 or US$25 must be paid at the gateway, depending on the length of visa required.
- Onward or return tickets are compulsory.
- Visitors must enter and exit through one of the 15 airports or 21 seaports officially approved as an “international gateway” by the Indonesian Immigration department.
11 countries and territories are eligible for a "Visa Free" facility. Those holding valid passports from the following countries will be granted a non-extendable 30-day Visa-Free Short Visit Permit upon arrival at an Indonesian international gateway without charge:Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore.
Others nationals that not granted with either visa on arrival favor nor visa free favor from Indonesia government may apply for tourist visa at Indonesia embassy abroad.Back to top
Banks, Credit Cards, Currency and Exchange
The Indonesian Rupiah offers very favorable rates of exchange and buying power against most foreign currencies. Hotels, moneychangers, and banks provide foreign exchange services. We strongly recommend the use of banks, whenever possible, when exchanging currency. Always insist on an official receipt at the time of the transaction and take your time to make sure the money received matches the total shown on the receipt. Those bringing foreign currency to Indonesia should note that many banks and moneychangers refuse to accept foreign bank notes that are soiled, torn or generally poor condition.
Many shops, large and small, accept credit cards with an extra charge of 3% to 5%. Cash advances can be obtained in all major tourist resorts - Denpasar, Kuta, Sanur and Ubud. Automatic Teller Machines can be found all over the place, especially at shopping centers and bank branches. Most of them are connected to international banking networks. Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are accepted by most businesses.Back to top
Weather, Climate, Seasons and Time Zone
The island of Bali sits ate between 5 and 10 degrees south latitude below the equator. The weather is generally calm for most of the year. Daytime temperatures are in the 80's (Fahrenheit) throughout the year with the rains traditionally falling between November and April. Bali is spared a monsoonal season and rains, when they do come, generally last only several hours, lowering the temperatures slightly and making for greener scenery all around. Bali Time Zone is GMT + 8 hours or WITA (Indonesian Central Time)Back to top
Health and Safety
Bali has several well-equipped international hospitals providing emergency and outpatient services to cater to the needs of foreign visitors. However, it is essential to have a travel insurance policy to cover theft, loss and medical problems. Some companies offer a range of medical expense options, but the small print must be scrutinized. Check that the policy covers ambulances and emergency flights home. Numerous policies also specify exclusion of dangerous activities such as scuba diving, renting a local motorbike on Bali and even trekking. Take note that locally acquired motorbikes are not valid under certain policies.Back to top
Most hotels use 220 volts, 50 cycles and a round, two-pronged slim plug. Bathroom shaver plugs usually have a transformer switch. We suggest taking an adaptor for your appliance.Back to top
Hotels offer international direct dialing, facsimile and internet connections. A nationwide network of small business people operating "WARTEL" or telecommunication kiosks offering international and domestic telephone communications at competitive rates. Bali has several mobile telephone operators that, depending on agreements in place with your home service supplier, should provide roaming support for your hand phone brought from home.
- - Indonesian country code: 62, and Bali area code: 361
- - Operator Assisted Calls: Within Indonesia: 100, International: 101
- - Directory Information: Bali: 108, Indonesia: 106
Please consider making a photocopy of your important documents (airline tickets, the identifying pages of your passport, credit card details and traveler's checks). Store all of this data separately from your wallet for a speed replacement in the event of loss.
If you wish to hire a car you must be over 18 years of age and posses an International Driver's License or license from ASEAN countries. Light and casual clothes are the most practical and you'll find natural fibers like cotton or linen are the most comfortable in Bali's humid conditions. Waist sashes should be worn when visiting temples. Remember to bring along sunscreen and sun block to protect yourself from the harsh Bali sun. A hat and sunglasses is also useful around noon, when the tropical sun is intense.
Business Hours: from 08.00 a.m. until 05.00 p.m. Monday to Friday and half days on Saturdays. Supermarkets, department stores and shops - like similar businesses around the world maintain long opening hours for their customer's convenience. Museums are closed on Mondays.Back to top
Do's and Dont's
Things that you should pay attention for your smooth travel experience in Bali and to avoid local faux pas.DON'T
- - Take drugs. This carry the death penalty according to Indonesian laws.
