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access to bali

  • FLIGHT: Bali can be reached by air to Ngurah Rai International Airport, and the destination is Denpasar (airport code: DPS)
  • SEA: Bali can be reached by sea
    - From Java to Gilimanuk Port
    - From Lombok to Padang Bai Port or Benoa Harbour

visa
As of Jan 26, 2010, foreign tourists visiting Indonesia can now extend their visa-on-arrival for another 30 days.
In the new ruling, the immigration office has decided to scrap the seven-day visa-on-arrival. The office will now only issue visas for a 30-day stay at the rate of US$ 25, extendable for another 30 days.

Visa to Visit Indonesia
The Department of Justice and Human Rights has officially determined that as of August 2005:
Indonesia Government had granted visa on arrival favor to 52 countries to be able to purchase the visa on arrival facility upon their arrival in Indonesia's designed “International Gateway” at 15 airports and 21 seaports.

They are:

- Argentina
- Hungary
- Oman
- Australia
- Iceland
- RRC
- Austria
- India
- Poland
- Bahrain
- Iran
- Portugal
- Belgium
- Ireland
- Qatar
- Brazil
- Italy
- Saudi Arabia

- Bulgaria
- Japan
- Russia
- Cambodia
- Kuwait
- South Africa
- Canada
- Laos
- South Korea
- Cyprus
- Liechtenstein
- Spain
- Denmark
- Luxembourg
- Switzerland
- Egypt
- Maldives
- Sweden

- Estonia
- Malta
- Surinam
- Finland
- Mexico
- Taiwan
- France
- Monaco
- The Netherland
- Germany
- New Zealand
- United Arab Emirate
- Greece
- Norway
- United Kingdom
- United States of America

And started per 28 May 2007, Indonesia will be added its Visa on Arrival (VOA) favors to more 11 countries joined with previous 52 other favored countries according to the Directorate General of Immigration recent released paper.

The 11 countries are Algeria, the Czech Republic, Fiji, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Panama, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Tunisia.

Tourists from those selected countries will not oblige to apply abroad for a visa but can purchase a visa on arrival at 15 gates of Indonesia's international airports and seaports. The fee for this visa, payable upon landing, is US$10 for a 7 day visa and US$25 for a 30-day visa.

The official entry requirements for the issuance of a 30 or 7 days day visa-on arrival:

Passport must be from one of the countries listed above.
Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 (six) months from the date of entry into Indonesia.
Payment of US$10 or US$25 must be paid at the gateway, depending on the length of visa required.
Onward or return tickets are compulsory.
Visitors must enter and exit through one of the 15 airports or 21 seaports officially approved as an “international gateway” by the Indonesian Immigration department.
11 countries and territories are eligible for a "Visa Free" facility. Those holding valid passports from the following countries will be granted a non-extendable 30-day Visa-Free Short Visit Permit upon arrival at an Indonesian international gateway without charge:

Brunei Darussalam
Chile
Hong Kong SAR
Macau SAR
Malaysia
Morocco
Peru
Philippines
Thailand
Vietnam
Singapore

Others nationals that not granted with either visa on arrival favor nor visa free favor from Indonesia government may apply for tourist visa at Indonesia embassy abroad.

do

  • Convert money at a reputable looking money changer shop and independently calculate before changing. Shop around as the rate may vary, check whether the commission is added or not.
  • Put on loads of high factor waterproof Sun Cream especially if you intend to spend a lot of time in the water
  • Drink a lot of bottled water and eat a lot of fresh fruits - do your body a favour
  • Be careful with your belonging at all times. Leave your important documents in your hotel safe and wander around with the copies.
  • Respect the slow pace of processions - don't honk
  • Haggle when buying, except on price-tagged goods
  • Buy "immodium" to relieve bouts of Bali belly
  • Reconfirm your outbound flight.
  • Show your respect by wearing sarong when entering temples.

don't

  • Step on offerings in the street - walk around them
  • Attempt to swim outside designated areas on the beach
  • Take drugs. This carry the death penalty according to Indonesian laws
  • Touch people's heads. It's very offensive to Balinese Hindus
  • Enter temples during menstruation.
  • Forget to put salt on your food and drink water - you will probably sweat a lot
  • Use your left hand in sacking or handing over something to someone as it is
  • considered impolite. If there is no other option then express your apology.

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