About Bali

Strategically located in the South East of Bali, our center is only 20 minutes away by car from the International Airport and has an easy access to transport by a taxi.

Bali enjoys a subtropical climate with an average temperature in June between 27C (80F) and 31C.

The official currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR/Rp) with Exchange offices and ATM machines easily available throughout the Island and at Ngurah Rai International Airport.

The official language in Bali is Indonesian, but English is well spoken in most touristic areas. The 32nd ICM Triennial Congress is the world‘s largest midwives event ever held in Indonesia.

Travel info and visa

About Indonesia

Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelagic country with more than 17,500 islands under its territory. It has a tropical climate as it is located between Australia and Asia continent and is passed by an equator line. Given its abundant islands stretched over an extensive area, the country is divided into three time zones: GMT +7 for Western Indonesia Time (Sumatra, Java, Madura, West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan), GMT +8 for Central Indonesia Time (South Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali and Nusa Tenggara) and GMT +9 for East Indonesia Time (Maluku and Papua).

Up till 2016, Indonesia’s population is predicted to have exceeded 250 million people, making it as world’s fourth largest one. Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, which means unity in diversity, is the country’s national slogan that serves as life guidance for Indonesians. The slogan describes Indonesia as united amidst a number of different religions, hundreds of ethnic groups and local languages coupled with various traditions and cultures.

More than 80% of Indonesians practice Islam and the remaining embrace Christianity, Hindu, Buddha, Kong Hu-Chu and native-faiths. All of them are recognized by the government. Indonesia’s national language is Bahasa Indonesia with the English Language frequently used by its residents as the foreign language is included in the school curriculum. Some phrases in Bahasa Indonesia that are worthy of knowing are:

  • Selamat Pagi (Good Morning)
  • Selamat Siang (Good Afternoon)
  • Selamat Malam (Good Night)
  • Terima Kasih (Thank You)
  • Tolong (Please)
  • Apa Kabar (How Are You)
  • Maaf (Sorry)
  • Permisi (Excuse me)

Venue and location

The 33rd ICM Triennial Congress is held in the Nusa Dua Compound in the southern part of Bali which is managed by the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC). Nusa Dua area is located approximately 25 minutes from the Ngurah Rai International airport and can be accessed by the highway toll road. Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC) offers a promising eminence with its desirable location and compelling excesses. The whole concept consists of a high profile characteristic, an impressive 70,000 sq.m garden landscape and breathtaking Balinese architecture of a total 50,000 sq.m building area which are all integrated to create a complete infrastructure for any kind of event. Each detail is developed with our commitment to wholeheartedly demonstrate our work in the most professional way. In delivering world-class events, we offer 32 fully equipped meeting rooms and 11 offices for break-out sessions, workshops and press conferences. All these rooms come in a range of sizes and sub-divisible options, giving a great degree of flexibility.

The 17th G20 Heads of State and Government Summit will take place in November 2022 at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre (BNDCC). The Summit will be the pinnacle of the G20 process and intense work carried out within the Ministerial Meetings, Working Groups, and Engagement Groups throughout the year.

Location – Strategically located in the South East of Bali, our center is only 25 minutes away by car from the International Airport and has easy access to transport by taxi.

Visa rules and regulations

All visitors to Indonesia are required to possess a valid passport with an expiration date of at least 6 months after the date of entry into the territory of Indonesia.
Passports must contain at least two blank visa pages.
The “amendment” and “endorsement” pages at the back of the passport do not generally count as blank pages and cannot be used for visa and stamp for entry permit purposes.
Depending on your passport there are three options to enter Indonesia that apply to most travelers that come for tourist or social purposes only.

VISA Entry Requirements specifically for international arrivals on Visa Exemption Arrangement VEA, Visa On Arrival VOA.


  • VEA – Visa Exemption Arrangement is free and only available to 9 countries for 30 days only and cannot be extended.
  • VOA – Visa on Arrival costs IDR 500.000 per person (applies to adults and children) and the payment is on arrival.
  • VOA – Visa on Arrival is for a single Entry into Bali/Indonesia, for a stay of up to 30 days and can be extended for a maximum 1 time at the local Immigration Office (charges apply)
  • Payment can be done by: VISA Card, Master Card or Debit Card
  • Cash in IDR or foreign currency USD, EURO, GBP, SGD and others as per set exchange at the airport counter inside the terminal.

