What visa do I need?
For passengers travelling to Indonesia, passports must be valid at least 6 months from date of entry into Indonesia. If valid less than 6 months passengers will not be permitted to travel.
Citizens of certain countries may purchase upon arrival in Indonesia, this visa is obtained directly upon landing at major airports and seaports in Indonesia. To check your country, click here: Countries. The maximum stays permitted for the visa on arrival is 30 days. If you plan to stay longer than 30 days, you need to mention your intention to stay longer. Visa on Arrival can be extended for another 30 days via local immigration offices. The requirements for Visa on Arrival are:
- Expiration date of the applicant's passport must be at least 6 (six) months after the date of entry
- Round-trip airplane ticket
- Payment of a US$ 25 visa fee
- A minimum of two blank pages in your passport
If more than 2 months is required, a Tourist Visa (visa 211) can be applied for with the Indonesian Embassy in your own country before visiting (or any Indonesian Embassy). A Tourist Visa can be extended 4 times to a maximum of 6 months.
Please note this advice is given as guidance only and regulations change often – please check for up-to-date information at the Indonesian Consul in your country.
Is there any departure tax?
There is a departure tax of 150,000 IDR per person, payable on departure from Indonesia. This tax is payable in rupiah only. It is paid after check-in and before you pass through immigration. Children under the age of 2 are exempt from the departure tax.
What currency should I bring?Rupiah is the currency of the country. $USD and €Euro are widely accepted and can be changed easily in Bali. If you have U$, make sure bank notes are not torn or dirty and US$ notes should not be older than 1999 or issued year 2001 with serial number starting 'CB'. Money changers will pay lower rates for notes of less than US$ 100
There are ATM Machines, especially in Southern and Main Towns around Bali. It’s a good idea to let your bank know you are coming to Indonesia prior to departure.
You can pay by Credit Card (Visa, Master, Cirrus) in most shops and restaurants. The standard surcharge for credit cards is 3%.
What voltage and plugs are used?
Electrical current in Bali is 220 volts at 50 cycles. Most electrical plugs are set to take a two-pin plug.
What is the climate like?
Lying just 8 degrees south of the equator, Bali enjoys a tropical climate. The average temperature hovers around 30°C all year round. The wet season usually starts middle November to middle of March, leaving most of it's tropical downpours for the months of January & February. Although diveable year round, the dry season (middle March until middle November) is generally sunnier, less humid and from a weather point view, the coolest and best time to visit.
The water temperature varies from dive site to dive site and is generally set between 24°C and 28°C, an eventual drop to 22°C can be encountered at open ocean dives where we dive to spot Manta & Mola Mola (Oceanic Sun Fish).
How do I get About?
Bemos (local minibuses) run around locally but you must always have small change. Taxi’s are frequent and have meters. For longer trips negotiate the price beforehand.
You can hire motorbikes and cars to drive yourself but you must have an International Driver's Licence
Are there any health considerations?
Malaria Prophylaxis is not necessary for the main resort areas of Bali. Contact your local health facility for the latest updated advice. Avoid mosquito bites by covering up with clothing such as long sleeves and long trousers especially after sunset, using insect repellents on exposed skin.
Another disease transmitted through mosquitoes is Dengue Fever. Unlike Malaria, there are no tablets available which will prevent you from getting it. Make sure to check for the most recent information concerning Dengue Fever. Like Malaria, dengue can be prevented by using a mosquito net and applying repellent. These mosquitoes are however more active during the day and breed around water collections.
Bali's hyperbaric chamber is at Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar. Diving insurance is highly recommended