By Presidential Decree of 21 of 2016 dated on 2 March 2016 on Visa-Free, replacing Presidential Regulation Number 104/2015 on Amendments to Presidential Regulation Number 69/2015 on Visa-Free, Indonesia now provides special Short Stay Visa Free facilities for tourists who are nationals of a total 169 countries who wish to travel to Indonesia.
Tourist Visa Free Facilities are valid for 30 days, are non-extendable and cannot be transferred into any other type of visa. The Visa Free facility can be used for the following purposes: government duties, education, social-cultural purposes, tourism, business, family visits and on transit.
Generally, Indonesian customs allows a maximum of one liter of alcoholic liquor, 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 grams tobacco and reasonable amount of perfume per adult. Personal goods up to a value of USD 250.- per passenger or USD 1,000.- per family may also be allowed. Note that bringing weapons, illegal drugs or pornography into the country is prohibited.
Most of Indonesia airports require a departure tax despite many travelers, domestic or international would have preferred if it is included in the air tickets instead. The tax must be paid in Rupiah (IDR), so do prepare an adequate amount of the Indonesian Rupiah before flying out. The amount of the airport tax varies from one airport to another. Per 1 January 2018, a maximum departure tax of IDR 225,000 is levied for travelers on international flights and IDR 100,000 for domestic flights.
Government offices open at 8 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday. Most of shops in Denpasar city centre and other towns close in the afternoon for a siesta (usually 1 pm to 5 pm) and re-open in the evening until about 9 pm.
With sunshine throughout the year, Bali has a tropical monsoon climate, with pleasant day temperatures between 20 to 33 degrees Celsius. Rainy season starts from October to March, when the West monsoon brings heavy showers and high humidity. June to September is considered the driest season, with low humidity and cool breeze in the evening, the best time for any outdoor activities.
Only Rupiah (Indonesian currency) is acceptable at regular stores and restaurants. Certain foreign currencies and major credit cards are accepted by most hotels, restaurants and souvenirs shops.
For foreign exchange rates, please visit: http://www.bi.go.id/en/moneter/informasi-kurs/transaksi-bi/Default.aspx. There is no guarantee that the rate will be equal from one money changer to another. Please ask the person at counter desk before proceed.
Traveler’s Check and Credit Cards
Traveler’s checks are accepted by leading banks and hotels in principal cities. The use of traveler’s checks in Indonesia is as popular as in any other countries. Dinners Club and American Express, Visa and Master Card are widely accepted at hotel, department stores, shops, restaurants and night clubs.
The electricity in Indonesia is 220 volt at 50 hertz.
IDD (International Direct Dialing)
Country Code = Indonesia: +62
Area Code = Denpasar: +62-361
Because the island is relatively small, it is not difficult to get around Bali by various modes of transportation. The traditional types of transportation to the high class limousine are available however; traditional transportation may be inconvenient for some visitors.
If you plan to explore Bali in half day or full day trip, the best way is hiring a car with the driver. The average rate varies depending on the type of the vehicle. There are many independent car rentals around the island. If you wish to have better services, you may ask your Travel Agent. You also can hire a tour guide of your own language.
The other possibility is to rent a self drive car. An international driving license from your own country is required. This rule is also applicable for motorbike rental. A safety helmet is a compulsory when riding a motorbike. Meanwhile, bicycles are normally available for rent at the hotels.
Taxi is the most efficient and convenient transportation to travel around Denpasar and nearby destinations. A number of taxi companies are listed below:
|No.||Company||Telephone Number (+62 361)|
|1.||Bali Taksi (Blue Bird Group)||701111, 701621|
|2.||Koperasi Taxi Ngurah Rai||724724, 724725|
|3.||Komotra Bali||499449, 499468|
|4.||Koperasi Jimbaran Taxi||709801|
|5.||Koperasi Wisata Nusa Bali (Kowinu)||771661, 773030|
|6.||Wahana Dharma Taksi||244555|
In addition to the above options there are also online taxis like grabcar / go-car. Therefore, install the apps on your mobile phone so you can book your trips on-line.