Visiting Indonesia

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About Bali
The island of Bali has an area of only 5,632 square kilometres (2,175 square miles) and measures just 55 miles (90 kilometres) along the north-south axis and less than about 90 miles (140 kilometres) from east to west. Because of this, it is easy to explore the island on day tours. You can go wherever you want on the island and return to your hotel or villa in the evening.

Located only two kilometres east of Java, Bali has similar climate, flora, and fauna to its much larger neighbor. The island is famous for its beautiful landscape. A chain of six volcanoes, between 1,350 meters and 3,014 meters high, stretches from west to east. Bali’s natural attractions include miles of sandy beaches (many are well-known amongst surfers), picturesque rice terraces, towering active volcanoes over 3,000 meters (10,000 ft.) high, fast flowing rivers, deep ravines, pristine crater lakes, sacred caves, and lush tropical forests full of exotic wildlife. The island’s rich cultural heritage is visible everywhere—in over 20,000 temples and palaces, in many colorful festivals and ceremonies (including tooth filings and cremations), in drama, music, and dance.

In spite of many changes caused by the rapid development of Bali’s economy, local and international tourism, and communications (television, fax, pagers, GSM hand phones, Internet); the influx of people from other Indonesian islands; and the strong influence of the government and “big business” in Jakarta, the island of Bali in Indonesia is, year after year, voted by the readers of all major travel magazines as the most enchanting travel and holiday destination in the whole world.

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The Government of Indonesia and the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center have put in place strong security measures for the ICFP. Please find a comprehensive event protection plan here.

All conference attendees are required to register to ensure everyone has been cleared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Convention Center is an enclosed compound that requires all who enter to go through security checkpoints.

The Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center is located at:
Kawasan Nusa Dua Blok NW/1 (BTDC) Bali
Phone: +62 361-773000

Recommended dress during the conference is business casual. Light clothing is advisable for the hot and humid climate.

The climate of Bali is tropical, with high temperatures throughout the year. Daytime temperatures in Bali rarely stray from minimum 27°C / 77°F to maximum 30°C / 86°F. Be sure to bring wet-weather gear as well as sun protection.

Time Zone
Indonesia has three time zones. Bali is located within GMT+8, Waktu Indonesia Tengah (WITA) / Central Indonesian Time.

The official language of the archipelago is Bahasa Indonesia, a modern variant of Malay. More than 300 different languages are spoken across Indonesia, and most Balinese are bilingual or trilingual. Most people speak at least a bit of English.

The working language of the ICFP will be English. During the plenaries, there will be simultaneous interpretation in French and Bahasa. Headphones will be provided.

Indonesia’s national currency is Rupiah (Indonesian Rupiah = IDR). Websites such as can provide current currency exchange rates.

Banking hours are Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 15:00. Most banks handle travelers’ cheques and change foreign currencies. Passports are required when cashing travelers’ cheques. A nominal commission may be charged.

Most shopping malls and money changers in Bali only accept US dollar banknotes printed recently (2009 and newer) and in excellent, uncirculated physical condition.

Major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard) are widely accepted. Foreign ATM cards with the Visa, Cirrus, Maestro, or Plus symbols can be used to withdraw Indonesian Rupiah from most ATMs.

Electrical power in Indonesia is at 220–240 volts (50 hertz). Plugs are European-style, with two round prongs. Don’t forget to bring appropriate adapters (and converters for 110V electrical goods).

Telephone Services
Telephone services are available in hotels, restaurants, and cafes.

Most GSM cellular phones will work with local GSM SIM cards. Vendors that sell GSM SIM cards as well as recharge credits (pulsa) for local GSM numbers are located throughout Bali. They are inexpensive—$10 to $15 will buy about 300 minutes of talk and text/2GB data.

SIM cards will be available for purchase at the Convention Center and at the airport (international terminal). GSM vendors at the airport can provide local GSM SIM cards and registration services for your cellular phone for approximately US $6, or IDR 50.000.

Dialing instructions:

  • The country code for Indonesia is +62
  • The local area code for Bali is 0361. Omit the 0 (zero) when dialing with the country code, followed by the phone number: +62 361…..
  • For international calls, dial 007 + country code + area code + phone number

Tax and Tipping
A value-added tax of 10 percent is added to bills. In larger cities, 5 percent is commonly added for service in restaurants. Tipping is not compulsory, even in cities, but tips are generally highly appreciated. Tips need be no more than 20 percent.

Hospitality Desk
The Secretariat will maintain a hospitality desk in the Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar, Bali. At Jakarta International Airport, the Secretariat’s staff and immigration officers will assist arriving participants.

It is safe to use taxis to get around Nusa Dua. The preferred company is the Blue Bird Group.

Complimentary daily breakfast for conference participants will be provided by hotels or resorts where participants will be staying. During the conference, lunch and two coffee breaks are provided at no cost at the conference venue. Dinner is on your own.

Special arrangements will be made to ensure accessibility for persons with disabilities. Participants with disabilities are kindly requested to inform the Secretariat of their requirements (see bottom of the page for contact information).

Laundry service is available in the hotels for an additional charge.

The Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center features free Wi-Fi that can be accessed by conference participants from within the conference center. No login/password is required. The network will be named ICFP2016.

Vaccination and Medication
The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all travelers be up-to-date on routine vaccinations and that they visit their doctor 4 to 6 weeks prior to their trip to discuss any vaccination or medications they may need for travel. For additional information, please visit

Evidence of valid yellow fever vaccinations are required of travelers coming from affected areas.

Drinking Water
Tap water is not safe to drink. Conference attendees are advised to drink bottled or sterilized water. Most restaurants use a filtration system for drinking water.

First Aid and Medical Assistance
During the conference, there will be a medical room in Office 5 in BNDCC 2.

It is suggested that conference participants secure travel medical insurance. Please bring your own personal medications as needed. First aid at the conference venue and ambulance services will be available. There are various international clinics and hospitals located within a convenient distance from the BNDCC. Serious medical costs shall be borne at personal expense.

The Secretariat shall not be responsible for personal accidents or damage to the private property of conference attendees. It is highly advisable that attendees make their own arrangements with respect to personal insurance.

Customs Regulations
The carriage of narcotic drugs, arms, and ammunition into the territory of the Republic of Indonesia is strictly prohibited. Offenders are subject to strict and severe punishment.

Participants may bring with them duty-free goods with a declared value not exceeding US $250 per person. Travelers bringing in goods for temporary importation will be required to leave a deposit at the port of entry; the refund of deposit will be made when the goods are taken out of the country.

No restriction is imposed as to the maximum amount of foreign currency allowed to be brought in. However, foreign currency worth more than Rp. 100 million must be declared to the custom authorities upon arrival at the first port of entry.

Important Reminders

  • Change money only at authorized money changers.
  • Leave important documents in the hotel safe.
  • Keep a copy of your passport or ID with you at all times.
  • Remember to save Rupiah for the departure tax (about $16 USD) at the airport.


Should you require further information, please contact:
National Secretariat of International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP)

If interested in tourism opportunities before or after the Conference, one suggested tourism company is:
Contact: Mr. Gustra