Frequently Asked Questions
Get yourself informed with the most essential and basic information, here are some most frequent questions Bali Internships’ team have compiled and answered accordingly. Answers that hopefully may convince you more whether or not Bali is the right destination for your internship abroad.
Internship in Bali during COVID
Can I come and participate in internship programs in Bali now?
Yes! The offshore visa application is now open for eligible persons as an entry permit during the pandemic towards national economic recovery as well as a family reunion, based on the regulation of Minister of Law and Human Rights No. 26 of 2020.
I am not currently studying/a student, can I join the internship program for experience?
Certainly, our internship programs are open for all interested individuals, who wish to travel while having meaningful experiences for both personal or professional growth.
What internship programs are open and available currently?
Bali Internships currently offer sixteen open and available internship programs for both national and international students who are still keen to come to Bali to intern, please see our current available internship programs here.
Will I have to undergo a self-quarantine when arriving in Bali?
It is possible, depending on the overall situation, therefore our program coordinator will ask you to consider arriving in Bali some days earlier than you originally planned. You may be quarantined when entering Indonesia, around 5 to 14 days and executed as a self-quarantine.
What do I need to prepare if I need to visit Bali now?
The government requires anyone travelling to Bali via Ngurah Rai international airport to present several documents:
- Statement of health indicating they are COVID-19-negative, which must be based on the results of a PCR test conducted by either a regional or government lab, or a lab designated by the COVID-19 task force in Indonesia.
- Statement of purpose and another statement from your host company, who is expected to be responsible for your time being in Bali.
- Completion of an application form on a site put up by the provincial government, which would generate a QR Code as proof for checking off this requirement.
How is the refund policy in case of travel ban due to the pandemic?
Due to circumstances changes and it would not be possible to enter Indonesia, you will have the following options:
You postpone your participation until the Indonesian border is open for international visitors (with B211A visa visitor) and you will arrive to start your internship as planned (with new internship starting date)
You postpone your internship to a complete new term and we will hold your internship program until the agreed and confirmed new term advised by you and acknowledged by Bali Internships and internship host company/program
Please note that the refund exceptions as stated above only apply in case traveling is made impossible by higher authorities. In other cases, such as sickness or withdrawal due to personal reasons, doubts, fear etc. our usual terms and conditions apply.
Visa/Enter Permit Traveling During COVID-19
What visa/permit a non-Indonesian intern must apply for?
International interns must apply for the social culture visa (B211A). This permits short term study, any educational short term visit purpose. Contact our program coordinator to find out more about the student permit, how much it costs, and how to apply.
How much does the intern visa cost?
The visa application costs starting from, more or less 60 Euro up to 330 Euro, depending on whether or not your future host company appoints external assistance from a visa agent or not. Contact our program coordinator to find out more about the student/intern permit.
Do I need to extend my visa in Bali?
Yes. You are required to extend your visa after the first 60 days of your stay, in total the social culture visa allows one to stay in Indonesia for 24 weeks in total. This means depending on how long your internship program is, you are required to extend the visa every 30 days after the first 60 days given. Visa extension costs starting from 30 to 60 Euros.
Where can I apply for my Visa?
As per the new immigration regulations, all visa applications are now done online. Your host company/appointed external visa invitor/guarantor will propose and request your visa application and approval. Contact our program coordinator to find out more about the student/intern permit.
What documents do I need for the visa application?
Valid passport, bank account statement of minimum 1,500 USD, approval verification from Directorate General of Immigration The Ministry of Law and Human Rights Indonesia or also known as a telex (telex will be requested by your host company). Contact our program coordinator to get more information.
Before applying for an internship program
Why are internships unpaid in Indonesia?
All internships offered are unpaid due to Indonesia’s strict immigration and department of labor laws and regulations. All interns are to be invited by legitimate host companies under a social culture visa which does not allow remuneration. To reward interns, most of Bali Internships’ host partners offer different forms of allowances, such as: free accommodation, meals, visa extension fee, vouchers, scooter rental fee and so forth. Any agent or host company promoting a paid internship in Indonesia under social culture visa, is acting against Indonesian immigration law. All parties involved will face serious trouble with fine and/or deportation.
Can I apply for an internship even if I do not speak Indonesian?
Yes, you can also apply for an internship in Bali even if you do not speak Indonesian. You should, however, not forget that Indonesian is the official language.
How many hours will I be working as an intern in a week?
In general interns are assigned to comply with the office's working days and hours. Monday-Friday, 7 hours a day (one-hour lunch break in addition), Saturday and Sunday are off for all interns to relax and enjoy the beauty of the island.
How do I apply?
