General Information

About Bali

Bali is a truly beautiful tropical island paradise where the passage of life is measured through elaborate rituals performed by artistic and hospitable local people. The Balinese maintain a precious heritage of unique arts and a dynamic culture amidst breathtaking panoramas of cultivated rice terrace, awesome volcanoes, pristine beaches and thousands of temples, augmented by an unrivalled range of modern leisure activities.

Banking
The currency for Indonesia is IDR (Rp). Standard banking hours are Monday to Friday from 8:00 until 16:00 or 17:00. Some bank branches open on Saturdays (8:00 until 11:00). Banks in Indonesia usually remain open over lunch. Most hotels, restaurants and shops in Indonesia accept all major credit cards. ATM’s can also be found at the airport, railway stations and all over the city centre. Please use the following site to find out the up to date exchange rate for your country: www.xe.com

Climate
The minimum temperature in June on Bali is around 23°C with the maximum temperature reaching 31°C. Average rainfall during June is 75mm.

Dress code
Business attire is most appropriate for attending conference and business functions.

Electricity

The electricity service in Indonesia operates at 230 volts AC; 50Hz. In Bali and Indonesia you can expect the 2 pin socket and plug. Whether you are staying in a hotel or in a private villa you should be able to get an adapter if you ask for one. The pins are round, not flat or rectangular.

Insurance
Delegates are encouraged to obtain travel insurance (medical, personal accident and luggage) in their home country prior to departure.

Medical Care
If suddenly taken ill or involved in an accident during a visit to Bali, medical treatment is available. Comprehensive insurance is advised for all nationalities. The International SOS Clinic –Kuta – and the BIMC Hospital – Kuta and Nusa Dua – are headed by American, Australian, and British doctors, thus all the doctors and nurses speak English. Immediate first aid/emergency treatment is free for all visitors, after which charges are made unless the visitor's Insurance has a reciprocal health agreement with Hospital. Please be advised that payment has to be fulfilled before leaving the hospital. Full details are available from the Department of Health.

Shopping
Shops on Bali are usually open every day of the week 10:00-23:00. For more information about shopping on Bali, please visit: http://www.bali-indonesia.com/shopping/

Smoking
Strict smoking bans are enforced in all public places throughout Bali.

Water
Tap water in Bali is of uncertain quality. It is suggested to drink canned drinks or bottled water. The ice in Bali is safe, the island’s ice supply is quality-controlled by the local government.

Tipping
Many hotels and restaurants services are inclusive of 21% tax. 10% is a mandatory government tax, the other 11% is a legally unenforceable service charge. Tipping is not mandatory. However, if you want to tip, provide 5-10% of the total bill. It is also not necessary to tip a taxi driver, however some drivers do not carry either coins or small notes, thus many passengers round up their bill.

Tourism
For more information about Bali, please visit http://www.balitourismboard.org/