While this has apparently been rescinded, there is an ongoing immigration clampdown on foreigners who are illegally employed in Bali, particularly in the tourism field.
As of July 2015, many nationalities (currently excluding Australians) can now enter the country without paying for a tourist visa. You only get 30 days, can’t extend, and have to both enter and leave through specific airports – one of which is Bali. As of November 2015, you could still choose to ask for the old tourist visa on arrival at the airport.
If someone builds a fancy-schmancy gigantic 3-bedroom villa with an ocean view in A. Other village and rents it for 250 million, that becomes the rate for the myriad mini 3-bedroom villas that will pop up in its wake in A. Food gets more expensive around Idul Fitri, not only because of the enormous evening feasts (iftar) but because Muslims are saving up money to return home.
Oh, yeah, and neighbouring shops will sell identical items at wildly varying prices.
A trip to the ATM makes one an instant millionaire – but it’s easy to slip up with a zero: if something looks super-cheap, recount.
Or otherwise you’ll end up spending on imported sausages which looked an absolute bloody steal at .
For multiple entry visas, options are the KITAS, an expensive and hard-to-obtain residence visa which requires that you are employed, retired, in education or running a business in Bali, or the business visa.
Once you get to number five, the circle goes round again, so a family with eight kids is guaranteed two Ketuts. High-end businesses will typically charge 21% – 11% tax plus 10% service – on top of their baseline prices; smaller businesses will charge less tax and no service; tiny businesses will charge no tax at all.
But because of rabies, dogs can’t leave Bali legally, so a lot of cute abandoned puppies end up being less cute abandoned dogs when their owner decides they’ve had enough of paradise.
If your Bali dream is not complete without a pet, pick up a grown one from a departing expat.
A revaluation of the rupiah is on the cards over the next few years.
For the moment, there are around 100 rupiah to every US cent, with the smallest coin worth 50 rupiah (sweets are given as a substitute in change) and the largest note a princely 100,000.