Visa On Arrival VOA

Passport holders from the following Countries applicable for Visa on Arrival (VOA) Cost is IDR500.000 per person.

VOA-Visa on Arrival is for a single Entry into Bali/Indonesia, for a stay up to 30 days and can be extended for a maximum 1 time at the local Immigration Office (charges apply) – updated 16 September 2022

VOA can be used for: tourism, governmental related visit, business discussion, purchasing goods, participating in meetings, transit.

VOA Eligible Countries

Brunei Darussalam
Czech Republic
Hong Kong
New Zealand
San Marino
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
South Korea
The Netherlands
Timor Leste
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States of America

Visa Exemption Arrangement VEA

Visa Exemption Arrangement ( VEA) for tourism purposes for Passport holders from the following Countries – as of 6 April 2022

Only valid for 30 days and cannot be extended.

VEA Eligible Countries

Brunei Darussalam

Important information and tips when traveling to Bali

Bali Province Response COVID-19

Bali Province Response COVID-19


Special arrangements will be made to ensure accessibility for persons with disabilities. Participants with disabilities are kindly requested to inform the Secretariat of their requirements (see bottom of the page for contact information).


Business & Shopping

1. Business.

Office hours for most businesses are from 8 AM to 4 PM, or 9 AM to 5 PM, usually Monday through Friday (with some open on Saturday as well). Government offices are closed on Saturdays. Standard banking hours are from 8 AM to 3 PM, Monday to Friday.

2. Shopping.

In traditional markets and individual stalls, it is an acceptable custom to negotiate the final price with the vendor if the price is not clearly marked on the item. But always do so respectfully and pleasantly. In larger stores or chains, the price is fixed.


3. Shopping Around Campus

Bali Collection is a shopping center and dining entertainment complex set within the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation’s (ITDC) around the campus. Here, you may find Balinese souvenirs, batik, a wide range of culinary (Indonesian and international food), and other goods (clothing, mini market, etc). For further information please access Bali-collection.com.


Indonesia’s national currency is Rupiah (Indonesian Rupiah = IDR). Websites such as www.xe.com can provide current currency exchange rates.

Banking hours are Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 15:00. Most banks handle travelers’ cheques and change foreign currencies. Passports are required when cashing travelers’ cheques. A nominal commission may be charged.

Most shopping malls and money changers in Bali only accept US dollar banknotes printed recently (2009 and newer) and in excellent, uncirculated physical condition.

Major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard) are widely accepted. Foreign ATM cards with Visa, Cirrus, Maestro, or Plus symbols can be used to withdraw Indonesian Rupiah from most ATMs.

Customs regulations

The carriage of narcotic drugs, arms, and ammunition into the territory of the Republic of Indonesia is strictly prohibited. Offenders are subject to strict and severe punishment. Also prohibited is pornography. Films, pre-recorded video tapes and laser disks may be screened by the Censor Board.

Participants may bring with them duty-free goods with a declared value not exceeding US $250 per person. Travelers bringing in goods for temporary importation will be required to leave a deposit at the port of entry; the refund of the deposit will be made when the goods are taken out of the country. Customs allow for entry at a maximum of one liter of alcoholic beverages, 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars 100 grams of tobacco and a reasonable amount of perfume per adult. Cameras, video cameras, portable radios, cassette recorders, binoculars and sports equipment are admitted provided they are taken out on departure. They must be declared to Customs.

No restriction is imposed as to the maximum amount of foreign currency allowed to be brought in. However, foreign currency worth more than Rp. 100 million must be declared to the customs authorities upon arrival at the first port of entry.

Dress code

Recommended dress during the conference is business casual. Light clothing is advisable for the hot and humid climate.

 Drinking water

Tap water is not safe to drink. Conference attendees are advised to drink bottled or sterilized water. Most restaurants use a filtration system for drinking water.



