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Climate:

Bali has such a mild and agreeable climate the whole year round. The sunny days within dry reason between May and September are warm and pleasant, while in rainy season between October and April, tropical showerwill alternate. The average temperature of the day in coastal areas varies from about 28C (82F) during May, June, July, to about 30C (86F) in March and October.
It is approximately one and half hours drive to the highland of Bedugul or Kibntamani where temperature varies from 16C to 26C and it is known to drop to about 8C during the night.
The humidity is high (from a minimum of 70% to a maximum of 95%). The weather is most pleasant between May to September.

Imigration:

All visitors travelling to Indonesia must be in possession of a passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival and have proof of onward passage. Visas are not required for nationals of: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium,
Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Morocco, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United
Kingdom (Great Britain), United States of America, United Emirate Arab, Yugoslavia, Venezuela.
Visa-free entry is also allowed for registered delegate; attending a conference which has received official approval. For those not belonging to the above categories, tourist visas can be obtain from any Indonesian Embassy or Consulate. Tourists holding a `Certificate of Identity' from Hong Kong can obtain visas for group travel, with a minimum of 5 persons, from the Consulate
General of Indonesia in Hong Kong for visits not exceeding 30 days. Travel and accommodation should be arranged by a tour operator. Entry and exit must be in groups, and through SoekarnoHatta International Airport (Jakarta.), Ngurah Rai (Bali) or Polonia (Medan).
Entry and exit must be made through certain specified gateways. By air: Jakarta, Denpasar, Medan, Manado, Biak, Ambon, Surabaya, Batam, Pekanbaru, Kupang, Padang, Pontianak and Balikpapan. By sea: Belawan
(Medan), Batu Ampar and Sekupang (Batam), Tanjung Priok (Jakarta), Tanjung Mas (Semarang) Tanjung Perak (Surabaya), Benoa and Padangbai (Bali), Bitung, Ambon and Tanjung Pinang. For other ports of entry and exit special
visas are required. The maximum stay permitted is two months and is not extendible.

Health

International health certificates for smallpox and cholera are not required, except from travellers arriving from infected areas.
The vast majority of travellers to Indonesia suffer nothing more than an upset stomach; generally, hygiene and health standards are improving. If you have a minor ailment, it's usually best to head to a pharmacy or apotik - most have a decent idea of how to treat common ailments and can provide many medicines without prescription.

Otherwise, ask for the nearest doktor, doktor gigi (dentist) or rumah sakit (hospital). If you have a serious accident or illness then you will need to be evacuated home or to Singapore, which has the best medical provision in Asia. It is, therefore, vital to arrange health insurance before you leave home.  Health 

Custom:

Indonesian Customs allows on entry a maximum of one liter of alcoholic beverages, 200 cigarettes or 50 Cigars or 100 grams of tobacco and a reasonable amount perfume per adult. Cars, photographic equipment, typewriters and tape recorders must be declared to Customs upon entry. Prohibited from entry are TV sets, radios, narcotics, arms and ammunition, printed matter in Chinese characters and Chinese medicines.  All movie films and video cassettes must be censored by the Film Censor Board. Fresh fruites, 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 Rp.50,000 is prohibited