- - Step on offerings in the street - walk around them.
- - Attempt to swim outside designated areas on the beach.
- - Touch people's heads. It's very offensive to Balinese Hindus.
- - Enter temples during menstruation.
- - Use your left hand in sacking or handing over something to someone as it is considered impolite. If there is no other option then express your apology.
- - Consider to put salt on your food and drink water - you will probably
sweat a lot.
- - Convert money at a reputable looking money changer shop and independently calculate before changing. Shop around as the rate may vary, check whether the commission is added or not.
- - Put on loads of high factor waterproof Sun Cream especially if you intend to spend a lot of time in the water.
- - Drink a lot of bottled water and eat a lot of fresh fruits - do your body a favor.
- - Be careful with your belonging at all times. Leave your important documents in your hotel safe and wander around with the copies.
- - Respect the slow pace of processions - don't honk.
- - Haggle when buying, except on price-tagged goods.
- - Reconfirm your outbound flight.
- - Show your respect by wearing sarong when entering temples.
Foreign Consulates in Bali
Some foreign countries maintaining consulates and representatives in Bali are as follows:
(also rep. Canada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea & other commonwealth in emergencies) Australian Consulate, Jalan Hayam Wuruk No. 88 B, Tanjung Bungkak Denpasar, Bali 80324
Tel : ++62-(0)361-241118 Facsimile: ++62-(0)361-241120, Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
British Honorary Consul, Cat and Fiddle Restaurant - Jalan Mertasari No. 2 Sanur Tel / Fax: 62-361-282968, Email: email@example.com
Jl. Pengembak Gg. 1 Nr. 3 Sanur 80827, Bali, Indonesia
Tel: 62-361-281503, Fax: 62-361-285216, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Consulate of the Czech Republic, Jl.Pengembak 17, Sanur
Tel : 62-361-286465, Fax : 62-361-286408, Email : email@example.com
Consular Agency of France, Jalan mertasari Gg.II No. 8, Sanur Kauh - Denpasar.
Tel: 62-361-285485 Fax: 62-361-286406, Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Consulate of Germany, Jalan Pantai Karang 17, Sanur Denpasar.
Tel. 62-361-288535, 62-361-288826, Fax 62-361-288826, Email : email@example.com
Honorary Vice Consulate of Italy, Lotus Enterprise Building, Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, Jimbaran, Denpasar
Tel. 62-361-701005, Fax 62-361-701005, Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Consulate Office of Japan, Jalan Raya Puputan, Renon Denpasar No.170
Tel. 62-361-227628, Fax 62-361-231308, Email : email@example.com
Honorary Consulate of Mexico, Puri Astina Building, Jalan Prof. Moh. Yamin 1-A, Renon, Denpasar
Tel. 62-361-223266, Fax 62-361-244568, Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Consulate of The Netherlands, Jalan Raya Kuta No: 127, Kuta
Tel. 62-361-751517, Fax 62-361-752777, Email : email@example.com
NORWAY & DENMARK
Royal Danish Consulate, Mimpi Resort, Kawasan Bukit Permai, Jimbaran
Tel. 62-361-701070 (ext 32), Fax. 62-361-701073, 62-361-701074
Honorary Consulate of Spain, Jl.Raya Sanggingan, br lungsiakan, Kedewatan Ubud
Tel. 62-361-975736, Fax. 62-361-975726, Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
SWEDEN & FINLAND
Consulate of Sweden and Finland, Segara Village Hotel, Jalan Segara Ayu, Sanur 80228
Tel. 62-361-288407, Fax 62-361-287242, Email: email@example.com
SWITZERLAND & AUSTRIA
Kompleks Istana Kuta Galleria, Blok Valet 2 No. 12 Jl. Patih Jelantik - 80361 Kuta
Tel: +62-361-751735 Fax: 62-361-754457, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Consular Agency of the United States of America, Jalan Hayam Wuruk 188, Tanjung Bungkak Denpasar 80235
Tel. 62-361-233605, Fax 62-361-222426, Email : firstname.lastname@example.org