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Arrival in Bali
01.03.11 02:55

Arrival in Bali

Here are some Travel informations for Bali:

Most visitors will arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport (IATA: DPS) [2], also known as Denpasar International Airport. Despite this misleading name, the airport is actually located in Tuban between Kuta and Jimbaran, roughly 30 mins away from Denpasar.

Ngurah Rai is Indonesia's 3rd busiest international airport (after Jakarta and Surabaya) and a major hub well-connected to Australia, South-East Asia, and the rest of Indonesia.

International arrivals procedures

All passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of entry into Indonesia and have at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.

There are three ways of entering Indonesia:

* Visa on arrival. Pay on arrival, get a visa in your passport, get it stamped. Most visitors fall in this category.
* Visa in advance. Obtain a visa at an Indonesian embassy before arrival.
* Visa waiver. Show your passport, get stamped, that's it. Applies only to a few select, mostly ASEAN countries.

Visitors arriving in Bali by air from a point of origin outside Indonesia will be clearing customs and immigration at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport may require the purchase of a visa on arrival (VOA). As of January 2010, the only type of visa on arrival available is US$25.00 for 30 days. This may be extended later at the local Immigration office for a further once only period of up to 30 days. (The previous 7 day visa on arrival is no longer available). Exact change in dollars is recommended, although a selection of other major currencies including rupiah are accepted, and any change will usually be given in rupiah. Credit cards are accepted in Bali (but don't count on the service working). See the main Indonesia article for more details.

Arriving passengers are passed through VOA (visa on arrival) issuance if applicable, then subsequently processed through immigration clearance channels for VOA, Non VOA (if the visa has been obtained prior to the time of departure), Visa waiver (for eligible nationalities) and a separate channel for Indonesian passport holders. Baggage retrieval is followed by customs and quarantine examinations including baggage X-ray checkpoints.

Tourism visit visas can be issued in advance at some Indonesian embassies prior to departure. Check well in advance of your proposed departure date at the Indonesian embassy or consulate in your home country.

Citizens holding passports from Brunei, Chile, Ecuador, Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region), Macau SAR (Special Administrative Region), Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam are eligible for the Visa waiver program and do not require visas to enter and remain for 30 days within Indonesia. These visas cannot be extended or converted to another type of visa. [40]

The airport

The airport DENPASAR will not win any awards for style, but it is functional enough and has the usual complement of overpriced restaurants, duty-free shops and other services. ATMs which accept Cirrus and Plus cards for withdrawals are available in airport departure and arrival areas and a range money changing kiosks including some operated by Indonesian banks such as BNI, BCA and Mandiri are available at the airport.

Security protocols at DPS including passenger and baggage screening are similar to other large international airports in the region. Limitations similar to the EU and US are placed upon the carrying of fluids and other so called security items in hand luggage. International passengers should be prepared for scrutiny of their baggage, including all carry-on items. When departing, you will likely pass through a total of three security checkpoints, and possible a further one at the boarding gate, so be patient, particularly when things are busy.

How to get from the Airport:
In terms of transportation, Ngurah Rai is probably the most hassle-free airport in all of south-east Asia. Some hotels organise free transfers from the airport, but there are plenty of public taxis also available: go to the ticketing booth, on the right side just after the exit, buy a fixed-fare ticket and a driver will be assigned to you trouble-free.

Bali is a fairly large island and you will need a method to get around if you plan on exploring more than the hotel pool. The traffic is chaotic and there are daily jams in Denpasar, Kuta and other major tourist centres.

Metered taxis are very common in southern Bali as far north as Denpasar but few and far between elsewhere. The starting flagfall charge is Rp 5,000 for the first two kilometres and the meter ticks up Rp 5,000 per km after that. Waiting time is charged at Rp 20,000 per hour.

14.09.11 19:05

Re: Arrival in Bali

Does anyone provide the fast track visa arrival service at the airport Denpasar?

15.09.11 10:38

Re: Arrival in Bali

Dear Upode,
Griyasari Tours Bali provide a VIP Aiports Service wich include a Fast Track through Visa and Pasport Control.

VIP Airport Express Arrival Service:
This service is offered for passenger of all flights, any airline companies, arriving the International Airport Ngurah Rai Denpasar Bali.
The VIP Airport Service includes express passing for you at the Visa On Arrival (VOA) Counter, passport control and also sanitary control, in case if necessary, accompanied by a representative of our agency. The service we offer for individual or group travelers. VIP Airport Arrival Service will allow you to save precious time at the airport (sometimes up to 2 hours) and as to avoid every possible difficulty at customs house.
No hussle or long time waiting. Our representative will accompany with you from the arrival hall to pick up zone, solving all formalities caused by the official registration of your papers, delivery of luggage, etc

Procedure on Arrival:
Our friendly staff waits you at the arrival hall before the VOA counter with a sign with your name on it. Just a few sepps out of the airplane. You should handover your passport, arrival card, money for buying Visa on Arrival if is required (US$ 10 for 7days of stay or US$ 25 for 30 days of stay). You will be guided then to the passport control on a fast track. After that the passenger picks up their luggage on a first-come, first-served basis. Then you are guided with our staff quick through the customs, (our staff will accompany you to avoid every possible difficulties at customs) and come out to the airport’s pick up zone. Our staff brings you to your driver, taxi counter, transfer agend, travel agend or hotel representive outside the airport.

Rate: USD 28 per person (Visa fees not inclusive!)

Mor Information at:

inquiry : info(at)

20.03.13 13:14

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Thanks for such great information and definitely it will help plan my next trip to Bali. It would be much better if you mention some idea about the cost of accommodation and sightseeing tours.