This post was last updated on July 9th, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Before you pack your bag or suitcase and leave for Indonesia, it is advisable to check whether you need a visa. One of the easiest ways is the tourism purpose only visa. Passport holders from 170 jurisdictions can travel through Indonesia for 30 days without a visa. We created a world map with visa requirements for every country, take a look here:
Visa for Indonesia
Since June 2015, persons from most countries receive a free 30-day visa upon arrival in Indonesia. This visa is not renewable, so you must leave the country after 30 days. You will receive a tourism purpose-only visa. In fact, it is no more than a stamp in your passport.
- This visa is free and valid for 30 days. NOT for a month;
- The day of arrival counts as day one;
- The day of departure also counts as a full day;
- It is NOT renewable. A VOA (Visa on Arrival) is.
Indonesia Visa Requirements
Getting a free 30-day visa at the border does not mean that you do not have to prepare for it. They are quite strict in terms of visa requirements so pay attention to these visa requirements:
- Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months upon arrival.
- You must be in possession of a return flight or a flight to your next destination.
- If you are flying in you must arrive at an international airport.
- If you come by boat you must come in through one of the following ports; Sri Bintang Pura (Tanjung Pinang), Batam Center (Batam), Sekupang (Batam), Tanjung Uban (Tanjung Uban).
Indonesia Visa on Arrival
Do you want to stay in Indonesia for longer than 30 days? Then you can indicate this upon arrival at the airports. You must then purchase a Visa On Arrival (VOA). You can also arrange it in advance at the embassy or online visa office.
The VOA can be extended by 30 days so you can stay in Indonesia for a total of 60 days.
State this immediately upon arrival, otherwise they will give you a “normal stamp” and this is not renewable. The VOA is, but it costs 500,000 IDR (US$37).
How does it work?
You cannot buy a Visa On Arrival at every airport. This is only possible at the following airports:
- Banda Aceh ➜ Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport
- Medan ➜ Sumatra
- Silangit Lake Toba (Sisingamangaraja XII International Airport) ➜ Sumatra
- Padang ➜ Sumatra
- Palembang ➜ Sumatra
- Pekanbaru ➜ Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport
- Batam ➜ Hang Nadim Airport
- Jakarta ➜ Java (Sukarno-Hatta)
- Jakarta ➜ Java (Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport)
- Bandung ➜ Java (Husein Sastranegara Airport)
- Yogyakarta ➜ Java (Adi Sucipto Airport)
- Semarang ➜ Java (Ahmad Yani Airport)
- Surakarta ➜ Java (Adi Sumarmo Airport)
- Surabaya ➜ Java (Ir. Juanda Airport)
- Pontianak ➜ Kalimantan (Supadio Airport)
- Balikpapan ➜ Kalimantan (Sepinggan Airport)
- Manado ➜ Sulawesi (Sam Ratulangi Airport)
- Makassar ➜ Sulawesi (Hasanuddin Airport)
- Denpasar ➜ Bali (Ngurah Rai Airport)
- Mataram ➜ Lombok
- Kupang ➜ East Nusa Tenggara (El Tari Airport)
In addition, make sure you have the following:
- A passport that is still valid for at least six months;
- A ticket that shows that you are leaving Indonesia;
- US$37 per visa.
After arrival at the airport, look for a Visa on Arrival counter. Tell them that you do not want a Visa-Free Entry, but a Visa On Arrival for 30 days. This is not very common, so indicate that you do this so that you can extend the visa again. Hopefully, the customs officer will understand!
Pay the US$37 (500,000 IDR) and you’re good to go!
Pay attention to the stamp that you get in your passport. The Free Visa and Visa On Arrival are similar and if you get the wrong stamp (Free Visa) you CANNOT renew it. Only the Visa On Arrival can be extended (once).
Extending Your Visa On Arrival
Unfortunately, with a Visa On Arrival, you cannot immediately indicate at the airport that you want a visa for 60 days. To extend your Visa On Arrival you have 2 options;
- You do it yourself;
- You do it by using a Visa Extension Agent in Indonesia (preferably in places like Yogyakarta, Jakarta and Bali)
How to Apply for a Visa On Arrival Extension
It is cheaper to extend your visa for Indonesia (VOA) yourself, but it also takes a lot of time and it will cost you 3 trips to an immigration office (Kantor Imigrasi). It goes like this:
Take the following with you: passport, copy of passport, copy of airline ticket, a BLACK-COLORED pen and passport photos. Also wear shoes and long pants; this is mandatory.
