The government of Indonesia has changed its visa policy for foreign tourists several times in 2015. To the list of 15 countries that were granted visa exemption for several years another 30 and then another 45 countries have been added. On 1st of October 2015 Australia had been expected to be added to this list too. But as it turned out, this plan has been postponed once again.
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|
|Chech Republic||Lebanon||South Korea|
|Germany||Oman||UK (United Kingdom)|
|Greece||Papua New Guinea||Vatican|
|Initially the government of Indonesia planned to also add Australia to this list but decided at the end not to do so. In Sep Indonesia announced again to include Australia starting 1st of October but backed off again last minute on the 28th of Sep.|
|You will still have to queue in the immigration hall at the airport and obtain a stamp, because the length of stay is restricted to 30 days. But you do not need to pay anything nor queue at the visa on arrival counter for payment anymore.|
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. 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 have to pay for a Visa on Arrival.
VISA on ARRIVAL (VoA) – 35US$
This facility is available for nationals of the following countries:
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 currencies; one is not allowed to import or export Indonesian currency 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.