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To enter Bali for tourism, you need a valid Passport, with an expiration date of no more than 6 months. and you also need a visa.
It is recommended to contact the Indonesian embassy in your country for the visa requirements of the day.
Most of the main banks have offices in the tourist centers and provincial capitals. Bank hours are generally from 8 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon from Monday to Friday and until 11 in the morning on Saturdays.
February: Aïd Al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) - Islamic New Year.
March: Feast of Ashura.
March-April: Balinese New Year.
April-May: Celebration of the birth of Buddha.
May: Birthday of the Prophet.
July: Commemoration of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad.
August: Fiesta de la Independencia.
From September 13 to October 13, 2007: Ramadan.
Bali is full of ATMs, especially in shopping centers and banks. Most are connected to international banking networks, and it is possible to find tellers affiliated with their banking network. In them you can also change currency
Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are accepted by most major businesses and hotels. Cash advances can be obtained at the main tourist hotels in Denpasar, Kuta, Sanur and Ubud.
The rupiah is the currency of Bali, usually abbreviated to Rp followed by the value. Values less than Rp 50 are rare except as a change and are usually replaced by candies by sellers instead of exchange. In Bali, always have many coins or Rp 100 bills and do not exchange large sums of money.
Foreign currency and traveler's checks can easily be exchanged at banks and exchange exchanges. You can also get cash advances from your credit cards.
It can be changed at banks, which open from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm. Monday to Friday, also in hotels. It is best to change at authorized offices
Probably the safest place to exchange money in Bali with good Pt. Dirgahayu Valuta Prima rates at the corner of Jalan Pantai and Jalan Legian. They are guaranteed by the Bank of Indonesia. There is no need to worry about being short changed, they count the money in front of you and they will also give you a receipt.
Be wary of frauds led by people claiming to be "authorized money exchangers" in Kuta, Bali. The rate they offer is higher than the average to make sure they attract enough customers.
The exchange rates offered in exchange exchanges are usually better than in banks; They also have better schedules and transactions are faster. Look at the exchange rates advertised outside the stores. Always ask about the existence of commission before changing as some exchange exchanges with better rates charge commission.
How to dress
It is advisable to use light materials given the hot and humid weather. The easiest way is to follow local customs wearing a long-sleeved batik shirt. It is recommended to bring a sweater when traveling to mountainous areas. Shorts and beachwear are not appropriate except in sports and on the beach. To walk in the street, visit temples, and other sacred places, remember to wear clothes that do not bother like long pants and a batik.
Most hotels use 220 V, although there are still sites at 110 V. Plugs follow the same standards as in Europe. It is convenient to have a transformer depending on the area. Use caution before using an appliance. Some hotels offer adapters.
No vaccine is needed to enter Bali. In principle, the island is not a risky destination from the sanitary point of view, although it is recommended to be vaccinated against tetanus, typhus and hepatitis A and B
It is advisable when traveling to a foreign country to find out at your local hospital about the type of vaccines or medications you may need for your trip. This is more important when traveling to tropical destinations. If there is a tropical diseases hospital nearby, contact them before going to Indonesia.
It is recommended that travelers bring medicines against stomach discomfort and a tube of antihistamine or anti-mosquito cream to get rid of bites and aspirin. If you are taking any medication you should bring enough of it, along with the prescription. Keep in mind that pharmacies are not as well stocked as in Europe.
Keep in mind that your body is not used to this type of food, spices and so on. You may have slight annoyances eating on the street or eating at luxury restaurants. The best way to avoid an upset stomach is to take a daily supplement of acidophilus (yogurt) and add fresh ginger to your food or tea. Also drink only bottled water.
Below is a list of hospitals and medical centers in Bali:
Pediatrician - Dr. N. Sugita
G.P. - Dr. Coney
Sanglah Public Hospital
Banks from Monday to Friday from 8 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon.
Offices / Businesses from Monday to Friday from 8 or 9 in the morning at 4 or 5 in the afternoon. Some offices are open half a day on Saturdays.
Government offices from Monday to Thursday from 8 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon and on Fridays from 8 to 11.30 in the morning and on Saturdays from 8 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon.
The official language is Bahasa Indonesia. Bahasa means language. In the main cities and hotels, English is understood. A little vocabulary in Indonesian will help you communicate. In outlying regions such as Nusa Tenggara, English is not spoken. In the main tourist destinations, many Balinese speak German, French, Italian, Spanish and Japanese.
Indonesia stretches across three time zones: the west of the country (Sumatra, Java, West and Central Kalimantan) + 7 GMT. Central Indonesia (Bali, South and East Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Nusa Teng gara) + 8 GMT. East Indonesia (Maluku and Irian Jaya) +9 GMT.
The main hotels and restaurants usually add 21% in service and tax on accounts. When not yet included, a tip of 5% to 10% of the bill would be appropriate if the service has been satisfactory. Baggage at airports await Rp. 1,000 for a small suitcase and Rp. 2,000 for suitcases that weigh more than 20 kilos. Tipping taxi drivers and drivers of rented cars is not mandatory; However, if the quality of the service was satisfactory, a basic tip of 5% is sufficient for a taxi driver and drivers of rented cars expect a slightly higher tip.
Useful telephone numbers
The telephone code of Indonesia is 62, and that of Bali is 0361 (it is used without the initial zero). Two international callsigns (001 and 008) allow you to call abroad from Indonesia.
To call Bali from Spain: it is necessary to dial 00, 62, 361 and the number of the recipient.
To call Spain from Bali: it is necessary to dial 001 (or 008), followed by 34 (Spanish indicative) and the number of the recipient.
Search and rescue: 51111
Red Cross: 26465
AEA International/International SOS (Clinic and emergency center)
Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai 505X,
Clínic Tel: 720 100, 710 544
24-hour emergency number: 710505
Rumah Sakit Dharma Husada (Hospital): Jl. Panglima Sudirman No.50, Denpasar. Tel: 227560
Clínica Kuta: Jl. Raya Kuta No.100X, Kuta. Tel: 753268
Clínica Nusa Dua: Jl. Pramata No. 81A, Nusa Dua. Tel: 771324
Rumah Sakit Umum Sanglah (Hospital): Jl. Diponegoro, Denpasar. Tel: 227911
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends maximum caution to people visiting the country, especially in public places and large hotels.
There is a risk associated with terrorism that affects many world destinations.
The Balinese people are of a calm and peaceful nature. Despite this, the influence of tourism has triggered the appearance of petty theft. It is preferable to close the luggage with a key. In the crowds or in public transport, care should be taken with pickpockets.
The local fauna is not dangerous, although you should be careful with snakes, do not forget that we are in a tropical zone.