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.
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.
Travelling to Bali:
International points of entry into Bali, Indonesia, are the
Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar (DPS) and the sea ports at Padang
Bai, Benoa and Gilimanuk.
The new visa
regualtions affecting Indonesia and Bali come into effect on
Feb 1st 2004. There are many kinds of visa for Indonesia each
with their own advantages and disadvantages. Currently the
Indonesian visa rules are subject to discussion and change due
to the tensions in the world. There are exemptions for some
countries, please contact you local (Indonesian) embassy to
obtain the most recent information.Here is
some information how they will actually work for
visitors to Bali.
On Arrival (VOA)
USD $ 10 is for up to 3
days and US $25 for 30 days.
2.The process to apply for the visa is :
- visitors complete the E/D card and line up at the payment
- then line up at VOA, based on the payment immigration will
put a stamp/sticker whether 3days or
-then line up again at regular counter for arrival stamp.
that are granted Free Visa facilities (up to 30 days), they
Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, Philippines,
Hong Kong - SAR, Macao - SAR, Chile, Morocco, Peru, Vietnam.
that need to apply for a visa, and can be given VOA, are:
USA, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Denmark,
United Arab Emirates, Finland, Hungary, United Kingdom, Italy,
Japan, Germany, Canada, South Korea, Norway, France, Poland,
Switzerland, New Zealand and Taiwan.
that need a visa can apply visa at the Indonesian Embassy at
their respective countries before entering Indonesia if they
donít want to line up to apply VOA upon arrival.
Cash and Credit Card, if in cash payment, they accept
foreign currencies (JPY, EURO, etc) with bank foreign
exchange rate. Bank Mandiri is the appointed government bank -
available at arrival hall.
There is a
different stamp/sticker between VOA for up to 3 days and
VOA up to 30 days.
passengers who need to apply VOA, must line up at VOA counters
first, then after finished proceed to regular counter for
stamp. It takes 3-5 minutes for the VOA process.
Passengers can be organized by their tour leader/tour
organizer to avoid such long queue. No additional charge. All
passports must have complete immigration forms (E/D card)
who 'overstayed' (after applying VOA), penalty will
apply at USD.20/day. i.e. : A visitor who paid VOA
USD.10 (up to 3 days), but who stayed for 5 days in Bali must
pay 2 (days) x USD.20 upon departure at immigration office.
Indonesian Customs allows on entry a maximum of one liter of
alcoholic beverages, 200 cigarettes or 50 Cigars or 100 grams
of tobacco and a reasonable amount perfume per adult. Cars,
photographic equipment, typewriters and tape recorders must be
declared to Customs upon entry. Prohibited from entry are TV
sets, radios, narcotics, arms and ammunition, printed matter
in Chinese characters and 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.50,000 is prohibited
Exit Fees & Airport Tax:
The Government of Indonesia has officially abolished the exit
permit required for people leaving the country, effective as
of August 17, 1998. 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 paratyphoid.
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
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 season.
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
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
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
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
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.
EVA Air: Wisti Sabha Administration Building, Ground Floor,
Room No.4 Ngurah Rai Airport. Ph. 751011 ext 1638; Fax.
Garuda Indonesia: Grand Bali Beach Hotel. Ph. 288243, or at
Natour Kuta Beach. Ph. 751179, or at Nusa Dua. Ph. 771864,
Lauda Air : Gedung PAJ Jln. By Pass Ngurah Rai - Tuban Ph.
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. 237343
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
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 :
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.