PRIVET BALI - Bali Russian & CIS Tourism Society

Subject : REMINDER TO ALL TOURIST BEFORE VISITING THE ISLAND OF BALI

Bali, 15 March 2011

For immediate release during the MITT Moscow 2011 and UITT Kiev 2011 press conference

Privet Bali reminds to all tourist visiting to the country to present their passport which valid at least six (06) months from the date of entry to Indonesia, and request that every tourist have proof of onward passage (either return or through tickets). Please double check with the nearest Embassy of Indonesia to get an updated list of countries that do not require a visa to enter Bali/ Indonesia, or for countries that require and are eligible for Visa On Arrival. The Visa On Arrival is non extendable and cannot be converted into a different visa. Citizens of countries not on the Visa On Arrival or Visa Free list will be required to apply for a visa before entering Indonesia. If any tourist cannot fulfill the above requirements, they may not be allowed to entry the country. Privet Bali, local business partners/ inbound tour operators or any other institutions in Bali are not held responsible for the failure of applying this visa/ passport policy.

Every tourist arrive to Bali after step out from the aircraft exit door and walking away before going into queue up area, tourist has to watch carefully several sign boards has been placed/ hanged up in this area. For those tourist has NO VISA, they have to look for the VISA ON ARRIVAL sign board and stay in queue in these lines. For those tourist are holding visa from their country, then they have to look for NON VISA ARRIVAL sign board and follow to queue in FOREIGNER lines. Visa will be issued on arrival at the airport in Bali with cost of US$ 25 net per person/ head for a 30 days stay.

Before traveling to Bali, Privet Bali will strongly recommend to every tourist to book their travel arrangement through bona-fide Travel Agent/ Wholesale from their country including airlines, hotel and other land arrangements in Bali because overseas Travel Agent will have local partner in Bali to take care tourist in case any other services are needed while tourist staying in the Island. Privet Bali will not recommend to every tourist to book their travel arrangement in Bali through any website company or direct arrangement through someone which is not reliable or through any unreliable travel company to avoid disappointment services given by them while in Bali.

While tourist in Bali, Privet Bali is highly recommend to every tourist to engage with their local tour operator at all time for every services needed by tourist and NOT even try to ask for an assistance from anyone on the street or from unknown company which will be available everywhere and request to every tourist to be alert at all time to avoid disappointment services might be happened.

As part of hotel policy and procedures in Bali, all in house tourist are required to have their ID card/ passport for check in procedures. This applies as well to all tourist visiting and staying in the hotel. Every hotel in Bali reserves the right to refuse any tourist patronizing the hotel area without any valid ID card.

Please be aware of the following Customs Regulations at International Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali upon tourist arrival :
  • Goods obtained overseas exceeding FOB US$ 250 per person or US$ 1,000 per family ?
  • More than 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 200 grams sliced tobacco or 1 liter of alcoholic beverages ?
  • Animals, fish and plants including their products ?
  • Narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances, fire arms, weapons, ammunition, explosive, pornographic materials ?
  • Cinematographic films, pre recorded video tapes, video laser discs or records ?
  • Bank Notes in INDO Rupiah or other currency equal to 100 million Rupiah (US$ 11,000) or more ?
If you tick YES to any of the above following questions, please go to the red channel ! If you are not sure about it, please tick Yes !
  • Each arriving passenger must submit Customs Declaration (only one Customs Declaration per family is required).
  • Should tourist has dutiable goods to be re-exported, please contact Customs.
  • Any undeclared dutiable goods will be considered as violation and subject to administrative fine.
  • Severe punishment for drug traffickers.
From the month of April until the end of December 2011, Bali will welcome confirmed several international events such as ILO Conference 500 participant in April 2011, Anesthesia Conference 1,000 participant in May 2011, Non Align Movement Conference 1,000 participant in May 2011, Indonesia - International Cocoa Conference 500 participant in July 2011, 24th ICDE World Conference 800 participant in October 2011, World Renewable Energy Conference 1,500 participant in October 2011 and Asean Summit Conference 1,000 participant in October 2011 at the Bali International Convention Center (BICC), Nusa Dua. The Island of the Gods has once again proven itself to be safe and still beautiful as ever for such an international event to be held here. There will also be several ceremonies on the Island along with a religious celebration for Balinese to complete of this year.

Festivals and events are an integral part of Balinese life and a huge part of the mysticism and allure that sets Bali apart from other Islands. What makes Bali so unique, enthralling and captivating is its inhabitants faithful adherence to their beliefs, deities and traditions which, to the benefit of visitors to the Island. Manifest themselves in the form of colorful festivals and cultural events which are staged all year long. Looks at nine of Bali's greatest festivals :
  • BALI SPIRIT FESTIVAL 2011, 23 - 27 March 2011 located in Batuan, South of Ubud
  • USABA SAMBAH FESTIVAL, June 2011 located in Tenganan Pengringsingan, Amlapura
  • BALI ARTS FESTIVAL 2011, 11 June - 10 July 2011 located in Denpasar
  • GALUNGAN, 6 - 16 July 2011 located in various places
  • MAKEPUNG BULL RACES, Sundays between July and October 2011, located in Jembrana
  • NUSA DUA FESTIVAL 2011, 2nd week of October 2011 located in Nusa Dua
  • SANUR VILLAGE FESTIVAL 2011, 19 - 22 November 2011 located in Sanur
  • UBUD WRITERS & READERS FESTIVAL 2011, 5 - 9 October 2011 located in Ubud
  • BALINALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011, 10 - 16 October 2011 located in various places
Kind regards,


Tanto Ruwiyadi
Chairman
Email: chairman@privetbali.com