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Tourist Visas (required): A 30-day visa is issued by the customs authorities on  arrival in Indonesia for free (you have the option to convert your travel currency at the daily exchange rate). You must show a passport that is valid for at least six months
Remember that it is possible to obtain a tourist visa for 60 days ($35) by visiting the Indonesian embassy in your country prior to departure.

Time

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) + 8 hours is the local time in Bali.
GMT + 7 hours is the local time in Jakarta and on the entire island of Java.
Please note that Indonesia does not observe Daylight Savings Time.

Curency

The local currency, the Indonesian rupiah, will make you a millionaire!

$1 USD = 13,000 IDR*
Before traveling, check the current rate of exchange.

*As of 5/22/14. This amount fluctuates based on the current exchange rate.

Currency Conversion: Currency conversion is typically very easy in places like Bali and Java. However, it can be a bit more complicated and challenging in more out-of-the-way places like Sulawesi and almost impossible in Flores, Nusa Lembongan and the Gili islands. Make sure that your bills are in very good condition. Traveler’s checks are changed at a slightly lower rate, but they are widely accepted if they are provided by American Express. Exchange booths offer better rates than banks, but you risk being scammed if you use them. Our guides will show you the best alternative based on the locations you are visiting.

Credit Cards: American Express, MasterCard and Visa credit cards as well as Visa International prepaid debit cards are accepted by major hotels, restaurants and shops. But elsewhere keep in mind that credit and prepaid debit cards may not be accepted. Also remember that credit card fraud is unfortunately quite common in Indonesia. We advise you, if possible, to limit your ATM withdrawals. (ATMs are widely available on Java and Bali and in the tourist centers of Lombok).

Weather

Indonesian weather is warm all year round, from 25 to 30 degrees Celcius. It is cooler and drier from June to September. And the weather is significantly wetter from January to March. Compared to most tropical destinations the weather in Bali is very pleasant, with a wind that never ceases to caress the island and lowers the heat. Unlike the monsoon period in mainland Asia, when rain falls in Bali, it is not too prolonged (and it usually takes place at night or in the late afternoon). The sun rises at 06:00 and sets at 18:00 throughout the year.