Our first post pandemic international travel was to Bali in September 2022. We enjoyed our direct flight to sunshine so much, we have been three times in the last 12 months!
One of the most common questions I have been asked is about the arrival process at Denpasar airport. Here is a quick guide on what to expect when you arrive and how you can prepare for a smooth arrival.
Updated January 2024.
There are a number of steps to the arrival process but if prepared it runs quite smoothly - here they are.
Pre-Departure in Australia
When we checked in for our flight in Adelaide we were required to show
1. Passport only - no requirement for any sort of COVID certification is now required.
Arrival into Denpasar - Station 1
The first queue is where you will pay for you tourist visa. They will take many forms of payment including Australian Dollars, Indonesian Rupiah, Pounds, US dollar - whatever currency you have. There is a conversion table for each country and it gives you the rate of the day. On the day we went through it was $53 Australian Dollars per person.
If paying by cash - they will only take notes (ie for $53 I had to give them $55 and I received change in Rupiah) You can also pay be credit card so they are happy for you to just tap and pay!
The second station requires you to show 1. Passport 2. Your Boarding Pass (so don't lose that on your flight or leave it in the seat back! 3, Your receipt from paying for your Entry Visa and 4. You will have your fingerprint taken (although some people say this is not all the time?).
We have found this is always the longest line. In August it took us about an hour at this point. There is a line for seniors (over 65) and families so if you fit that category you may get through quicker on that line.
After collecting your bags you will need to show a QR code from your customs declaration for arrival.
Many people were standing around filling out the online arrival declaration (there is free wifi in the airport so it is possible to do this) or filling out the paper forms - however if you have pre-done it the process is much smoother.
The customs declaration can be completed up to three days before travel and you can complete it online. Click here for the website - you will need your passport number, flight number and know how many bags you are checking and carrying with you.
Once you have done all three stations (queue) you will have access to exit to enjoy your Bali holiday!
A Few Helpful Tips
I always pre-book airport transfers - it is so much easier and cheaper. Your hotel may include a transfer - great! Or you may want use someone like Viator who have cheap and secure options. Click Here for More.
Be sure to sign up for CashRewards before you do your travel bookings if you like to make bookings yourself online. This a great way to save and get cash back on your travel expenses.
I always use cash in Bali - take Australian dollars and simply exchange as you go. There are plenty of money change locations throughout the island and it saves getting caught with a lot of currency left at the end of your trip.
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