In 2020 the Bali Visa on Arrival (VOA) was revoked by Indonesian Immigration Authorities in a bid to restrict the free movement of people and the spreading of Covid 19. This had a disastrous effect on the tourist destination of Bali, leaving many without jobs, income or hope.
At the beginning of 2022, authorities slowly began to open the gates for selected nationalities and at the time of writing, 86 nationalities may now enter Indonesia and Bali using the VOA scheme. It has taken time, but the wonderful island of Bali is slowly recovering and coming back to life.
For those that don’t know how the Bali Visa on Arrival works, in this article we will do our best to comprehensively explain the current situation and everything you need to know!
Is the Bali Visa on Arrival Free?
Before the Covid pandemic, Indonesia offered a free visa for 169 nationalities. This visa allowed foreigners to enter Indonesian territories with no preplanned visa and allowed them to stay for no longer than 30 days.
There was another option back then that was called a Visa on Arrival, which allowed a limited number of nationalities to arrive and pay a Visa on Arrival fee of US$35 / 500,000 IDR. For foreigners that did this, they could choose to extend their visa by an additional 30 days if they chose by extending their visa.
Flash forward to now and a free visa is no longer an option, meaning that all foreigners entering Indonesia MUST pay the US$35 / 500,000 IDR fee.
Which nationalities may enter Indonesia using the Bali Visa on Arrival?
Presently, 86 nationalities may enter Bali using the Visa on Arrival. They are as follows:
- Bosnia Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- The United Kingdom
- The United States of America
- Timor Leste
- Vatican, and;
Are there any Visa on Arrival Exempt nationalities?
Presently, only a small amount of nationalities have the option of a free visa, they are Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Please note, that these nationalities only have a maximum validity of 30 days which is non-extendable. You cannot apply for any visa type onshore if you are using this visa.
Can I stay longer than 60 days using Bali Visa on Arrival?
You cannot stay longer than 60 days in Indonesia. You also are unable to apply for any other visa type whilst using this visa, therefore, if you want to stay longer or arrive and apply for a visa, you will need a Single Entry Visa. To find out more about the Single Entry Visa, check out this article: The Single Entry Tourist Visa – Everything you need to know
If I overstay my Bali Visa on Arrival, is there any penalty?
Yes, there is a penalty. Penalties for overstaying have increased from 300,000 to 1,000,000 IDR per day.
Is it okay to leave Bali and come back and use a Visa on Arrival again?
Yes, this is okay, but for multiple times this is not recommended. Immigration authorities may stop you and detain you. Additionally, countries like Singapore are making it harder for travellers from Indonesia to go forwards and backwards frequently, so if you do choose to do this method, ensure you spend time wherever it is you go to avoid potential issues with immigration.
If you do want to spend more time in Indonesia, we would simply recommend using a Single Entry visa. That way you save the headache of travelling forwards and backwards frequently and save on multiple flight costs.
How can I get a Bali Visa on Arrival extension?
There are 2 choices you can opt for; do it yourself, which would rather be time-consuming involving 3 trips to immigration offices or you can get LetsMoveIndonesia to do it for you. Check out the link to see how it works: Visa Extension Bali
How much is the Visa on Arrival Extension
Initially, If you choose to do it yourself, it only costs 500,000 IDR, but you need to travel back and forth to Immigration offices 3 times and navigate the queues.
Using LetMoveIndonesia our service fee is 1,000,000 IDR; however, you can either drop your passport off in any of our 3 offices located in Seminyak, Canggu & Sanur, or you can contact our team and we offer a free passport pickup/drop off service. You will still be required to go to an immigration office 1 time for a biometric session, but we essentially will save you 2 trips and a lot of hassle. Our staff will meet you at the immigration office and guide you through the process.
It may cost more to use us, but you can choose the value of your time. Are 2 trips and countless hours worth 500,000? Most people use LetsMoveIndonesia and spend more time enjoying their stay in Bali.
Have more questions about the Bali Visa on Arrival?
If you have any more questions about Visa on Arrival, kindly contact our team for a free consultation. WA: +62 812 9260 0590, T: +62 21 300 297 27 (Jakarta) T: +62 361 934 8343 (Seminyak) T: +62 361 939 9406 (Canggu), T: +62 361 280 789 (Sanur), E: email@example.com
To know the most complete and updated news about Bali Visa, check out our Bali Visa page!
Why get your Bali Visa on Arrival extension from LetsMoveIndonesia?
As the leading agency in Bali, we process more visas than anyone else. Our ethical values and transparent pricing have set us apart from our Bali predecessors and our dedication to improving our industry has revolutionized the way visas are dealt with in Bali.
Our founder, Gary Joy a British expatriate, is a problem solver and is set about improving expatriate services across the country. Furthermore, his passion honestly isn’t in visas, but it is in improving service levels and making Indonesia a safer place for foreigners to live, travel and work. Without his dedication to promoting fair and honest behaviour, agencies would still be taking advantage of foreigners.
With transparent price settings, other agencies can no longer get away with charging people different prices based on how rich they perceived you to be or their sales targets. Whilst the competition is now copying our prices and trying to follow our lead, the truth is simple, they wouldn’t be doing it if it wasn’t for Gary Joy’s vision to improve the industry.
LetsMoveIndonesia is proud to be the leader of Bali Visa services and was awarded the title “Best Visa & Business Consultancy in Indonesia” by the National Awards Foundation for our tireless dedication to promoting ethical values.