This post is just advice for those travelling to Bali any time soon. Online, there seems to be a lot of complaints about immigration being really slow when they arrived in Bali. That wasn’t the case for us. We breezed through immigration real quick, having said that, being Singaporean had its perks. We didn’t have to pay the US$25 for VOA (visa-on-arrival), so that meant that we got to skip one of the Qs. Arrival FUSS FREE.
Now..departure was another story. We decided to get to the airport early because we were worried about traffic and again, we heard that immigration can be a nightmare. Well…yes…and no. We were lucky…we checked in just before a HUGE tour group. That was easy. Then we went straight to the counter to pay our departure tax of 200,000 IDR each. Once that was done…we went to immigration. Yes, the Q was slow and long but it was organised.
Duty free shopping was pretty much non existant. Nothing to purchase or to even browse. I guess it is because the airport is still very new. Here’s the big tip….PLEASE BUY SOME FOOD BEFORE YOU HIT THE AIRPORT!!!
There’s pretty much nothing worthwhile eating at the airport at the moment because it is so new. A hotdog place…ONE restaurant (Black canyon) which has a long Q…some sandwiches and that is it. And the prices are CRAZY inflated. We saw a family happily tucking into a Dominos Pizza…and I was so envious!!
Definitely buy some food that can withstand the travel to the airport and you will be a happy camper.