Indonesia has a fairly complicated visa policy due to the number of different visas available to tourists. Furthermore, the rules changed after the pandemic began which complicates finding reliable information online.
Between the outdated information, the government’s confusing rules, and the recent introduction of a glitchy online visa portal, making sense of Indonesia visa requirements is troublesome. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place!
In this article, you will find everything you need to know about:
- Indonesia’s visa policy and requirements
- Eligibility for visa on arrival
- The difference between the various tourist visas and which one is right for you
- How to apply online, on arrival, or at an embassy
- Which visas are extendable and how
- The prices of different visas
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Only 10 countries are visa-exempt for Indonesia – all ASEAN states plus Timor Leste.
These 10 plus 87 additional countries are eligible to apply for a Visa on Arrival (VOA) or Electronic Visa on Arrival (eVOA). These two types of visas (also branded B213) are equivalent and almost identical in their use and specifications. Use of VOA or eVOA is only possible at certain points of entry. They are valid for 30 days, extendable once.
All ordinary passport holders except for a select few countries, are eligible for the standard single-entry visitor visa (also called B211A) under certain conditions outlined in detail below. It is valid for 60 days and is extendable twice. This is sometimes referred to as the Indonesia digital nomad visa.
The visas so far mentioned are all single entry. Multiple-entry visas exist but are not intended for use by tourists.
Each visa has its own set of requirements outlined in its respective section. Nonetheless, there are a few common requirements for all types of visas and as well as visa exemption:
- Have at least 6 months validity remaining on your passport
- Have an onward or return ticket
- Enter through a designated port. These may vary from visa to visa
Your return ticket may or may not be inspected. It’s good to be prepared even if your plans are flexible. Book an onward ticket before you travel for peace of mind.
All COVID restrictions were dropped in June 2023. A vaccination certificate is no longer necessary to enter Indonesia.
Indonesia has dozens of visa types. However, for tourism purposes, there are three main ones: visa or arrival (including one obtained online), and single-entry visitor visa. Some nationalities can enter visa-free.
Check out the table below for the main characteristics of these visas:
|How to extend?
|Where to get it?
|On arrival at eligible ports of entry
|500.000 IDR (~35$)
|On arrival at eligible ports of entry
|500.000 IDR (~35$)
|Single-entry visitor visa
|1.500.000 IDR (~105$)
|Online or at an embassy
Indonesia changed its immigration law in 2015 to give many countries a visa exemption. This was reverted at the beginning of the pandemic. The only countries to regain visa-free access to Indonesia in 2022 were its ASEAN partners and Timor-Leste.
The visa exemption is not extendable and not transformable into any other type of visa. This is the reason why some may still obtain an extendable visa for a longer trip.
Nationals of these 10 countries are visa-exempt for up to 30 days:
- Timor Leste
Designated ports of entry
There are 16 airports, 95 seaports, and 11 overland borders that allow visa-free entry. Check the updated list on the official Indonesian Immigration website.
Visa on Arrival (VOA/B213)
Nowadays, most travelers to Indonesia obtain a visa on arrival. It is the easiest and the cheapest option for most short-term tourists.
The visa on arrival is valid for 30 days. The day when you land is considered day 1 and you must leave on or before day 30 (this date is usually stamped or manually written on your passport).
The visa costs 500.000 IDR which is around 35$. It’s payable on arrival in Indonesian Rupiah or most other popular foreign currencies (USD, EUR, GBP, etc), albeit at an unfavorable rate.
The visa is extendable once for an additional 30 days.
This must be done in person at the nearest Kantor Imigrasi (immigration office). If done by yourself, it takes 3 visits to the immigration office.
Various agents online and offline offer to facilitate the extension for a fee. If you decide to go this route, you will only need to visit an immigration office once.
Passport holders from 97 countries can obtain a visa on arrival (VOA). These are:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
Designated Ports of Entry and Additional Requirements
There are 15 airports, 91 seaports, and 12 overland borders that allow visa-free entry. Check the official list here.
