Here are a few basic Bali Travel Facts to ease you into the island!
The currency for Indonesia is the Rupiah.
Coins: 25, 50,100, 200, 500, 1000 Notes: 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 100,000.
I don't think I have ever seen a 25 coin! When you go into Matarharis, the department store, you will sometime get sweets instead of the smaller coins
Take care with the 10,000 and 100,000 notes, the colours are not dissimilar and can be easily mixed up, which could make it an expensive purchase. The government has introduced a new coloured 10,000 note that is blue/purple rather than the existing reddish colour, making it easier to recognise although there are still many of the original red ones still in circulation.
Try and keep a selection of notes under 20,000, always handy for street vendors, bemos etc. who often do not have change.
ATMs can be found all over the island. Quite often, when there is a row of ATMs belonging to different banks, you can see people queuing up for a particular ATM whilst other ones are free. This is because different banks have varying limits you can draw out per transaction and as you generally pay a fee per transaction, it is worth checking what the limit is with each bank machine.
Please be careful with the ATMs that are not within a bank premises as some have been comprised and you find later that your card has been cloned and your account emptied!
Most major banks can be found in the main tourist areas and provincial capitals. Banking hours are normally from 8 am to 2 pm Monday to Friday..
If you are changing cash the rates in banks are generally lower.
Many shops accept credit cards and charge cards but often add 3 percent to your bill. Visa, MasterCard, and sometimes, American Express are accepted by the majority of businesses. The amount signed for and charged is in Rupiah and the bill is then converted by the clearing banks to your domestic currency.
Indonesian Customs allows on entry a maximum of one litre of alcoholic beverages, 200 cigarettes or 50 Cigars or 200 grams of tobacco and a reasonable amount of perfume per adult.
Prohibited from entry are narcotics, arms and ammunition, explosives, pornographic materials, Chinese medicines. All movie films and video cassettes must be censored by the Film Censor Board. Fresh fruits, plants and animals must have quarantine permits. There is no restriction on import or export of foreign currencies. However, the export or import of Indonesian currency exceeding 100.000.000 rupiah is prohibited. Goods obtained overseas exceeding USD250 per person or US1000 per family are subject to import duty.
Customs are extremely strict especially on the import of excess alcohol since big hikes in duty on alcohol sales were introduced in 2010. Be warned that if you get stopped, you will get fined, although it may not always make the pocket of the government so don't bother asking for a receipt!
Departure tax is now included in the cost of your flight ticket.
Most hotels use 220 volts, 50 cycles and a round, two-pronged slim plug. Bathroom shaver plugs usually have a transformer switch. We always carry a world travel adaptor with us wherever we go.
TIME IN BALI
Bali time tends to be rubber time! However, officially, the island is GMT + 8 hours.
EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES IN BALI
All foreign embassies are based in the capital of a country. In Indonesia, they are located in Jakarta. However, where there is a large presence of overseas citizens or visitors, countries will often have a Consulate. As Bali is an island that attracts many overseas visitors and ex-pats, many countries have a diplomatic presence here.
The Consulate will not only maintain diplomatic relations with the national government but also assist their own nationals when traveling or living on the island. The Consulate will deal with many minor diplomatic issues, from local trade issues to lost passports and will often play an important and supporting role to someone who find themselves in difficulty in an unfamiliar country.
AUSTRALIA (also represents Canada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea & other commonwealth countries in an emergency) Australian Consulate , Jalan Hayam Wuruk No. 88 B - Tanjung Bungkak - Denpasar, Bali 80324 Tel: +62 361 241118 Fax: +62 361 241120 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
BRITISH British Honorary Consul Cat and Fiddle Restaurant, Jalan Mertasari No. 2 Sanur Tel / Fax: +62 361 282968 Email: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
CZECH REPUBLIC Consulate of the Czech Republic Jl.Pengembak 17, Sanur Tel: +62 361 286465 Fax: +62 361 286408 Email: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
FRANCE Consular Agency of France Jalan mertasari Gg.II No. 8, Sanur Kauh - Denpasar. Tel: +62 361 285485 Fax: +62 361 286406 Email : email@example.com
GERMANY Consulate of Germany Jalan Pantai Karang 17, Sanur Denpasar Tel: +62 361 288535/288826 Fax: +62 361 288826 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
ITALY Honorary Vice Consulate of Italy Lotus Enterprise Building, Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, Jimbaran, Denpasar Tel: +62 361 701005 Fax: +62 361 701005 Email: email@example.com
JAPAN Consulate Office of Japan Jalan Raya Puputan, Renon Denpasar No.170 Tel: +62 361 227628 Fax: +62 361 231308 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MEXICO Honorary Consulate of Mexico Puri Astina Building, Jalan Prof. Moh. Yamin 1-A, Renon, Denpasar Tel: +62 361 223266 Fax: +62 361 244568 Email: email@example.com
NETHERLANDS Consulate of The Netherlands Jalan Raya Kuta No: 127, Kuta Tel: +62 361 751517 Fax: +62 361 752777 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NORWAY & DENMARK Royal Danish Consulate Mimpi Resort, Kawasan Bukit Permai, Jimbaran Tel: +62 361 701070 (ext 32) Fax: +62 361 701073/4 Email: email@example.com
SPAIN Honorary Consulate of Spain Jl.Raya Sanggingan, br lungsiakan, Kedewatan Ubud Tel: +62 361 975736 Fax: +62 361 975726 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SWEDEN & FINLAND Consulate of Sweden and Finland Segara Village Hotel Jalan Segara Ayu, Sanur 80228 Tel: +62 361 288407 Fax: + 62 361 287242 Email: email@example.com
SWITZERLAND & AUSTRIA Kompleks Istana Kuta Galleria, Blok Valet 2 No. 12 Jl. Patih Jelantik - 80361 Kuta Tel: +62 361 751735 Fax: +62 361 754457 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Consular Agency of the United States of America Jalan Hayam Wuruk 188, Tanjung Bungkak Denpasar 80235 Tel: +62 361 233605 Fax: +62 361 222426 Email : email@example.com