well known as a paradise island, a land of a thousand gods, thousand
temples, thousand dances, is located between the Pacific and Indian
Ocean, just below the equatorial line, on latitude 8 degree south
and longitude 115 degree east. The island is considered to be the
most attractive island to visitors. It is estimated that the were
more than 3.000.000 visitors a year from all round the world. Most
of them seek an understanding of a way of life that is really unique.
Bali is unique as having the last dominant and still intact
spiritual culture. Many of the traditional rituals and practices are just
as alive today as they ever were, and the strength and resilience of
the Balinese people and their culture is a testimony to the richess
of their faith. Most of Bali's 2.9 million people live in villages
in the central southern plains and in the capital towns of the eight
Kabupaten or regencies. Balinese society is collectivist and place
oriented. Villages are organized around community temples, and
collectively run by village councils called banjar. This social
structure remains strong,even in urban areas.Family compounds often
contain three generations and three generation and three or four
nuclear families, and each compound has a house temple where the
ancestral deities are honored. Customary law is imbued with communal
religious duties. More than 80 percent of the economy is based on
agriculture, the other sectors being handicrafts, tourism, small
trade, and professional services.
International points of entry into Bali, Indonesia, are the Ngurah
Rai Airport Denpasar (DPS) and the sea ports at Padang Bai, Benoa
Effective August 1, 2005, visitors
holding valid passports from certain countries can obtain either a 7
day or 30 day non-extendable visa at any of the 15 airports and 21
seaports designated as “international gateways” by the Indonesian
Immigration department. The fee for this visa, payable upon landing,
is US$25 for a 30-day visa.
on ARRIVAL (VoA) -
This facility is now available for nationals of the following
countries: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium,
Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt,
Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary,
Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia,
Libya, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico,
Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, People's Republic of
China, Poland, Portugal, Quatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia,
Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname,
Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United
Kingdom and the United States of America.
Citizens of these countries will be able to apply for a VoA valid
for 7 or 30 days. The
30-day visa costs US$25 per Person.
The Visa on Arrival
is non-extendable and cannot be converted into a different visa.
Once you have paid for and received your visa you will need
to proceed to Immigration where your visa will be processed.
that Immigration officials calculate the 30-day period as follows:
your arrival day is counted as your first day, and you must leave on
the 30th day, or extend your visa
Visitor passports must have at least six months before the expiry
date and one empty page.
Countries that do not require a
Visa to enter Bali:
Chile, Hongkong Special Administrative
Region, Macao Special Administrative Region,
Indonesian Customs allows on entry a maximum of one liter of
alcoholic beverages, 200 cigarettes or 50 Cigars or
200 grams of
tobacco and a reasonable amount perfume per adult. Prohibited from entry are narcotics, arms and ammunition,
explosives, pornographic materials,
Chinese medicines. All movie films and video
cassettes must be censored by the Film Censor Board. Fresh fruites,
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.100.000.000 is
Goods obtained overseas exceeding
USD250 per person or US1000 per family are subject to import duty.
Exit Fees &
The Government of Indonesia has officially
abolished the exit permit required for people leaving the country,
effective as of August 17, 2003. Airport tax levied on passengers
for international travel is Rp.100.000,- for travel within Indonesia
regional variations occur.
Travellers coming from infected areas are recommended to obtain
International health certificates
of vaccination against smallpox, cholera, yellow fever, typhoid and
For those who intended to stay for a longer period of time in Bali,
it is recommended to have gammaglobulin injections. Good advise for
visitors when they have infamous "Bali Belly" during their stay in
Bali is to take Lomotil and Imodium as an first medications. It is
also advisable to drink a strong, hot tea and avoid all fruits and spicy
foods at the first sign of discomfort (diarrhea and cramping).It
will help to lessen the cramping if you do charcoal tablets (the
brand name is Norit).
To stop from dehydration, Oralite (mineral replacement salts) is a
good choice and is available at nearly every store or local
pharmacy. In the worst cases caused by viral infection, get a doctor
for an antibiotics prescription.
To avoid Malaria, visitors should consult their doctor for a supply
of malaria-repressant tablets.
Chloroquine is available widely in Bali and much cheaper than abroad.
Drinking-it's best-drink bottled mineral water. Be cautions for the
sun as it is become very intense in the afternoon especially in dry
Annual rainfall is about 70 inches in the south central plains with
an average of two hundred days of rain per year. East Bali and the
north coast may get only 2-3 inches. Temperatures range from 60o F
to 85o F, depending on season and altitude. Bring a light jacket if
you plan to go to into the mountains. Daylight is from about 6 AM to
6 PM year-round with slight variations between June and December.
Generally 220-240V, 50 cycles AC. Some villages may have 110V, 50
cycles AC. Power is in greater demand than supply, and shortages are
common. Some outlying areas do not yet have any electricity. It's a
good idea to carry a small flashlight with a spare bulb and
batteries.Most large hotels provide hairdryers and electric adapters.
The Indonesian archipelago is spread over three time zones. Western
Indonesia Standard Time, which covers the islands of Sumatra, Java &
Madura, West and Central Kalimantan is 7 hours ahead of GMT; Central
Indonesia Standard Time covers East and South Kalimantan, Sulawesi,
Bali and Nusa Tenggara, is 8 hours ahead of GMT; finally Eastern
Indonesia Standard Time, which covers Maluku, and Irian Jaya is 9
hours ahead of GMT
Dress is normally informal in Indonesia due to the warm, humid
climate and clothing of light-weight fabrics are recommended.
