The government of Indonesia has changed its visa policy for foreign tourists effective February 1st., 2004.
Visiting Indonesia Without Any Visa
Entering Indonesia without any visa is possible now only for nationals of the following 11 countries and territories: Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
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. This stay permit cannot be extended or converted into another type of visa.
VISA on ARRIVAL (VoA)
This facility is now available for nationals of the following countries:
- All EU ccountries except Croatia
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Taiwan PRC
- Timor Leste
- United Arab Emirates
- USA, United States of America
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$35 and is extendable for another 30 days. You can go to the immigration office at the airport by yourself or hire a visa agent who will charge around 50 – 80 US$Rp for his 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)
It WAS PLANNED that Indonesia will waive visa requirements for Australia, China, Japan, Russia and South Korea starting 1st of Jan 2015. But it has not been implemented yet and it is uncertain when this will happen.
There are official government websites out there that still have different lists published. We can only refer to government information such as imigrasi.go.id hoping that this source is updated.
How to Obtain the “VISA on ARRIVAL” (VoA)
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 and the completed embarkation/disembarkation card they received from their airline. 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, this is very rare.
Arriving travelers with Visa-On-Arrival status have to go first to one of the “VoA Counters” to pay the appropriate fee and have their passports stamped with the VoA 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 to avoid long cues and problems at the counter it’s better to have the cash ready. After you land, make it quick to get to the payment counters, the cues can be really long, and after paying, you will have to cue again for the immigration process (which can take up to 2hours if you are unlucky). Although they just opened the new airport it can still take a painfully loooong time till you get to the conveyer belt to pick up your luggage.
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. For details of various types of Visa, please visit the page Visa of the Republic of 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 will be handed to you in the airplane, together with the arrival card, that you must fill in.
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.