Although Jakarta, the national capital, is the gateway airport to Indonesia, there are also many direct international flights to Bali. Some cities/countries that layover to Bali are Doha, Manila, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Seoul, Bangkok, Guangzhou.
Ngurah Rai International Airport, just south of Kuta, is the only airport in Bali. It is sometimes referred to internationally as Denpasar or on some internet flight-booking sites as Bali.
Know your visa requirements in advance
Depending on passport and citizenship, there are a few options for visitors who visit Bali.
Majority of countries fall within this category with free entry, 30 days valid and no extension is allowed.
Please see list below for countries who are in this category.
Allowed for: Tourism ONLY
Antigua and Barbuda
Hong Kong SAR
Sao Tome and Principe
Bosnia and Herzegovina
St Kitts and Nevis
St Vincent and Grenadines
Commonwealth of Dominica
Trinidad & Tobago
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
United Kingdom (UK)
United States (US)
Papua New Guinea
Applying for a Visa from abroad
If you have a passport from a country that is not listed above, you will have to apply for a visa from one of the indonesian embassies or consulates in your country.
Visas are issued to those persons who are visiting Indonesia on government work, on business, for social-cultural activities and for holidays (purpose of visit).
If you wish to stay longer than 30 days then you can apply for 60 days visa- depending on your purpose of visit (e.g. sponsor letter needed).
Note: A standard 30 days visa arrival can be extended in Indonesia in one of the immigration offices (or with the help of an agent).
A 30 days free stamp cannot be extended.
Visa on Arrival (VoA)
Only Libya nationals will have to apply for Visa on Arrival (Costs: US$35).
Arriving at Bali Airport International
Some tips on arrival at Bali airport
Keep your passports ready at the customs.
Fill in Tax card ready (stewardess will give them to you or you can pick one up in the arrival hall).
If you do not need VoA or if you have already obtained a visa abroad you can queue directly at the immigration counters.
Pay for Visa on Arrival (VoA) counter and pay US$35.
At immigration counters line up according to the appropriate signs (internet, passports, Indonesians, etc).
Go through customs towards the exit sign and give them the exit card.
You will only need one per family.
Make sure not to bring more than IDR 100,000,000 (US$7500).
There are official money changers when you get out, and an ATM. You might need some Indonesian Rupiahs to pay the taxi.
Airport Taxis in Bali
Offical airport taxis at Bali airport DPS work with a fixed price list and the price depends on the area you want to go to.
You can find the counter after you have left the building and exited through the duty free area just outside.
Tell the officer at the counter and he will quote the price for airport transfer and you will be handed a ticket number.
You will need to pay cash to the driver after being dropped. Please have loose change for this.
Taxis in Bali
Getting around by taxi is cheap in Bali, however, there are a few rules to abide by:
Starting fee is IDR 7,000 (US$0.52).
You should insist that the taxi driver switches to meter at the beginning of the ride. Some drivers may forget to turn on the meter at the start of ride, thus, it is better to remind them.
Bluebird taxi drivers follow strict company regulations and switch on the meter immediately without you asking. With other companies, you might have to insist or remind them.
In some areas such as Ubud or Tanah Lot, the local community manages the taxi services, “private cars” without meters. Other taxi companies are not allowed to operate and pick up guests on the street.
Passengers can be dropped at these areas, so getting to these areas is not a problem.
Passengers will need to fix a price with driver after barganining. Prices depend on distance and time of the day.
Taxis dropping passengers in one of these areas can not pick up guests, so they might ask for a higher price to take passengers there.