Information before you go
Make sure you double check if you need an Indonesia visa when you go for a holiday to Bali. Chances are you can buy it upon arrival at the airport or sea port or that you won't need one (mostly Asian countries) at all. In all cases your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months and like many other countries, proof of your onward or return tickets is a compulsory when you arrive in Bali.
Besides figuring out if you need a visa and what type, your passport must have at least one blank page available for a visa stamp. So for those who love traveling and have collected a lot of nice stamps along the way, check if you have any space left.
So when do you need a visa?
If you are traveling on a passport issued by the following countries, then you will be given a maximum 30 day visa free permit: Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region), Macau SAR (Special Administrative Region), Malaysia, Marocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam.
Remember, in this case you are only allowed to stay in Indonesia for 1 month. You can not apply for an other visa to extend your stay.
Arrange a tourist visa on arrival at Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali
Nationalities of the following countries need to arrange a visa to enter Bali or any other port of entry in Indonesia: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Surinam, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan Territory, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the USA.
If you are holding a passport from Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Iraq, Isreal, Leberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lana or Zimbabwe then you need to apply for an Authorized Visa. For requirements check the website of the Indonesian embassy.
So which visa do you need?
First decide what your travel plans are. Will you be staying in Indonesia for a short period of time only? Then you need the most common visa: Visa Upon Arrival (VOA).
This visa is valid for 30 days and cannot be extended for another type of visa. Overstay visitors will face a penalty of US$20 a day for the first 60 days. If you stay over 60 days, punishment is more severe. You can face a five year prison sentence.
The Visa on arrival fee is US$ 25 per person. If you arrive at the airport there are small payment counters were you can obtain one. These are located just before the immigration desks, where they check your passport. You can pay by card or by cash. The latter is hassle free, especially if you have the exact amount of money on you and you pay in US dollars.
After a long flight you just want to get the visa a quickly as possible
Do you wish to stay longer then just 30 days?
Then you need to head to the Indonesian embassy before you leave. At the embassy you can apply for the Visit Visa, a visa that is only valid for a maximum stay of 60 days from the date of entry into Indonesia but it is extendable once you are there. In Bali you can even find a lot of visa agencies that can help you extend this visa for an additional fee.
Once the Visa is issued by the Indonesian embassy, it needs to be used within 90 days. If you do not enter Indonesia within those three months you need to apply for a new one. Besides a valid passport you need to show an invitation letter to the Indonesian embassy together with the visa application form. Generally a Visit Visa costs US$45. For more details on the visa application requirements visit the Indonesian embassy website.
Both the Visa Upon Arrival and the Visit Visas are not multiple entry visas. So once you exit Indonesia you need to arrange a new visa again to re-enter.
Immigration and Visa Service agencies can help you extend your visa
If you aren't traveling to Indonesia for leisure purposes then you might need an other type of visa. Again, go to the Indonesian website to get all the information you need.
Once in Bali, always make sure you are able to get hold of the embassy contact information of your own country. They can help you out with other issues such as passport loss.
Make sure you have enough Rupiahs left to pay for the 'good-bye Bali' tax of 150.000 Indonesian rupiah. This has to be paid in cash at the check-in counters so don't spend it on your last nasi goreng or souvenirs before you leave the island. When you take a domestic flight you'll pay 30.000 Indonesian rupiah.
One last thing or two. This doesn't directly have anything to do with the Indonesian visa but we just want to warn you that bringing drugs into Indonesia is illegal. The Indonesian authorities are very serious about it since you are likely to receive the death penalty.
It's also prohibited to carry any sea shells, pieces of coral, souvenirs made from turtles or snakes such as handbags in your luggage. Even when you stroll along the beautiful beaches in Bali and find some interesting pieces of coral don't put them in your luggage as cute souvenirs. You will end up paying a huge fine when you arrive back home.
So don't be tempted to buy it, it's nicer to see it in the wild than to place it on a dusty shelf...
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