Ngurah Rai International Airport

DEPARTURES update at the new Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport…

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Arriving 3 hours prior to departure, we were unsure of the ease of processing, or of the time-frame now via  the brand new Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport (also known as Denpasar International Airport).

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We were pleasantly surprised however, with a smooth transition on all levels.  Our departure from Bali was a comfortable and streamlined experience…

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With the assistance of a Porter, our luggage was transferred from our car to the Check-in counter.  This was a huge help, especially with heavy luggage and an uphill incline to maneuver.  Such a bargain too at an advised  cost of just 30,000Rp!  (We made sure we tipped generously for such a fantastic convenience).

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It was a speedy process through the Departure gate.

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The airport is well sign posted in both English and Indonesian.

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A map of the International Airport is readily available on signage opposite Check-in.

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The processing for our flight had only just started with few passengers having arrived, it seemed.  I was grateful therefore for a speedy check-in.

The airport is spacious and light with an easy walk from Check-in toward Immigration.

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Payment of 150,000 IDR Departure Tax was made with only a couple of people ahead.

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Then there was more signage and security before arriving at the Immigration counter.

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It was an uncomplicated process through Immigration and finally we were in the Departure area.

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The Departure area has numerous Duty Free shops operating with plenty of top name merchandise.

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Some of the shop fronts are still temporarily situated along the walkway.

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Lounge areas are currently minimal, as are cafe-type shops.  If Departures were busy, I imagine seating may be quite an issue at the moment for those waiting for their flights.

There are still plenty of areas that are yet to be “unveiled” with temporary partitioning still in place.

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Spacious carpeted walkways are present throughout.

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Currently, the only proper lounge area in the Departure area is the Premier Lounge.  This is a temporarily partitioned off area for “Business class” travelers only.

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The Premier Lounge consists of chairs, tables, a food area and free wi-if.

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Sadly, we were not travelling Business Class.  We had plenty of time before our flight departure so chose to sit in the adjacent Departure area 4.  This was conveniently empty.  Several ceiling mounted TVs were also in this area.

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Departure 4 is directly next door to the current Premier Lounge.  Having spied the username and password in the lounge earlier,  we were able to log onto the Premier Lounge wifi for FREE!!

Here’s the details…
USERNAME: J@5_lounge
PASSWORD: premier2013

PHONE PICS 24-11-13 (781)

Overall, we were fortunate to have enjoyed a comfortable departure experience via the spacious, new Denpasar Airport.  Once completed and fully operational, I believe it will be very impressive!

HINT 1:  Do not queue for the toilets at the gate from which your flight departs.  Walk a few minutes toward the opposite end of the terminal which I found to be not as busy. This is where we found an empty Departure lounge to sit in and there were plenty of empty toilets and several quiet food and beverage stands too.

HINT 2: If possible, eat prior to arrival at the airport since food outlets are currently limited. Having said that, I have heard that after checking in, it is possible to exit the airport and walk over to the Domestic Terminal where  there are several food outlets.  It is only a 5 minute walk away.  (Make sure you take your passport and boarding passes though, as security will ask for it when you return!)

Happy and safe travels!   I hope you too are blessed with a comfortable departure.  xx

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Arrivals update at the new Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport ….

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Having only recently opened, I was keen to witness first hand the brand new Denpasar International Airport.

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Arrival into Bali has vastly improved with the new Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport (also known as Denpasar International Airport).

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There are huge spaces in the new Arrivals terminal and the walkways are carpeted.

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It is an easy process to negotiate with good signage throughout.

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Visa on Arrival (VOA) can be paid in almost any denomination with change given in Indonesian Rupiah.

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At the VOA counter, you will see the VOA figure in varying denominations.

(See Currency and relevant price below).

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The current exchange rate at the VOA counter is also clearly shown.

(See pic detailing Currency/Rate below).

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After paying VOA, progress to Immigration which again, is clearly marked

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Once through Immigration, your luggage will arrive on the new luggage carousel.

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The spacious, new airport appears impressive and uncluttered.

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The exterior of Arrivals is easy to negotiate.

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A coffee shop is open to the right hand side as you exit the airport.

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There are several ATM machines situated on the outside of Arrivals, to the right hand side, just beyond the Coffee Shop.

