Bali lies just 8 degrees south of the equator, hence a hat is particularly
needed to avoid the sunburn since the sun is quite fierce during the day. Light
and loose cotton attire is more advisable for travelling during the day due the
warm weather, but it is considered disrespectful to wear brief clothings in the
villages, towns or on public transportations, and it is more unacceptable to
wear mini skirts, shorts, thongs and beach wear for visiting temples, ritual
ceremonies and government offices.
Bali Visas and Travel Permits
The Indonesian government has issued a new regulation regarding a Visa on
Arrival (VOA) system for visitors to Indonesia. This came into effect on
February 1st, 2004 and stipulates that :
A free visa for a short visit (up to 30 days) is given to 11 countries,
including Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, The Philippines,
Hong Kong, macao, Morocco, Peru, Chili, and Vietnam.
A Visa on Arrival must be obtained by 63 countries and one special
territory. This visa can be obtained as soon as they arrive in Indonesia. These
countries include : America, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil,
Denmark, United Arab Emirates, Finland, Hungary, England, Italy, Japan, Germany,
Canada, South Korea, Norway, France, Poland, Switzerland, New Zealand, Aljazair,
Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Holland, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia,
Fiji, India, Iran, Ireland, Iceland, Cambodia, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Libya,
Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Egypt, Monaco,
Oman, Panama, Portugal, Qatar, China, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia,
Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Tunisia, Greece and one territory in Taiwan.
Travellers granted a Visa on Arrival may enter Indonesia through selected
points of entry, including - Airports : Polonia (Medan), Sultan Syarif Kasim - H
(Pekanbaru), Tabing (Padang), Soekarno Hatta (Jakarta), Juanda (Surabaya),
Ngurah Rai (Bali), and Sam Ratulangi (Manado). Seaports : Sekupang Batu Ampar,
Nongsa, Marina Teluk Senimba (Batam), Bandar Bintan Telani Lagoi, Bandar Sri
Udana Lobarn (Tanjung Uban), Belawan (Belawan), Sibolga (Sibolga), Yos Sudarso
(Durnai), Teluk Bayur (Padang), Tanjung Priok (Jakarta), Padang Bai (Bali),
Jayapura (Jayapura), and Seven Harbours.
Visitors from countries excluded from this facility need to obtain the visa
from the Indonesia Embassy in their country of origin.
Visitors staying for 7 days in Indonesia are obliged to pay US$ 10 per
person, while those staying for 8 - 30 days must pay US$ 25 per person.
Departure tax for international destinations is Rp. 1.000.000,- per person and
Rp. 30.000,- per person for domestic destinations.
According to custom regulations, one adult is allowed to bring into Indonesia
a maximum of one litre of alcoholic beverages, 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or
10.000 grams of tobacco, and a reasonable amount of perfumes.
Photographic, video and filming equipments, radios, typewriters and cars are
admitted provided they are recorded in your passport on entry and taken out of
the country on departure. Narcotics, firearms and ammunitions, TV sets and
Chinese medicines are strictly prohibited. Fresh fruits, plants and animals must
be passed by the quarantine office.
Bali Health Regulation
Valid vaccination certificates for smallpox, cholera and yellow fever are
required from those who come from infected areas. Bali is a tropical island so
the visitor should be aware of the danger of the sunburn, and prepare this by
always wearing a hat and using sunscreen lotion or sun block. Medicines can be
obtained with a prescription from the doctor at local pharmacies called
Bali Medical Services
Hospital and health centers staffed by well-trained doctors and medical assistants are available in major tourist resorts and Provincial Capital. Public health centers are also available at every sub-distric units.
The following are some hospitals/health clinic lists :
Bali Hyatt Hotel Clinic Jl. Danau Tamblingan 89, Phone (0361) 288271
Bali International Medical Center (BIMC) Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai 100x Tuban, Phone (0361) 761263
Kuta Clinic Jl. Raya Kuta 100, Phone (0361) 761263
SOS Medica Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai 505x Kuta, Phone (0361) 710544 / 720100
Qantas Airways Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur, Phone (0361) 288331-3
Royal Brunei Wisti Sabha Building No. 5 , International Airport Ngurah Rai, Phone (0361) 757292
Singapore Airlines Limited Ngurah Rai International Airport, Phone (0361) 768388 ext. 1587
Thai Airways International Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur, Phone (0361) 288141, 288063
Bali Bussiness Hour
Government offices open from 7.30 am - 3.30 pm. Except on Saturdays and Sundays with short days up to 13.00 on Fridays. Most shops are open six days a week from 8.00 am – 3.00 pm and in the evening from 5.00 pm – 10.00 pm, while departement stores and shopping centers are open for 12 hours (10.00 am – 10.00 pm). Some also open on Sundays.
Bali Tourist Information Offices
Integrated Tourist Information Center Jl. Raya Kuta no 1, Kuta
Ubud Tourist Information Services Jl. Raya Ubud, Phone (0361) 973285
Bali Government Tourist Offices
Bali Tourism Authority Jl. S. Parman, Renon, Denpasar, Phone (0361) 222387, Fax (0361) 226313
Denpasar Government Tourist Office Jl. Surapati, Denpasar, Phone (0361) 223602
Badung Government Tourist Office Jl. Raya Kuta No. 2, Kuta, Phone (0361) 756175 / 756176
Bali Tourism Development Corporation Nusa Dua Complex, Phone (0361) 771010
Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Associations (PHRI – Bali Chapter) Jl. Raya Puputan, Renon (DIPARDA II Building), Phone (0361) 237272
Indonesian Marine Tourism Association (GAHAWISRI – Bali Chapter) Jl. Raya Puputan, Renon (DIPARDA II Building), Phone (0361) 236194
Indonesian Tourist Attraction Organization (PUTRI – Bali Chapter) Jl. Raya Puputan, Renon (DIPARDA II Building), Phone (0361) 242266
Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies (ASITA – Bali Chapter) Jl. Raya Puputan, Renon (DIPARDA II Building), Phone (0361) 243255, 243205
Society of Indonesian Proffesional Convention Organizers (SIPCO – Bali Chapter) Jl. Raya Puputan, Renon (DIPARDA II Building), Phone (0361) 229500
Bali Tourism Transportation Association (PAWIBA) Jl. Hayam Wuruk No. 69, Denpasar, Phone (0361) 233920
Indonesian Tour Guide Association (HPI – Bali Chapter) Jl. Raya Puputan, Renon (DIPARDA II Building), Phone (0361) 232839
Bali Village Tourism Marketing and Promotion Association Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai 88x, Sanur, Phone (0361) 288878
Pasific Asia Travel Association (PATA – Bali Chapter) Jl. Raya Puputan, Renon (DIPARDA II Building), Phone (0361) 225578
Bali Telecommunication Services
Bali is linked via satellite to all major countries in the world and to make an international call can be made from any private houses, bussiness centers, hotel's telephones, or "WARTEL" (Telecommunication Counter for Public).
For local and international phone and fax services, look out for a sign like international direct dialling 001 or 008 or 017 + country code + area code + local telephone number. International direct inquiries 102 Local direct inquiries 108 Operator assisted 110 / 104