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Here's a list of a few things you need to know and do, or not to do, while enjoying your holiday on this island of paradise...

Climate: Although Bali is hot and humid throughout the year, the official wet season runs from October to April and is often marked by short rainstorms after which the air is fresher. Temperatures range from 21 to 33 degree Celsius in the lowlands. Higher altitudes enjoy cooler conditions.

Customs: On entry to Bali (Indonesia), each adult is allowed to bring in tax-free a maximum of one liter of alcoholic beverages and 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 grams of tobacco. There is no restriction on the movement of foreign currencies in and out of the country.

Airport Tax and Transport: Passengers departing on international flights have to pay an airport tax of Rp.120.000. Metered taxis are available at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Jakarta and at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali.

Currency: Exchange facilities for the main foreign currencies are available in the major cities of Indonesia including Bali. The Exchange rate is US$1= 9,130 IDR and Euro 1= 12,198 IDR (Approx).

Communications: Long-distance telephone calls within Indonesia are by direct dialing. International Direct Dialing (IDD) is available in all provincial capitals and in more than 320 cities throughout the country. For the business traveler, local and international phone, facsimile and telex services are available in most hotels and resorts. In public places, telecommunication services can be found by look for a sign of WARTEL. Internet services are also available at many cyber cafes and places with a sign of WARNET.

IDD Code

001, 007 or 008 followed by Country code + Area code + Local area number.

IDD Inquiries


Local Inquiries


Operator Assisted

101 or 104


Time: Indonesia is divided into three time zones. Western Indonesia Time (Sumatra, Java, West and Central Kalimantan) is 7 hours ahead of GMT, Central Indonesia Time (Bali, South and East Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Nusa Tenggara) is 8 hours ahead of GMT, and East Indonesia Time (Maluku and Papua) is 9 hours ahead of GMT.

Electricity: 50Hz at either 110 or 220 volts.

Visa Information & Immigration : On February 1, 2004 Indonesia introduced significant changes to their "Visa on Arrival" policies.

In the past the citizens of 48 countries were permitted to stay in Indonesia for up to 60 days without needing a visa. This policy now only applies to the nationals of 11 countries - Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Hong Kong, Macao, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam - and for a period of only 30 days. The citizens of Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States need to pay for a 'Visa on Arrival'. This can be purchased upon arrival at an international port or airport in Indonesia (Initially this is only available at Medan, Pekanbaru, Padang, Jakarta, Surabaya, Bali and Manado airports, and at the Batam, Bintan, Medan, Sumatra, Padang - Sumatra, Padang Bai-Bali, and Jayapura- Papua seaports ) as long as applicants hold a current passport that is valid for 6 months or more. This must be presented along with an airline disembarkation card. If requested, proof may also be required that an applicant has the means to live while in Indonesia.

Those individuals not on the visa-free list of countries or on the "Visa on Arrival" list must apply for a visa overseas before arrival in Indonesia.

A 7-day "Visa on Arrival" costs US$ 10.00, while a 30-day "Visa on Arrival" costs US$ 25.00

Those visitors who overstay this visa on arrival can leave Indonesia by paying US$ 20.00 for every day they overstay their 30-day visa. Further, airlines that have their flights delayed for any reason can have their passengers exempted from paying any overstaying penalties.

For more detailed information regarding visa information & immigration, please contact:

Immigration Head Office: Jalan D.I. Panjaitan, Niti Mandala, Renon, Denpasar.
Tel. +62 361 227 828

Ngurah Rai International Airport: Jalan Ngurah Rai, Tuban. Tel. +62 361 751 038

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