Health and Safety in Bali
To enjoy your study in Bali to the fullest, get your fitness and safety well-prepared by following these suggestions and tips.
Health – Getting Prepared
Doctor Check Ups and Vaccinations
In general, anyone with international vaccination standards is set and safe to travel to Bali on a short notice. But just to be completely protected, you should re-check if your vaccinations are up to date. While some vaccinations can be done last-minute, others such as rabies need to be planned about 3 months ahead.
International Health Insurance
Even though it seems paradox, medical expenses for non-Indonesian residents can be outstandingly expensive in Bali! This mostly depends on the hospital one goes to. International hospitals for instance offer non-Indonesian tourists international standards, from its English speaking staffs, nurses and doctors, exclusive hospital wards, to its access to international health/travel insurance assistance. In case of a hospital visit, you can easily expect to be charged starting from 50 USD for a normal medical check up. Here is where full health/travel insurance comes in handy.
Although in most hospitals you will need to cover smaller expenses first, you will receive a full medical report in English, which you may use to claim your money from your health insurance.
In case of accidents or high cost surgeries, the hospital will usually get in contact with your international health insurance.
Pay medical expenses first
Ask for a full medical report in English
Claim the expenses from your insurance
Carry a phone number of your insurance with you
Your local upskill team in Bali will assist you
Medical Availability & Access
Many hospitals with international standards have been built in Bali the past years. Most of them are located in Southern Bali along the main roads or in the main tourist areas. They are well equipped and are able to offer health consultation in English, general medical treatments and special surgeries. When traveling around Bali, you may always find local clinics with general doctors on duty although you may expect some of them to speak very little to no English, especially in remote villages. In these cases, you may call our Emergency number and we will try to assist you via phone.
Most medication is available in Bali without prescription
Pharmacies provide all necessary medication
Please bring special medications and carry a doctor statement
Common Diseases & Prevention
The most common diseases in Bali are: Diarrhea, common cold, “masuk angin”, ear infection, dengue fever and chikungunya. Both last ones are mosquito-borne tropical disease and can have different symptoms depending on the type of viral agent. As there is no medical prevention or treatment for both, you simply need to sit it out, stay hydrated and have a bed-rest.
Always wash hands when coming home or before eating
Don't drink tap water
Use mosquito repellents, even in day time (dengue mosquito bite in day time!)
Wear a jacket while driving in the evening
Safety in Bali
Bali is considered as s safe tourist destination in Indonesia. However, when you travel anywhere in the world, it can be the safest place on earth, yet you still need to be cautious about your well-being. Unwanted or dangerous situations can easily be avoided, if you recognizes your surroundings and its custom and of course if you follow some safety precautions advised.
Always wear a helmet
8 out of 1 international students in Bali are scooter riders. There is no discussion, accidents happen, even if it is not your fault. Therefore, always wear a helmet, even for short distances.
Don't drink and drive
Although there is no law restriction, consider it an unwritten rule for your personal safety.
Go out with friends
Groups provide protection and fast assistance. Have fun with your friends when out for party and do not follow strangers or drive home alone at night.
To respect the local people and stay safe, please always wear appropriate clothing, especially while driving scooter and when visiting remote villages.
Don't bring valuables
Only carry a visible handbag with you if it is necessary and store it in your scooter while driving. However, do not store anything in your scooter while parking.
Even if you stay for a whole semester in Bali, be aware that you are a guest on this island who respects the locals and their rules. Earn respect by respecting first.