To enter Bali, or Indonesia for that matter you need a passport
that has a validity period of at least six more months, and some
cases a visa as well. Citizens from Asean (Association of Southeast
Asian Nations) do not require a visa, only a valid travel document.
Travellers from some thirty countries are also provided with a 60-day
tourist visa issued directly upon arrival.
The local currency is the Rupiah (Rp) which can be found in the
following denominations: the notes come in 100, 500, 1.000, 5.000,
10.000, 20.000, 50.000, 100.000; while the coin are in 25, 50, 100,
500, 1.000 rupiah denominations. We recommended to carry US$ cash
or travellers cheques.
Credit card and change cards are also accepted in most retail establishments,
at hotels and on airlines. In some cases, a service fee is included
when charging a purchase to your card. However, when travelling
to the village, take Rupiah with you. Keep small change handy when
riding in bemo (public minibus) or buying a drink at warung.
The Balinese have their own language, but almost all Balinese
speak Bahasa Indonesia. English is also widely used throughout the
island, but it certainly helps to know a few words or phrases in
Going to Bali, dress casually. Take light clothes, as the weather
is warm-to-hot throughout the year. There are really only two seasons
in Bali - the wet or rainy season the rest of the year. But the
rains usually fall in short spells.
CUSTOMS & TRADITIONS
Shorts and mini-skirts are not allowed in and around temples.
It is a custom to take off the shoes in temples, on festivals grounds
and in private houses. We strongly recommended these customs to
show your respect for the religious traditions.
Embracings and intimate touchings are not well seen in public. Nude
or topless bathing is forbidden.
The Balinese take great pride in their heritage and are happy to
have visitors observe ceremonies and traditional dance, providing
a few basic rules of etiquette are adhered to. Be discreet, you
may use a camera, handy camcorder or tape recorder, but keep your
voice down and don't stand in anyone's way. Leave your beach clothes
at the beach, temple ceremonies and dances are sacred event for
which Balinese done their best attire. Tourists are given a certain
latitude in this regard, but women should wear a long skirt and
men apair of slacks-sarong will do in either case. Tops should be
modest and you need to wear a sash around the waist (larger temple
usually keep a stock of sarong and sahes that you may hire). Women
who in menstruation period are not allowed to enter the temple.
Bargaining is a common practice in Indonesia. Done with good humor,
you can bring prices down considerably in local markets.
Bali has come a long way in recent years in term of hygiene, but
a few points are worth nothing. Stick to bottled water, don't drink
from a tap even in the most luxurious resort. Use mosquito repellent
and cover up at night. While malaria is not considered a problem
in Bali. Eat at established hotels and restaurants. Be sure to guard
against sunburn, dehydration, and heat exhaustion.
ELECTRICITY - 220 V AC.