1. Safety & Security
Nusa Dua and other parts of Bali tourism area are unique in the degree to which people may enjoy the freedom to walk safely on the streets at all times. The crime rate in Bali is considered low. Some area has been secure involving Pecalang, the traditional security guard in cooperation with the Police Department.
2. Currency and Banks
The local currency is the Rupiah (IDR). The exchange rate in recent months is around 13.500 per 1 USD. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at airports and government-designated banks. Most of the stores in Bali accept Rupiah, so it is advised that visitors exchange to Rupiah at the airport. Major credit cards are widely accepted, and traveler's checks may be accepted by tourist-oriented shops and at most international tourist hotels and banks.
Banks are generally open between 08:00 and 16:00 on weekdays. All banks are closed on Saturday, Sundays, and public holidays. Many ATM are available in many area, designated as ATM Centre, and accept Visa, Maestro, MasterCard and Cirrus. Government office hours are usually from 07:00 to 16:00 on weekdays.
Bali has two distinct seasons, wet and dry seasons. Under normal situation, the weather during August is dry seasons, full of sun shine. The temperature as about 24oC -32 oC and the humidity is about 70-90%. Beach and weather is mostly very pleasant for sun bathing and outdoor activities.
4. Credit Cards
Major international credit cards are commonly accepted at most hotels, department stores, restaurants, and shops. Restaurants and shops generally display signs indicating what cards they accept.
5. Time Zone
The time zone for Bali is the GMT+8 hours.
6. Telephones & Mobile Phones
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. Mobile phones can be rented at the airport or at major hotels. To apply for a mobile phone rental service, you will need identification (passport) and a credit card.
7. Business Hours
Department stores are open between 10:00 and 21:00. Smaller shops have extended opening hours from 08:00 to 22:00. Some shops and drugstores may open 24 hours. Hospital and Emergency service available 24 hours.
The standard electricity supply is 220 volts AC/50 Hz. The outlet has two round holes and is the same type used in France, Germany, Austria, Greece, Turkey, and many other countries.
9. Tip and Tax
Service charges are included in your bill for rooms, meals, and other services at hotels and upscale restaurants. Indonesians occasionally do tip when they are especially pleased with the service they receive. All transactions in shops, hotels, and restaurants are subject to 10 % VAT.
10. Emergency Phone Numbers
- AMBULANCE : 118
- FIRE BRIGADE: 113
- POLICE: 110
- SAR BALI: 115, +62-361-751115
- TOURISM INFORMATION CENTRE: 166
11. Useful Websites
Indonesia Immigration http://www.imigrasi.go.id/
Bali International Convention Centre http://www.baliconvention.com/
Indonesia Tourism Development Centre http://www.itdc.co.id/
Tour and Travel Services http://www.baliforyou.com/