be in possession
of a national
for at least
A 30-day tourist
visa is obtainable
from any Indonesian
may be used
at any time
within 6 months
of issue, good
for one entry
entry for a
of 2 months
with a confirmed
of ASEAN countries
Philippines & Thailand, Vietnam,
Laos, Kampuchea, Myanmar), plus Nationals of Australia, New
Zealand, Japan, Republic of Korea, United States of America,
Canada, EC (European Community) member countries, Austria,
Switzerland, and Scandinavian countries. A special permit
is required to visit the province of Irian Jaya.
Bali has only 2 seasons, the wet season from November to April
and dry from May to October. As a tropical country, it is
always warm in the low lands or coastal areas, with temperatures
ranging from 35°C to 27°C and dropping to 15°C in the highlands.
Pleasant breezes cool evening in the warm areas and in the
mountain areas can be quite cold.
A valid international certificate of vaccination against smallpox,
and inoculations against cholera and yellow fever is required
only for travelers arriving from infected areas.
It is recommended for passenger to equip themselves with tablets
for stomach upsets, such us vomiting and diarrhea, and to
avoid drinking un-boiled water or ice from wayside stalls,
while traveling. Antiseptic creams and insect repellents are
useful, also antibiotics for infections, particularly respiratory
infections. Common sense should be used when eating out. Doctors
are available through major hotels or at their private practices.
Private clinics are preferable to the Public Hospital. Well-stocked
chemists are in all major towns, including Kuta and Sanur.
Local Indonesian currency is known as Rupiah. There are no
restrictions on the amount of foreign currency, which can
be brought into, or taken out of the country, being a free
money market. Most foreign currencies and traveller - cheques
are easily changed. Larger hotels that have banks, are easily
found in the Nusa Dua, Kuta and Sanur areas, as well as Denpasar
and other main towns. It is advisable to change into Rupiahs
before traveling off the beaten track. Credit Cards are not
widely accepted, except in first class hotels and some major
souvenir shops. Cards most accepted are American Express,
Visa, Bankcard, and Dinners.
Dress is normally casual and light for the hot humid areas.
A long sleeved shirt is fine for eveningwear, and for ladies
simples frock. Jackets and ties are only used for official
calls or formal occasions. Shorts and swimwear are acceptable
on beach and around hotels, but should not be worn to villages
or on visits to town. A light sweater or jacket is recommended
when visiting mountain areas.
An airport departure tax of Rp 100.000 per person is charged
for International departure, and Rp 30.000 for domestic departure.
Bali is famous for it's woodcarving and sculptures; silver
and gold jewelry, woven cloth, sarongs, traditional and realist
paintings, bone and coconut shell carvings, antiques, basket
wares and masks. More recently garment manufacture has increased
and excellent designer garments are available cheaply. Tailoring
is cheap and quick. Except in fixed-price stores & restaurants,
shopping is done by bargaining, the national sport. Only one
rule, both buyer and seller should end up satisfied, and not
lose face! It can be fun.
As well as superb traditional dances, there are classical
Gamelan orchestras, Shadow Puppet Plays, Dramas, and a variety
of traditional cultural entertainments unique to this culture.
Nightlife also abounds in certain areas, Discos, Restaurants,
and Supper Clubs provide western style enjoyment.