Bali Travel Tips
You must have a minimum of six months
validity in you passport upon entry into Indonesia and
have proof of onward destination.
- Visas are not required for nationals
- Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium,
Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, Finland,
France, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland,
Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia,
Maldives, Malta, Morocco, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands,
New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Singapore, South
Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan,
Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom (Great Britain),
United States of America, United Emirate Arab, Yugoslavia,
- The maximum stay permitted
two months and is not extendible.
Indonesian Customs allows on entry
a maximum ofone liter
of alcoholic beverages,
200 cigarettes or 50 Cigars or 100 grams of tobacco
reasonable amount perfume per adult.
- The following need to be declared when
entering the country;
- photographic equipment
- tape recorders
- Prohibited from entry are;
- TV sets
- arms and ammunition
- printed matter in Chinese characters
- Chinese medicines.
- Also note:
- All movie films and video cassettes
must be censored by the Film Censor Board.
- Fresh fruits, plants and animals must
have quarantine permits.
- There is no restriction on import
or export of foreign currencies. However, the export
or import of Indonesian currency exceeding Rp.50,000
- There's a departure tax on domestic
( Rp. 11,000) and international (Rp. 50.000) flights.
Only children under two years of age are exempt.
Make sue you have medical insurance before you leave your
country. Medical bills can be quite costly and having
medical insurance could save your life. Contract your
travel agent to get information on recommended medical
insurance plans. Don't forget, if you extend your travel
in Bali , you should also extend your insurance cover.
- Travelers should be aware that the Blood
Bank in Bali normally carries no stock of Rhesus (Rh)
- Personal Security
You could be robbed at any time. Watch out for pickpockets
and bag-snatchers, and always lock your hotel room
- Keep your valuables (passport, airline
ticket, credit cards, travellers cheques and cash)
in a safe deposit box at your hotel, or at a bank.
- Secure the key in your money belt;
don't leave it in your hotel room when you go out.
- Money belts are better than 'bum bags',
which are an open invitation to pickpockets. Hide
your money belt under your clothes.
- Carry your handbag on the side of the
road furthest from the roadway.
- Keep copies of your travel documents
and emergency contact details on your person.
- An unattended car can be broken into
within minutes. If you are touring in Indonesia, either
carry everything with you when you leave the car,
or find somewhere to stay first and secure items at
the hotel before you go out.
- If you really need to travel with all
your valuables, secure items in various places rather
than lose everything if one bag is stolen.
- To drive legally in Indonesia you must
have a current Indonesian or International Driver's
License that is valid for the type of vehicle you
- If you rent a vehicle and you don't
have such a license, you will be driving illegally
and your insurer may refuse any claim you make.
- Insist on paying for comprehensive insurance
when you rent a vehicle. Negotiations with vehicle
owners and families of injured parties can take at
least a week to resolve. If you have organized comprehensive
insurance, the rental agency is responsible.
- You wouldn't ride without a helmet in
your own country; don't when overseas. Check your
travel insurance does it cover motorcycle riding?
- Most companies that rent motorcycles
only provide flimsy helmets. Bring a proper
helmet with you or only rent from a company that supplies
- Wear protective clothing (not shorts
Characteristics of driving in Bali.
- Get use to bikes and cars swerving
into your lane without indicating.
- Watch out for large holes in the
road or obstacles such as small trees to indicate
where holes are.
- Many food carts and salespeople
operate off the side of the road- beware.
- Merging traffic only give way if
they are smaller than you.
- Every man for himself when entering
- There are many one lane roads and
you may have to go quite a distance to return
to the same location.
- Balinese are not use to drivers
driving with there parking or head lights on during
- Watch out for drivers, including
trucks and buses overtaking on busy roads.
- Check your travel insurance does it
cover water sports?
- Bali's beaches have strong 'rips'. Only
swim between the lifesavers' flags. Don't swim in
the sea at night or when the beach is unpatrolled.
- 'Jet-ski' accidents are common because
of the speed these craft travel at. Be careful.
- Don't 'para-sail' with cheap, unlicensed
amateurs. Only use major companies that are insured.
- Remember, friends and relatives may
need to contact you in an emergency. Here are some
- Leave copies of your itinerary, passport
and insurance policy with friends or relatives.
- If you don't have any firm plans, make
a schedule to call home regularly and stick to it.
- Update your contact details through
the airline you are traveling with (sometimes messages
are left with the airline for forwarding).
of stolen travellers cheques can be replaced - stolen
cash is gone! By the way, the old paper banknotes
can be difficult to exchange.
you bank about drawing cash from you account anywhere
in the world via your ATM keycard and the CIRRUS system.
It may be best to have a credit card available just
careful with you money at money changers. Some money
changers have 'adjusted calculators, as well as forget
to tell you they have deduct unadvertised commissions
and use many other magical tricks to take your money.
to reputable authorized moneychangers that do no t
charge a commission. Always count your Rupiah
yourself before leaving the premises.
- Don't allow drugs to spoil your holiday
- Like many popular tourist destinations
around the world, the drug penalties in Indonesia
- This in not a general practise in Bali.
Most of the larger hotels and restaurants add a service
charge and tax which on average is around 20%. In
smaller establishments tips are not expected but appreciated!
HAVE A GREAT AND SAFE TRIP!
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taken in preparing this information, neither Balihotelsnet.com.
nor its agents or employees can accept liability for
any injury, loss or damage arising in respect of any
statement contained herein.