Strictly speaking, there’s a requirement to be “financially sufficient” during your stay, but in practice, nobody ever asks for such proof.
Procedure at the Border
When you arrive at the border, look for the designated Visa on Arrival desks. On busier airports like Bali’s Denpasar (DPS) or Jakarta’s Soekarno Hatta (CGK), there are often queues from 5 minutes up to an hour.
When it’s your turn, give your passport and pay. If you pay in foreign currency, they will do the exchange for you on the spot. The rate is not good.
Then proceed to an immigration desk. Piece of cake, apart from the possible waiting.
Electronic Visa on Arrival (eVOA/B213)
The electronic visa on arrival is a bit of a misnomer. You apply for it online before your trip, then on arrival present the authorization document and receive a stamp in your passport.
It is a relatively new option, first introduced in November 2022. It’s almost identical to the regular VOA – it is the same cost, the same duration, and the same countries are eligible.
The two main ways in which it’s different are the way you get it and the way you extend it.
Obtaining an eVOA online
The only website where you should apply for the e-visa is the Molina Imigrasi webpage of the Indonesian government. Do not use any other websites – they will charge you extra at best and turn out to be scams at worst.
Although you can apply for the eVOA as a guest, I strongly advise you to create an account first. This will save you a big headache if you later decide to extend it.
Applying is straightforward and similar to other countries’ online visa portals. A few things to look out for:
- Make sure your passport picture is clean, has no glare and the file is under 250 kb, otherwise it will get rejected.
- Pick the 30-day visa on arrival option, code B213.
- The address you put doesn’t really matter, just use the first hotel you will stay at. Only write the postcode and the rest should populate automatically.
- Pay within 2 hours of submitting your application, otherwise, it becomes void.
- Save the PDF file on your phone to show to immigration on arrival.
I recommend following this detailed Indonesia eVOA article as a guide to apply for your eVOA.
Extending eVOA online
The reason why you should choose the eVOA over the VOA is that it’s extendable online in less than 5 minutes! No more trips to the immigration office or paying an agent extra to do it for you!
To do that, log back to the Molina website. That’s why it was important to create an account! If you didn’t, scan the QR code at the bottom of the PDF file and proceed from there.
Once on the welcome screen, click EXTEND, follow the prompts, pay, and you’re done!
Double-check the date of expiry of the extension. You must leave on or before that date.
At the border, just show the PDF of the extension confirmation – the officer will check it in the system and stamp you out.
Single-Entry Visitor Visa (B211A)
The single-entry visitor visa, or B211A is the most popular among long-term tourists and digital nomads. It’s initially valid for 60 days and extendable twice for a maximum stay of 180 days.
It is also the only short-term tourist visa option for countries that are not eligible for the visa on arrival. The B211A is open to all nationalities, EXCEPT FOR:
- North Korea
These countries need a special Calling Visa.
It is possible to convert the B211A to an ITAS (Limited Stay Permit) within Indonesia. This is viable for long-term residents only.
Obtaining the B211A online
Since July 2023, the Single Entry visa is no longer obtainable onshore.
This means that you must get this visa while outside of the country (offshore).
The best way to obtain a single-entry visitor visa is through the Molina Imigrasi website. There, the visa is coded as “211A” with the “B” missing. This is because it used to be non-extendable. This changed in September 2023. Now 211A and B211A are identical and both extendable.
Another government website is Online Visa Approval. However, it’s intended for use by sponsors and companies bringing foreigners to Indonesia, not individuals. It is best (and cheaper!) to use the Molina website.
The application process is similar to the one for the eVOA. Just pick “Tourism single-entry visitor visa 60 days” from the dropdown menu when prompted.
The required documents you must submit are:
- Passport valid for at least 6 months
- A recent color photograph
- Proof of having at least US$ 2,000 or equivalent. This can be a bank account statement.
The visa costs 1.500.000 IDR (~105$) payable immediately after submission.
