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:

  • 1. No Visa required (majority of countries - FREE entry, 30 days valid, NOT extendable)
  • 2. Visa on Arrival (35US$, 30 days valid, extendable (once for 30 days)
  • 3. Visa needed (apply abroad before arriving in Indonesia)
  • Arriving at Bali Airport International

    Once you landed at the international terminal, this is how you get through the airport:

    • It's not a bad idea to move reasonably quick towards the arrival hall and maybe go to toilet after the immigration check. This will avoid you being last in the queue - which can be quite long
    • Keep your passports ready (6 months valid, enough space for the sticker)
    • Fill in Tax Card ready (stewardess will give them to you or pick one up in the arrival hall)
    • If you do not need VoA or if you have already obtained a visa abroad you can queue directly at the immigration counters
    • Pay for Visa on Arrival (VoA) counter and pay US$35
    • At Immigration counters line up according to the appropriate signs (Internat. passports, Indonesian etc). It is always advisable to stay calm and polite. Service improved in 2015 and waiting time has decreased significantly.
    • No more Fast Track Service available! The Head of the Bali Regional Office of the ministry of “Justice and Human Rights”, I Gusti Kompiang Adnyana, made a strong statement end of Nov 2014, that there will be no more immigration officers who will take extra money (bribery) to help foreigners jump the queue.
    • When you have passed through immigration go towards the conveyor belt (check the number on TV screens according to your flight number
    • Grab a trolley and collect your luggage. There are porters around that can assist you. They will get your luggage, escort you to your car, taxi or pick up service and help you load the vehicle
    • Go through customs towards the exit sign and give them the tax card. You will only need ONE for PER family. Make sure you do not bring more then $10,000 CASH and of drugs. You could end up enjoying an all-inclusive holiday in Bali's Kerobokan prison for a very long time
    • You will have to put all your luggage and hand luggage through a scanner
    • If the officers don't pick you for a luggage check you can exit the airport
    • There are official money changers (rates are OK) just when you get out, and an ATM machine. You might need some Indonesian Rupiahs to pay the taxi. Best to get it right here
    • You will see MANY drivers and hotel staff holding up name signs as they wait and page for the guests who booked a airport pick-up to be dropped to numerous hotels and villas.
    • If you have arranged a pick up and you can't find your name, don't give up. The driver might just be sitting on the floor checking his sms or playing a game
    • If you have not yet arranged a pick-up, no problems, walk towards the&n TAXI SERVICE counter

    Please check the country lists below, to see what visa regulations for Bali Indonesia applies to you.

    Note: Passengers from cruise ships arriving in Benoa, need to be aware that the immigration office at the harbour has no visa free facility. This means you still will need to apply for a Visa on Arrival.

    Key Facts on Immigration and Visa on Arrival for Bali and Indonesia

  • Free Entry - Visa exemption for more than 140 countries
  • Free Entry stamp valid 30 days, cannot be extended
  • Visitors making use of the visa exemption must enter from certain Airports or Seaports in Indonesia to get free entry stamp
  • Visa on Arrival (VoA) for Libya obligatory, all others CAN get it
  • Only Visa on Arrival can be extended on Bali once (at Immigration office)
  • Many Visa Agents can help for VoA extension
  • Day of arrival counts as day one
  • Day of departure counts as full day
  • VoA US$ 35 per person
  • To pay VoA, queue at the counter before immigration
  • Passport must be always valid 6 months
  • Keep a page on passport empty for stamp or visa sticker!

  • Calculating the Days - Overstaying in Indonesia

    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.

    1. Visa exemption - Visiting Bali, Indonesia

    List of countries: Free Visa Stamp - 30 days, NO extension possible
    Allowed for: tourism ONLY
    Albania Guatemala Philippines
    Algeria Guyana Poland
    Andorra Haiti Portugal
    Angola Honduras Puerto Rico
    Antigua and Barbuda Hong Kong SAR Qatar
    Argentina Hungary Romania
    Armenia Iceland Russia
    Australia India Rwanda
    Austria Ireland Samoa
    Azerbaijan Italy San Marino
    Bahamas Jamaica Sao Tome and Principe
    Bahrain Japan Saudi Arabia
    Bangladesh Jordan Senegal
    Barbados Kazakhstan Serbia
    Belarus Kenya Seychelles
    Belgium Kiribati Singapore
    Belize Kuwait Slovakia
    Benin Kyrgyzstan Slovenia
    Bhutan Laos Solomon Island
    Bolivia Latvia South Africa
    Bosnia and Herzegovina Lebanon South Korea
    Botswana Lesotho Spain
    Brazil Liechtenstein Sri Lanka
    Brunei Lithuania St Kitts and Nevis
    Bulgaria Luxembourg St Lucia
    Burkina Faso Macau SAR St Vincent and Grenadines
    Burundi Macedonia Suriname
    Cambodia Madagascar Swaziland
    Canada Malawi Sweden
    Cape Verde Malaysia Switzerland
    Chad Maldives Taiwan
    Chile Mali Tajikistan
    China Malta Tanzania
    Commonwealth of Dominica Marshall Islands Thailand
    Comoros Mauritania Timor-Leste
    Costa Rica Mauritius Togo
    Cote D’Ivoire Mexico Tonga
    Croatia Moldova Trinidad & Tobago
    Cuba Monaco Tunisia
    Cyprus Mongolia Turkey
    Czech Republic Morocco Turkmenistan
    Denmark Mozambique Tuvalu
    Dominican Republic Myanmar Uganda
    Ecuador Namibia Ukraine
    Egypt Nauru United Arab Emirates (UAE)
    El Salvador Nepal United Kingdom (UK)
    Estonia Netherlands Uruguay
    Fiji New Zealand USA
    Finland Nicaragua Uzbekistan
    France Norway Vanuatu
    Gabon Oman Vatican City
    Gambia Palau Venezuela
    Georgia Palestine Vietnam
    Germany Panama Zambia
    Ghana Papua New Guinea Zimbabwe
    Greece Paraguay
    Grenada Peru
    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. Indonesia hopes that by waiving the visa fee for so many countries, more tourists will come. Whether a visa cost of 35US$ was truly a deal breaker for tourists to book their holidays 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. 

    2. Visa on Arrival, VoA, for Bali and Indonesia

    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.

    3. 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 (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