Traveling to Bali used to be relatively easy, and so was trying to get a Bali Visa. This has no longer been the case since the Pandemic, so the information in this article has changed as far as what the Indonesian government is allowing at the moment. Continue reading my guide to Bali’s visa If you are looking to learn the normal procedures for acquiring a visa, continue reading. Otherwise, click here.
Normally, people who come here for business, family visits, governmental reasons, or work will have a bit more paperwork to do. And, while I do update this page often, it is ALWAYS best to check with the Indonesian embassy or immigration office nearest you.
Also, If you are traveling to Papua or West Papua provinces, a travel permit known locally as a “Surat Jalan” is required. Check advisories before making any travel arrangements to these areas. Your safety in these areas is unpredictable, and you run a high risk of being kidnapped due to political tensions linked with anti-government groups.
Can I travel to Indonesia during the pandemic?
Here are the exit and entry requirements as of now. Again, please check your embassy for the latest updates.
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, but only with an existing valid visa or residence permit.
- The Indonesian government has restricted foreign visitors from transiting and traveling to Indonesian Territory unless they are in possession of an existing valid visa or residence permit. Visa-free and visa-on-arrival entry for all foreign travelers, including U.S. citizens, remains suspended. The government has not indicated a timeline for when international visitors will be able to enter the country. Visit Indonesian Immigration (https://www.imigrasi.go.id) and the Indonesian Embassy (https://kemlu.go.id/washington/en) for updated visa and entry requirements.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- Holders of Visa on Arrival (B213) granted an Emergency Stay Permit can extend their permits for an additional 30 days unless the Indonesian government declares the COVID-19 pandemic over. The permit extension period for holders of VOA began on July 13 and the deadline is August 20, 2021.
“Always check with the closest Indonesian embassy for up to date information prior to your trip.”
What type of Visa should I get?
Visa on Arrival
If you plan to stay in Bali for 30 days or less than the VOA (Visa On Arrival) is a good choice for you. Simply show up with your passport, nothing else is needed. Most tourists are eligible for a Visa on Arrival at Bali’s airport, but you can check here. The VOA (Visa On Arrival) allows tourists to stay in Indonesia for up to 30 days, with a possible extension of an additional 30 days.
The requirements for this type of visa are a passport with at least two blank pages and valid for at least six months from the day you enter Indonesia, a return airline ticket (or departure ticket), and the visa processing fee. (VoA) which can be purchased at Ngurah Rai Airport is IDR500,000 (roughly USD$35). In total, with VoA you can stay in Bali for 60 days without needing to leave the country.
If you decide you want to extend it for another 30 days you can, just keep your original receipt from your first 30-day VOA. Either way, keep an accurate count of the days you’ve spent on the island. It is important to remember, 30 days is 30 days, not 31. Some people think their visa is good for a month which can end up with you having to pay penalties for overstaying your visa. It’s also important to know, you can work is allowed on a VOA.
Social-cultural Visa (Also known as: visit visa, visitation visa, sosbud, or Sosial-Budaya visa)
Travelers who are planning to reenter Bali multiple times, or who are coming to the island for business, family visits including fiance or partner, research, volunteering, or journalism, must apply for a Visitation Visa. These visas are generally valid for either 30 or 60 days but can be extended.
However, considering the visit visa has a maximum of 180 days (including the four extensions) the departure date from Indonesia cannot exceed the 180 days after the planned entry into Indonesia. Apply through the Embassy of Indonesia in person or via mail prior to traveling to Bali. Basic requirements include two passport-sized photos, a photocopy of your itinerary, proof of your employment status, and a copy of your most recent bank statement.
To get a visa if you are outside Indonesia you will need an invitation letter from your sponsor. This sponsor can be an Indonesian individual (fiance, girlfriend, boyfriend, friend, etc), an expat with a temporary (ITAS) or permanent (ITAP) resident permit, or an Indonesia-based institution.
Limited Stay Visa
Limited Stay Visas are for travelers planning to stay on Bali for an extended period of time. This type of visa allows foreign nationals to stay in Indonesia for a period of up to two years. Requirements include at least one blank passport page, a passport valid for at least one year from the date of entry and two passport-sized photographs. Applicants may drop off their materials or mail them to the Embassy with a prepaid return envelope.
Foreigners who plan to stay in a longer duration in Indonesia for purposes such as Working, Investing, Doing Research, Study, Being Dependant, Repatriation, Retirement, may choose this type of visa: Limited Stay Visa.
To obtain this type of visa, your guarantor in Indonesia needs to apply the Letter of Visa Authorization in the Directorate General of Immigration in Jakarta, Indonesia. Once the Letter is obtained, the Directorate General of Immigration in Jakarta will send an authorization letter that enables Indonesian embassy or Consulates to grant you the visa.
Limited Stay Visa (KITAS) is valid from 6 months to 2 years.
This type of visa is divided into several indexes that each visa index has different requirements.
- Limited Stay Visa for Working, index 311 & 312: application and guarantee letter, passport copy, bank accounts copy, a recommendation from Indonesian Ministry of Manpower. A guarantee letter may come from the company in Indonesia.
- Limited Stay Visa for Foreign Investment, index 313 & 314: application and guarantee letter, passport copy, bank accounts copy, a recommendation from Indonesian Coordinating Body of Investment.