Electrical power in Indonesia is 220–240 volts (50 hertz). The plugs are European-style, with two round prongs. Don’t forget to bring appropriate adapters (and converters for 110V electrical goods).


First Aid and medical assistance

During the conference, there will be a medical room. The exact location is to be confirmed.

It is suggested that conference participants secure travel medical insurance. Please bring your own personal medications as needed. First aid at the conference venue and ambulance services will be available. There are various international clinics and hospitals located within a convenient distance from the BNDCC. Serious medical costs shall be borne at personal expense.

Health Services



Indonesia is located in a tropical area that lies between Asia and Australia continent, between the Pacific and Indian Oceans and is passed by an equator line. The country consists of islands and an archipelago stretching from west to east. It also holds straits and bays that make the country vulnerable toward climate and weather changes.

During the 32nd ICM Triennial Congress in June, Bali’s temperature is predicted to reach -/+ 30 Celsius degrees. As such, all participants are suggested to stay hydrous. Don’t forget to bring personal medicines to make you fit to do all your activities.

    Vaccination and medication

    The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all travelers be up to date on routine vaccinations and that they visit their doctor 4 to 6 weeks prior to their trip to discuss any vaccination or medications they may need for travel. For additional information, please visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/indonesia.

    Evidence of valid yellow fever vaccinations are required of travelers coming from affected areas.


    Please find below a list of recommended hospitals if participants need treatments at the hospital:

    BIMC Hospital Nusa Dua

    This international standard hospital is Indonesia’s first hospital that obtains international accreditation from Australia Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) and recognition from the International Assistance Group (IAG) as Indonesia’s preferred healthcare provider. The hospital is situated at Blok D of the Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC)complex center, not far from Nusa Dua Convention Center. The hospital has five leading services: 24 hours Centers for Accident & Emergency 24 hours, 24 hours Medical Center, Cosmetic Center, Dental Center and Dialysis Center.

    The hospital that has helped more than 200,000 patients is located in Kuta area in addition to the one in Nusa Dua.

    Contact: +62 361 3000 911
    Website: www.bimcbali.com

    Siloam Hospital

    The 24-hour hospital has a certificate with Plenary status from the Hospital Accreditation Commission of the Health Ministry. In addition, the hospital is recognized as Indonesia’s preferred healthcare provider by the International Assistance Group or IAG. The hospital is located at Jalan Sunset Road No.818, Kuta, Badung Regency. It offers advanced services that include gynecology, gastroenterology, nephrology, general surgery, ophthalmology, otolaryngology and pediatrics. Aside from that, the hospital provides other services, such as cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, skin and genitals, endocrinology, geriatrics, neurology, orthopedics, plastic surgery and psychiatry.

    Contact: +62 361 779 900, +62 361 779 911
    Website: www.siloamhospitals.com

    Sanglah Public Hospital

    The biggest hospital in Bali is located at Jalan Diponegoro, Dauh Puri Klod, Denpasar Barat. The hospital becomes the primary reference for Bali, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) and East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) areas. In 2005, the hospital was stated as a Type A Hospital according to the Regulation of the Health Minister of the Republic of Indonesia number 1638 the year 2005. Several of the hospital’s leading services are Integrated Heart, Integrated Cancer services and Intensive Services for patients with acute or chronic diseases. Besides, the hospital provides Radiotherapy, Kidney Transplantation, General Check-Up and Hyperbaric Chamber services.

    Contact: +62 361 227911 15
    Website: www.sanglahhospitalbali.com

    Kasih Ibu Hospital

    The private hospital that is under the management of Kasih Ibu Hospital Group operates four public hospitals and two major clinics that are spread in Denpasar area (Jalan Teuku Umar No. 120), Kedonganan (Jalan Uluwatu No. 69 A), Tabanan (Jalan Flamboyan No. 9), Saba (Jalan Raya Pantai Saba No. 9, Gianyar), Dalung Clinic (Dalung Permai Blok C1-4), and Bajera Clinic (Jalan Denpasar-Gilimanuk). The hospital’s top services include Brain & Spin Center, Endoscopic Center and Stroke Center. In addition, the hospital provides Medical Check-Up, Radiology, Hemodialysis and Medic Rehabilitation services.

