Free Visa Entry for 30 days
The government of Indonesia has changed its visa policy for foreign tourists several times in 2015 and 2016. During 2015 and early 2016 Australia had been expected to be exempted. But as it turned out, each time the government postponed leaving even immigration officers in confusion. Finally, in March 2016, Australia has been exempted and every Australian can enter for free for 30 days, like the other citizens from 140 countries!
Visiting Indonesia Without Any Visa
1. Visa exemption – Visiting Bali, Indonesia
|List of countries: Free Visa Stamp – 30 days, NO extension possible|
|Allowed for: tourism, business, government, social cultural visa|
|Hong Kong SAR||Myanmar||Thailand|
|Visa exemption for tourism purpose ONLY|
|Antigua and Barbuda||Honduras||Puerto Rico|
|Argentina||Hong Kong SAR||Qatar|
|Bahrain||Jamaica||Sao Tome and Principe|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Latvia||South Africa|
|Bulgaria||Lithuania||St Kitts and Nevis|
|Burkina Faso||Luxembourg||St Lucia|
|Burundi||Macau SAR||St Vincent and Grenadines|
|Commonwealth of Dominica||Malta||Tanzania|
|Cuba||Moldova||Trinidad & Tobago|
|El Salvador||Nauru||United Arab Emirates|
|Ghana||Papua New Guinea|
|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.|
Citizens of the above countries will be issued on arrival a stay permit for 30 days free of charge upon presentation of a passport which is valid at least for another 6 months. Make sure your passport has at least one empty page for the stamp (or sticker). This stay permit cannot be extended or converted into another type of visa.
NOTE: If you arrive on Bali from abroad with a FREE STAMP entry, please note that this is not a Visa On arrival and therefore CANNOT be extended. You will have to leave after 30 days – no matter what. If you intend to stay longer you can – also if you are not obliged to – still get a Visa on Arrival and pay for it. Because, this Visa CAN be extended once within 30 days for another 30 days, (at the immigration office at the airport or you use the service of one of the many visa agents)
Australian citizens will no longer have to pay for a Visa on Arrival.
VISA on ARRIVAL (VoA) – 35US$
This facility is available for nationals of the following countries. However, even if you are eligible for a free entry stamp, if you want to extend your stay for another 30days you would need to enter with a VoA, which you can do on your own accord. Just go to the counters accordingly after arrival.
Citizens of these countries will be granted a VoA valid for 30 days upon arrival in Bali, Jakarta and other international airports (by ship at a limited number of Indonesian sea ports). A 30-day visa costs US$35 and is extendable for another 30 days. You can go to the immigration office at the airport by yourself or hire a visa agent who will charge around 50 – 80 US$ for this service per passport. Be aware that Immigration officials calculate the 30-day period as follows: your arrival day is counted as your first day, and you must leave the country on the 30th. (or 60th. day! in case of extension)
How to Obtain the “VISA on ARRIVAL” (VoA)
All travelers from the above countries must be in possession of a passport which is valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival. They must sometimes also be able to prove they have sufficient funds for their stay in Indonesia, if the immigration officer has doubts that they can. Sometimes it is necessary to show them the return ticket or confirmation slip. But since travelers can book easily online now and on short notice, and people carry credit cards, this happens very seldom
Arriving travelers with Visa-On-Arrival status have to go first to one of the “VoA Counters” to pay the appropriate fee before proceeding to the Immigration Clearance Desk. Payment of visa fees can be made in US Dollar or Indonesia Rupiah, AUS$, or EUR. Sometimes other currencies are accepted and even credit cards. But to avoid long queues and problems at the counter it’s better to have the cash ready.
Requirement and Types of Visa Before Arrival
Citizens of countries neither on the VoA nor Visa-Free lists are required to apply for a visa overseas BEFORE travelling to Indonesia. Nationals of ALL countries planning to stay for more than 30 (or respect. 60) days in Indonesia also have to apply for the appropriate visa type (tourist, business, social-cultural, etc.) at an overseas Indonesian Consulate or Foreign Mission before departing for Indonesia.
Weapons, narcotics and pornography are prohibited to bring into Bali. Pets are strictly banned to prevent the spread of rabies.
Alcohol & Tobacco
You are only allowed to bring a maximum of one liter of alcohol, 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 100grams of tobacco and a reasonable amount of perfume into Indonesia. Photographic equipment, typewriters, laptop computers and radios are admitted, provided that they are taken out on departure. All these should be declared via a customs declaration form that must be completed before arrival. The form might be handed to you in the airplane, otherwise there is a counter next to the conveyor belts where you pick up your luggage.
Another subject is the import and export of money; one is not allowed to import or export cash amounts exceeding Rp. 100 million. In addition, the export of national treasures is frowned upon – genuine antiques, tortoise shell, crocodile skins and ivory are not to be taken out of Indonesia.