- Security measures
- For your health
- Currency and exchange
- Traveling in Indonesia
- What to put in your luggage
You need a valid passport, valid for 6 months after the date of entry into the Indonesian territory, for the nationals of the member countries of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
Since January 2017, children must also have an individual passport.
For travelers from other countries, it is necessary to inquire at the embassy.
Since June 2015, no visa to apply before departure for Bali, for French, Belgian and Swiss nationals.
In your passport, you must have at least one blank page, on which the visa will be affixed upon your arrival in Indonesia.
This free visa is non-renewable
This free visa doesn't exist at all points of entry in Indonesia. To check with the Embassy.
For travelers from other countries, inquire at the Consulate or Embassy.
For trips of more than 30 days, the Embassy will communicate the rules in force at the time of your trip.
Before you leave, it is important to know the security measures put in place at airports. The provider who sells you your plane ticket will be able to communicate them to you.
Note that electronic devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops) must be loaded and in working order, at the risk of being confiscated by the control agents, who must be able to turn them on.
Do not forget to keep your charger handy!
For any question relating to your health, it is best to seek advice from your doctor or the Institut Pasteur, (www.pasteur.fr) before your departure.
In March 2018, no vaccine is required to enter Indonesia. It is nonetheless advisable to be up to date with DT polio vaccines, hepatitis ...
There is no antimalarial treatment to take if you stay in Bali. It is nonetheless expected that you will visit the other islands.
For scuba diving, a medical fitness certificate will be requested by the diving club.
The Indonesian currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR or rp)
The Euro and US Dollar are easily changed in tourist areas.
We advise you to change in the exchange offices that have a storefront, without commission ... and since you will collect thousands, millions in exchange for your € or $, it is always better to recount the money.
In Bali you will find ATMs that work with Visa or Mastercard networks.
Again, prefer to use ATMs that are outside banks (BRI, MANDIRI, BNI ...)
Withdrawals are limited (different amounts depending on banks and locations) and can distribute banknotes of IDR 100,000 or IDR 50,000.
For information purposes only (change at the end of 2017)
1 € = 15.000 IDR
1 $ = 13,100 IDR
1 Canadian dollar = 10,100 IDR
1 Swiss franc = IDR 14,000
We advice you to take dollars or euros with you, because you can't pay everywhere with your bank card.
The traffic in Bali is dense on the outskirts of the cities ... The journeys are calculated in time rather than in kilometers.
The safest way to get around is to use the services of a chauffeur-driven car. (taxi or guide)
In Bali, driving on the left, there are many motobikes, driving is rather "sporty", the road network is not always adapted to overtake trucks and buses ...
However, you can rent cars or motobike, as long as you have a valid international permit duly stamped.
It is obtained free of charge from your Prefecture of residence, for French travelers. For others countries, check to the competent authorities.
You can also opt for local transport (bemo), knowing that stalling destinations, times of passage and arrival, will require some patience ...
Bali enjoys an average temperature of 30 ° during the day and 25 ° at night, whether in the dry season or the rainy season (monsoon between December and March).
The hours of sunshine are identical all year long (6h-18h30 approximately).
So you can travel light. Especially since it is very easy to wash clothes for the equivalent of a few $ or € (price generally calculated by the weight of laundry, by category).
Remember to take your medical treatments, and the prescriptions referring to them.
It is easy to find toiletries (soap, toothpaste, shampoo ...), solar products, everywhere in Bali ... which will allow you to start your stay with a little stock, and to provide you as and when your needs.
Depending on your sensitivity, you can provide a tube of Biafine ... in case of sunburn ...
Take some T-shirts or short-sleeved shirts, shorts, pants, skirts and dresses, underwear, swimsuits.
Note that in cities and tourist villages, you can buy all this, if necessary.
Wearing covering clothes at sunset may prevent you from being the target of mosquitoes. In any case, plan anti-mosquito sprays, whatever the period of the year you are traveling.
In the rainy season, you will need to be protected ... but everywhere you will find capes, and umbrellas that will protect you during the showers.
Take light walking shoes if you plan to go on excursions / treck.
Think about socks.
Think of the warm sweater if you plan to climb the mountains of Bali.
The rest of the time, open shoes will be sufficient. You will also find "flip flops" of all sizes and colors in all tourist villages and towns of the island.
Sun hat / cap, sunglasses are essential, your glasses if needed.
To go to the temples, you will need to have your shoulders covered and wear a sarung and belt.
The ideal is to buy them once arrived in Bali ... a good action for local trade ... there are all the colors, more or different materials and at all prices.
Nevertheless, you can rent them at the entrance of the temples, if you do not have one.
I take this opportunity to advise you to have a light backpack to take with you in all your excursions and visits, in which you can keep, among other things, your sarong ... in case your path crosses that of a temple that you want to visit ...
Mask and snorkel if you want to admire the seabed from the surface of the sea.
Earplugs if you think that the cocks, great singers in Bali, do not stop you from enjoying your nights to recharge your batteries.
On the other hand, you might need an alarm clock, especially if you go on an excursion to admire the sunrise from the mountains, wake up in the night, anywhere in Indonesia.
Books, a gourd (to avoid using plastic bottles when you go to visit), flashlight, chargers of your electronic devices ...
Note that the electric current in Indonesia is 220 V, the plugs do not require an adapter for travelers coming from countries that use the same system (including France).
And finally, documents ... passport, travel insurance, airline tickets.