Prepare before you leave
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
All travelers to Indonesia must be in possession of a Passport that is valid for at least six (6) months from the date of arrival, and have proof (tickets) of onward or return passage.
Free Tourist Visa
Tourist Visa Free Facilities are valid for 30 days, are non-extendable and cannot be transferred into any other type of of stay permit.
The visa exemption facility can be used for tourism, family visit, social visit, art and cultural, government duty, to deliver a speech or attend a seminar, international exhibition, meetings with head office or representative office in Indonesia, or transit.
The following are the 169 Countries granted Visa Free Facilities can enter and exit Indonesian : (Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Comoros, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica (Commonwealth), Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao, people’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Macao, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Island, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa , South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor Leste, Togo, Tango, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay , Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City State, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
If the 30 days of Visit Visa Exemption facility feels insufficient, visitor still can apply for Visa on Arrival (given for 30 days and extendable for another 30 days) or Visit Visa.
The Indonesian Government extends Visa on Arrival (VoA) to nationals of 61 countries which can be obtained at designated entry airports and sea ports. Visa-on-Arrival are valid for 30 days and are extendable with another 30 days to be applied at Immigration offices in Indonesia. Visas cost US$35
Countries extended Visa-on-Arrival facility are:
1. Algeria, 2. Australia, 3.Argentina, 4.Austria, 5. Bahrain, 6. Belgium, 7. Brazil, 8. Bulgaria, 19. Canada, 10.Cyprus, 11. Denmark, 12. Egypt, 13. Estonia, 14.Fiji, 15. Finland, 16.France,17. Germany, 18.Greece 19.Hungary, 20.Iceland, 21.India, 22.Iran, 23. Ireland,24.Italy, 25. Japan, 26.Kuwait, 27. Lao PDR, 28.Latvia, 29.Libya, 30.Lithuania, 31.Liechtenstein, 32. Luxemburg, 33. Malta, 34. Maldives, 35.Monaco,36. Mexico, 37. New Zealand, 38. the Netherlands, 39. Norway, 40. Oman, 41.Panama, 42. The People’s Republic of China, 43.Poland, 44. Portugal, 45.Qatar,46.Rumania, 47.Russia, 48.South Africa, 49.South Korea, 50.Switzerland,51.Saudi Arabia, 52.Spain, 53.Suriname, 54.Sweden, 55.Slovakia, 56.Slovenia,57.Taiwan, 58. Tunisia. 59..the United Arab Emirates, 60. the United Kingdom,61. The United States of America.
More Information on immigration available at: http://www.imigrasi.go.id
What to bring
Casual lightweight clothing – Bali is consistently hot and humid. Bring cool, lightweight breathable clothing.
Comfortable footwear – eg. thongs and sandals. The streets in Bali are uneven so comfortable footwear is essential.
Swimwear – although available to purchase, sizing can be limited and prices expensive.
Umbrella – especially during the wet season between October to April.
Power adaptor – Voltage is 220 Volts, 50Hz. Plugs and sockets are the European two pronged variety.
Essential medications – ensure you bring a supply of prescription medicines and any vitamins you may take on a regular basis.
You will also require sunscreen and insect repellent which are both freely available at all convenience stores.
If you plan to use your mobile phone in Bali contact your service provider to ensure you have roaming enabled. Alternatively you can bring an unlocked handset and purchase a pre-paid SIM card on arrival.
If you plan to hire a car or motor bike/scooter ensure you organise an International drivers licence, you will need to keep this, along with your home country licence with you at all times. It is common to be pulled over and have police ask to check your licences.
Credit /Debit Cards
It is also worth advising the issuing bank for your credit card that you will be traveling overseas to prevent them blocking international transactions as a safety precaution.
Maximum items allowed by customs when you visit Indonesia: The duty free alcohol limit is 1 litre per adult. Additional alcohol may be confiscated & 200 cigarettes OR 50 cigars OR 100 grams of tobacco.
Keep hydrated – Bali is hot and humid and it is important to constantly drink water (bottled water only) to ensure you remain sufficiently hydrated. Carry water with you everywhere and sip constantly.
Drink bottled water only – tap water is not safe to drink. Bottled water is cheap.
Enjoy an icy drink – ice in drinks is safe.
Taxi’s will honk at you as you are walking to let you know they are available – you can flag down from the side of the road.
Ask the Taxi driver to use the meter – simply say ‘meter please’. If they argue and refuse don’t be afraid to get out of the cab and find another one – they are freely available.
Keep small money for taxi fares.
If you visit a temple you must wear a sarong and cover your shoulders. Women cannot visit a temple during menstruation.
If the sign above the toilet tells you to throw the toilet paper in the bin not the toilet, do it. Otherwise be prepared for the toilet to clog up and overflow!
Don’t step on the offerings you will see on the ground – walk around or over them where possible.
Don’t touch Balinese people’s heads – it is considered rude.
Change cash at authorised money changers or banks
ATM machines are freely available but charge fees and limit withdrawal amounts to maximum of $100 or $200 at a time.
Credit cards are accepted at most retail shops and restaurants
Smile, be friendly and enjoy the beautiful island.
A few basic Indonesian words to get you by…
Good morning (until 11am) = Selamat pagi
Good afternoon (until 3pm) = Selamat siang
Good evening (until 6pm) = Selamat sore
Good night (at night from 6pm ish) = Selamat malam
Good bye = Selamat Tinggal
No = Tidak
Thank You = Terima Kasih
You are welcome = Sama Sama
Jalan Jalan = Walking (You say this when people hassle you to get a taxi, it means ….I am walking)