Ngurah Rai  International Airport (DPS): 
Taxi fares are fixed at the Airport Taxi Counter and will cost between Rp.25,000 to Rp.55,000 to the areas of Kuta, Legian, Sanur, Nusa Dua and Jimbaran,  where most large hotels are located. Hotel limousine services are provided by some of the leading hotels, offering a city-airport-city transportation service on a complimentary basis to hotel guests. At the Arrival Hall is also a Exchange Service, a Hotel Reservation Counteter, Luggage Strorage  available. 
Exit Fees / Airport Tax:
The Government of Indonesia has officially abolished the exit permit required for people leaving the country, effective as of August 17, 1998. Airport tax levied on passengers for international travel is Rp.50,000,- for travel within Indonesia regional variations occur.
Tipping: 
Major hotels usually add a 15% service charge to bills. Where it is not included a tip of between 5% to 10% of the bill would be appropriate if the service is satisfactory. Airport porters expect Rp.2,000,- for a small bag and Rp.3,000,-
for bags weighing more than 20 kg.  Tipping taxi and hire-car drivers is not mandatory, but if service has been satisfactory a basic Rp.1,000,- tip is sufficient for a taxi driver. Hirecar drivers would normally expect a larger tip.
Clothing: 
Dress is normally informal in Indonesia due to the warm, humid climate and clothing of light-weight fabrics are recommended. Highland areas are noticeably cooler, however, and carrying a light sweater is suggested. Acceptable attire for men is a shirt and long pants. A jacket and tie are required for offlcial calls or for more formal occasions. Long-sleeved batik shirts are acceptable for evening functions. For ladies, dresses, blouses, and long pants are appropriate. Shorts, halter tops or tank tops should only be used at sports facilities or on the beach
Offices Hours: 
Business offices are usually open either from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm or 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, with a break for lunch between 12.00 noon and 1.00 pm. On Saturday many business offices are closed. Government office hours are from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm from Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays many Government offices are closed.
Banking:
Normal banking hours are from 8.00 am to 3.00 pm from Monday to Friday. Some bank branches in hotels keep longer hours. Jakarta has several international banks but money can also be changed at hotel cashiers, or authorized money changers. Daily exchange rates are published in newspapers. The US dollar is the most readily accepted currency.  Most major tourist destination areas have foreign exchange facilities, but for travel to remote areas, it is advisable to change money and travellers cheques in advance. Credit cards are acceptable only at major hotels, restaurants and travel agencies.
Shopping:
Major cities in Indonesia have shopping complexes, supermarkets and department stores where prices are fixed. Shops are usually open all week including Sundays. Shopping hours are usually between 9.00 am and 9.00 pm for department stores and supermiakets in the large cities, with shorter hours on Sundays. In smaller cities, shops may be closed between 1.00 pm and 5.00 pm. Bargaining is customary in small shops and markets. The art of is to start at half the asking price and slowly increase your offer until a compromise is reached. Remember it helps to smile while bargaining.
Driving:
Lefthandside driving in Bali. Always expect the unexpected; always keep your eyes open and your mind on driving. Beware of motorbikes! It is best to rent a car with full insurance, as this will save time and money if you do have an accident.  Diving Spots in Bali
Sports:
Traditional sports in Indonesia include bull races, bull fights, rowing, and ram fights, all of which are held as part of special festivities.  Silat, a martial art, can be performed as a dance or exercise and is comparable to Karate or Kung Fu. However, the most popular sports in Indonesia are soccer, badminton, and table tennis. Golf is becoming more and more popular and a number of excellent golf course can be found across the archipelago. Most major hotels have their own tennis and squash courts, swimming pools, health clubs and those at seaside resorts provide equipment for sailing, surfing, scuba diving and windsurfing. There are also a growing number of dive shops which provide necessary equipment and professional services.
Time:
The Indonesian archipelago is spread over three time zones. Western Indonesia Standard Time, which covers the islands of Sumatra, Java & Madura, West and Central Kalimantan is 7 hours ahead of GMT; Central Indonesia Standard Time covers East and South Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali and Nusa Tenggara, is 8 hours ahead of GMT; finally Eastern Indonesia Standard Time, which covers Maluku, and Irian Jaya is 9 hours ahead of GMT.
Electricity:
Power supply is usually 220 volts /250 cycles in large cities, but 110 volts is still used in some areas. Normal outlets are plugs wlth two rounded pins. It is advisable to check local conditions before using any appliances.
Consulates:

