Bali and Indonesia travel checklist

Tickets, money, passport! A checklist of the most important things you need to do and pack before your trip to Indonesia.

Before you go

Beaches, cheap food and fun await you - but don't forget the boring but important stuff. Make sure you've checked off these must-dos before boarding a plane to Bali or Indonesia.

Use the quick links below to navigate the Bali and Indonesia travel guide or download the travel checklist here.

To do

  • Passport: Is it up to date? 
  • Visa: Australian passport holders don't need a visa to visit Indonesia for up to 30 days as a tourist, but you'll need one if you plan to stay longer.
  • Vaccinations: Have you checked which shots you may need?
  • Travel insurance: Are you covered?
  • Safety: Have you checked the latest safety advice on the region you're travelling to? Smartraveller now has a 'crisis page' and subscription service that allows you to receive SMS or email notifications of major incidents in the area/s you're travelling to.
  • Money: Have you told your bank you're going overseas and do you know how you'll be paying for things in Indonesia?
  • Booking: Have you booked accommodation for at least the first night?
  • Transport: Do you know how you'll get from the airport to your accommodation?
  • Getting around: Do you know how you'll get around Indonesia, and do you need to pre-book any tickets?
  • Driving: If you're planning on driving a car or motorcycle, do you have the appropriate international licence and are you familiar with the local road rules?
  • Phone: Have you switched off data roaming and voicemail? If you're planning to use a local or travel SIM, is your phone unlocked?
  • Apps: Have you downloaded offline maps, travel apps or the CHOICE Indonesia travel guide onto your mobile?
  • Medication: Have you checked that your regular medication is legal to bring into Indonesia?

To pack

Important: Some Australian prescription medications (including strong painkillers such as morphine and codeine, sleeping pills and medications for ADHD) are considered illegal narcotics under Indonesian law.

Other medications such as paracetamol, antidiarrhoeals and antibiotics won't be a problem but if you're at all concerned about your medication, check with the Indonesian embassy. For a fee, the Indonesian embassy can write you a Certified Letter of Approved Medicines, however their website warns: "The letter is neither for legality purpose nor providing guarantee that you will be exempted from any checks and legal consequences that may arise."

Tip: No matter where you travel, you should carry all medications (even vitamins) in their original packaging, along with their original prescription. It's also a good idea to carry a letter from your doctor explaining what the medications are (using generic names), and what they're for and dosage instructions.

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