News: Australia finally exempt from Visa Fee! More:
Free Visa entry & VOA - Visa on Arrival:
Depending on your passport there are three options to enter Indonesia that apply to most travelers that come for tourist or social purpose only:
|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|
|Australia: Earlier in March 2016 President Jokowi finally signed the decree approving the much awaited visa exemption for Australia. However, after being let down so many times, the news was hardly mentioned in the media even though it was officially announced.|
|Finally the status has been approved and the regulations been put into action. Since March 21st Australians (and Brazilians) also get a free entry stamp that is valid for 30days.|
Until mid of 2015 the Visa on Arrival regulation applied to most countries. In order to increase visitors coming to Indonesia the ministry of tourism decided to change the rules boldly, and waived the visa fee for most countries, hoping that more tourists will come. Whether a visa cost of 35US$ was truly a deal breaker for tourists to come to Indonesia will have to be seen. So far, the income Indonesia lets go of, (35US$ for around 3mio foreign tourists every year) is quite substantial for this country, which needs urgently funds for improving infrastructure.
Fact is, citizens from the above list of countries will not have to pay or apply for any type of visa, if they come to Bali for holidays (no work) and not stay longer than 30days.
|Following nationalities cannot get a free entry stamp but still have to obtain at least a Visa on Arrival. (Costs: US$35)|
|30 days, extendable at the immigration office for another 30days.|
|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 (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.|
|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, Socio-cultural Visa (Social Visa), Tourist Visa, Government (Diplomatic/Service Visa), Multiple Entry Visa, Temporary Stay Visa|
How many days can you stay with a Visa on Arrival or a free stamp?
You would not be the first one attempting to leave Indonesia assuming that you are spot on, but as it turns out, the immigration officer surprises you with a smile asking you for some extra cash - you overstayed.
Good to know:
- The VoA and free stamp is NOT VALID FOR ONE MONTH. It's 30 days
- The day of arrival counts as day one
- The day of departure also counts as a full day
Even if you leave or arrive 5 minutes after midnight, that "new" day will be counted as a full day.
Example: If you arrive on the 15th of March at 00:20 in the morning, you would have to leave Indonesia latest on the 13th of April before midnight.
If you overstay you will have to pay a penalty of 300.000Rp per day. Up to 3 days is usually no problem, you will simply pay the fee at the immigration counter without getting hassled (stay polite at all times and say you miscalculated or run into troubles catching a bus from Java, etc).
Many tourists who want to maximize their holidays "on the last day" end up paying the additional fee (penalty) because they wrongly assumed, that the visa was valid for a month. So watch particularly the months that have 31 days.
Good reasons for overstaying?
If you have good and valid reasons for overstaying longer than 3 days (e.g. hospitalization, flight cancellations due to volcanic ashes, strike, etc.) then you still pay the penalty but you won't get hassled even if you overstayed for 2 weeks (higher forces were at work). However, make sure to bring the necessary documents with you, that can proof your valid reasons.
We have gathered a few helpful tips for you regarding the airport at Bali, Denpasar (DPS). Things have really improved in 2015. Queues are getting much better, less people have to pay for visas, no more need to fill in the immigration card, no need to pay passenger tax separately. However, it's still good to know some of the dos and don'ts at the airport.
Staying longer - extending
If you know already beforehand that you would stay longer in Indonesia than 30 days then you might want to consider to apply for a 60day visa already abroad.
Or, You can enter also on a Visa on Arrival (VoA) whih is valid for 30 days, but can be extended here on Bali at the immigration offic or with the help of one of tha many agents. So remember, EVEN IF you come from a country that allows you to enter on a 30day free entry stamp, IF YOU WANT TO STAY LONGER you cannot do so with a free stamp. So get a Visa on Arrival anyway and pay the 35US$, because this can be extended ONCE without you having to leave the country. Local visa agents help if you do not want to go on your own to the immigration office for this extension. There are many agents on Bali that offer this kind of service (cost ca. US$ 80).
Technically you can also decide to simply "overstay" and pay a "fine" when leaving (IDR 300.000 for every day that you overstayed - see above).
Here on Bali, go to a visa agent and obtain a sponsor letter (ca. US$ 20) and leave the country to e.g. Singapore (flight ca. US$100) or KL. Another agent in Singapore with whom your local agent is in touch, will help you to get a 60days social visa (ca. US$ 150 incl. agent), which takes at least one day to process (same day express service might be possible for an extra charge.
So technically you could do something like that:
Arrive on a Visa on Arrival - 30days (not the free stamp!)
Extend once the VoA - 30 days, here on Bali
Ask a visa agent to help you to get a social visa, and leave for Singapore for one or two days, get an extra - 60 days
If you wish to work in Bali you will have to get an INDONESIAN company that sponsors you. This company will have to APPLY for you for a KITAS (limited stay permit card) and IKTA (the actual work permit).
Indonesia, particularly Bali is becoming much more strict nowadays with checking at the immigration at the airports the travel documents of people that come very often to Bali or leave for a couple of days to Singapore or KL and come back as tourists again.
The gateway for getting a work permit in Indonesia and to work on Bali, is the company that will employ you. Your sponsor.