Bali — Visas and Vaccinations
For most travelers to Bali, a visa is required and your passport must be valid for up to six months prior to arriving. Travelers from Singapore and a selection of ASEAN countries do not need a visa for stays less than 30 days.
It is possible to get a visa before arriving from your Indonesian embassy or consulate. There are 30 day and 60 day visas available for tourists. It is also possible to purchase one at the airport for nationals from the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom for US $25. This fee can be paid in Indonesian rupiah or American dollars when passing through customs. Every visitor will recieve a tourist card that must be returned upon departure or risk heavy fines.
Health and Safety
Bali doesn’t have the best medical facilities, especially away from the main areas of Kuta and Seminyak. Travel insurance is recommended. If tourists require surgery while holidaying here, they are usually moved to Jakarta, Singapore or Perth.
There aren’t many risks when it comes to travel in Bali. Despite this, the island occasionally receives travel warnings from international countries. There have recently been numerous deaths from alcohol-related poisoning, especially through the local arak drink. Drugs are an absolute no-no in Bali. Several Australians are serving 20 years imprisonment at present for drug-related offences.
With Bali sitting in the tropics, it is imperative that travelers cover up from the sun and drink plenty of water while venturing around the island. Dehydration is not an uncommon health issue experienced by travelers and can easily be avoided.