If you are going for a quick holiday in Bali, then a 30-day entry Visa on Arrival (VOA) is the one for you, whereas if you are planning on studying, having a work-related business trip or relocating permanently, you will need to prepare your visa before booking your flight ticket.
VISA-FREE ENTRY ON ARRIVAL
According to Directorate General of Immigration Indonesia, citizens from the following countries can enter Indonesia visa-free for short visits of up to 30 days.
- Hong Kong SAR
- Macau SAR
- South Korea
TOURIST VISA ON ARRIVALA tourist visa is available for up to 30 (thirty) days and costs US$35.00.Tourist and Transit Visa on Arrival is available for nationals of following countries:
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- Slovak Republic
- South Africa
- Taiwan PRC
- Timor Leste
- Uni Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom (British)
- United States of America
Nationalities not listed above should obtain a visa prior to departure.
VISA NEEDED (applying abroad before arriving in 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 (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). A 30 days free entry stamp cannot be extended.
Tourist visas are valid for 30 days, your arrival day is counted as your first day, and you must leave the country on the 30th day.
Tourist visas may only be extended due to natural disaster, illness or accident, and cannot be transferred to another type of visa.
Visa on Arrival is usually not extendable and not convertible into other types of visa.
Overstay visitors incur a penalty of US$20 per day for under 60 days over-stay. More than 60 days over-stay may incur a 5 (five)-year prison sentence or a fine of IDR 25.000.000.
Your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 (six) months from the date of entry into Indonesia.
Please note that tourist visas do not apply to foreigners/expatriates (including members of their family) who are assigned/based in Indonesia.
You can get a 60-day visa in your home country (you have up to 3 months from date of application to enter Indonesia where you will then get your 60 day stamp) or at one of the countries close to Indonesia like Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Singapore.Usually takes about 3 days and you will need a passport that has at least 12 months left on it, two passport photos, photocopy of the first page of your passport and money to pay for the 60 day visa.
NOTES – What to do after landing at the Airport?
You’ll need to go through 4 different areas before you can get out of the airport: Immigration, Baggage Claim, Customs, and Arrivals.
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Immigration and Visa on Arrival (VOA)
Before landing, you’ll be given an Arrivals card. Complete this on the airplane.
When landing at the Bali/Denpasar Airport, you will be directed first to buy a Visa on Arrival ticket in the Immigration Hall.
The ticket is sold from booths that have a ‘Visa on Arrival’ sign above them, at the price of US $35.(You may also pay in Indonesia rupiahs. However,the exchange rate at the VOA desk is poor so it’s better to pay in US dollars). And prepare themoney as there are no ATMs in the customs hall.
Then, you bring the ticket to an Immigration official. They will take your Arrivals card, VOA ticket and stamp your passport.Part of the Arrivals card will be returned, stamped with your arrival date, and marked for a 30-day stay. Do not lose this piece of paper since you need it for the departure.
If you have a 60-day tourist visa, you don’t need to use the Visa on Arrival procedures. Go directly to the Immigration queue on the far right that says Tourist Visa.
After passing through the Immigration, you’ll be at the Baggage Claim.
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Baggage claim is a bit of a hassle because this is when many touts (or the so-called luggage porters) would suddenly show up and ‘help’ you, pulling your bags off the carousal and strapping them on their back or over their head.At first, this might seem like a nice Balinese hospital gesture. But as soon as they putyour stuff in the taxi and look at you with their puppy eyes, you will come to realize that all these ‘hospital gestures’ are just ways for ‘some guys’ to get your tips.
So, to avoid this scam, quickly find your baggage after clearing immigration. In case someonehasalready pulled it off the carousal for you, thank them and insist on carrying it yourself.
Collect your luggage and now you will go through the Customs.
You have to pass your luggage through a metal detector, and sometimes may have your bags searched.
In Indonesia, it’s prohibited to import fresh fruit, weapons, pornography, products made from endangered species, printed stuffwritten in Chinese characters, Chinese medicine and drugs. You are allowed 1liter of duty-free spirits or wine. Alcohol costs four times as much as the Duty-Free price, so it is not a bad idea to pick up something at the Duty-Free on your way out.
Once passing the Customs, you are now officially in Bali!
You’ll walk down a short hallway that is lined with moneychangers and a few tourist-booking operations.
Changing money here is a good idea if you need to. The rates are competitive and reliable. You need to be careful of the other moneychangers in Bali. It’s best to use the ATMs.
After that, you’ll walk out of the airport,into a “gated” arrival area and see all manner of people standing around the fence trying to get your attention.
And now, welcome to Bali!