Practical Info

Practical info

Immigration Formalities

ATTENTION IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO OBTAIN A NECESSARY VISA FOR BALI INDONESIA IF YOU NEED ONE. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from your date of arrival or you may be denied admission. If arriving on a tourist visa, you must also show proof of onward journey in the form of a return or through ticket.

Non-extendable visa-free entry to Indonesia for 30 days is available to passport holders of Brunei, Chili, Hong Kong, Macao, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Passport holders of Argentina, Australia, Austria, Algeria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cambodia, Canada, Cyprus, China, Denmark, Estonia, Egypt, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia Slovak Republic Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan PRC, Tunisia, Timor Leste, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom (British) and United States of America are entitled to either 3- or 30-day non-extendable tourist visas upon payment of US$10 or US$25, respectively, upon arrival.

The organization team will be waiting for you before immigration so as to settle your visa fee if needed. Passport holders of all other countries of the aforementioned countries must obtain appropriate valid Indonesian visa at an Indonesian diplomatic mission prior to their arrival.

Such visas are generally issued for 1-2 months and are often extendable in Indonesia up to a maximum of 6 months. You must document your reason for being in Indonesia and have a letter from our Indonesian sponsor. Please contact us for this invitation letter.

Health and Safety

Your travel insurance while in BALI from April 28th to May 2nd 2012 is Groupama. You will receive the details in your travel pack. You will probably leave Bali healthier than when you arrive!  However, it would be prudent to ask your doctor about inoculations. There have been recent reports of both Polio and Dengue Fever outbreaks in Bali.

We suggest you consider boosters for Tetanus, Hepatitis and Polio. There is supposedly no malaria on Bali, so special medical precautions are unnecessary unless you also plan to visit adjacent islands such as Lombok.

There are competent Indonesian doctors in Ubud, But western doctors employed at resort hotels can also be consulted in emergency. Theft used not to be a serious problem but times are changing.  Always exercise prudence. It is safe and acceptable for a woman to walk alone anywhere and at any time in the countryside.

What to bring

Don’t forget: A white shirt for the gala evening. In order to celebrate our internationalism, please bring a local drink of your country that we all shall share. No more than one bottle of alcohol per person according to Indonesian customs.

Swim wear, hat and sunscreen. Clothing: you are advised to dress for comfort rather than elegance. Remember that Bali has a thriving textile industry and you will probably want to make plenty of local purchases. Light, loose-fitting clothing such as shorts and T-shirts are generally acceptable, but long-sleeved shirts or blouses and long pants or skirts should also be brought.

These are useful in the evening and when attending religious festivals. A sun hat and sunglasses are often needed. Footwear: Bring comfortable, lightweight footwear suitable for walking. Leather shoes are prone to mold due to the humidity.

Currency

Currency: the monetary unit in Bali is the Rupiah. Exchange rates are volatile at present. For an idea if you carry dollar bills be aware that the exchange rate is worse for the lower denominations. ATMs are widespread in towns and tourist areas. 1 € = 12 300 Rupiah 1 $ = 9150 Rupiah.

Climate

The weather in Bali is pleasantly warm, averaging about 78° F/ 26° C. throughout the year. It is a little cooler at night, particularly in the mountains, where a light sweater may sometimes be needed. It can also be quite humid, but is seldom uncomfortable. Air conditioning is rarely needed. Rain showers, sometimes heavy, can occur at any time (even in the "dry" season, which lasts from May through September approximately).

Voltage

Electricity is supplied at 220V 50Hz. Outlets are the European standard CEE-7/7 "Schukostecker" or "Schuko" or the compatible. American and Canadian travelers should pack a voltage-changing adapter for these outlets if they plan to use North American electrical equipment.

Etiquette

When entering sacred places, you are asked to dress appropriately as a mark of respect. This means having shoulders covered and wearing a sarong or long skirt, together with a temple scarf around your waist.  

Gratuities

Tips to drivers and guides in acknowledgment of special services will always be appreciated.

Bargaining

The Balinese love to bargain and expect you to haggle over almost any purchase. Do so with good humor and you can expect to save significantly.   However, remember also that the Balinese are hurting and may accept an unrealistically low price out of sheer desperation.

Photography

Come fully prepared for the excellent photographic opportunities that Bali offers. Batteries are readily available. Although prices are slightly less than at home, it is wise to bring most of what you need to ensure freshness. The Balinese generally have no objection to being photographed, but it is courteous to ask before taking pictures, particularly of the elderly.

Medication

Bring all your medication in your hand carry. If you are sensitive to seasickness you may wish to bring some seasickness pills.

Stay in contact

Outgoing telephone and postal services are reliable and seldom present problems. Internet access is widely available and not expensive. Ubud has several good Internet Cafés. Bring your mobile and make sure you have world coverage.

To phone from Bali: dial + ( country code ) + local number without the 0
To phone Bali: dial + 62 + local Bali number without the 0

Your hotel in Bali

Kamandalu Hotel Jalan Andong, Banjar Nagi
Ubud 80571, Indonesia
Website: http://www.kamandaluresort.com

Your Puregold Organizers

Organizers dedicated direct line “ Puregold SEC 2012 ”
(Office hours in France and during the trip in Bali)
Phone: + 33 7 62 56 41 21
E mail: organizers@puregoldsec2012.com

Carte de Bali

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