- Limited Stay Visa for Research, index 315: application and guarantee letter, passport copy, bank account copy, a recommendation from Indonesian research institutions such as Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia (LIPI), Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Ristek). A guarantee letter may come from the university where you cooperate to do the research. Allow plenty of time to apply for this Visa.
- Limited Stay Visa for Education (Student), index 316: application and guarantee letter, passport copy, bank account copy, a recommendation from the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture. A guarantee letter may come from the University.
- Limited Stay Visa for Family Reunification, index 317.
a. For a wife/ husband of an Indonesian: application and guarantee letter, passport copy, bank account copy, Marriage Certificate Copy. Guarantee letter comes from your family;
b. For a wife/ husband of a Limited/ Permanent Stay Permit (ITAS/ ITAP) Holder: application and guarantee letter, passport copy, bank account copy, marriage certificate, husband/ wife ITAS/ ITAP copy. A guarantee letter may come from your family.
The KITAP is a permanent stay permit for foreigners living in Indonesia and is valid for five years. at the first renewal, you can apply for a subsequent life-long extension. You will still need to report back to immigration every two years to renew your MERP, and every five years to review the status of your sponsor.
How to Apply for a Visa to Indonesia
Go to the Indonesian Embassy website and select the type of visa that suits your travel plans. Choose from a tourist, business, social, journalist or research visa. Download and print out the appropriate application. Visa applications also may be picked up in person at consulates in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
Fill out the application in its entirety and make a copy. You must supply a detailed itinerary, including flight information and a document confirming employment, retirement or student status. Information required for other types of visas is found on the embassy website.
Apply for a single entry or multiple entry visa. Multiple entries allow visitors to enter Indonesia several times within one year, but for no longer than 60 days per visit.
Prepare a packet with the applications, a U.S. passport with at least one blank page and validity for at least six months after arriving in Indonesia, and two recent passport-size photos. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if mailing your application.
Purchase a money order for the application fee. In October 2020, Visa-on-Arrival: This is a $35 USD visa issued upon arrival valid for up to 30 days for tourism, family visitation, and other purposes. See the Indonesian Immigration’s website for more information. You may extend a Visa-on-Arrival one time for a maximum of 30 additional days, for another $35 USD.
Apply in person at the consulate nearest your home address or mail your application. Visas require about three days for processing when applied for in person and three to five days when mailed. Travel to Indonesia within 90 days of obtaining the visa.
Immigration Offices in Bali
Address: Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No.300 B, Tuban, Badung, Bali, 80361 Phone: (0361) 9351038 / (0361) 9357011(Office)
8430870 & 082247510018 (Information & Complaint)
081237654205 (SMS Gateway)
Fax (0361) 9357011 / (0361) 9351038
Mobile 08176572757 (Passport Service Information)
081805221485 (Residence Permit Service Information)
Email [email protected]
Guide to Bali’s visa
Jl. D.I. Panjaitan No.3 Kel. Dangin Puri Kelod, Kec. Denpasar Timur, Denpasar, Bali, 80235 Phone (0361) 227828, 231149, 265030 Fax (0361) 244340 Mobile 081916281381, 081234112012 Email [email protected] , [email protected] Website http://denpasar.imigrasi.go.id Facebook kanim kelas I denpasar Singaraja
Jl. Seririt Singaraja, Pemaron, Singaraja, Bali 81151 Phone (0362) 32174 Fax (0362) 31175 Email [email protected]
The list of countries that are eligible for a Free Visa Stamp 30 days (NOT extendable)
|Antigua and Barbuda||Hong Kong||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|
The list of countries that are eligible for Visa on Arrival- Guide to Bali’s visa
|19.||Finland||40.||Netherland||61.||United State of America|
|21.||Germany||42.||Norway||63.||United Arab Emirate|
The processing time for a Bali Visa on arrival is minimal; a separate line exists for these visas in the airport and most people won’t have to wait more than a few minutes. For Visitation and Limited Stay visas, the processing time can range between three to 15 days, depending on the nature of your travel to Bali. Hand-delivered applications will generally go through faster than mailed materials, with average processing times of about three days. Make applications in person at the embassy in Washington, D.C., or at a consular office in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago or New York City.
New regulations for overstaying visas in Indonesia
Previously, foreigners could be held in detention or refused permission to leave Indonesia until a fine of Rp 300,000, around US$21, per day was paid.
However, starting from 3rd May 2019, visitors who overstay their visa in Indonesia will face a daily fine of Rp 1,000,000, or roughly US$70, as per the Government Regulation No. 28 Year 2019.
Overstaying a visa in Indonesia for more than 60 days
Staying in Indonesia longer than your visa or entry permit allows is considered an overstay in Indonesia. There is an opportunity to pay a fine; however, the purpose of the regulation is not to provide an endless extension of your stay.
The difference between the legal consequences to someone who is overstaying less than 60 days and the one overstaying more than 60 days is simple. If you overstay less than 60 days you will receive a daily fine. However, if you have overstayed more than sixty days, you may face deportation, and even blacklisting.
Once you have overstayed more than 60 days, you will be questioned thoroughly by immigration officials. You will also no longer be welcome to re-enter the country for a certain time. Keep in mind that getting off the Indonesian blacklist isn’t an easy process. If you are already at this stage, it is always helpful to be humble and show regret about what has happened.
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