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Have you ever wanted to visit an island with over 1000 temples while also spending your time relaxing on a white sandy beach? You can! Just plan a trip to the captivating island of Bali. The island is located in Indonesia and is notorious for its stunning beaches, lush landscapes, vibrant culture, and so much more. You can even stop by the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, which is home to over 600 monkeys.

Bali is said to be one of the most peaceful places in the world, attracting travellers who want a tranquil getaway or simply time to heal in nature. We personally think travelling is the best way to learn about the globe while experiencing some of the world’s most wondrous places. 

Since the island is about a six-hour flight from Australia, many Australian passport holders have added Bali to their bucket list of vacation destinations. That is why we are here to help you understand the health landscape of Bali while covering vaccinations and safety tips for your upcoming trip. 

Here is everything you need to know about Bali’s health trends and how to protect yourself when visiting the Island of a Thousand Temples. That way, you can explore more and worry less!

Table of Contents

Understanding Bali’s Health Landscape
Vaccinations and Health Precautions

Bali-Specific Vaccinations

Pre-Travel Health Checklist

Health and Safety Tips While in Bali

Vector-Borne Disease Prevention

Animal Safety and Rabies Prevention

Environmental Risks and Precautions

Navigating Healthcare in Bali

What to Do in a Health Emergency

Travel Health Insurance and Assistance

Frequently Asked Questions

Understanding Bali’s Health Landscape

So, is Bali a safe island to visit? Yes! Bali
is generally a safe place and has a good health environment. However, this tropical country is humid and attracts insects like mosquitoes known to pass viruses.

Travelling to different destinations can expose you to viruses your body is unaware of. Here are some common health risks for travellers in Bali. These illnesses do not currently have vaccines and can disrupt your travel plans.

  1. Bali Belly is the nickname for travellers’ diarrhoea in Bali. It is caused by ingesting bacteria found in spoiled food and water. Some side effects include cramping, nausea, diarrhoea, and vomiting. 
  2. Dengue Fever is a disease common in most tourist destinations, including Bali. Mosquitos, mostly in rural areas, spread this flu-like sickness. Since mosquitoes are year-round, foreign tourists could come in contact with them. At this time, there is no vaccine for Dengue Fever.
  3. If you visit an area with many mosquitos, you may be at risk of Malaria. Malaria is not common in Bali but in other parts of Indonesia. Tourists have gotten Malaria from mosquito bites in the past. While there is no vaccine against Malaria, there are prescription medications you can take when travelling to help prevent it. If you choose to take the medication, you must do so before, during, and after your trip.

Since mosquitoes spread Dengue Fever and Malaria, it is recommended that you cover up or stay under mosquito nets if you plan to be in a buggy area.

Before travelling, you can discuss medication options with your doctor at the Travel Vaccination Clinic 229 Macquarie Street Level 10 Sydney.

Vaccinations and Health Precautions

Routine Vaccinations

Routine vaccinations are essential when travelling around the world. Common routine vaccines include Measles, Mumps, Polio, Chickenpox, COVID-19, and Influenza. Receiving these vaccines before entering Indonesia can help protect you and others during your travels.

Bali-Specific Vaccinations

Bali does recommend these vaccines for travellers visiting Indonesia:

  1. Hepatitis A: Hepatitis A is a virus that can cause harm to your liver. Symptoms include yellowing skin, exhaustion, nausea, and loss of appetite. The virus can be transmitted by eating contaminated food or drinking tainted water. The best way to protect yourself is to get the Hepatitis A Vaccine.
  2. Japanese Encephalitis: Another virus spread by mosquitoes in Bali is Japanese Encephalitis. Mosquitoes in Asia and the Western Pacific are known to spread the virus. The virus is rare but can cause brain inflammation if contracted. Getting the vaccine before travelling is recommended, especially if you plan to be in Bali for an extended time.
  3. Rabies: Rabies is a viral disease usually transmitted through an animal bite. Since there are rabid dogs throughout Indonesia, it is recommended that you get the Rabies Vaccine before you visit Bali.
  4. Typhoid Fever: This bacterial disease can be spread by consuming contaminated food and water or being in close contact with someone with it. It is recommended for most travellers who plan to visit rural areas of Bali. The Typhoid Vaccine can be combined with the Hepatitis A Vaccine in the same dose.
  5. Yellow Fever: International regulations require the yellow fever vaccine only in specific scenarios. You will only need to show proof of vaccination if you have visited a yellow fever zone within six days before entering Bali. These zones are usually in South America and Africa.You can read more information on our Vaccinations for Bali and Indonesia page. If you are feeling overwhelmed, we are happy to sit down with you and go over the details.

Pre-Travel Health Checklist

It is easy to forget important things when preparing for a trip, especially if you are excited. We recommended creating a list of health preparations so you don’t forget anything before travelling. Here is what we recommend you put on your pre-travel health checklist.