    Contact: +62 361 300 3030
    Website: www.intl.kih.co.id

    Important reminders

    Change money only at authorized money changers.
    Leave important documents in the hotel safe.
    Keep a copy of your passport or ID with you at all times.
    Remember to save Rupiah for the departure tax (about $16 USD) at the airport.


    The ICM Secretariat shall not be responsible for personal accidents or damage to the private property of conference attendees. It is highly advisable that attendees make their own arrangements with respect to personal insurance.


    The Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center features free Wi-Fi that can be accessed by conference participants from within the conference center. No login/password is required. The network will be named ICM2023.


    The official language of the archipelago is Bahasa Indonesia, a modern variant of Malay. More than 300 different languages are spoken across Indonesia, and most Balinese are bilingual or trilingual. Most people speak at least a bit of English.

    The working language of the ICFP will be English. During the plenaries, there will be simultaneous interpretation in French and Bahasa. Headphones will be provided.


    Laundry service is available in the hotels for an additional charge.

    Local Transportation: Taxis and buses

    Transportation in Bali is cheap by any standard. Trans Sarbagita is a bus rapid transit (BRT) system that serves passengers to Batu Bulan – Sanur – Kuta Central Parking Lot – Nusa Dua Resort Area, every 15 minutes from 05.00 – 21.00 hrs. The fee is IDR 3,500 or around USD 50 cents. The taxis start with a flag fall of IDR 7,000 or less than USD 70 cents, followed by 5,000 Rupiah/kilometer. From the airport to the conference venue in Nusa Dua, it will cost around IDR 150,000 (equiv. USD 12); whereas from Nusa Dua area to Kuta or Legian area will cost at around IDR 200,000.

    It is advisable to carry small change as taxi drivers are often short of change. Taxis are operated from all major hotels and the airport with the rate varying according to the destination. Metered taxis with air conditioning are more convenient for participants. At all major airport terminals, inquiries about local transportation should be directed to the information counter. Furthermore, car and motorcycle rentals are also available. It is safe to use taxis to get around Nusa Dua. The recommended company is the Blue Bird Group.


    Complimentary daily breakfast for conference participants will be provided by hotels or resorts where participants will be staying. During the conference, lunch and two coffee breaks are provided at no cost at the conference venue. Dinner is on your own.


    The Government of Indonesia and the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center have put in place strong security measures for the ICM.

    All conference attendees are required to register to ensure everyone has been cleared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Convention Center is an enclosed compound that requires all who enter to go through security checkpoints.

    The Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center is located at:
    Kawasan Nusa Dua Blok NW/1 (BTDC) Bali
    Phone: +62 361-773000

    Tax and tipping

    A value-added tax of 10 percent is added to bills. In larger cities, 5 or 11 percent is commonly added for service in restaurants. Tipping is not compulsory, even in cities, but tips are generally highly appreciated. Tips need be no more than 20 percent.​

    Telephone services

    Telephone services are available in hotels, restaurants, and cafes.

    Most GSM cellular phones will work with local GSM SIM cards. Vendors that sell GSM SIM cards, as well as recharge credits (pulsa) for local GSM numbers, are located throughout Bali. They are inexpensive—$10 to $15 will buy about 300 minutes of talk and text/2GB of data.

    SIM cards will be available for purchase at the Convention Center and at the airport (international terminal). GSM vendors at the airport can provide local GSM SIM cards and registration services for your cellular phone for approximately US $6, or IDR 50.000.

    Dialing instructions:

    The country code for Indonesia is +62
    The local area code for Bali is 0361. Omit the 0 (zero) when dialing with the country code, followed by the phone number: +62 361…..
    For international calls, dial 007 + country code + area code + phone number

    Time zone

    Indonesia has three time zones. Bali is located within GMT+8, Waktu Indonesia Tengah (WITA) / Central Indonesian Time.


    The climate of Bali is tropical, with high temperatures throughout the year. Daytime temperatures in Bali rarely stray from a minimum of 27°C / 77°F to a maximum of 30°C / 86°F. Be sure to bring wet-weather gear as well as sun protection.