Visa to Bali & Travel Tips

Bali ©papaija2008/flickr

Bali ©papaija2008/flickr

The first thing about traveling in Bali is to ensure you have a Visa on Arrival. Neither can you extend this visa nor convert it into a different one. It takes about three to five minutes per applicant per visa for the purchasing process. And there are six payment counters, a money changer and a bank at the airport to process payments. Once you have purchase the visa on arrival, you will need to proceed to Immigration where you visa will be processed. If you are from Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Hongkong SAR, Macao SAR, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand or Vietname, you are NOT required to have a Visa to enter Bali and other regions of Indonesia. If you are on Visa Free Lists and not on the Visa on Arrival List, you will be required to apply for a visa before entering Indonesia. Just contact the Indonesia Embassy of your country. The cost per person for a stay of up to thirty days is US$25.

Passport

Please make sure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of your entrance to Indonesia. Or else be ready to be denied entrance into Indonesia. You should at least have the proof of an onward passage through tickets.

Airport Tax

Leaving Indonesia via airport to the other country destinations, an airport tax per flight passenger has been imposed. Domestic: Rp. 50,000 per person and International: Rp 150,000 per person.

Indonesia Currency, Rupiah (Rp)

Rupiah ©fallen angel/flickr

Rupiah ©fallen angel/flickr

Rupiah Notes are in denominations of 100, 500, 1000, 5000, 10000, 20000, 50000, 100000. And coins are 25, 50, 100, 500 and 1000. If you are intending to bring American US dollars to Bali, be aware that major banks or exchange companies do not accept Series Number with CB and DB. The year in making earlier than 2004 will not be accepted. Make sure the note does not have any illegally written, signs and suggestion of imitation, torn or almost tearing as they will not be accepted. When changing money with small money changer shops, make sure you run into an illegal business. You can identify them as they have a much higher than the market exchange rate. The staff will surround you and having a nice talk during the money calculation. A recommendation is to change it in a bank or the hotel cashier. The rates may be below the market exchange rate but it is better than losing all your money.

Some useful tips in the worst case scenario when you have to really change them at the small illegal shop: Bring your own calculator, account your money before presenting to them, calculate the rate in your own calculator and compare with them, calculate the Rupiah accurately after the staff handed you the money and if incorrect, ask for the rest or call the police.

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