  • Set up a consultation at our   travel health clinic.
  • Talk to your doctor about different medications and vaccines
    specific to Bali.
  • Purchase recommended over-the-counter medicines
  • Pack hand sanitiser
  • Pack insect repellent
  • Pack sunscreen
  • Pack long-sleeved shirts to prevent mosquito bites
  • Pack medications and proof of medication

Determining what medications and vaccines you need can be challenging, but we are here to help! It is important to consult our travel health clinic before travelling from Australia to Bali. You will be paired with one of our doctors who specialises in travel-related viruses and diseases in Bali. The doctor will discuss the vaccines and medications recommended for your trip. 

That way, you can focus on more exciting aspects of your journey instead, like what exciting activities you will do and what you will wear.

Health and Safety Tips While in Bali

Staying healthy in Bali is essential to enjoying your trip while avoiding viruses. We have compiled a list of health tips for travellers from Australia to Bali.

Food and Water Safety

Some of the viruses listed above can be transmitted through food or water. Following basic food and water safety rules can help prevent them.

  • Do not drink tap water in Bali; stick to sealed bottled water. 
  • Request drinks without ice since most ice is made from tap water. 
  • Do not use tap water to brush your teeth unless it has been boiled. Bottled water is recommended over boiled water. 
  • When you shower, avoid getting any water in your mouth. 
  • As always, never leave drinks unattended when travelling. 
  • Only eat food that has been prepared fresh and is still hot. Since Bali is a tropical island, food left out can go bad quickly. You do not want to eat food that has come in contact with mosquitoes that may have landed on it. 
  • Do not consume food that hasn’t been entirely cooked. 
  • Do not consume vegetables or fruit that have not been peeled.
  • If eating out or at street vendors, watch your food being prepared to ensure it is fresh and cooked to order.
  • Purchasing dry-packed food or sealed snacks is a safe alternative.

Vector-Borne Disease Prevention

Vectors are bugs such as mosquitoes, ticks, and flies, and the best way to stay safe is to prevent them from biting you during your trip. Mosquitoes are the most popular vector in Bali and carry the most vector-borne diseases. Here are some recommendations for preventing mosquito and other insect bites. 

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats to cover your skin.
  • Avoid heavy mosquito areas at dusk and dawn, as mosquitoes are most active in Bali during these times of day.
  • Use insect repellent.
  • Turn on the air conditioning if you are staying in a place that offers it.
  • Use a mosquito net around the beds.

Mosquitoes are present during the dry season and the rainy season, but they are at their worst during the wet season.

Animal Safety and Rabies Prevention

There are plenty of animals in Bali, including stray dogs and monkeys. Here are some tips on keeping yourself safe from bites or rabies.

  • Get the Rabies vaccine.
  • Do not touch the animals.
  • Do not allow animals to lick you.
  • Avoid strays. 
  • Avoid rodents.
  • Give animals space so they do not feel aggressive.

Environmental Risks and Precautions

One of Bali’s best attributes is that it is a tropical island. While that is great for exploring the outdoors and having a beach day, it can also come with extreme risks due to its heat. Here are a few precautions you can take during your trip.

  • Use sunscreen.
  • Wear clothing that covers your skin.
  • Stay Hydrated.
  • Wear sunglasses and hats, especially at higher elevations where the sun is stronger.
  • Swim only in designated swimming areas.

Bali is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, which has high tectonic activity. As a result, Bali could experience volcanic eruptions, floods, and even tsunamis.

  • Tell someone at home where you are staying.
  • Learn the emergency numbers in the area.
  • Check weather alerts during your stay.

Familiarise yourself with the Indonesian law before arrival. Here are some laws to be aware of.

  • Obey signs banning photography. In some places, photography is considered illegal.
  • You must carry identification with you at all times.
  • The legal drinking age is 21.
  • Gambling is illegal in Indonesia.

Healthcare Facilities for Travelers

If you fall ill while travelling to Bali, visit one of the clinics or hospitals below. We recommend keeping this list with you in case of emergencies.

  • BIMC is the primary hospital on the island. It is located in Denpasar City and Kuna and has an emergency room open 24 hours a day.  
  • Siloam is a hospital that is primarily a public healthcare facility located in Denpasar. However, it does have an international wing.
  • Kasih Ibu Hospital is located in Denpasar City and has an emergency room.
  • Bali Royal Hospital is another 24-hour emergency unit located in Denpasar City.
  • Fullerton Health Clinic is located in Kuta, a popular resort area. It provides all medical services and has reputable doctors.
  • UbudCare Canggu Clinic is a clinic that offers on-call and home visit appointments in the Ubud area. 

If you are staying at a resort, ask the concierge, as they sometimes have doctors on site.

What to Do in a Health Emergency

Medical emergencies can be scary, especially when travelling to a foreign country. Here are steps to take if you find yourself in a health emergency.

