Originally Posted by Row1
Has someone any first hand, recent experience? I understand that this port of entry is quite corrupt and there are some traps for the unwary. Any information would be much appreciated.
I´ve done this the other way, airfreighted my bike from Denpasar to Perth in March 2008.
I´m sure it´s do-able the other way, too, but as you probably know already, Indonesian customs can bring you a headache. I met a few bikers there, who had been having huge problems with them, even though they claimed they had carnets and all (but their worries were in Jakarta and Surabaya, not in Denpasar). The airport did not appear so badly corrupt to me, in fact it was quite straightforward.. (except our freight agent was somebody, who usually ships furniture, had never sent a bike before, and it really showed!)
It seemed to me like most of the troubles of entering Indonesia were happening at ports of entry, that are not commonly used. The customs don´t know the procedure or something. This is why I would probably go for the East/West Timor border crossing (..or Belawan, if coming from Malaysia), those are probably the most frequently used ones.