About Bali

Bali, also known as the Island of the Gods, is a beautiful province of Indonesia, marked by a varied landscape of hills and mountains, sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and volcanic hillsides. Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, the area with the highest biodiversity of marine species in the world. In this area alone, over 500 reef-building coral species can be found.

About Bali
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Important information

  • Communication

    The international access code for Indonesia is +62. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code.

  • Electricity

    Generally the voltage is 220 V everywhere, and on rare occasions there will be outlets with 110 V. Electrical outlets are the same as in Europe (two pin).

  • Emergency numbers

    110 (Police); 113 (Fire); 118 (Ambulance)

  • Health info

    Treatment for minor injuries and common traveller’s health problems is easily accessed in Bali. For serious conditions, you will need to leave the island. Any hotel will be able to contact an English-speaking doctor on your behalf.

    Dengue fever is a common concern. Cover exposed skin with an insect repellant containing DEET.

    Sunburn, heat exhaustion and heatstroke is a risk. Sun protection and a high SPF sunscreen is strongly recommended.

  • Internet

    Most restaurants and cafés in Bali have free wireless internet. We will provide wireless internet access free of charge for GA participants. Please ask for more information at the registration desk.

  • Interpretation and language

    Simultaneous interpretation from English into Spanish and French and vice-versa will be provided at the Members’ Assembly.

    Most of the side meetings will have simultaneous interpretation from English into Spanish and vice-versa, and a few will have French translation.

    Balinese is most commonly spoken in Bali. The national language which is also spoken in Bali is Bahasa Indonesian, and basic English is also widely spoken.

  • Money

    The Indonesian currency is the Rupiah (IDR). Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, hotels and money changers in major tourist destinations.

    Visa and Mastercard are accepted at larger hotels and restaurants, however smaller businesses may not have card facilities. ATMs are available in main centres.

  • Time

    GMT +8.

  • Transport

    Due to the poor quality of some roads in Bali, hiring a scooter or a car to drive oneself might prove challenging for those unfamiliar with the roads.

    Travelling by taxi is another option, and the blue taxis marked "Bali Taxi" (known as Blue Bird Taxis) have the best reputation.

  • Vaccinations

    The following vaccinations are recommended:

    • tetanus (single booster)
    • hepatitis A
    • typhoid
    • rabies
    • A yellow fever vaccine may be required, depending on previous travel and country of origin. Please check with your healthcare professional before travelling.

    Note these are recommended vaccines only. You should consult your healthcare provider, who can best assess your needs based on your health status and national regulations.


  • Visa

    Many nationalities can travel to Indonesia without a visa for under 30 days. Visa requirements are based on a number of factors:

    • Your nationality (passport)
    • Purpose of your visit (social/tourism or work etc)
    • Length of stay

    Please check your requirements with your local embassy before making travel arrangement.

  • Water

    Tap water in Bali is never safe to drink. Widely available and cheap, bottled water is generally safe but check the seal is intact when purchasing. Look for places that allow you to refill containers, thus cutting down on landfill. Most ice in restaurants is safe to consume.


  • Weather

    The dry season is between April and September. The rainy season is typically from October to March. Due to its proximity to the equator, temperatures in Bali remain pretty constant with an average year-round temperature of about 30 °C (86 °F) and a humidity level of about 85 per cent.