COVID UPDATE (please note: the information below on COVID has been taken from the Indonesia Department of Foreign Affairs*).
At this point in time, all foreign nationals that are allowed to enter Indonesia must present a negative COVID-19 test issued a maximum of 72 hours before departure, as well as a fully completed E-HAC.
Another COVID-19 test will be administered to all passengers on arrival in Indonesia. Passengers with a negative result will have to undertake 5 days isolation at accommodation certified by the Ministry of Health. A third COVID-19 test will be performed after 5 days, and a negative COVID-19 test must be obtained, before being permitted to continue with onward travel. Any passenger that receives a positive result to the COVID-19 test will be taken to a treatment facility.
Please note that the costs of testing, treatment and quarantine will be the responsibility of the individual.
*Important* please continue to check government updates regarding COVID-19 and travel regulations as it pertains to your country and entering Indonesia.
We strongly recommend that you do not book any flights until we have 100% confirmed that our in person training is going ahead. We aim to confirm this at least 1 month prior to November 5th, 2021. Once we confirm that the training is going ahead, only then do we recommend booking your flights to Bali.
Getting to Bali
Bali is a small island set amidst the 17,000+ islands of the Indonesian archipelago. It is approx. 3 hours south of Singapore, and 3 hours north of Perth, Australia. The international airport is called Ngurah Rai International, and the arrival city is Denpasar (DPS).
Getting to Canggu
The ride from airport (Ngurah Rai International) to Canggu (where Cosmos is located) takes about 45 minutes, and costs approx 350.000 rupiah (about US$35 ). There is a Taxi Stand immediately as you exit the airport luggage claim. Best option is to get your accommodation book your airport pickup so that you won’t get lost. Contact them directly prior to your travel.
Depending on your passport there are 3 options to enter Indonesia that apply to most travelers coming for tourist purposes:
1. Visa-free entry: majority of countries, free entry, valid for 30 days, non-extendable.
2. Visa on Arrival (VAO): $35, valid for 30 days, extendable once for 30 days.
3. Visa needed: apply abroad before arriving in Indonesia.
Staying less than 30 days
Most of the countries now have a visa-free entry, including the UK, USA and Canada, valid for 30 days but it is non-extendable.
So when you get to the border control, and even if your country is on the list of those that are eligible for a visa-free entry, you have two options: you can choose a visa-free entry or pay $35 for a Visa On Arrival (VOA).
If you decide to go for the visa-free entry, you can only stay for 30 days and cannot extend that visa, which means you’ll have to fly out of the country and then back in order to spend more time in Bali. If you decide to pay for VOA, you’ll be able to extend the visa for another 30 days but it is a tedious process and you will have to pay another fee of $50 – $65.
Staying more than 30 days
If you are considering staying longer than 30 days, we recommend applying for a 60-day tourist visa in your home country. For most countries, this can be applied 60 to 90 days prior to departure date. It is cheaper and way easier than paying for a 30-day Visa On Arrival and extending it in Bali as you will have to go to the Immigration Office for a photo and fingerprints. (Day 1 of 30 begins on your arrival date).
Visa info for Indonesia (especially pertaining to Bali) changes very frequently. Please do your due diligence and search for what would best fit your needs and desires for your trip to Bali. We suggest applying for the 60-day
tourist visa in your country if you are staying over 30 days—it is much easier and there will be no interruption to your precious time in Bali.
NOTE: Please be certain that your passport is not due to expire within 6 months upon arrival in Indonesia otherwise you will need to renew it. In fact, your airline might not allow you to board the plane.
Getting around the Island
You will notice that many people use scooters to get around in Bali. Scooter rentals are usually about $5.00USD a day and $60USD per month. Don’t forget to wear your helmet and make sure your insurance covers motorbike transportaion!
If you have never driven a scooter before and do not have a motorcycle license, we ask that you do not start to learn during the YTT. Please rent a bicycle or walk. Push bikes are available for around $3USD per day. You can also use Gojek, grab taxi, Canggu taxi’s (from taxi stands – one is near the innersection of Padang Linjong and Jalan Pura Taman Sari (the road where Cosmos is located), another is on Batu Bolong at the main intersection near Deus). Uber works as well. Grab and Uber may cancel and reschedule and are usually better off as drop off’s but they work well sometimes.
Are there health concerns that you need to be aware of?
It is recommended that you visit your GP, personal physician or a travel health clinic 4 to 8 weeks before your departure to Indonesia. Recommended vaccinations often include hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus and polio. Bali is not a high-risk area for malaria and the tablets can be considered controversial, we recommend that you do some research and make your own decision on this. Dengue fever is another mosquito borne illness to be made aware of.
You might want to bring a prescription of Keflex, or another type of oral antibiotic that can help with stomach ailments. Even though you will be eating in good restaurants, there is always a chance that you can get Bali Belly—a mild dysentery that passes in a few days. Bring good mozzie repellant.
Note: For your safety and peace of mind, we encourage you all to purchase travel insurance to cover you for any activity you enjoy in Bali. In the past, students have used World Nomads and Allianz.
What if you need to see a doctor?
There are plenty of international medical clinics in Bali. If you have a minor illness or ailment, you will be just fine. These clinics usually do not accept health insurance, but they do not cost much. Should you need specialized care in a dire emergency, there are excellent western style hospitals in Bali. It’s always wise to purchase travelers health insurance with evacuation coverage. Travel insurance is required for coming to this training!
Any hotel or home stay will have bottled or filtered water available, including Cosmos, and most restaurants on the island use bottled water for all cooking purposes. Nevertheless, it is advisable to drink and brush teeth with bottled water. Food carts and local markets carry a greater degree of risk. When visiting the island we suggest you do not drink the tap water. This means using filtered water to brush your teeth with. Filtered water is offered at every restaurant and most locations on the island. This will avoid what we call “Bali Belly”, which is your system’s response to the introduction of new organisms (eco-flora) that are abundant in tropical places; thriving with life, such as Bali.
The weather is warm and humid. Bali is located just south of the equator meaning you can assume reliably tropical weather. May is known as the best month to travel to Bali as it is the beginning of dry season. The weather in Bali during May is quite warm and very humid, though there is not much rain during this time always be prepared for the potential of a quick rainstorm. Expect to sweat at any given moment when you arrive, but you will adjust. The temperature is usually 80o F (27oC) to 90o F (32oC) with 75% humidity. October/November are rainy sesason months so expect it to be humid with high possibility of tropical rain.
Indonesian money or US$?
Rupiah is the official currency of Indonesia and you’ll want to exchange your local currency for Rupiah when you arrive. There are many places where you’ll be able to exchange money, such as the airport upon arrival, as well as local banks. ATMs are also available throughout the island and you may withdraw Rupiah directly. There may be times that the ATM you choose is empty but there will most likely be another available near by. For most travelers we recommend keeping a few 100$ on you in cash upon arrival that you can exchange and the rest you can withdraw as needed. In general, do keep in mind that Bali is still quite a cash economy but most modern restaurants and shops now do use credit cards too.