Indonesia is 5 hours ahead of South Africa
All visitors travelling to Indonesia must be in possession of a passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival and have proof of onward passage. If on a South African passport you need a visa to enter Indonesia.
All passport must have blank pages and be valid for 6 months from date of travel.
Visas may be issued on arrival if not acquired beforehand.
International health certificates for smallpox and cholera are not required, except from travellers arriving from infected areas. Malaria precautions are recommended.
Indonesian Customs allows on entry a maximum of two litres of alcoholic beverages, 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 grams of tobacco and a reasonable amount of perfume per adult. Cars, photographic equipment, typewriters and tape recorders must be declared to Customs upon entry and must be re-exported. 'prohibited from entry are TV sets, radios, narcotics, arms and ammunition, printed matter in Chinese characters and Chinese medicines.
Advance approval has to be acquired for carrying transceivers and all movie films and video cassettes must be censored by the Film Censor Board. Fresh fruit, plants and animals must have quarantine permits.
There is no restriction on import or export of foreign currencies. However, the export or import of Indonesian currency exceeding Rp.50,000 is prohibited.
Departure taxes payable directly at the airports in Indonesia are Rp 200.000 (aprox USD21) for international flights and Rp 60,000 (aprox USD7) for domestic flights. It is recommended you make allowance for Indonesian Rupiah local currency to pay the departure taxes as it is easier in terms of conversion and any change you need to receive.
Voltage is 22volts, 50 cycles per second
Do not drink the tap water or use ice. Only bottled water
Dress casually and take light clothes as the weather is warm to hot throughout the year. Bali is a country where religion and prayers take centre stage. When visiting a temple, please respect local tradition and custom. Visitors are welcome to any ceremony held at a family compound or a temple provided that they are appropriately dressed, and have a sash around the waits to show respect to the host or Deities of the place visited
You may use a credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express etc) for paying your bill in the hotel. Due to a recent change in local banking policy in Indonesia it is no longer possible to use traveller’s cheques in local shops, dive centres and resorts.
Traveller’s cheques can only be cashed in the bank by the owner of the cheque (USD only). Mastercard, Visa and American Express are accepted at the resorts as well as local and international currency such as US & Singapore Dollar, Euro and Pound .
The Indonesian currency is the Rupiah. It is recommend that you change some foreign currency into Rupiah on arrival at your first Indonesian Airport, which may then be used during your trip for departure taxes, extra baggage fees, gratuities, souvenirs, markets, local restaurants etc.
Major hotels usually add a 10% service charge to bills. Where it is not included a tip of between 5% to 10% of the bill would be appropriate if the service is satisfactory.
Airport porters expect Rp.2,000,-for a small bag and Rp.3,000, for bags weighing more than 20 kg.
Tipping taxi and hire-car drivers is not mandatory, but if service has been satisfactory a basic Rp.1,000,- tip is sufficient for a taxi driver, Hire-car drivers would normally expect a larger tip
For the dive centres, the staff and dive guides they do appreciate a tip at your discretion according to the level of service you receive .. which in most cases is exceptional. You can place your tip in an envelope and hand it to the dive centre manager who will divide it between the staff. Allow the same for liveaboard staff.