The warm weather, tropical foods, beautiful landscape, friendly locals, and affordability all draw us in. However, it’s important to stay on top of travel risks to popular destinations in order to make appropriate plans to ensure you stay safe. Here are some of our top tips to consider when travelling to Bali.
- Use bottled water for drinking and brushing teeth, be careful about what you eat and wash your hands well to help avoid common “Bali-belly” caused by ingesting bacteria that can be found on local food and in water.
- Avoid bites from mosquitoes by applying insect repellent and wearing long sleeves and loose clothing at night time. Bites from mosquitoes can carry Dengue Fever and Malaria.
- Get immunised before you leave Australia. Head to your doctor and update immunisations for rabies, tetanus, influenza, chickenpox, measles, mumps, rubella, typhoid and others which your doctor may recommend to avoid common illnesses caused by bites and viruses.
- Be vigilant if you’re in close contact with animals such as monkeys to avoid bites and possible infection or disease.
- Be aware of the seasons before you travel. The temperature stays warm all year round, however April to September is dry season which is one of the best times to travel to Bali if you want to avoid the rain.
- In Bali’s hot climate you’ll need to ensure to stay well hydrated. Take water with you if travelling long distances, during activities and whilst sightseeing.
- Sunburn is common in Bali. Follow the same sun safe tips as back home in Australia when heading out in the sun. Use sun cream, don’t stay too long in the sun, wear a hat, and cover up.
- If travelling with children watch out for them during water activities and in the heat in particular to avoid injuries and illness.
- Indonesia’s natural disasters can include earthquakes, flooding, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. Ensure to follow any emergency instructions given, and take all warnings seriously. It’s not uncommon for ash clouds to prevent air travel to and from Bali for Australians.
- Be aware of your personal security in crowded or densely populated spaces such as areas of worship, nightclubs, airports, and popular tourist spots. Identify your exits and be on the lookout for suspicious behaviour.
- Keep a photocopy of your passport on you at all times for identification if required by local authorities. Leave your original passport safely in your hotel safe.
- Be aware of local crime. Theft can be common therefore ensure your possessions are secure in your locked backpack or handbag, stash valuables in hotel safes, and be aware of the people around you. Bag snatching, bag slashing, and muggings can and do happen.
- When heading out, use common sense when drinking alcohol. Watch your drink to avoid spiking and stay alert.
- Use government websites such as Smart Traveller to keep up to date with the latest information on travel to Bali. You’ll find updates on crime, natural disasters, health risks and also potential terrorist activities.
Bali continues to be a popular and well-loved tourist hot-spot for Australians. However as with any holiday, there are risks associated with travel. Ensure you have appropriate travel insurance before setting off. For more information about Travel Insurance, contact us at CGU today.