Practical Traveling Information
Passport and Visa
• It is mandatory that your passport be valid more than six months after the date of your return.
• The Indonesian government has reinstated a tourist visa since February 2004 for most of the nationalities traveling to Indonesia. This visa can easily be obtained on the spot upon arrival at the airport in Indonesia (Jakarta, Denpasar, Medan, Surabaya, Manado, etc.) against the sum of US$ 25 and will be valid for 30 days and not renewable.
• For the travelers from European countries, this visa can equally be obtained with Euros if there is no US dollars with you, and the currency rate will be adapted to the rate of the immigration services (often a little bit lower), and then the change will be returned in Indonesian rupiah. This little immigration procedure goes on quickly through the customs.
Vaccinations and Medicines
• To come to Indonesia, no particular vaccine is required. Nevertheless, it is important
to be up to date in your usual vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, polio. It is also recommended to be vaccinated against typhoid and
hepatitis A. In the event of an extention of stay, the vaccine against hepatitis B is recommended. If you plan to do some water
sports on the spot such as scuba diving, you may require a medical certificate.
• To avoid as much as possible the diarrhea due to the different food and the change of temperature ... you can take a daily antibiotic used specifically against the "travel diarrhea.” Certain anti-diarrheal drugs such as Lomotil and Imodium which are available on prescription are extremely effective to relieve a diarrhea. To get more information about this matter, it is better to consult your doctor.
• Bali is free from malaria. Nevertheless, it is better to equip oneself with an effective product of anti mosquito in case of doing some extension of stay and trips to the other neighboring islands, and this product can be found easily on the spot at a lower price.
When to Go to Bali
• The best time to come to Bali and Indonesia is during the dry season starting from April until October, while the rest is often very wet and cloudy characterized by more stormy passages. In general, the months of July and August are the mildest and driest period of the year. With the average temperature of 25 ° C at night and 30 ° C during the day throughout the year, Bali has a very pleasant tropical climate.
• The peak touristic season really happens in July and August, and the prices for most of the tourist services are often increased. If you plan to come to Bali around this time, it is advisable to book everything (flights, accommodation, guide ...) a few months in advance.
• For those who want to avoid the tourist crowds, the period of November until April is also possible to make a trip and tours to explore the island including the possibility to discover some cultural events as they happen throughout the year, except during this period the sun is somewhat uncertain.
What to Bring with you
We recommend you just to bring a minimum luggage to Bali because you will need only light clothes due to the unique tropical temperature along the year, and it is just easier to wash them on the spot. Moreover, it is better not to bring jewelry valuables, leather clothing or leather bags, hard big suitcases especially because they are less convenient to carry on during the trip than the soft and flexible bags.
Here is the list of things that you can do before leaving :
• The law
prohibits the importation
of narcotics, weapons, ammunition,
televisions, radios, pornographic objects, pets, living plants. Another restriction is the import of Chinese medicine, and in general everything that is
printed in Chinese characters.
• What is allowed to import : 1 liter of alcohol, 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 100 grams of tobacco and a reasonable amount of perfume.
The airport tax is levied on all international flights departing from the international airport Ngurah Rai Denpasar corresponding to 150,000 Rupiah per person and also on domestic flights to other cities in Indonesia totaling 30,000 Rupiah. These taxes have to be paid in Rupiah, and we recommend you to keep it sufficiantly.
Currency and Exchange
Just like all other civilised nations, Indonesia has its own set form of currency which is known locally as Rupiah or Rp for short. Rupiah comes in coin and note’s variations and it can be a little confusing for someone from the UK, USA or Australia to understand due to the high denominations. The Rupiah Notes that you will see while in Bali are;
Indonesia is 6 hours ahead in summer and 7 hours ahead in winter of the European countries (France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Nederland, etc.), 8 hours ahead of UK. While against North America (United States, Canada) is 12 hours ahead
• Indonesian posting service is generally effective. For mailing letters or postcards from Bali to Western European countries, it takes 10 days to 2 weeks
• Nowadays the postal rates to various European destinations are:
a postcard (no envelope) is Rp 10,000 (€ 0.65)
a letter is about Rp 15,000 (€ 1)
• Stamps can be found everywhere in tourist places in Bali - in post offices, in some shops selling postcards in tourist areas.
