Ngurah Rai International Airport - The Unofficial Airports Guide

Security at Bali Airport

Security has been beefed up at Ngurah Rai, in light of criticism from some international organizations. If you're prepared, the measures are not over-bearing or overly-intrusive. First and foremost, you are strongly advised to lock your bags. Despite increased security, pilferage from checked bags is still a problem in Indonesia. There is no need to use special "TSA" locks. Regular key or combination locks can be used.

Warning: I've received reports of pilferage taking place by the security screening staff at Ngurah Rai airport. Mobile phones seem to be the preferred items. I didn't take it too seriously until my last visit to Indonesia, when my mobile phone did a disappearing act from my carry-on bag. The only time the bag was out of my hands was for the security scans. My advice is: don't put your mobile in your bag; scan it separately in one of the trays provided so it's immediately obvious if it goes missing.

Departing passengers will face the following security issues:

  • Only ticketed passengers may enter the terminal buildings. You will need to show your ticket to the guards before entering the departure areas.
  • There is also a security screening to go through before you can get to the check-in counters. All bags must be scanned, as well as you. The screening has become somewhat strict. You may need to remove your watch, belt or shoes, but your laptop can stay in its case.
  • You must go through a second security screening to gain access to your gate. This screening is more strict. Liquid, aerosol and gel rules apply for this screening. Laptops and your bag of liquids should be removed from your carry-on bag. If you fail the first pass through the metal detector, security personnel will usually ask you to remove your belt and watch.


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