Obtaining the B211A from an agent
Any agent in Indonesia, especially in Bali can apply for a B211A visa on your behalf. If you apply via an agent, the documentation needed is minimal. That’s because the agent uses their financial proofs instead of yours.
Agents charge about 2,500,000-3,000,000 IDR for applying B211A visa on your behalf. They usually need a picture of your passport ID page and a digital passport-size photo.
In 2022, I used Indonesian Gate to obtain my B211A visa. It’s owned and managed by a local and a westerner. They were recommended by many on the Bali expat Facebook groups.
Obtaining the B211A at an embassy
While the visa is the same, obtaining it at an Indonesian embassy abroad may be subject to different requirements than the one online. It is best to check with the embassy in your country for precise and up-to-date information. Requirements may also be different at different embassies!
The most common additional requirement is a sponsor letter from a registered tourist agency or hotel.
Extending the B211A visa
The B211A is extendable twice for 60 days each. An extension costs the same as the visa itself – 1.500.000 IDR (~105$).
The single-entry B211A visa is NOT extendable online!
This may change in the future as more options are added to the Molina website. This is however a personal speculation, so don’t rely on it.
Unfortunately, extensions are not an easy task. They are not quick either. Start the process at least 10 days before the expiry date of the initial visa.
As long as you’ve initiated the extension process, you will not be fined if your original visa expires.
Extend using an agency
Many go to Indonesia and don’t want to bother with administration, documents, and mundane trips to immigration. Understandable. If that’s the case, just pay someone to do it for you!
I recommend Indonesian Gate but you can also look online or ask the community in Bali and you will quickly find many options.
You will still need to make 1 trip to immigration to have your biometrics taken.
Usually, the procedure goes like this:
- You contact the agency and give them your passport. They bring it to immigration to start the process;
- A few days later they call you to go to the immigration office for biometrics;
- Another few days later they collect your passport and bring it back to you.
Extend it yourself
If you want to save some money, do the extension yourself.
In total, you will have to make 3 trips to immigration:
- Bring your passport and fill in an extension application form;
- Wait for a call and go back to do biometrics;
- A few days later go back to collect your passport with the visa extension.
The whole process takes 7-10 days.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a vaccination certificate to visit Indonesia?
No! Since 9 June 2023, no vaccination requirements are in place.
What happens if I overstay my visa?
There is a fine of 1.000.000 IDR (~65$) per day of overstay. It is payable at the border in cash. Unless you’ve overstayed a huge amount of days (30+), a fine is probably all you’ll get – no black stamps, no bans. Don’t risk it – leave on time.
Can I travel inside Indonesia without my passport?
While waiting for an extension, your passport will be at immigration. Don’t let this stop you from exploring Indonesia!
You can travel to other provinces and take domestic flights without your passport. Just take a clear picture of your passport and the visa stamp. If using an agency for the extension, they will also provide a confirmation letter.
Can I travel outside Indonesia and come back on the same visa if I didn’t use the maximum number of days?
No. All tourist visas are single-entry. Leaving Indonesia voids the visa regardless of the visit duration.
Can I enter Indonesia a second time on a new visa?
Yes, you can. That’s called “doing a visa run”.
A visa run means leaving the country and reentering on a new visa to reset the allowed stay. Many visitors to Bali and Indonesia in general do it all the time. The most popular destinations for a visa run are Malaysia and Singapore.
Can I do a same-day visa run?
There are no official rules stating the minimum necessary time outside of Indonesia before you can reenter.
Nevertheless, immigration (both Indonesian and foreign) generally frown upon same-day return. I strongly advise that you spend at least 1 day, preferably 3, outside of the country to avoid suspicion.
What is the best Indonesian visa for me?
Let’s assume you’re eligible for all the visas listed in this article. This is the quick answer:
- If you’re going for fewer than 30 days – get the VOA at the airport
- If you’re going for 30-60 days – get the eVOA and extend it online
- If you’re going for more than 60 days – get the single-entry B211 visa and extend onshore