  • Call the emergency number 112. If you are calling from a landline, dial 112. If you use a local SIM, dial 0361 first, then 112. If you have an international SIM, dial +62 361 and then 112. Dialling 112 will connect you to Indonesian authorities and Indonesian medical facilities.
  • Explain your situation.
  • The emergency workers will set up an ambulance that will take you to the hospital.
  • Stay calm. Bali has an excellent medical system with plenty of hospitals and doctors. 

Travel Health Insurance and Assistance

Travel insurance is so important, especially in a medical emergency. Insurance policies can cover a variety of medical expenses. Please note that your current insurance does not work in other countries, so you must purchase comprehensive travel insurance before travelling. Here are some tips.

  • Choose a good Insurance company. Popular choices for Australians are Chubb Insurance, Freely, InsuranceandGo, and Tick.
  • Review the plans closely.
  • Choose an international insurance plan.
  • Ensure the travel insurance policy covers medical treatment, emergency room visits, and more.
  • We recommend speaking with one of the insurance agents to confirm that your medical expenses will be covered.

Depending on your plan type, most travel insurance policies cover the entire medical or pay a certain amount.

Travel Documentation and Regulations

Bring all of your health-related travel documents with you when you visit Bali.

  • Passport.
  • Bali Visa: Review visa requirements before purchasing. You can pay online or purchase your visa on arrival at Ngurah Rai International Airport. 
  • Proof Of Bali Tourism Levy Payment – Purchase on   Love Bali  or on arrival at the airport. 
  • Health Insurance Policy.
  • Proof of vaccinations.
  • Copies of your prescriptions.
  • Carry identification cards that include emergency contacts, your health provider at home, and your home address.

Please print out your health insurance documents before travelling. You can also email yourself a copy of the policy. Australian passport holders should put this printed information in their passport booklet.

Additional Resources and Support

Check up-to-date official warnings on current travel advisories. This can include current threat levels for terrorism, health status, local laws, and more.

Below is the Australian Embassy in Bali and a 24-hour emergency centre.

  • Australian Consulate-General, Bali
    Jalan Tantular 32
    Denpasar Bali 80234
    Phone: (+62 361) 2000 100
  • 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre
    If you can’t reach an embassy in a consular emergency, you can call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre.
    +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas
    1300 555 135 in Australia

You can review the complete list hereif you are looking for a different Indonesian Embassy. If you are visiting an embassy in Indonesia, bring your Passport, Bali Visa and any other valid Tourist Visa you have.  Local officials will ask for them during your visit.

If you need to contact local authorities or Indonesian law, dial 112. 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What vaccinations do I need before travelling to Bali from Australia?
Recommended vaccinations include routine shots (MMR, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella, polio), Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, and Japanese Encephalitis, depending on the length of your stay and activities planned.

2. Is COVID-19 vaccination required for travelling to Bali?
As regulations can change, checking the latest travel advisories is essential. It is generally recommended that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before travelling internationally.

3. How far in advance should I get vaccinated before my trip?
Ideally, start your vaccination process 4-6 weeks before travel. Some vaccines require multiple doses spaced out over time.

4. Do I need malaria pills for Bali?
Malaria risk in Bali is generally low, but protection against mosquito bites is recommended. Based on current conditions and your itinerary, consult a travel health clinic for advice.

5. What should I do if I get sick in Bali?
Seek medical attention from reputable clinics or hospitals. For emergencies,  now the location and contact details of the nearest healthcare facility. Consider purchasing travel health insurance that covers medical evacuation.

6. How can I avoid food and water-borne illnesses?
Eat fully cooked food, avoid raw vegetables and fruits you can’t peel, and drink bottled or purified water. Be cautious with street food and ensure seafood is thoroughly cooked.

7. What are the risks of dengue fever, and how can I prevent it?
Mosquitoes transmit dengue fever. To prevent it, use mosquito repellent, wear long-sleeved clothing, and stay in accommodations with screens or air conditioning.

8. Is rabies a concern in Bali?
Rabies is present in Bali, mainly in dogs. Avoid contact with animals, especially strays, and consider a rabies vaccination for more extended stays or adventure travel.

9. Can I drink tap water in Bali?
Drinking bottled or purified water in Bali is advisable to avoid water-borne illnesses.

10. What health documents do I need to enter Bali?
Requirements can change, but depending on your itinerary, you may need proof of certain vaccinations, such as Yellow Fever. Keep digital and physical copies of all health documents, including COVID-19 vaccination records.

Wrapping Up

Bali is a safe tourist destination for those wanting to visit. Like any country, there are different health and environmental risks before travelling. All you have to do is be mindful when travelling by evaluating your food at restaurants before eating, drinking bottled water, avoiding getting too close to animals, and covering up from mosquitoes. These little tips will go a long way.

So what are you waiting for? Start packing your bags for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Bali. We will ensure you have all necessary vaccinations and explain what medications you may need for your journey. 

You can easily schedule a visit to the clinic for a personalised consultation. We can’t wait to hear all about your upcoming journey to the Island of the Gods!


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Author: mark