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General Information

Entry Formalities
bali tour travelAll visitors to Indonesia must be in possession of a national passport valid for at least six months when entering the country. A 30-day tourist visa is obtainable from any Indonesian diplomatic or consular mission, and may be used at any time within 6 months of issue, good for one entry only. Visa-free entry for a maximum stay of 2 months with a confirmed onward passage is permitted for nationals of ASEAN countries (Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore. 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.


Climate
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.

Health
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.

Currency
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.

Clothing
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.

Airport Tax
An airport departure tax of Rp 100.000 per person is charged for International departure, and Rp 30.000 for domestic departure.

Shopping
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.

Entertainment
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
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