Depending on passport and citizenship, there are following options of Indonesian visa, most visitors choose when they come to Indonesia provided, that main purpose is traveling as a tourist and not work or engage in any form of business:
- Free Visa (majority of countries (FREE entry, 30 days valid NOT extendable)
- Visa on Arrival (costs 35US$, 30 days valid, can be extended (once for 30 days)
- Social or cultural Visa (can stay 60 days, can be extended 3 times for 30 days each, issued by consulate or embassy outside Indonesia)
- Multiple Entry Visa (stay up to 60 days per visit, valid 1 year, issued by consulate or embassy outside Indonesia)
|List of countries: Free Visa Stamp – 30 days, NO extension possible|
|Allowed for: tourism ONLY|
|Antigua and Barbuda||Hong Kong SAR||Qatar|
|Bahamas||Jamaica||Sao Tome and Principe|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Lebanon||South Korea|
|Brunei||Lithuania||St Kitts and Nevis|
|Burkina Faso||Macau SAR||St Vincent and Grenadines|
|Commonwealth of Dominica||Marshall Islands||Thailand|
|Croatia||Moldova||Trinidad & Tobago|
|Egypt||Nauru||United Arab Emirates (UAE)|
|El Salvador||Nepal||United Kingdom (UK)|
|Fiji||New Zealand||United States (US)|
|Ghana||Papua New Guinea||Zimbabwe|
Visa on Arrival and Visa Extension in Bali (VoA)
The Visa on Arrival for Bali Indonesia, also referred to as VoA, has been the main visa, most tourists have used in the last decades to enter Indonesia. It has nothing to do with the newly introduced Free Visa Facility where citizens from the list above can enter Indonesia for free for tourist purposes if they do not stay longer than 30 days.
In the last couple of years, the government has changed the rules drastically in favor of the tourists, waiving the visa fee totaling tens of millions of dollars every year. Which is good news for the individual tourist, because they won’t need to pay the USD 35 anymore. However, Bali and the infrastructure department could do well with this money in the eyes of many observers. The government hoped, that the waiving of the visa fee, would motivate more visitors to come. We shall see if this will work out.
Currently: Only citizens from Libya will have to get a VoA if they stay 30 days or less.
All other Citizens from countries that are not mentioned on the “free visa list”, will have to apply for a Tourist Visa BEFORE coming to Bali or other cities to Indonesia. They need to apply for a visa in one of the consulates or embassies in their home country.
So why would you have to get a Visa on Arrival and pay 35USD for a Visa that also allows you only to stay 30 days?
Because the Free Visa can not be extended or changed in any form. You will need to leave before 30 days. The Visa on Arrival, however, can be extended.
Getting a Visa on Arrival voluntarily
Some visitors to Bali get a Visa on Arrival, even though they can enter Bali with the free visa and pay the USD 35 at the visa on arrival counter in the arrival hall at the international airport.
Visa on Arrival Extension
The reason is, that a Visa on Arrival can be extended once for another 30 days here in Bali with the help of a visa agent, without having to leave the country.
Therefore, if you want to stay longer than 30 days, (but less than 60 days!) and have not applied for a social visa abroad before coming here that would entitle you to stay up to 60 days, then you can buy the visa on arrival voluntarily. After a couple of weeks here in Bali, you can start the process of extending the Visa on Arrival, which takes around 7 business days, and is best handled with a visa agent.
Process to obtain Visa on Arrival
- no need to anything in your home country
- passport must be valid at least 6 months (no exceptions)
- Queue at Visa on Arrival Counter in Airport Arrival hall (before going to immigration counters)
- Pay USD 35 (AUD, IDR, EUR also accepted)
- Go to immigration counter and show your passport
Applying abroad for a Visa
Visa regulations, Bali, Indonesia
If you have a passport from a country that is not listed above then you have to apply for a visa abroad – in one of the Indonesian embassies or consulates. Visas are issued to those persons who are visiting Indonesia on government work, on business, for social-cultural activities and for holidays ( the purpose of visit). If you wish to stay longer than 30 days then you could apply for 60 days Visa – depending on your purpose of visit (e.g. sponsor letter needed). Note: A standard 30 days Visa on Arrival can be extended in Indonesia in one of the immigration offices (or with the help of an agent). 30 days free entry stamp cannot be extended.
For further information please contact the Indonesian Embassy in your home country. Make sure you start to apply a few weeks before your departure and get all necessary documents ready. Visas available: Single Entry Visa, Business Visa, Sociocultural Visa (Social Visa), Tourist Visa, Government (Diplomatic/Service Visa), Multiple Entry Visa, Temporary Stay Visa.