Fast Facts: Bali

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

You will need a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the date of your arrival in Indonesia.  Your passport must also have two blank pages, not including endorsement pages.

U.S. passport holders may apply for visa exemption. This is a stamp you receive in your passport when you arrive at the airport.  There is no fee.  If your purpose of travel is purely for tourism and you are certain that you will depart after 30 days, consider requesting Visa Exemption.  U.S. citizens who enter Indonesia under Visa Exemption must depart after 30 days; no extension is allowed and no adjustment to another visa status is permitted.  See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

More information about passports & visas.

What is the weather like?

Bali's dry season occurs between April and October, with heat and humidity indexes still high. Monsoon season is between November and March with January and February being the wettest months.

Check out the current weather conditions in Bali.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

Malaria risk is low in the tourist areas of Ubud and other resort areas of Bali. Check the links below for the most up-to-date health precautions.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

The currency in Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah. Please review the current exchange rate for the Indonesia Rupiah.

Are tips & service charges customary?

10% in restaurants, Rp 500 per bag for porters

What are the best things to shop for?

Shop for the Indonesian textile batik, gold, silver, leather crafts, baskets, cloth, porcelain, tin art objects, wood, ikat, masks, coffee, tea and honey. Be prepared to bargain for everything! Start low and expect to meet the seller at least halfway. Some of the best places in Bali to shop are the Ubud Art Market, Sukawati Art Market, Celuk Gold and Silversmiths, and the Tegallalang Handicrafts Center.

What are the voltage requirements?

127/230 volts. Plugs C, F, and G. A country-wide conversion to 230V is in progress, complete in principal cities. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.