There are different visa arrangement for foreign visitors. In general, all foreign visitors are required to possess a valid passport with expiration date of at least 6 (six) months prior to the date of entry into Indonesian territory. The passport must contain at least 2 (two) blank visa pages. According to Presidential Decree of 21 of 2016 dated on 2 March 2016 on visa free, Indonesia now provides special short stay visa free facilities for tourists of a total 169 Countries who wish to travel to Indonesia. Please visit the imigration website through the link below for further information regarding the visa free facility.
Should you need an On Arrival Visa, it will cost you 35 USD for 30 days visit (extendable). You can pay the fee using cash or credit card. Should you need to apply visa before traveling to Indonesia, please kindly contact Indonesian Embassy accredited to respective country.
For IMF-WB Annual Meeting 2018 attendants, the Government of Indonesia has released a free visa policy. Please contact Indonesian Embassy in your country for further information/ confirmation.
Visa to Indonesia: http://www.imigrasi.go.id/index.php/en/public-services/visit-visa
Free visa for IMF-WB Annual Meeting Delegates: (http://www.imigrasi.go.id/index.php/en/news/headlines/1690-imf-wb-delegates-offered-free-visas)
B. FLIGHTS TO AND FROM BALI
Participants are requested to make their own bookings and travel arrangements to and from Bali.
The nearest airport to Nusa Dua – Bali is I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport which is the main airport in Bali, located 15 km northwest of Nusa Dua.
There are two main international airports in Indonesia i.e. Soekarno Hatta International Airport (located in Jakarta) and I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport (located in Bali). In the case where there’s no direct flight from your country to Bali, you can direct your flight to Soekarno Hatta Airport and find a connecting flight to I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali. There are plentiful flights from Jakarta to Bali daily and will cost around 50 USD – 100 USD. The most prominent airlines in Indonesia is Garuda Indonesia.
C. HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
The government of Indonesia requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever.
D. PROHIBITED ITEMS
Travelers to Jakarta are not allowed to bring in unauthorized items such as: Firearms, Narcotics drugs, etc
A. LOCAL TIME
Indonesia has three time zones—Western Indonesia Time which is GMT +7, Central Indonesia Time which is GMT +8 and the last is Eastern Indonesia Time which is GMT +9.
Bali time is GMT + 8.
B. OFFICE HOURS
Office hours start from 08:00 to 16:00, or 09:00 to 17:00. Lunch break occurs between 12:00 to 13:00. usually offices are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, including government offices. Government office hours start at 8:00 and end at 16:00.
C. BANKING HOURS
Standard banking hours are from 8:00 to 15:00 from Monday to Friday. However several banks open their branches in hotels (and in some malls) longer than office hours. A few are open on Saturdays so you might want to check first. Jakarta has a number of international banks, even though one can also exchange currencies in some hotel cashiers and official money changers.
D. CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE RATE
The Indonesia Rupiah is also called IDR. IDR and US$ are the most acceptable currencies. Most tourism resorts have money changer facilities.
Most foreign currencies are easily changed at airports, banks, hotels or moneychangers. The currency exchange rate fluctuates regularly. ATMs are available in many places, provides VISA, MASTER, ALTO and more.
Electric power supply is 220 volts in all regions. So be careful with your 110- volt electronic equipment. The sockets will only fit with two pins rounded-tip plugs (technically known as Type C, E, and F) or use adaptors.
Bali has a tropical monsoon climate, with just two distinct seasons: wet and dry. The wet season takes up the majority of the year, from October to May, with the dry season typically running from June to September. Average temperature in October is 33 degrees.
Bahasa Indonesia is the national and official language in the Republic of Indonesia. However, English is also widely spoken in urban areas.
H. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND TAXI
Taxis in Bali are run by private companies; therefore the fleets are unique and have different color schemes. There are also several types of taxi; budget, regular, and executive. They differ in the kind of vehicle used and in cost.
There are also ‘online taxi’ so called Grab and Go-Jek via application on smartphone.