can easily be reached by air and now there are eleven International
Airlines running scheduled direct flights from Europe, America,
Australia and most Asian Countries to Ngurah Rai Airport. Destination
to Bali will be Denpasar (DPS) instead of Bali.
Domestic flights are also available to and from major cities
from USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and most of Western
Europe need no visa to enter Indonesia. Provided you have a ticket
out of the country and your passport has at least six months validity
at the time of your arrival, you'll be issued with a tourist card
which is valid for a 60-day stay. Keep the card with your passport
as you'll have to hand it back when you leave the country.
It is not possible to get an extension on a
tourist visa, unless there is a medical emergency or you have to
answer legal charges. There are visas, particularly a business visitor's
visa, which may be valid for a longer period. The immigration office
is in Denpasar. If you have to visit this office, make sure you
wear your most respectable clothes.
UPDATE Februari 1st 2004 There is more
certainty about the new Indonesia Tourist visa rules, the visa on
arrival, also from the official side. Original plans to revoke the
visa free travel at October 1 will in effect Ferburary 1. Indonesia
will revoke visa-free travel for most foreign visitors, despite
fears that the move could further dent the country's beleaguered
tourism industry. Indonesia will charge foreigners US$25 for a 30-day
nonrenewable visa or US$10 for a 3 day visit upon arrival.
Citizens of 11 countries who offer visa-free
travel to Indonesians will be exempt from the new rule; Brunei,
Chile, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Macao, Morocco, Peru, the Philippines,
Singapore, Thailand and Turkey. Indonesia introduced visa-free travel
in 1983 to attract more foreign tourists. But officials say it has
been abused by foreigners who work illegally or engage in other
illegal activities in Indonesia.