Australian Consulate (Includes Canada, N.Zealand, UK, Papua New Guinea), Jl. Prof. Yamin No.4, Denpasar.P.O. Box 243, Phone 235092, Fax 231990
Consular Agent of France, Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai No.35X, Sanur. Phone 285485 Fax 285485
Consular Agent of the United States of America
, Jl. Hayam Wuruk No.188 (Near the Renon Roundabout) Denpasar. Phone 233605 Fax 222426
Consular Agent of the Netherlands
, Jl. Imam Bonjol No.599, Kuta, P.O Box 377 Denpasar, Phone 751517 Fax 752777
Consular Agent of Switzerland & Austria
, Swiss Restaurant, Jl. Pura Bagus Teruna, Legian Kaja, Phone 751735 Fax 754457
Honorary Consul of Finland & Sweden
, Segara Village Hotel, Jl. Segara Ayu, 80228. Phone 288407-8, 288021 Sanur
Honorary Consul of Germany, Jl. Pantai Karang No.17, Sanur, P.O. Box 158 Denpasar, Phone 288535 Fax. 288826
Honorary Consul of Norway & Denmark, Mimpi Resort Jimbaran, Kuta-Denpasar 80361, Phone 701070, Fax 701 072-074
Japanese Consulate
, Jl. Raya Puputan, Renon, Denpasar. Phone 227628 Fax 231308, Mexican Consulate, Astina Tours, Jl. Hayam Wuruk No. 8 Denpasar. Phone 223552, Fax 231740
Italian Consulate
, Lotus Enterprise Building, Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai, Jimbaran, Ph./Fax. 701005

Airlines:

Ansett Australia: Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur. Ph. 289635 Fax. 289637, 
Bouraq indonesia : Kompleks Sudirman Agung Blok A 47-48, Jln. PB Sudirman Denpasar, Ph. 241397 
Cathay Pacific: Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur. Ph. 28600, 
Continental Micronesia: Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur, Ph. 287774,
EVA Air: Wisti Sabha Administration Building, Ground Floor, Room No.4 Ngurah Rai Airport. Ph. 751011 ext 1638; Fax. 756488, 
Garuda Indonesia: Grand Bali Beach Hotel. Ph. 288243, or at Natour Kuta Beach. Ph. 751179, or at Nusa Dua. Ph. 771864, 771444, 
Lauda Air : Gedung PAJ Jln. By Pass Ngurah Rai - Tuban Ph. 758686
Malaysia Airlines : Grand Bali Beach Hotel. Ph.285071-73, 288716; or at Ngurah Rai Airport. Ph.756132
Merpati : Jln. Melati No. 51, Denpasar Ph. 235358
Qantas : Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur. Ph.288331-3 or at Ngurah Rai Airport. Ph.288824, 288823, or at Kertha Wijaya Shopping Centre, Ph. 237343
Singapore Airlines
: Jl. Dewi Sartika No.88, Denpasar Ph. 261666, 26169, Fax: 26153
Thai Airways: Wisti Sabha Building, 2nd Floor Room 19, Ngurah Rai Airport or Grand Bali Beach Hotel,  Ph.754856, 
Royal Brunei Airlines : Wisti Sabha Building, Ngurah Rai Airport. Ph.757292
China Airlines: Wisti Sabha Building, 2nd Floor Room 19, Ngurah Rai Airport. Ph. 754856, 
Japan airlines : Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Ph. 287576 - 287577

Airport Tax: International: Rp 50.000.-   Domestic: Rp. 11.000.-

Tourist Informations:

The Department of Tourism (Bali) has six Information Centres where booklets and brochures can be obtained free of charge.
Addresses : Ngurah Rai International Airport, Tuban, Phone : (0361) 751011
Bina Wisata Ubud, next to the Village Head's office in Ubud., Government Tourist Information Centre, Jl. Bunisari 36B, Kuta, Bali Government Tourism Office, Jl. S. Parman Niti Mandala, Denpasar, Phone : (0362) 222387 
Buleleng Government Tourism Office, Jl. Veteran 23, Singaraja, Phone: (0361) 225141, Tourist Information Centre, Kaliasem, Lovina Beach.

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