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Referred to as "The Island of a Thousand Temples" or "The Island of God", Bali is unquestionably Indonesia's crowning jewel, which can leave no visitor disappointed with its verdant rice paddies, volcanic landscape, lavish and ornate Hindu temples, rocky headlands and turquoise seas.

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QUICK FACTS

Language: The official language in Indonesia is Bahasa Indonesian. However, Balinese speak the language of their mother island, Balinese. English is the common "third" language and the most popular foreign language by far.
Time: UTC/GMT +6
Tax: VAT 10%, 15%, 21%
Electricity: Voltage: 230 V
Frequency: 50 Hz
Power sockets: type C / F.
In Bali and Indonesia you can expect the 2 pin socket and plug as used in larger parts of Europe. The pins are round, not flat or rectangular.
If you come from Australia, Japan, USA, Malaysia, UK, Canada, Singapore, and some countries in Africa you will most likely simply need a plug adapter. Otherwise the plugs for your electrical appliances will not fit into the &Bali Socket&, although the voltage should be okay.
Measures: Metric System
Tipping: This is not common practice. Sales tax in restaurants ranges from 10% – 15% – 21%, depending on the class of the restaurant. In addition, service charge of 5% is also sometimes added. However, if you are feeling extra generous you can tip extra by just leaving coins on the table for the waiting staff.
Emergency Telephone: 112 (like 911)
Ambulance = 118
Search & Rescue = 111, 115, 151
Police = 110
Fire Department = 113
Business hours: Government offices in the city are open from 8:00am to 4:00pm

CLIMATE

The Climate in Indonesia is almost entirely tropical. Temperatures in the city average 28ºC with average humidity above 70-80%. The rainy season is from November to March. May is one of the best months to visit Indonesia: dry, sunny days are the norm.

DRESS CODE

CQR conference: Business:
For men; tie and jacket required Annual Meeting For women: suits, trousers, jackets, skirts and dresses that, while not formal, are appropriate for a business environment Annual Meeting
Generally: Light clothes because of the heat and high humidity.*
Gala Dinner: Smart casual, no sleeveless shirt or blouse, no short trousers and no slippers.

*Modesty is observed in Bali, women are advised to avoid revealing clothing.

RELIGION

Indonesia is constitutionally a secular state, with Islam being the dominant religion in the country. The government recognises only six official religions (Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism), although based on data collected by the Indonesian Conference on Religion and Peace (ICRP), there are about 245 non-official religions in Indonesia.

MONEY

Money: The Indonesian Rupiah is the currency of Indonesia (IDR). Annual Conqueror Meeting
Credit cards: Credit and debit cards can be used in larger stores, restaurants and hotels in Indonesia. Though it’s still worth carrying cash for smaller transactions at cafes and markets or if you travel to some of the more out of the way or rural areas.
ATMs: ATMs are common in the larger cities and tourist spots. If you want to change cash, use a moneychanger as they offer better rates than banks or airports.

SAFETY

Pickpockets: On the whole Bali is a safe city but as with all major capitals, watch out for pickpockets. Annual Meeting
Pavements: Be careful of uneven pavements which have a tendency to trip up an unsuspecting visitor.
Credit card: When paying by credit card, ensure it is kept in plain sight. The card should not need to be taken away to process your bill.
Car driving: Cars drive on the left side of the road as per the UK, Australia etc.

HEALTH AND VACCINATIONS

Vaccinations: No vaccinations are required to enter Indonesia but for the yellow fever. Please check with your GP as to what they recommend. Annual Meeting
Zica virus: There is a risk of Zica virus in Indonesia. Many people infected with Zika virus do not get sick or only have mild symptoms. However, infection during pregnancy can cause severe birth defects. For more information, please click here.
Water: It is mostly preferred to drink bottled water. Only drink bottled water with the seal intact and avoid ice at road stalls as it’s not usually stored hygienically.
All travelers:
You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination (Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot). Some vaccines may also be required for travel (Hepatitis A, Typhoid).
Some travelers:
Hepatitis B You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so CDC recommends this vaccine if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
Japanese Encephalitis You may need this vaccine if your trip will last more than a month, depending on where you are going in Indonesia and what time of year you are traveling. You should also consider this vaccine if you plan to visit rural areas in Indonesia or will be spending a lot of time outdoors, even for trips shorter than a month. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans. More information
Malaria When traveling in Indonesia, you should avoid mosquito bites to prevent malaria. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, depending on your travel plans, such as where you are going, when you are traveling, and if you are spending a lot of time outdoors or sleeping outside. Talk to your doctor about how you can prevent malaria while traveling. More information.
Rabies Rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in Indonesia, so CDC recommends this vaccine for the following groups:
  • Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities (such as camping, hiking, biking, adventure travel, and caving) that put them at risk for animal bites.
  • People who will be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).
  • People who are taking long trips or moving to Indonesia.
  • Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.
Yellow fever There is no risk of yellow fever in Indonesia. The government of Indonesia requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, check this list to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine. More information.
Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans.

For more information: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/indonesia

MANNERS AND ETIQUETTE

Handshake: When meeting someone for the first time, a handshake is normally used. Due to the Islamic culture of Bali, this is normally between people of the same gender. A handshake can be reciprocated if the woman offers her hand to the man, but not vice versa.
Behaviour: Behaving appropriately in public is extremely important in Bali. Overt displays of affection such as kissing or hugging are to be avoided.
Temples and mosques: Remove shoes before entering mosques and temples.
Bear in mind: Do not point at anything with your feet as feet are seen to be the lowliest part of the body. Furthermore, do not touch anyone on the head as it is considered the most sacred part of the body


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