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Indonesian Tourism Board Issues New Safety Tips For Bali Travelers

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The Indonesian Tourism Board, Wonderful Indonesia, has issued an insightful infographic containing important guidance on how to stay safe in Bali this holiday season.

The Island of the Gods is about to enter the peak vacation season and will welcome thousands of holidaymakers into the province in the coming weeks. 

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Ahead of the high season, Wonderful Indonesia has shared its top tips on how to immerse yourself in the stunning culture of the island and how to stay safe in an ever-changing landscape.

Just last week, Indonesia scrapped the Covid-19 vaccination requirement, and as the final restrictions are removed, leaders are keen for travelers to stay safe in all ways on their adventures. 

The first tip from Wonderful Indonesia is ‘Research and Plan for a Smooth Journey.

The Tourism Board says, “Before embarking on your Bali trip, immerse yourself in the vibrant local customs, laws, and cultural norms. Get acquainted with the local emergency numbers and jot down the address of your accommodation for quick reference.”

From now on in, all tourists landing at Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport will be given a guide on the do’s and don’t of behavior on the island. Following a rise in unruly behavior by foreigners, the provincial government has made it super clear how they expect tourists to behave during their stay.

You can read up about the do’s and don’ts in Bali here. 

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While security officers across Bali work to ensure tourists are safe and comfortable, there is always a rise in crime during the peak holiday season.

Bali is a super safe destination, especially compared with other vacation hotspots around the world. Nevertheless, tourists should always guard themselves against opportunities thieves. 

Wonderful Indonesia’s second top safety tip is ‘Secure Your Belongings: Guard Your Treasures.’

They have said that tourists should “Keep their precious belongings under lock and key by utilizing the convenient hotel safe or securing them in their accommodation. While exploring the enchanting sights, remain vigilant and discreet to deter any potential theft.”

The next top tip is a wise one and one that we probably all forget about when we’re busy having fun in the sun. Wonderful Indonesia is reminding everyone to stay hydrated this holiday season. Easily done indeed; just keep those coconuts coming!

Perhaps the most timely and noteworthy safety tip shared by Wonderful Indonesia for tourists heading to Bali is water safety.

They say, “dive into Bali’s mesmerizing waters while adhering to essential safety measures. Keep an eye out for informative warning signs, tides, and currents before taking a refreshing swim. If in doubt, seek the guidance of vigilant lifeguards or friendly locals for a splashing good time!”

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Tourists are being urged to be ultra-sensible, especially visiting the beaches and coves of Nusa Penida. Swimming and even entering the water is now banned at many of Nusa Penida’s most popular beaches due to safety concerns.

Dozens of tourists have been swept out to sea, and tragically, the unpredictable currents have caused the death of two tourists in the last month alone. 

As tourism leaders, businesses, and communities across Bali are calling on tourists to really immerse themselves in the culture of the island.

Wonderful Indonesia is giving visitors a heads-up about street food. While the vast majority of restaurants, local warungs, and even street food vendors are safe for foreigners to dine from, there are certain red flags to be aware of.

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Wonderful Indonesia has encouraged tourists in Bali to “delight your taste buds with Bali’s tantalizing street food while keeping an eye on hygiene.”

“Seek out food stalls and vendors that prioritize cleanliness and serve freshly prepared delights. Indulge in the vibrant local cuisine while avoiding raw or undercooked treats, and quench your thirst with bottled or purified water.”

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The Tourism Board is also inviting tourists to ‘Embrace Bali’s Vibrant Pulse’ by staying up to date with the latest happenings on the island and keeping an eye on any updates from your country’s embassy as well as local and national news…like The Bali Sun!

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Miles D.

Saturday 27th of January 2024

Bali really deserves what it gets. Oh the arrogance. Glad I left and will never return to that awful place.

Yuoku

Friday 23rd of June 2023

What tourists need to watch out the most are the locals who scam, harass and steal from anyone they can, everywhere.

Exp

Wednesday 21st of June 2023

When is the Bali authorities going to start addressing all the thuggery going on. Getting a taxi from tourist areas is usually a big stress factor. Only yesterday a "banjar" based local taxi driver stopped an online taxi because it was picking up passengers within his "territory" and then demanded 150k as "compensation" from the tourists. That is daylight robbery. Or is this to be accepted as part of the "local culture".

Cole

Tuesday 20th of June 2023

And keep your distance from dogs and monkeys. Rabies is currently extremely high in Bali. I would know because I am here now and was attacked by a rabid dog just yesterday. Most tourist areas will likely be totally safe but it's something to always watch out for. The dogs are cute but it's best to stay away.

Shorty

Tuesday 27th of June 2023

@Exp, They have. But how would you suggest they handle people who ignore it, like in this case? You can't legislate and police (at banjar and village level) get bitten, get jabbed. Hopefully after this case people in the village will now take it more seriously. A possible solution is to have mass immunisation for people, not just dogs. But following on from covid, apart from cost, could you imagine the outcry? Some of the commentators on this site would go ballistic!

Exp

Wednesday 21st of June 2023

Correct. Sadly a girl aged 5 passed away from rabies this week. Despite "free" vaccine available in Bali the parents assumed the bite was superficial. In reality only a scratch can be fatal if left untreated.

The gov. need to educate their population about risks and when to seek treatment.

Larry

Tuesday 20th of June 2023

Too funny.

Vigilant Lifeguards.

Not one of these kids playing in his cellphone could ever save anyone from anything in the water.