- STEP 1 – Find the nearest immigration office;
- Fill in all forms that you must complete;
- Wait about 2 hours before you receive a paper with your 2nd appointment;
- STEP 2 – Return to the immigration office for the 2nd appointment (they determine the date themselves);
- They have photos taken, you have to hand over your fingerprints and, of course, pay the IDR 500,000 (US $37) p.p.;
- Receive the collection receipt with which you can collect your passport a few working days later;
- STEP 3 – Go back with your collection ticket to get your passport.
Please note – This entire process can easily take up to a week.
TIP – For more information read our article on extending your visa on arrival in Bali. Here, you will see the complete process which is similar for many immigration offices around Indonesia.
Use a Visa Extension Agent in Indonesia
You can also have your VOA renewed by a Visa Extension Agent in Indonesia. These are not available everywhere. Often only in large places such as Bali and Jakarta, so check in advance where they are. The Visa Extension Agent arranges everything for you, for around US$50 per visa, varying per batch.
Bali Viza is such an organization. They will also collect your passport and deliver it to your accommodation.
Overstaying Your Visa
If you know that you will be staying in Indonesia for more than 30 days, arrange a visa for Indonesia that is valid for longer or extend your Visa On Arrival once by 30 days. You can also choose to pay the fine for an overstay:
- The fine for overstaying your visa is currently IDR 1,000,000 (~ US$74) per day.
An overstay of up to 3 days is generally not a problem. You still have to pay, but they don’t act too difficult about it. Are you overstaying longer than 3 days? Then they can act more difficult at customs.
Other Visa Possibilities
In addition to buying a Visa On Arrival, you can apply for a visa for Indonesia in several ways that allow you to stay in the country for longer than 30 days. This is a so-called Visa Run or you can arrange your Indonesia Visa (online) before departure.
Online Visa Bureau
You can choose to arrange your visa online in advance. This is useful if you already know exactly when you are leaving and coming back. Keep in mind that the costs are often slightly higher.
A Visa Run means that you are not actually extending your visa, but are applying again. It means that you go to another country and come back to Indonesia and, therefore, get a new visa. Bangkok, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur are handy (and cheap) destinations.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Although we try to describe the visa procedure for Indonesia as clear as possible, you may still have questions. That is why we have listed the most frequently asked questions below.
Yes. You can get a free visa on arrival for a 30-day stay in Indonesia. If you want to stay longer than 30 days you will need to apply for a visa at your consulate.
Photo requirements: Use a light gray, light blue, or white (smooth) background. Use the official format (35 mm width x 45 mm height). Make sure the photo is similar to your passport photo. Attach the photo to the application form with a paper clip.
Adjustment to the requirements: We are aware of the latest developments in the rules and requirements that a country imposes on a visa photo. It can happen that a country decides to adjust the requirements for taking the photo. Therefore, always take the form that you receive from your consulate with you when you have the photo taken. In general, the consulate is the first to receive the new rules.
That is a bit of a gray area. Officially, you must have booked a return ticket, although in reality this is seldom checked. We cannot make any statements about this since it depends on who you meet at customs. One customs agent asks about it, but another might not. To be safe, we recommend having a travel ticket.
The visa is valid for 30 days, not a month.
No, that is not possible. If you want to stay in Indonesia for 31 days you must apply for a visa. In fact, even if you are in Indonesia for 30 days and 20 minutes (because you are flying home at 00:20 a.m.) you also need a visa.
The day of arrival counts as day 1, whether you arrive at 3:00 p.m. or 00:01 a.m. From the moment you get stamped, the 30 day count will start. Example: if you arrive on the 1st of January at 3:00 a.m., you must leave on January 30.
You can overstay your visa but we recommend against doing so. For every day that you stay longer than 30 days, you have to pay a 1,000,000 IDR (~ US$74) fine. If you are 3 days late, they don’t make much of a problem. Have you overstayed your visa period for more than 3 days? Then they will start asking questions.
Yes, Indians can get a free visa on arrival for 30 days.