Crucial Pre-Flight Steps For Anyone Travelling To Bali

30 January 2015

We all know how exciting an overseas trip can be, with the butterflies dancing the jitterbug along your stomach lining.

However, don't get caught up in the excitement just yet. You still have a few more preparations to ensure your holiday goes off without a hitch.

In this article we take a look at Bali and share a few steps you might not realise are needed before jetting off.

 Making sure you've got everything ticked off before flying will ensure an enjoyable holiday (Getty)

Your Passport Must Have Six Months Left

You have an unexpired passport so you're all good, right? Not always. Before visiting Bali you'll need to make sure your passport has at least six months before it expires. Bali officials will refuse entry to anyone with less than six months of validity on their passport.

Don't Ignore Travel Insurance

Some people may groan about purchasing travel insurance and never having to use it while travelling. However, they're winners in the end because nothing went wrong.

In fact, the only time you'll ever lose out is when you aren't covered and you get sick, are injured or lose your possessions.

Pucker up and kiss the rest of your spending money goodbye when that happens.

When visiting Bali, being covered by travel insurance is just as important, if not more important, than when visiting any other country. Imagine the kind of activities you might be getting up to: bungee jumping, quad biking, surfing, paragliding, paintball etc.

 You'll soon be parted from your pennies if you have a mishap and no travel insurance (Getty)

Visa Requirements Made Easy

Visiting Bali in regards to visa requirements is very easy compared with other countries. You can pay $45 for a 30-day visitor visa upon arrival at Ngurah Rai International Airport. Some airlines travelling from Australia may also offer a visa processing service while you're still flying.

Due to recent rule changes in Bali, express arrival services are no longer available.

However, Flight Centre still offers an express departure assist that can help you get to your return flight quickly and easily. It assists with checking in, paying airport tax and offers an escort through the immigration counter. This final immigration step will often take 45-90 minutes without the departure assist.

There are illegal operators offering a 'fast-track' arrival service for a fee. These operators, wearing a black uniform, should be avoided, as there's a chance they'll take your money and disappear.


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Power Adaptors

Bali's electrical outlets are the two-pin variety, similar to those used in continental Europe. You might get away with a European adaptor but the wall sockets are round and recessed, so your European adaptor will need to be the perfect shape.

The best solution is to purchase an adaptor in Indonesia or from your local electronics store before travelling.

 Avoid moments of frustration with the proper power plug (Getty)

Let Your Bank Know Your Plans

If you don't notify your bank of your overseas plans, you risk having your debit/credit cards cancelled midway through your travels.

Most banks will attempt to contact you before they do this but if you're unreachable because your phone is turned off or you've changed to a local sim card, your bank will be forced to cancel your cards.

All it takes is a quick call to your local bank before you travel, informing them of when you leave and when you'll be returning.

Wrap It Or Lock It

After the notorious Schapelle Corby and Bali Nine arrests in Bali for drug trafficking crimes, travellers became suspicious of baggage tampering, afraid someone might sneak drugs into their suitcases as a means of smuggling them into Bali.

This fear has decreased significantly over the years; however, it's still safe practice to have your suitcase wrapped in plastic or lock your bag's zippers together with padlocks or zip ties.

 Free baggage wrap services are available at almost all airports (Getty)

Smart Traveller Registration

For an extra safety precaution you can sign up to Smart Traveller, an Australian Government website that stores your details and assists in the case of emergency while you're overseas. You can also use the website for warnings on any hazards going on in Bali.

With that said, Bali's tumultuous past means you'll often see a warning of some kind, so don't be put off before investigating further.

Ben Stower

I love the kind of travelling that is one part strategic planning and two parts spontaneous adventure. Whether I'm exploring my local city or a small town in the middle of nowhere, I'm always hoping to find something no one else has discovered.