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Samyama Meditation Center – Bali, Indonesia
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Frequently asked questions

For retreat guests and TTC participants

Do i need to get a visa to come to Bali? What about quarantine?

As of April 2022, people with passports from the following 60 countries are allowed a 30-day Visa On Arrival:

 

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria
  • Belgium

  • Brazil

  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia

  • Canada

  • China
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • East Timor
  • England
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia

  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Myanmar

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Philippines

  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Seychelles

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa

  • South Korea
  • Spain

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Taiwan
  • Thailand

  • Turkey

  • Tunisia

  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)

  • United States
  • Vietnam

 

  • Visa: VOA (Visa on Arrival) is available and you do not have to quarantine.
    The price for VOA is $35 USD or 500.000 IDR

  • VOA is valid for 30 days and can only be extended for 1 time or a total of 60 days. VOA can not be converted to other visas, so once the VOA extension expires, you have to leave the country.

If you are not a passport holder from one of the 42 Countries above:

  • Visa: You must apply for a B211A Visa. The cost is $375 US and requires a processing time of up to 15 working days.
    From the date of issue, you will have 90 days to enter Indonesia, and 60 days to remain in the country from the date of arrival. There is an option to extend for up to 4 additional months at an approximate cost of $60 per month.

To apply for a visa, or to check the most up-to-date information, please contact a visa agency in Bali.

    Where is Samyama located?

    Samyama is located south of central Ubud, in the Banjar of Kumbuh, MAS. We are about a 5-10 minute drive to the center of town and a 20 minute walk. Our neighbors include local “warungs,” or cafe’s, other resorts and villas, a fabulous health club, one of the best restaurants in Ubud and more. In walking distance you will find an ATM and small shops with basic necessities. We are a 1 hour drive from Denpasar International airport (may vary with traffic conditions).

    How do I get to Denpasar international airport?

    As of April, 2022 there are limited international flights landing in Bali. If you are having trouble finding flights, search for flights to Jakarta and then make a domestic transfer to Bali. Flights between Jakarta and Bali are going every few hours and are low cost.

    What’s the weather like?

    Bali’s climate varies from the coast to the mountains. Ubud is 600 meters above sea level and enjoys lower temperatures than the coast. January is the hottest month with an average temperature of 29 degrees celsius, 84 degrees fahrenheit. July is the coolest month with an average of 26 degrees celsius, 80 degrees fahrenheit. You will experience lovely “summer temperatures” here year round. From October to March, you might find yourself in a refreshing tropical shower but it will pass. The humidity is higher during those months so plan accordingly. During the dry season between April and September, it is cooler but the sun is strong so don’t forget your sunscreen.

    What do I need to bring with me?

    Let’s start with what you don’t need to bring first. There will be towels available in each room. We also provide soap that is refilled regularly. Please bring your required set of personal hygiene items but don’t worry in case you forget something. There are plenty of shops and you can buy practically anything in Ubud. Some things are more expensive here, such as feminine hygiene products and sunscreen. It is not hard to find organic products but they are also slightly more expensive. Please note that only the villa rooms provide hairdryers so please bring one if necessary. Comfortable and light clothes that are easy to wash and dry will come in handy for your daily practice. Otherwise you won’t need a lot of garments other than t-shirts and shorts, light dresses, sarongs and skirts, and of course flip flops. It can get cool in the evening, especially on the back of a motorbike so bring a light sweater or long sleeved shirt. Bring sneakers if you want to enjoy the mountain trekking the island has to offer, and don’t forget your bathing suit!

    Can I buy everything in Ubud?

    Prices on your typical groceries including tropical fruits are most likely to be cheaper than back home. There are Circle K’s, Indomarts and Delta Dewata markets that are open 24 hours. For early risers, there are local open-air markets with local prices. The closest supermarket, Popular, is about a 5 minute drive, or a 20 minute walk. The supermarkets like Popular and Coco’s cater more to tourists so the prices are higher but they have everything from groceries to clothing to electronics in case you forgot your phone charger.

    Do I need to bring a yoga mat and towel?

    Yoga mats and other supplies are available at our center, though feel free to bring your own. When using the Samyama mats, we recommend bringing a sarong to place on top of the mats for hygiene purposes. Fresh towels are also provided both in your rooms and in the healing center.

    Is it safe?

    Yes. Bali is a safe place in general, and Ubud in particular. The staff at Samyama are very helpful and warm, and the place will begin to feel like a home where you can relax and not worry. We do recommend wearing a helmet whenever on a motorbike.

    Are there mosquitoes?

    Perhaps because of our location, or because of the bats that eat them, mosquitos are not a big problem here. They only come out for about an hour around sunrise and sunset. We provide natural mosquito repellant onsite for evening practice and it can be purchased in any pharmacy or market nearby.

    How about internet and local mobile?

    You can easily acquire a prepaid local SIM card at the airport or in town. All SIM cards are 4G ready allowing you to browse Internet at very reasonable speed and rates. There’s also free WiFi throughout our center and in most restaurants and cafes.

    What about laundry?

    Laundry service is not included in the price of the retreat. Samyama staff can arrange for an outside laundry service to pick-up and drop-off. There is also a reliable laundromat a few steps down the road from Samyama where you can drop off and pick up the next day. Rates for doing laundry are quite cheap, however when using outside service providers, it’s best to avoid bringing expensive clothes just to be on the safe side. If you prefer to hand wash your garments, there is a drying rack in the villa and in the garden of the main center.

    Do I need to bring cash?

    Local currency in Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah. Unless you want to avoid international ATM fees, you don’t need to bring a lot of cash with you. Banking infrastructure is well developed in Bali. There are safe and reliable ATMs nearby that accept all types of cards, VISA and Mastercard preferred. You can also exchange your home currency at the airport or at any bank easily. Most businesses and restaurants accept credit/debit cards with a minor surcharge, including Samyama.

    Are airport transfers provided?

    A one-way Airport transfer is included in the price of our retreat and TTC packages. Please send full guest name, arrival date, time, and flight number at least 24 hours prior to arrival. Transfers are provided only to and from Denpasar airport. If you are renting the venue, please contact us to arrange for your group prior to arrival.