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Only a short flight to a tropical paradise – with a crazy nightlife, cheap shopping, and sublime beaches – it’s no wonder that just over 1 million Australians travelled to Bali in 2016.

If you are planning a trip to Bali, there are some precautions that you should take to ensure that you remain safe for the duration of your time there. The main precaution is taking out adequate travel insurance for your trip.

What you need to know

Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation – there are some risks that come, like with any country, by travelling to Bali.


Unfortunately, serious diseases are widespread in Indonesia – while they are common, they can be avoided if the right precautions are taken.

Make sure you get all the relevant vaccinations prior to your trip including:

• Vaccinations for Hepatitis A and B
• Vaccinations against Typhoid, Tetanus, Pertussis and Diphtheria

Make sure you see your doctor about prevention methods for the following:

• Malaria
• Dengue fever
• Japanese encephalitis
• Filariasis
• Chikungunya
• Avoid handling animals – as rabies can be transmitted by bites and scratches
• Practice good food hygiene and safe-eating

And it goes without saying, please making sure that you are adequately covered with the right travel insurance. It could save you thousands.

Remember – if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel. Click here for our cover options.

The Balinese Lifestyle 

Like anywhere you travel – there are bound to be risks. For Bali, some of the main risks include navigating their crazy road system and being a target (as a tourist) for scams and theft. However, there are precautions you can take:

  • Unless you’re confident – don’t drive Bali’s roads by yourself
  • Take extra care on the roads
  • Be aware that insurance options with rental vehicles are limited
  • Keep your money and valuables close to you at all times
  • Use caution when withdrawing money

And of course, make sure that you are adequately covered with the right travel insurance cover. It could save you thousands.

Remember – if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel.

By sampling the Balinese street food, or eating food foreign to Australia’s culture you run the risk of picking up food-borne illnesses that can ruin your getaway. Some simple measures you can take to avoid this include:

  • Check restaurant reviews to see what other tourists have to say
  • Avoid dodgy-looking street food
  • Make sure your food is hygienically prepared
  • Avoid eating foods that have been washed in their tap water
  • Avoid eating foods foreign to your palette

Water Contamination 

A well-known fact in most South-East Asian countries is that tourists should not drink their tap water. The contamination that drinking this brings can get you sick. So, how to avoid it?

  • Drink only bottled water – including when brushing your teeth
  • Avoid foods that are prepared with it

Your Bali Checklist

Before you set off on your Balinese adventure, please ensure the following:

  • Your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your planned return date
  • You have all your correct travel documentation in the one place
  • You have had a recent doctors check-up
  • You have received all the relevant vaccinations
  • You are registered with the Australian Government Smartraveller website

And of course, please make sure you take out travel insurance with Cover My Trip.