Vaccinations for Bali
Bali has been a main tourist destinations for many Irish travellers to Indonesia. The island is well developed for the tourist industry and generally the climate is tropical and humid throughout the year. Many Irish travellers will use the island as a stopover. If this is for only 24 to 28 hours the extent of your jet lag may leave you little time to enjoy the country and its people.
There are no essential vaccines for entry to Bali from Western Europe. However for your personal protection travellers are recommended to consider vaccination cover against a number of diseases. Travellers planning a more rural or extensive trip may need to consider taking cover against diseases like Hepatitis B, Japanese B Encephalitis, Rabies.
Mosquitoes and Insect Bites
Malaria transmission occurs throughout Indonesia all year but the risk in Bali is so low that prophylaxis is not generally recommended for most tourists. Nevertheless for those visiting Lombok (overnight visits) the risk exists and so adequate prophylaxis and insect repellents should be used. Other mosquito borne diseases also occur throughout Indonesia and care must be taken to avoid insect bites at all times. In Jakarta and other main cities there is a particular problem with a viral disease called Dengue Fever. The mosquito, which transmits this disease, typically bites during the day and in main urban centres. Travellers should have a good insect repellent containing DEET such as TMB DEET 55, wear long sleeves to cover your arms and long trousers, if possible choose an air-conditioned room, keep doors and windows closed and avoid using perfumes and aftershaves.
Food & Water
It is wise to maintain a high level of care with regard to your food and water while in Indonesia. This includes even those in high quality hotels but also particularly for those eating from street vendors. Bivalve shellfish (e.g. oysters, mussels, clams etc) should be avoided at all times due to inadequate cooking. Bottled water should be purchased from your hotel or good quality shops/supermarkets to ensure that it is pure.
The laws against illegal drugs are severe and travellers should ensure that they carry sufficient well-marked medication that they may require for their time in Indonesia. Travellers are required to show identification at any time and so carrying photocopies of your passport is a wise precaution. Keep all valuable documents in a safe place and do not flaunt personal wealth while travelling around the island.
The majority of those visiting Bali will enjoy the many tourist attractions on the island. However common-sense and care is required to ensure that you do not expose yourself to unnecessary risk.