What happens after I paid the registration fee and applied?
You will receive an initiation email from our program coordinator and will be given further information and details on: your host company profile and interview schedule with the company.
Will I receive support upon my arrival and during my stay?
Definitely! Both your Bali Internships and your future internship host company will assist you accordingly prior and during your internship in Bali. On your first day of internship our team will accompany and guide you.
Program Placement Fee
How much is the internship placement fee?
What does the registration fee cover?
- Dedicated support & advice from our program coordinator
- Personal assessment to direct you to the right host organization
- Connecting you to the most suitable host company
- Detailed information about arriving and living in Bali
- Coordination of arrival & program duration
- Website maintenance
What does the program fee cover?
- Internship placement & alternative suggestions
- Arranging contract and required documents between intern and company
- Organizing invitation letter and assistance with visa application
- Organizing travel planning
- Accommodation proposals
- Organizing scooter rental
- Airport pick-up
- Arrival package incl. SIM-card and welcome dinner voucher
- Orientation into culture and living in Bali
- Introduction to the company at the first training day
- Emergency support & support during your internship
- Information about events and intern meetings
- Feedback & satisfaction assessment
- Assistance with visa extension after arrival in Bali
When do I have to pay the program fee?
When your internship is confirmed, after the interview conduct.
When is the latest date of payment of the program fee?
After the invoice is being sent, interns will be given 14 working days to settle the final program fee payment. For more information about the final payment or installment, please contact our program coordinator.
How can I pay the program fee?
Before arriving in Bali
What vaccinations are recommended for Indonesia?
You should check your vaccinations for Tetanus, Measles, Polio, Diphtheria, and Hepatitis A. The bigger cities and the touristic centers of Bali and Java are said to be free of Malaria. Because there are so many free-roaming dogs and cats on Bali, the vaccination against rabies, especially for animal lovers is recommended.
Where do I stay during my internship in Bali?
Accommodation options for students are bottomless. Bali Internships offer interns to arrange accommodation per request. Accommodation are often suggested located in the same region as one internship placement, Bali Internships will arrange your future accommodation based on your desired location, budget and standard.
Can I withdraw money in Bali?
You can withdraw money in Bali at ATMs with an international debit or credit card (Visa, Cirrus, Master). Please ask your bank about international fees. You can pay via credit card in restaurants, banks, travel agencies, supermarkets . However, it is recommended to take cash, especially if you want to travel to the more rural areas. Currency in Indonesia is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR).
What about the average costs of living?
The costs of living naturally depend on your lifestyle. Nevertheless, Bali is more affordable compared to European cities, cities in South East Asia like Jakarta and Singapore. Especially food, services and restaurants are cheap yet still offer good quality meals. You should expect to need approximately 500 EUR per month for all expenses such as accommodation and scooter rental fees, meal, drinking water, visa extension fee, internet mobile data for example.
Can I use my mobile phone or smartphone in Indonesia?
Of course. Just bring your SIM-LOCK free mobile/smartphone and get an Indonesian prepaid card. We provide local SIM cards for free for our clients. Country code for Indonesia: 0062
Do I have access to the internet?
In most accommodations, cafés, restaurants, and convenient stores in Bali offer WIFI, you can surf the net and check your emails regularly. You can also purchase affordable monthly internet data for your local SIM card. Price starting from 3 Euros for 2 GB data for 30 days.
Do my electrical devices work in Indonesia?
Indonesian plugs have 220 Volt. However, there are still some older plugs with only 127 Volt, however if you are not going to a rather rural area the Schuko plugs should be fine.
Can I ride/rent motor vehicles in Bali?
To drive motor vehicles in Bali you must possess an “International Driver’s License“, which needs to be presented when renting any motor vehicles.
Can I take a bus to my host company or to travel around?
Sure, there is a public bus system (Sarbagita bus), which you get from Nusa Dua on the south to Ubud district. However, the buses run on the main streets of Bali and are therefore rather tardy. To cope with smaller distances, there are also the so-called bemo, which are mostly used by locals. Another reliable mini bus is called Kura-kura bus which is more accessible but a bit more pricey than the local bemo, you may buy a one week pass to travel the island and see the route they offer on the website. In general, Balinese and people who live in the island mostly use scooters as means of transportation, and local online public transportation such as Gojek and Grab.
What are the things that are open and operating right now in Bali?
Since August 2020 public places are starting slowly to open, popular places such as beaches, natural tourist attractions, fitness centers, malls, restaurants, and shops of course with adjusted health protocols when entering indoor public spaces (temperature checks and mask use).
More info needed?
If that wasn’t much of a help and your questions are more specific, please, don’t hesitate to contact us!