Plan your trip
Entry requirements for Indonesia
The 30-day Visa on Arrival is the standard visa for tourists. Before the pandemic it was free, but there is now a charge of Rp500,000 – this can be paid for in cash (Indonesian rupiah), or by Visa or Mastercard. This visa can be extended once, for 30 more days.
For the latest official updates on visa requirements please click here.
To enter Indonesia you muse be fully vaccinated and have official proof (printed or digital) of your vaccination status.
For the latest official updates on health requirements please click here.
The app you need, plus other requirements
Before you leave home you will need to download the PeduliLindungi app and complete the e-HAC section of the app. Download the app on Google Play or from Apple's App Store.
For the full list of entry requirements, please click here.
Transport to West Bali
• Grab and GoJek are brilliant ride-hailing apps to use in and around the touristy areas of Bali. However, it's unlikely you'll find a driver through these apps to take you to West Bali. You could try, of course, but if your time is precious then arrange a driver beforehand.
• If West Bali is your first destination on the island, keep in mind that it can take four hours to get here due to congestion in the south and the slow-going on the roads. If your flight lands during the evening you might prefer to stay closer to the airport on your first night.
• If West Bali is your first destination, arrange your transport before you arrive in Bali. There are many drivers at the airport, but most will not want to drive to West Bali; those who will are likely to charge an exorbitant rate.
Getting around in Bali is pretty easy, as there are many drivers available to take you on day trips or to transport you between hotels. That said, there are some drivers we've known for years, and who we use regularly. Their details are listed below.
RATES may vary slightly; this is a guide only:
Airport to Balian Rp550,000
Airport to Medewi/Pekutatan Rp700,000
Airport to Negara Rp800,000
Airport to Menjangan Rp950,000
Airport to Pemuteran Rp1,050,000
Komang is based near Canggu but he grew up in Pekutatan in West Bali, and is available for driving all across the island. Ask Komang about Balinese traditions and also places to visit in West Bali. Komang can also assist with scooter rental in West Bali.
Contact via WhatsApp: +62-859-3121-3933
Kadek, a talented contemporary and traditional musician, lives in Pekutatan, a village near Medewi, and is a good option for pick-ups in the area.
Contact via WhatsApp: +62-882-479-70742
Made is based in Kuta and has been driving for years – he knows the island very well. Made's an excellent person to use for airport pick-ups as well as for longer trips and transport out to West Bali.
Contact via WhatsApp: +62-813-3797-1754
Rasta, who lives in Medewi, specialises in surf trips to G-Land, but he's available to do pick-ups and drop-offs in the Medewi area too. He and his wife own the excellent Dewi and Rasta Cafe – an absolute must when you are in or passing through Medewi.
Contact via WhatsApp: +62-852-370-20393
Ambara is based in Ubud and knows the central region of Bali exceptionally well. He's also a qualified yoga teacher – so if you're interested in practising yoga on the island ask him for tips on which classes to take.
Contact via WhatsApp: +62-812-368-4930
Cash advice for travellers
Don't bother with travellers cheques
You'll struggle to find somewhere in West Bali to cash your travellers cheques – so our advice is, don't use them. There are many ATMs around the bigger towns, so unless you cash your travellers cheques before you head out west, withdrawing cash is a much simpler option.
Get used to the zeros
New arrivals to Indonesia should always take a moment to familiarise themselves with the currency before hitting the first ATM. It's amazing how many tourists get confused with the number of zeroes and withdraw 100,000 when they intended to withdraw 1,000,000 – an expensive practise when your bank is charging you for each withdrawal. Worse still you don’t want to hand over a million rupiahs for an airport taxi that should have only cost you 100,000.
Notes come in the following denominations: 1,000 (increasingly rare); 2,000; 5,000; 10,000; 20,000; 50,000 & 100,000.
Withdraw large amounts
Your bank will probably charge you each time you withdraw cash from an ATM so it is best to with take out the max rather than making multiple withdrawals and being penalised each time. ATMS will usually indicate whether they dispense cash in Rp50,000 or Rp100,000 denominations – if they don't, then it's likely you'll have to select the denomination before you indicate how much you want to withdraw. If you're wanting to withdraw a larger amount then always select Rp100,000, as this will allow you to take out the maximum amount (which is usually either Rp1,500,000, Rp2,000,000 or at Permata Bank ATMS, Rp3,000,000.
Stock up on cash before the holidays
ATMs run dry very quickly at the start of public holidays like Galungan, Kuningan and Nyepi… and bank staff are sometimes not sent out promptly to restock them. Don’t be left without cash when everyone else is enjoying themselves.
Don't leave your card in the machine!
Unlike ATMs in many other countries, the ones in Indonesia usually dispense cash BEFORE your card is returned.
Remember this when you use an ATM, and don't leave your card behind!
Be smart about the cards you carry
It’s good to have two or more cards – preferably from more than one bank – as backups. Apart from cards getting lost or eaten by machines it’s amazing how often a bank's security system can go into automatic lockdown at the realisation that someone in Indonesia is trying to make a multi-million Rupiah withdrawal. (For an extra backup card consider getting a Wise card – see below *)
For an added level of security keep one card for travelling (or for online purchases or locations where you think security might be compromised). Keep this card loaded only with a travelling kitty and top it up when needed from another account.
Open a Wise account
A Wise account and debit card (previously known as Transferwise) has several great benefits over standard high street accounts:
You can instantly access cash worldwide, without having to update the bank as to your travel plans.
You can make hassle free transfers – at the lowest rates – to Indonesian accounts (or almost worldwide) within seconds.
You can withdraw from ATMs all over the world at local rates.
You can purchase the debit card for around a 5 Euro one-time payment (depending upon your region).
You can then make tap-and-pay (or insert PIN) purchases and withdraw from ATMs.
You can track your spending easily with the itemised statements on the app.
*Open a Wise account via this link and your first transfer (up to GBP500) will be free of charge.