Bali Airport Guide For Surfers and Travelers
Bali Airport Ngurah Rai International Airport
Bali Airport Code: DPS
Okay so if you are coming to Bali to Surf, there are a few things you should know when you get off the plane to make your arrival to Indonesia a bit smoother. (Make sure look out the window just before you land, Kuta Reef, Middles, Airport Left/Right just might be doing its thing, beckoning you to put on your board shorts jump in the warm water and grab a few before sunset.)
Tip-If at all possible try to be one of the first of the plane.. The immigration lines are notorious for taking forever to get through-they are improving– but if you happen to land when 3 other plane loads of tourists land, things jam up quick. So the faster you get off the plane and into the immigration line the quicker you will get through and into the madness that is Bali.
Disembarking from the Plane:
Once you get off the plane you will be mildly hit by a wall of heat and humidity.-Don’t worry, once you get out of the airport that’s when you get punched in the face with the heat and humidity and start to sweat buckets. This heat adds to your general state of confusion after a long flight., hopefully you didn’t drink to many beers on the way over as this will only add to the disorientation from lack of sleep, heat, sweat, people, smells etc…
Quick Fact: Entering Indonesia without any visa is possible now only for nationals of the following 11 countries and territories: Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Ciitzens of these Countries are eligible for the VOA Visa On Arrival: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Libya, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, People’s Republic of China, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States of America.
First things First- This is for those who will get a Tourist Visa On Arrival (VOA). If you have arranged a Social Budaya Visa or some other Visa you can go directly to the immigration line specified for these types of Visas (Follow the Indonesian Citizens)
- When you get off the plane you will be sort of directed to the VOA booth/counter. The counter is not immediately visible when you get off the plane you have to walk a little bit.
- The VOA payment counter is on the left, this is where the majority of the people will be going so just follow them .
- For the VOA- you will need 25.00 U.S dollars cash for 30 days
- They accept other forms of currency other than U.S. Dollar most notable the Aussie Dollar, for you people coming from countries other than the U.S. or Australia it might be best to have your Visa money sorted before you land.
- If you have no money and need to go to an ATM don’t worry, there is an ATM available before you go through immigration-although it wasn’t working last time I went through. You can get to another row of ATM’s just on other side of immigration counters-it takes a bit of a sad face and having an immigration guy holding on to your passport while you go get some dough. (just have the money sorted out before landing in Bali)
- Garuda Airlines offers a VOA service on board the airplane, so you folks coming from Australia are in a bit of luck if flying with Garuda.
Important-make sure your passport is good for up to 6 months or you will be S.O.L. Usually this will probably be sorted before you even get on the plane in your home country, but just in case it isn’t..DOUBLE CHECK
Once you pay the VOA fee you will get a receipt for it.
The Immigration Counter:
Next you will head to the immigration counter, make sure you have filled out your documents and DON’T LOSE YOUR DEPARTURE CARD these are easy to lose so make sure its in a secure spot.
Once At the Immigration counter its usually just a matter of handing the immigration officer your documents and them stamping your passport. They sometimes will ask you how long you intend to stay, where will you be staying etc… You are also supposed to be able to prove that you have sufficient funds for your trip but I have never been asked that, I think a copy of your bank statement would be sufficient enough. You must also have proof of onward passage (either return or through tickets), again I have never been asked to provide evidence of this either but its better safe than sorry and make sure you have proof of these things.
After you get your passport stamp you then have to pass your carry on luggage through another scanner they are serious about checking for illegal things.
Before you head to customs you have to gather the rest of your luggage and surfboards (if you are smart, you packed light and all you have to get is your surfboard)
The surfboards are generally right near where the luggage carousal is so it won’t be difficult to spot.
You can either get a luggage trolley or porters will try to help you and carry your bags, let them if you want to but it will cost you a few bucks.
So once you clear immigration and get your stamp and have picked up your boards and luggage it is time to clear customs.
What you are and are not allowed to bring with you into the country:
Weapons, drugs, pornography, fresh fruit and Chinese medicines are not allowed to be brought into Bali. You are allowed to bring a maximum of one liter of alcohol, 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 100 grams of tobacco, and a reasonable amount of perfume into Indonesia. You cannot bring in more than 5,000,000 rupiah (in Indonesian currency) or foreign currency valued at more than 100,000,000 rupiah (about US$10,000).
Customs officers will randomly check for alcohol and confiscate anything that exceeds the limit.
Surfboards- you can bring up 2 boards no problem, anything over that might be a problem and you possibly will end up having to pay some money to get your extra boards into the country. There are ways around this, remember be polite, speak softly don’t make a scene this always helps grease the wheels.
Bringing more than a few surfboards and clearing customs with out having to pay anything I’m sure has been done countless times, it just depends on the customs official, if the lines are busy, if this, if that..etc just a heads up for those wanting to bring your whole quiver.
One last thing before you leave the airport….On the way out of the airport but still inside there is a row of moneychangers. Their rates are shite so if you want to get some Rupiah just change around 50 dollars or so (around 500,000 rupiah).
Outside the Airport Arrival Gate:
Once you clear customs you are almost ready for a surf…you are gonna need some transport to get to your hotel, villa, losmen etc…if your hotel has agreed to pick you up than more than likely your driver will be there waiting for you with a sign. If not,relax remember this in Indonesia and Jam Karet (rubber time) still applies.
If you haven’t arranged transportation no worries there are literally a million and one dudes waiting to give you a ride to anywhere want to go.
The Quickest and easiest way to arrange a taxi is to go to the taxi counter and pay for wherever it is you want to go. The Counter is just to the right once you step outside the terminal. Once you pay for the taxi at the counter you do not have to give the driver anymore money -Don’t let them tell you different- unless you want to give them a tip.
Bukit (Uluwatu) 135,000 rupiah
Canggu 135,000 rupiah
Dyana Pura / Abimanyu 65,000 rupiah
Jimbaran (Intercon) 60,000 rupiah
Jimbaran (Four Seasons) 75,000 rupiah
Kuta (Discovery) 45,000 rupiah
Kuta Centre (Melasti etc) 50,000 rupiah
Legian (Jl Padma) 55,000 rupiah
Nusa Dua 95,000 rupiah
Nusa Dua (Nikko) 110,000 rupiah
Oberoi / Kerobokan 70,000 rupiah
Padang Bai 315,000 rupiah
Sanur 95,000 rupiah
Seminyak (Jl Double Six) 60,000 rupiah
You can also arrange for a bigger car/ mini van/bus if you didn’t bring surf racks or if you are with a friend or two. This will have to be with one of the independent drivers, be preparedfor one of your first lessons in bargaining if you go this route. Use the published rates as a sort of guide as to the amount to pay the driver. Remember smile and don’t worry about getting to ripped off.
Basically you start walking down the long corridor towards the parking lot and plenty of people will ask if you need ride/where you going etc…
Also since they are renovating the airport the walk to the car/taxi/bus is pretty ridiculous so just be prepared a bit of a walk
Jump in the Car/Taxi and enjoy the sights/sounds/smell/traffic/heat/people that is Bali.
That’s it for the airport arrival, remember to hold onto your departure card and don’t stay longer than 30 days or else it will cost you around 20 bucks everyday you overstay. Its legal now to extend your Tourist Visa so if you got the Bali Bug and don’t want to go home there are plenty of agencies that can arrange the extensions for you.
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