How to get the most out of your first Bali holiday!
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Welcome to Bali:
You are now about twenty minutes flying time from Ngurah Rai Airport and by this time you have slotted very nicely into holiday mode, eagerly looking forward to landing on foreign soil for possibly your first time.
Before you get too carried away, it is now time to check if you still have your boarding pass, which you will be required to give to the Immigration Officer on arrival.
(VOA) VISA ON ARRIVAL UPDATE POSTED: 22/03/2016:
It is now official, Australians will no longer be asked to pay US$35 per person (VOA) visa on arrival.
Now I can hear you saying, what can I expect to see and experience in the first few minutes of exiting the plane? Well firstly, you will step out of an airconditioned environment into very warm and humid conditions, which can be a shock to the unsuspecting on their first visit to the tropics. Next, if your flight is unable to park at the terminal for disembarkation, you will probably be herded onto a bus delivering you to the terminal. This is not always the case and can depend on your arrival time as well as which airline you are travelling with.
After following the leader on your way to the incoming passenger terminal, you are now required to have your passport stamped and your boarding pass collected. Next, make your way to the luggage carousel. It is worth mentioning here that after collecting your baggage, you could be hounded by airport porters to assist you with your baggage, which is very convenient if you have a lot of luggage and also young ones to attend to. Most people will happily pay the porter AUD $2 to $5 or the equivilant for this convenience.
After you collect your luggage, make your way to the immigration officers who will X-ray your luggage and collect your incoming immigration declaration form. Also, you may be asked to have your hand luggage searched. The officers are usually looking for alcohol over and above your duty free limit of one, one litre bottle per person. If you are caught with more than you should have, they will possibly confiscate it or ask you to pay the tax or give you the opportunity to buy it back. If you decide not to pay the tax or buy it back at whatever the asking price is, your wine or spirits could then be destined for the black market or tipped out in front of you. Once you are cleared, you will notice opportunities on your right to exchange currency, should you need Indonesian Rp for transport.
If you have not made arrangements for someone to meet you, you will also notice an opportunity on the right to book and pay for a taxi. Usually, there is a price board showing fixed fares to each suburb. You will require local currency if you choose to travel by airport taxi. As a guide only and depending on where you are staying, you could be charged from Rp35000 ($3.50) to Tuban and up to Rp100000 ($10.00) to Kerobokan. However, if you booked your holiday through a travel agent this will not be an issue, because your transport will be waiting.
In the event you have organised transport, watch for your name to appear or the name of your hotel on one of the many sign boards being waved in your face as you exit the building.