Visas, covid, insurance, money, phone

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Travel requirements for travelling to Bali and returning to Australia.                                                                                                                          

Book a flexible flight. If Bali or your country changes their travel restrictions due to covid you most likely won’t be able  to claim this on your travel insurance.

 

Currently as of 20.7.22 on Smartraveller

You no longer need a Covid PCR test to enter Indonesia.

You need to have had at least two covid 19 vaccines.

Your last vaccination dose must have been completed at least 14 days before travel.

Travellers with just one or no doses need to complete a short quarantine period upon arrival into Bali.  Fully vaccinated travellers do not need to quarantine.

If you’ve received at least 2 COVID-19 vaccine doses, you can apply for a tourist visa on arrival in Bali, costing 500,000 Indonesian Rupiah (AUD$46) and valid for a 30 day stay. To apply for the visa, you must show evidence of a return or onward flight booking to another country and at least 6 months on your passport. You will be directed to get your visa on arrival at the airport before you go through customs.

You also may need to have an e-HAC, an electronic Health Alert Card, to travel in Indonesia and must show it at the airport. It is an electronic  QR code that you show to enter different places for public health.  Download the PeduliLindungi App on your smartphone. Have a copy of this QR code in your photos or printed out for when you can’t get Wifi. Instructions on how to get your e-HAC can be found here on Bali.com

 

Travel Insurance

You must have travel insurance to come on the trip to cover you for medical, including covid, motorbike, if you decide to be a pillion passenger on one of our day trips, trip cancellation and the usual other travel insurance necessities. I use Insure and Go  in Australia with the silver or gold cover.

 

To make form filling in easier at the airport before you take off

Get to the airport early. There are forms to fill in.

If you were vaccinated in Australia, you will need to show airline staff your International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC). You can download your ICVC using the Express Plus Medicare app or your Medicare online account through myGov. The ICVC is provided in PDF format for you to print or hold electronically on your phone. Airlines will ask for this when you check-in to your flight.

Have proof of your medical insurance of more than US$25,000.

Make sure your passport is valid for more than 6 months. They are strict on all these thing.

Best to have all your electronic info also in printed form. Sometimes you can’t get wifi at Denpasar airport.

 

On arrival at the airport in Bali

You will most likely have a wonderful welcome and…

You will queue for visa on arrival, immigration and most likely a hotel check.

Once you have done all this and maybe changed some money and walked out of customs, Made, or one of our trusted drivers of many years, will be waiting for you.

If you test positive at any point for Covid 19, both of our hotels are certified CHSE which means you can isolate there in comfort. You’ll have the most heavenly view of the mountains in Munduk down over the northern Bali coast and room service to nurture your appetite.

 

Coming back to Australia (please check details for other countries).

You’ll need to fill in a Digital Passenger Declaration before you board your flight. You can start a DPD seven days before your flight to Australia, but you can only submit a DPD within 72 hours before your departure

Use the free mobile Australia Digital Passenger Declaration app by downloading it from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play store (Android).

If you cannot use the mobile app, you can submit your DPD using the DPD online form.

You will need to create an account, which will allow you to manage your current and future declarations in one place.

Here’s a link to Home Affairs if you need more help. It’s a very good step by step guide.

As part of the Digital Passenger Application you’ll need to take a Covid test before you depart Bali. Please check here for the latest updates on what covid tests are acceptable.

You’ll be able to get a PCR test in a nearby village to our hotel in Pemuteran before you leave Bali.

 

Please go to Smartraveller for the latest updates and more details  on travelling to Bali with covid restrictions.

 

 

Money Changing and spending

Remember to let your bank know you are going to Bali before you go. I forgot one year and they cancelled my card the first time I used it.

There used to be plenty of ATMs and money changers in Ubud if you are coming there first but nothing in Munduk, so I suggest you change your money at Denpasar airport or at home.I usually bring at least AUS $200 in rupiah with me so there is no rush to go and change money. You can get this in  Denpasar airport. I also found that the exchange rate is much better for Aussie and US cash with money changers than ATM machines. Also it is about $6 for every ATM withdrawal and you can only get up to 2,000,000 rupiah per withdrawal. It adds up quickly. It’s worth bringing some cash. One year I got really scammed by a money changer. He counted it out in front of me but did a slight of the hand trick so half was going into his own hand. So only go to the official changers. If the rate is too good to be true, it is usually too good to be true.  I don’t how things will be in Bali now post covid. It’s new territory for them and us.

Your budget: your breakfast is covered with all of your accommodation. When eating out, meals can vary from 20,000 ($2) to $15 with an average of about 70,000. I tend to eat quite simply so usually only spend about $20 a day on food and snacks, but  others can spend my budget in one meal, especially with alcohol. Alcohol is costly in Bali. We will mostly be eating in your hotels.

Shopping  for clothes and gifts is generally much cheaper than the west and you usually need to barter.

Massages are generally between $10 and $25 for an hour or more, unless you go for a western healing which is more like $70.

The traditional healers are usually by donation and often people give about $25.

Phone 

As an alternative to getting Global roaming you can buy an Indonesian sim card when you get there. Telkomsel/Pro excel is meant to be good. These are easily available at stores. If your phone is locked you won’t be able to do change the sim card, so if you have a spare phone, use that. You will be able to contact me on my Aussie number 61 435 091 209 and my Bali number, which I will get on arrival.

Internet There is free internet in Munduk near reception only and in your rooms in Pemuteran.

Electricity

Current is 220V, 50Hz. Sockets are two-pin plugs; adaptors are cheap and for sale in your airport.