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We found the whole Arrivals process speedy and streamlined!

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Catching a TAXI from the (new) Denpasar International Airport….

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BALI AIRPORT TAXI PRICES

Do you want to catch a taxi from the newly opened Airport Terminal at Ngurah Rai Airport?

Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport, is located in southern Bali, 13 kms south of Denpasar. It is Indonesia’s third-busiest international airport.

As you come out of the Arrivals Exit, the new Airport Taxi booth is now to the LEFT.  You can’t miss it.

At the counter, pay the fixed amount, as per the taxi price board.  A receipt voucher is given and you hand that to the taxi driver.  There are no further charges,.

The taxi’s themselves though are quite a bit further away than at the old airport.

Below is a list of the current taxi prices from Nguarah Rai Airport (otherwise known as Denpasar or Bali airport).

If you wish to check live Arrivals and Departures, go to:   http://www.baliairport.com/flight-status-arrivals-departures 

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Schapelle Corby Urged to be Patient While Awaiting Parole from her Bali Prison Cell

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Waiting for a ‘Get Out of Jail’ Card

Schapelle Corby Urged to be Patient While Awaiting Parole from her Bali Prison Cell

Bali News: Waiting for a ‘Get Out of Jail' Card

(10/6/2013)

The Chief Warden of Bali’s Kerobokan Prison, I Gusti Ngurah, on Friday, October 4, 2013, publicly denied that “marijuana queen” Schapelle Leigh Corby has been freed on parole.

Australian Corby was arrested on October 8, 2004 at the Bali International Airport carrying 4.2 kilograms of marijuana in her checked baggage. After a highly publicized trial, Corby was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Ngurah explained to The Bali Post that the process of parole from prison, especially when involving a foreigner, was time-consuming matter. Corby has served the requisite two-thirds of her total remaining sentence and paid a Rp. 100 million fine imposed by the Courts, leaving only a number of administrative steps, including Ministerial approval, to be addressed before her prison door can swing open.

The Prison’s Warden explained that Corby must still submit a photocopy of her verdict, undergo investigation and review by the prison, submit to a public review board and a be the subject of written declaration to the Denpasar prosecutors’ office testifying to her good behavior.

Also, In the case of a foreign prisoner, the individual’s consulate in Bali has to accept responsibility for their national who must live in Bali until the period of parole is completed.

Ngurah said local and international media reporting that Corby is free or will imminently be released is premature and creating a misconception with the public.

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Bali Airport Closing Schedule for APEC Summit Indonesia 2013

It has been announced by The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation via the Directorate General of Air Communications that there will be a partial closure schedule for Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport during the APEC CEO Summit taking place in Bali in early October 2013.

This is in order to facilitate the arrival and departure of private aircraft carrying heads of state and official delegations for the APEC Summit, through Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport and is deemed to be a necessary security measure.
A  NOTAM – Official Notice to Airmen has been issued to the worldwide aviation community advising the following schedule of airport closures:

  • October 5, 2013 Closed from 10:00 until 16:00 hours
  • October 6, 2013 Closed from 10:00 until 20:00 hours
  • October 8, 2013 Closed from 10:00 until 20:00 hours
  • October 9, 2013 Closed from 10:00 until 16:00 hours

Travellers passing through the Bali Airport on the above dates should expect significant disruption in scheduled airline service, so discuss flying times and dates with your travel agent well in advance.

So many private jets carrying Heads of State to Bali are expected, that special arrangements have been made for visiting aircraft to wait in Surabaya and Lombokdue to the lack of parking space at Bali Airport.

Bali Ngurah Rai Airport receives 318 airplanes per day.

The disruption to normal scheduled arrivals means 426 aircraft with booked slots will not be allowed to land, thus causing inconvenience to approximately 85,000 passengers  who would have arrived in those 32 hours now denied to commercial aircraft, and 85,000 departing passengers on the same aircraft.

APEC organisers expect delegations from 23 Asian countries to be in attendance at the Bali meeting. No doubt they will bring untold benefits to Bali by their very presence here.

See the lists of meetings in our Events section.

News attributed to http://www.balidiscovery.com and new-bali.com