We will arive in bali in about three weeks and i have a few questions about immigration and airport security.
We will need to get a Visa on arrival. I suppose it costs 25USD per person. Do you think we will need to bring USD (exact change) with us or it is also easy to get money from an ATM machine right before passport control?
Always on the money topic: is it easy to withdrawl money in the kuta/seminyak and ubud area? What is the most trusted bank? Would you suggest to get a good amout of money once and just pay everything cash? Or is it possible/easier to pay with credit card in restaurant and shops?
I have read on wikitravel that Bali airport is one of the most corrupt airport in Indonesia and it happens often that officials, when leaving bali, claim that souvenirs require export licenses. Is that true? We would like to buy some souvenirs made by local craftsmen but do not really want to get in trouble.
One last thing and this may sound a bit silly. We have also heard horrible stories about travelers luggage being opened and filled with illegal items with the conclusion that they were arrested/stopped for long times at the airport. I know that this has not probably never happened in Bali, but since we will be arriving from Singapore and then leaving for Kuala Lumpur, would you suggest to travel only with carry on? We are used to travel light, but do you think this is necessary? Traveling with only carry on is nice because we would be moving easily but if we nut souvenirs then where would we put them?
Thank you very much to those who will help me on this!