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Indonesia: Bali Asks For Additional Entry Fee

Date: November 29th, 2013 | No Comments

Visitors to Bali will soon be asked to pay an additional entry fee in the amount of $10. The fee is separate from the Visa on Arrival Fee and officials hope to use the collected funds for preservation of the local culture and environment. The new ordinance is currently being drafted by local government agencies. [read more]

Indonesia: Partial Airport Closures In Bali

Date: September 25th, 2013 | No Comments

The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation announced the partial closure of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport during the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Summit in October. As Bali welcomes delegates to the summit, commercial flights will be canceled for long periods on Sunday, Oct. 5, Monday, Oct. 6, Wednesday, Oct. 8 and Thursday, Oct. 9. Garuda Indonesia [read more]

Indonesia: Bali’s Dark Side May Tarnish Peaceful, Spiritual Image

Date: July 31st, 2012 | No Comments

Along with Bali’s increase in spiritual tourism, the famous paradise island is contending with a number of reports that could tarnish its peaceful, relaxing image, tourism officials fear. A recent surge in drug trafficking incidents, prostitution and reported HIV infections indicate that not all is well here. In addition to the negative headlines, many visitors [read more]

Indonesia: Dogs, Rabies Rampant in Bali

Date: August 4th, 2010 | No Comments

No tourists have been infected, but the island of Bali is experiencing a rabies outbreak that has caused 78 reported deaths the past two years. Rabies is endemic on the island and is spread via bites by infected dogs. In the first half of this year some 30,000 dog bites were reported and 20,000 dogs [read more]

Indonesia: Bali to Close March 16 for Nyepi, Day of Silence

Date: March 3rd, 2010 | No Comments

The island of Bali will effectively shut down March 16 to observe the Hindu holiday of Nyepi, a day of silence and reflection when virtually no one goes outside, no music is played, no work is done, no travel occurs, no fires are lit and lights must be kept low. Many people fast and say [read more]

Bali: Officials Consider Restricting Access to Temples

Date: November 15th, 2013 | No Comments

Officials are considering restricting access to Hindu temples here, with some temples such as Besakih in eastern Bali already off limits to tourists. Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika first suggested that temples be excluded as tourist destinations, but meetings about imposing new restrictions rather than bans began with the Indonesian Tourism Industry Association and other [read more]

Indonesia: Ten Years After the Bali Bombing, Are Tourists Safe?

Date: October 17th, 2012 | No Comments

Ten years after the infamous Bali nightclub bombing, should tourists still be concerned about safety? Concerned, perhaps, but not paranoid, say industry experts. The 2002 Islamist attack, one of the first and deadliest aimed at Western tourists, killed 202 people and woke up the tourist industry to a host of new security issues. Tourism has [read more]

Indonesia: Bali Dogs to Get Rabies Vaccine

Date: September 29th, 2010 | No Comments

An outbreak of rabies has killed 93 people on the island of Bali since 2008, so authorities launched a campaign to vaccinate 400,000 dogs against the disease. Previously the government had been culling stray dogs to control the disease, but now under the auspices of the World Society for the Protection of Animals they are [read more]

Indonesia: Bali Police Chief Urges Foreigners to Watch for Crime

Date: April 7th, 2010 | No Comments

Bali’s police chief advised foreign tourists to remain vigilant against crime, citing statistics showing that the rate of crimes targeting foreigners has increased in recent years. Such statistics are relative, however, as the number of reported crimes against tourists in 2009 was 293, up from 205 the previous year. Police have increased security at popular [read more]

Indonesia: Rabies Cases Cause Concern on Bali

Date: October 7th, 2009 | No Comments

The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta reported that several hundred Indonesians in Tabanan Regency, Denpasar and surrounding areas on the island of Bali were given rabies vaccinations after several people were bitten by dogs suspected of carrying the disease. Officials confirmed three deaths but there have been no cases involving foreigners. Travelers should avoid dogs or [read more]

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