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  • Writer's pictureWayan Yantir

Can i drive in bali ?

Driving License for Bali

  • Driving in Bali with Australian license? – NO!

  • Driving in Bali with Indian license? – NO!

  • Driving in Bali with Singaporean License? – NO!

  • Driving in Bali without license? – NO!

….you get the hint!

You need an international driving license which you have to apply for in your home country. You have to show your international driving license AND the normal licnse during a traffic stop. One is not enough.

You can get a temporary Balinese driving license (tourist driver’s license-but ONLY if you hold KITAS/ long term Indonesia visas) from the police station in Denpasar within a day. Check with your hotel or homestay; they will know how you can get there. The cost is ca. US$30. That’s one way how the local police creates some extra income. You will have to fill in a multiple-choices form (with the answers right next to you!), bring a passport picture and the money….anybody can get it between the age of 18 and 70!

Getting stopped by the police without a license, vehicle documents or helmet:

If you get caught without a license or speeding, or without helmet or get blamed for an offense you did or didn’t do, the police will usually try to scare you a bit and say: “Oh…really bad…expensive…court hearing…judge—blabla”. Always stay calm and friendly, that will certainly help the situation. Tell them you did not know, and you are sorry. They will usually charge you a fee and let you go. Expect to pay between 10 or 30US$.

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