Getting to Bali, Indonesia

Visa not Needed

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The visa situation in Indonesia seems to be constantly in flux. It is essential that you confirm current formalities before you arrive in Bali. Failure to meet all the entrance requirements can see you on the first flight out.

No matter what type of visa you are going to use, your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of your arrival.

The main visa options for visitors to Bali follow:

Visa in Advance – citizens of countries not eligible for Visa Free or Visa on Arrival must apply for a visa before they arrive in Indonesia. Typically this is a visitors visa, which comes in two flavours: 30 or 60 days. Details vary by country, so you should contact the nearest Indonesian embassy or consulate in order to determine processing fees and time. Note: this is the only way people from any country can obtain a 60-day visitor visa.

Visa on Arrival – citizens of over 50 countries may apply for a visa when they arrive at the airport in Bali. There are special lanes for this at immigration in the arrivals area. The cost is US$25, collectable on the spot. It’s easiest to hand them the exact amount in US currency. This visa is only good for 30 days and cannot be extended. Note that only EU citizens who carry passports issued by the countries listed below can use visa on arrival. You can also obtain a seven-day visa this way for US$10, but go with the 30-day one unless you know for sure you’ll be out of Indonesia in less than seven days. Eligible countries include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, The Netherlands, UK and the USA.

Visa Free – citizens of Singapore and a smattering of other countries can receive a nonextendable 30-day visa for free upon arrival.

Whichever type of visa you use to enter Bali, you’ll be issued with a tourist card that is valid for a 30- or 60-day stay according to your visa (if you have obtained one of the coveted 60-day visas in advance, be sure the immigration official at the airport gives you a 60-day card). Keep the tourist card with your passport, as you’ll have to hand it back when you leave the country. Note that some travellers have been fined for overstaying by only a day or so (officially it is US$20 per day for up to 60 days past your visa, after which it can mean jail) or for losing their tourist card.

Land

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    Bali Main Bus Exchange

    The ferry crossing is included in the services to/from Ubung terminal in Denpasaroffered by numerous bus companies, many of which travel overnight. It’s advisable to buy your ticket at least one day in advance from travel agents in the tourist centres or at the Ubung terminal. Note too that fierce air competition has put tickets to Jakarta andSurabaya in the range of bus prices.

    Fares vary between operators; it’s worth paying extra for a decent seat and air-con. For a comfortable bus ride, typical fares and travel times are Yogyakarta (210,000Rp, 16 hours) and Jakarta (305,000Rp, 24 hours), usually travelling overnight. Some companies travel directly between Java and Singaraja, via Lovina, on the north coast of Bali.

Air

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    Jalan Raya, Gusti Ngurah Rai, 80361, Indonesia

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    Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport is immediately south of Tuban and Kuta. From the official counters, just outside the terminals, there are supposedly fixed price taxis. However, efforts may be made to charge you at the high end of each range (eg you’re going to the part of Seminyak that is supposed to cost 70,000Rp, and they charge you 80,000Rp), and if you say you don’t have a room booking, there will be heavy pressure to go to a commission-paying hotel.

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