Indonesia attracts millions of tourists every year. It’s known for its critically acclaimed surf, thousands of beautiful islands, colourful culture and affordable living costs. Many people visit Indonesia for a quick holiday, while others want to stay for longer. Whether either are the case for you, you’ll need to be informed on the tourist visa requirements for your stay. Below, we have answered some frequently asked questions about Indonesia Visa and Visa extension advice.
Do I need a visa to visit Indonesia?
If you are a national of any of these 169 countries (found here) and you are staying in Indonesia for less than 30 days you are exempt from needing a tourist visa. You simply just get off the plane at one of these 124 airports (see below) and queue in immigration to enter. Please be aware that this free 30 day visa is not extendable, so if you are unsure of your travelling plans and how long you will be staying it is safer to obtain the extendable visa (available on arrival for a fee- see below).
What if I’m staying for longer than 30 days?
If you are staying for longer than 30 days you will need to obtain a tourist visa. You can either apply for this from your home country via an Indonesian embassy or you can get a visa on arrival from any of the 124 airports listed below. This visa on application will cost you $35 and is extendable, for a price, if you wish to stay for longer. All you have to do to get this visa on arrival, is to go to the pay desk in immigration once you arrive.
What options do I have to extend my 30 day visa?
If you are planning on staying in Indonesia for longer than 30 days you will need to extend your 30 day visa up to 7 days before its expiry date. Although this is not an official requirement, it is advised as visa extension processes have been known to take a long time and it pays to overstay.
We have listed a few options for those who need advice on extending their 30 day Indonesia visa. If you know that you are going to be spending more than 30 days in Indonesia, the best option would be to apply for a 60 day visa from your home country. Obtaining this visa before you arrive can save you a huge amount of time and stress.
Go to an immigration office and extend your visa yourself
If everything runs smoothly (remembering you are in South East Asia) you can extend your visa yourself in three days. Usually the process goes like this:
Go to one of the many immigration offices located around Indonesia (find the full list of immigration offices here). Bring with you copies of your passport, plane ticket and visa on arrival. Fill out your visa application and hand it in. You will get a receipt that informs you of when to return to pay for your extension. This is usually the next day.
Your photograph and fingerprints will be taken on your second trip. You will also pay for your visa extension, this usually costs $35 USD or 350,000 rupiah. The photos and fingerprints are also included in the extension fee. You will receive another receipt that tells you when to return to pick up your passport.
On the day stated by the receipt, head to the immigration office to pick up your passport. Don’t forget your receipt! Once this is complete, you have an extra 30 days in Indonesia.
Extend the visa via an agent
For some, the thought of using 3 days of their trip to go to the immigration office doesn’t seem ideal. Luckily, there are many agents located around Indonesia that offer a service which will do it for you. This does cost around 3 times the price and you should be aware that if you need the visa extension done urgently, it could cost you up to 1,50000 rupiah for a one day service. If you aren’t in a rush, the process usually takes around 3 days and the regular service costs 1,000000 rupiah. All you have to do is give over your passport and a copy of your plane ticket and have photographs and fingerprints taken. From here, the agent will do the rest. It is a pretty easy option and one we would reccomend in our Indonesia visa advice!
Some good visa agents:
Fly out & Fly back in
For those who have left it too late to get a visa extension have a final option. It may sound a bit of an ordeal but it is another way of obtaining those extra 30 days. All you have to do is purchase a flight ticket, either to Singapore or Kuala Lumpur (as those are usually the cheapest flights), and fly out and back in within the same day. You could even spend a few days in Indonesia’s neighbouring countries if you like! You do have to ensure you fly back in via any of these entry points to obtain another 30 day visa:
- Bali: Denpasar
- Java: Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Solo
- Nusa Tenggara: Kupang (Timor), Mataram (Lombok)
- Sumatra: Banda Aceh, Medan, Pekanbaru, Padang, Palembang
- Riau Islands: Batam
- Kalimantan: Balikpapan, Pontianak
- Sulawesi: Makassar, Manado
Once you’ve done this, you’ll be able to go through either on a VOA [if you plan on staying for longer than 30 days again] or for free if you are a citizen of the 169 countries as stated above. This may not be the most convenient way to extend your visa but it tops our Indonesia visa extension advice if you are about to overstay.
What happens if I overstay?
If you overstay your visa by a few days, you will have to pay an official fine of 300,000 rupiah per day when leaving. Usually everything goes smoothly if you do overstay and there are no issues with paying the fines. If you overstay for longer than 60 days however, matters will be taken more seriously. If there is any chance that you may overstay you should do a visa run as it will be the quickest and easiest way to obtain another visa.