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Flight and Transfers

All flights to Bali require a stopover on the way – no airline in the UK offers direct flights. You can fly to Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport with Malaysia Airlines (via Kuala Lumpur), Etihad Airways (via Abu Dhabi), Cathay Pacific (via Hong Kong), Thai Airways (via Bangkok) and Qatar Airways (via Doha). Flights generally take between 15 and 18 hours. All flights offer the opportunity to stopover for free, meaning you get the chance to experience another country en-route to Bali.

Visa Requirements

British Citizens will require a full British passport when travelling to Indonesia, which must be valid for six months after departure from this country. All children and infants must also hold their own passports. You will not need a visa to enter Indonesia when visiting for up to 30 days. All travellers departing Indonesia will be required to pay 150,000 IDR Department Tax in Indonesian currency at the point of departure.

Language

English is widely spoken in the tourist areas, but the official language is Bahasa Indonesian and the most commonly spoken is Balinese.

Transportation

The easiest way to get around will likely be taxis, which are plentiful and relatively cheap.

Currency

The official currency is the Indonesian Rupiah though US Dollars are often accepted, especially at hotels and resorts.

Electricity

Electricity is supplied at 220V 50Hz.

Vaccination & Health

Always check with your local GP before travelling. Hepatitis and Typhoid vaccinations will always be recommended.

Dialling Code

+ 00 62

Time Difference

+ 7 hours UK summer time / + 8 hours UK winter time

Nyepi Day

28th March 2017 is Nyepi Day, an important Hindu celebration marking the Balinese New Year. Meaning “Day of Silence” this is a day of reflection and any activity that may prevent that is prohibited.The day is marked with a public holiday and restrictions are imposed on any kind of noise, travel, entertainment or work. Although tourists are free to do as they wish within hotels, nobody is allowed to leave the hotel premises between the hours of 6am and 6am the following day.  Hotels will remain operational but with limited staff and Bali airport will remain closed.

The three days before Nyepi Day are full of festivities, including vibrant processions and a ritual called pengrupukan, where locals chase away evil forces with loud instruments. Nyepi Eve is full of colourful parades, however as soon as Nyepi Day comes, Bali is completely silent.


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