• The Indonesian wired network has considerably improved in recent years, and a great numbers of antennas for mobile phone coverage have recently been installed in everywhere in Bali. So there is no problem today to make a telephone call between Bali and other parts of the world.
• The average price of a telephone call between Bali and Europe is about Rp 20,000 (€ 1.80) per minute when calling from a telephone shops (call center with cabins), and even more expensive in a hotel. Here are the calling procedures :
• If you want to use your mobile for international communication on the spot, you can buy a local SIM card for about Rp 15,000 (€ 1.5). The telephone operator having the best coverage among others is Telkomsel that costs about 1,500 to 5,000 rupiahs depending on the operator you contact and the distance.
Today almost everywhere in Indonesia and Bali, electricity is 220V. In most cases the sockets are similar to those in Europe (two sheets). The Power outage happens rarely and the power grid operates at a maximum capacity. Unfortunately, the public lighting especially on the street of countryside is very low, so a small flashlight will be a great help to escape you from landing in a hole.
Transportation and Traffics
• There are in fact quite a few means of transport to move around Bali, and the most possible way is to rent a car. However, you have to take account of the traffic condition in Bali and Indonesia generally: the left-hand drive, road full of pedestrians (school children, farmers ...), cyclists, animals crossing the road without warning, motorcyclists leading to a cross road that do not give priority, and those who suddenly overtake from the left side can be of a great trouble on the road.
• Unless you have a driving experience in a similar traffic situation , we do not recommend you to drive alone in Bali. Renting a car with driver / guide is the best way to discover Bali quietly.
• However, if you wish to travel yourself there are many taxis, public transport (bemo), except this way is less convenient for you to match the schedules you have prepared and the destinations you want to head for. For a day or two, renting a small motor bike seems better. In this case, you are required to bring with you an international driving license.
Codes of Conduct in Bali
Social behavior is something which defines a person's upbringing. The way you behave in a foreign land defines your own culture. Etiquette is the lone phrase which defines the code of conduct or how a person interacts with another. Patterns of behavior are different for different country so, it is very important for a person to understand the social behavior and ethics of that country before visiting it. While going through the Bali Travel Guide it is very important for a tourist to go through the Etiquette and Behavior in Bali thoroughly and know the Culture of Bali.
Whatever might be the reason for your visit to Bali, knowing the proper etiquette is a must. Social occasions are important in Bali. There is a large Muslim community in Bali. If you participate in the fasting month that is Ramzan you should behave in a proper way and this falls under the Bali Etiquette and Behavior. People are served an elaborate menu refusing which would be disrespect to the person. Elaborate dining is a common affair for the people. Another remarkable aspect of the customs is the slaughter of animals during various ceremonies. Different parts of these animals are offered to different people. If you participate in the ceremony and refuse to accept the gift it means you are disrespecting the person who offers you that. Etiquette and Behavior in Bali is an essential component that falls under Bali Useful Information while you visit this place.
It is not only necessary to maintain codes of etiquette in the social ceremonies. Etiquette and Behavior in Bali is also very important when you visit the place for business. There are certain norms and behavior that you need to follow while on a business meeting to Bali. If you are hosting a meeting in Bali it is very important that you offer beverages like tea or coffee to the participants. If you are participating in a meeting then it is necessary to drink refreshments even if you are not thirsty. Using the left hand is a mark of contempt.
Another remarkable point in the list of Etiquette and Behavior in Bali in Indonesia is the way you call a person. Calling a person with your fingers above is a bad manner. Politeness is the keyword for every occasion in Bali. So, before visiting Bali it is extremely important to go through the etiquettes and customs there.