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Visas

Procedures in Bali, Lombok, and Indonesia can change without given notice. For up-to-date information, contact the nearest Indonesian embassy or consulate in your country. For a list, go to www.indonesia.go.id.

Visitors from the Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, and most of Europe can get Visas on Arrival (VOA) through Ngurah Rai International Airport or the seaports of Padangbai and Benoa in Bali and Selaparang Airport in Lombok. For stays of 7 days or less, the charge is US$10; for stays of up to 30 days, the charge is US$25 payable by credit card and most major currencies. For stays of longer than 30 days, a tourist or business visa must be arranged before arrival.

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of your arrival; your passport must also have at least two blank pages.

Overstays are charged US$20 per day for up to 60 days. Overstay violations are liable to 5 years imprisonment or a fine of Rp25 million.

Any person holding a passport from the following countries is eligible for a free visa. Those holding valid passports will be granted a 30-day visa short-visit permit on arrival at any Indonesian international gateway without charge: Brunei Darussalam,? Chile, ?Hong Kong SAR,? Macau SAR, Malaysia, Morocco,? Peru, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Singapore. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival and you need to be in possession of an onward or return ticket.

Registration

On arrival at your hotel or villa on either island, you must register yourself and your family with the police. This will be automatically done if you stay in a hotel but those staying in private houses or villas should hand over their passports to the villa staff who will do this for you. You will also be asked to pay Rp50,000 per person (you do not have to pay this in a hotel). Failure to register can lead to a hefty fine.

If you decide to move locations during your stay, you must bring your passport with you to register in each accommodation. The hotel may not be willing to allow you to stay otherwise.

Customs Regulations

Customs allows you to bring in, duty free, 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, or 100 grams of tobacco; cameras and film; 1 liter of alcohol; and perfume clearly intended for personal use. Forbidden are guns, weapons, narcotics, pornography (leave it at home if you're unsure how it's defined), televisions, fresh fruit, Chinese medicine, and printed matter with Chinese characters. Plants might also be confiscated.

On arrival at the airport all bags are screened for alcohol. Anyone caught carrying alcohol over their duty free allowance will find it either confiscated or will have to pay a high duty penalty. Rates are not fixed and can be negotiated!

What You Can Take Home -- The export of tortoise shell, crocodile skin, and ivory is prohibited. For information on what you're allowed to bring home, contact one of the following agencies:

Australian Citizens: Australian Customs Service at tel. 1300/363-263, or log on to www.customs.gov.au.

Canadian Citizens: Canada Border Services Agency (tel. 800/461-9999 in Canada, or 204/983-3500; www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca).

New Zealand Citizens: New Zealand Customs, The Customhouse, 17 -- 21 Whitmore St., Box 2218, Wellington (tel. 04/473-6099 or 0800/428-786; www.customs.govt.nz).

U.K. Citizens: HM Customs & Excise at tel. 0845/010-9000 (from outside the U.K., 020/8929-0152), or consult their website at www.hmce.gov.uk.

U.S. Citizens: U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20229 (tel. 877/287-8667; www.cbp.gov).

Medical Requirements

There are no inoculation or vaccination requirements for visitors to Bali and Lombok. Visitors arriving from parts of Africa, however, may be screened for yellow fever.

It is wise to get vaccinated for typhoid and hepatitis A and B. All travelers should also be up to date on their tetanus immunizations.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.