Highland areas are noticeably cooler, however, and carrying a light
sweater is suggested. Acceptable attire for men is a shirt and long
pants. A jacket and tie are required for offlcial calls or for more
formal occasions. Long-sleeved batik shirts are acceptable for
evening functions. For ladies, dresses, blouses, and long pants are
appropriate. Shorts, halter tops or tank tops should only be used at
sports facilities or on the beach. Temple visits require long pants
or long skirts.
Business offices are usually open either from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm or
9.00 am to 5.00 pm, with a break for lunch between 12.00 noon and
1.00 pm. On Saturday many business offices are closed. Government
office hours are from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm from Monday to Friday, and
on Saturdays many Government offices are closed.
Major hotels usually add a 11% service charge to bills. Where it is
not included a tip of between 5% to 10% of the bill would be
appropriate if the service is satisfactory. Airport porters expect
Rp.2,000,- for a small bag and Rp.3,000,- for bags weighing more
than 20 kg. Tipping taxi and hire-car drivers is not mandatory, but
if service has been satisfactory a basic Rp.1,000,- tip is
sufficient for a taxi driver. Hirecar drivers would normally expect
a larger tip.
Consulate (Includes Canada, N.Zealand, UK, Papua New Guinea), Jl.
Prof. Yamin No.4, Denpasar.P.O. Box 243, Phone 235092, Fax 231990
Consular Agent of France, Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai No.35X, Sanur. Phone
285485 Fax 285485
Consular Agent of the United States of America, Jl. Hayam Wuruk
No.188 (Near the Renon Roundabout) Denpasar. Phone 233605 Fax 222426
Consular Agent of the Netherlands , Jl. Imam Bonjol No.599, Kuta,
P.O Box 377 Denpasar, Phone 751517 Fax 752777
Consular Agent of Switzerland & Austria, Swiss Restaurant, Jl. Pura
Bagus Teruna, Legian Kaja, Phone 751735 Fax 754457
Honorary Consul of Finland & Sweden , Segara Village Hotel, Jl.
Segara Ayu, 80228. Phone 288407-8, 288021 Sanur
Honorary Consul of Germany, Jl. Pantai Karang No.17, Sanur, P.O. Box
158 Denpasar, Phone 288535 Fax. 288826
Honorary Consul of Norway & Denmark, Mimpi Resort Jimbaran,
Kuta-Denpasar 80361, Phone 701070, Fax 701 072-074
Japanese Consulate, Jl. Raya Puputan, Renon, Denpasar. Phone 227628
Fax 231308, Mexican Consulate, Astina Tours, Jl. Hayam Wuruk No. 8
Denpasar. Phone 223552, Fax 231740
Italian Consulate, Lotus Enterprise Building, Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai,
Jimbaran, Ph./Fax. 701005
Ansett Australia: Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur. Ph. 289635 Fax.
Bouraq indonesia : Kompleks Sudirman Agung Blok A 47-48, Jl.PB
Sudirman Denpasar, Ph. 241397
Cathay Pacific: Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur. Ph. 28600,
Continental Micronesia: Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur, Ph. 287774,
EVA Air: Wisti Sabha Administration Building, Ground Floor, Room
No.4 Ngurah Rai Airport. Ph. 751011 ext 1638; Fax. 756488,
Garuda Indonesia: Grand Bali Beach Hotel. Ph. 288243, or at Natour
Kuta Beach. Ph. 751179, or at Nusa Dua. Ph. 771864, 771444,
Lauda Air : Gedung PAJ Jln. By Pass Ngurah Rai - Tuban Ph. 758686
Malaysia Airlines : Grand Bali Beach Hotel. Ph.285071-73, 288716; or
at Ngurah Rai Airport. Ph.756132
Merpati : Jln. Melati No. 51, Denpasar Ph. 235358
Qantas : Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur. Ph.288331-3 or at Ngurah Rai
Airport. Ph.288824, 288823, or at Kertha Wijaya Shopping Centre, Ph.
Singapore Airlines: Jl. Dewi Sartika No.88, Denpasar Ph.
261666, 26169, Fax: 26153
Thai Airways: Wisti Sabha Building, 2nd Floor Room 19, Ngurah Rai
Airport or Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Ph.754856,
Royal Brunei Airlines : Wisti Sabha Building, Ngurah Rai Airport.
China Airlines: Wisti Sabha Building, 2nd Floor Room 19, Ngurah Rai
Airport. Ph. 754856,
Japan airlines : Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Ph. 287576 - 287577
The Department of Tourism (Bali) has six Information Centres where
booklets and brochures can be obtained free of charge. Addresses :
Ngurah Rai International Airport, Tuban, Phone : (0361) 751011,
Bina Wisata Ubud, next to the Village Head's office in Ubud.,
Government Tourist Information Centre, Jl. Bunisari 36B, Kuta, Bali
Government Tourism Office, Jl. S. Parman Niti Mandala, Denpasar,
Phone : (0362) 222387, Buleleng Government Tourism Office, Jl.
Veteran 23, Singaraja, Phone: (0361) 225141, Tourist Information
Centre, Kaliasem, Lovina Beach.
The information supplied was believed correct
and current at the time of publication. When in doubt or if you have
questions, we strongly suggest that you contact the travel company
making your travel arrangement or you’re nearest Indonesian Embassy