How to Travel to Bali

How to Travel to Bali
Bali is a tropical island paradise with a little something for most any fan of outdoors fun. The island has trekking, scuba diving, surfing, sailing and fishing. And that is just for starters. Travel in Bali requires keeping a few visa requirements in mind to get there. A few basic safety precautions once on the ground are also important.


Difficulty: Easy

Getting There

Things You’ll Need:
  • Passport with at least six months validity 2 passport photos US$25 Return air ticket Sunblock Mosquito repellent Closed-toe sandals
  • Passport with at least six months validity
  • 2 passport photos
  • US$25
  • Return air ticket
  • Sunblock
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Closed-toe sandals
Step 1
Look at the expiration date of your passport. A standard for international travel, including going to Indonesia, is that the passport must have six months remaining validity at the time of arrival to be accepted. If yours will not, get it renewed. Also, make sure you have a at least one completely blank page, since the Indonesian tourist visa is a one-page sticker.
Step 2
Choose between going straight to Bali from outside Indonesia, or going there after seeing other places in Indonesia. International flights all land in Denpasar. From locations in East Java (Surabaya, Gunung Bromo) it is possible to get to Bali by an overnight bus and ferry connection. From elsewhere in Indonesia, you will need to take a domestic flight to Denpasar.
Step 3
Apply for a Visa on Arrival at whichever international airport or seaport you arrive at. Fill out the forms and submit them with US$25, 2 passport photos, and be ready with proof of a return air ticket/sea ferry ticket if asked. The visa is good for 30 days.

Inside Bali

Step 1
Bring along very strong sunblock. Bali is only about eight degrees (roughly 500 miles) from the equator. That means the sun there is intensely strong, and it is normal for newcomers to equatorial climates to underestimate it. A bad case of sunburn will ruin your trip, so bring a big bottle of the strongest sunblock you can.
Step 2
Decide how comfortable you are with malaria. Most of coastal Bali is free of malaria, but it is sometimes known in the backcountry, as is dengue fever. Only the truly cautious should feel the need for anti-malarial drugs, but everyone should take thorough mosquito precautions. Bring strong, deep woods repellents.
Step 3
Get your shots. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends having up-to-date vaccinations for Bali. Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, rabies and Japanese encephalitis shots are also recommended. The Japanese encephalitis could be considered overkill, but the others are a real threat and preventative measures should be taken.
Step 4
Drink plenty of water. The sun and humidity make dehydration a real problem.
Step 5
Wear light, loose clothing. These not only help you stay cool, but also help you protect yourself from the sun.
Step 6
Bring closed-toe sandals. Bali is a hot, humid place that is subject to tropical showers. It has plenty of broken sidewalks, potholes and rough paths. You will need shoes that will dry out quickly and protect your toes at the same time.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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