Visa Requirements for Entry to Indonesia
Original article at www.balistoreluggage.com
Before travelling to Indonesia, make sure you are aware of the most current Indonesian visa requirements.
Here are a couple of things to take note of when attempting to enter Indonesia:
- Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months from the day of your arrival into Indonesia.
- You must have at least empty page for the visa sticker. Passport-sized photos are not required to obtain a visa
Updated Visa Free list - October 2015
Travellers holding passports from the following 90 countries and territories are eligible to enter and remain in Indonesia without a visa for 30 days. The visa free facility does not allow the change into other permits or visa extension.
Algeria – Angola – Argentina – Austria - Azerbaijan
Bahrain – Belarus – Belgium – Brunei - Bulgaria
Cambodia – Canada – Chile – China – Croatia – Cyprus - Czech Republic
Denmark – Dominica – Ecuador – Egypt - Estonia
Fiji – Finland – France – Germany – Ghana - Greece
Hong Kong – Hungary – Iceland – India – Ireland - Italy
Japan – Jordan – Kazakhstan – Kuwait - Kyrgyzstan
Laos – Latvia – Lebanon – Liechtenstein – Lithuania -Luxembourg
Macau – Malaysia – Maldives – Malta – Mexico – Monaco – Morocco - Myanmar
Netherlands - New Zealand – Norway - Oman
Panama - Papua New Guinea – Peru – Philippines – Poland - Portugal
Qatar – Romania - Russia
San Marino - Saudi Arabia – Seychelles – Singapore - Slovakia - Slovenia
South Africa - South Korea – Spain – Suriname – Sweden - Switzerland
Taiwan – Tanzania – Thailand - Timor-Leste – Tunisia - Turkey
United Arab Emirates - United Kingdom - United States
Vatican City – Venezuela - Vietnam
Airports of Entry
Hang Nadim Airport
Juanda International Airport
Kualanamu International Airport
Ngurah Rai International Airport
Soekarno–Hatta International Airport
Seaports of Entry
Batam Center (Batam)
Sri Bintan Pura (Tanjung Pinang)
Visa free facilities for citizens of the above named countries can only be granted by immigration offices in the following locations:
Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta
Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar, Bali
Kualu Namu Airport in Medan, North Sumatra
Juanda Airport in Surabaya, East Java
Hang Nadim Airport in Batam
Port of Sri Bintan in Bintan
Port of Sekupang in Batam
Port of Batam Center in Batam
Port of Tanjung Uban in Riau
Based on the above, international cruise passengers arriving at the Balinese ports of Benoa, Celukan Bawang, Padang Bai or Tanah Ampo will not be extended the new free visa facility.
Australian tourists will still be able to purchase a 30-day visa on arrival in Indonesia for US$35.
The omission of Australia from the list of visa-free countries is currently under discussion between Ministers of the Indonesian Government and the Australian Government.
When counting the 30 days, you need to include both the date of arrival and your departure date.
On the final leg of your international flight into Bali, the airline stewardesses will give you two pieces of paperwork to complete before landing.
The first one is the customs declaration form which looks like this (click to enlarge);
If travelling as a family, you need only complete one of these customs declaration forms for your entire family.
Some of the import limits are;
- maximum 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 100 grams of sliced tobacco per passenger
- one liter of alcohol per passenger
- maximum Rp 100,000,000 (or similar amount in a different currency)
- fire arms, airgun, explosives... etc
Important: Indonesia has a death penalty on narcotics. For more information see Prohibited & Restricted Items.
The other document that you will need to complete is the immigration card which looks like this (click to enlarge);
When you come to the immigration window, the immigration officer will keep page 2 and 3 (arrival card). The officer will stamp and sign page 4 which you will need to keep. When you depart from Indonesia, the immigration officer will ask for page 4 (departure card).
You will want to put the departure card safely away and not lose it. However, if you lose the departure card, it isn’t a major drama as you can ask for a new card on day of departure and complete the departure side.
The Visa On Arrival fee is USD 35 per passenger regardless of your age (yes, infants will need to pay this fee as well). The official currency is US Dollars. Other currencies are accepted as well at the daily exchange rate. If using another currency, then any change will be given in Indonesian Rupiah. Credit cards are not accepted for VOA payments.
If you accidentally overstay your 30 day visa, you will incur a penalty of Rp 300,000 per day of overstay, payable at the airport prior to departure. If you fall into this trap, calculate how much you will need, before going to the airport, and have the amount ready, otherwise you will have to exit the building, find an ATM, and go back through the security checks.
If you plan to stay for more than 30 days you can extend your visa by another 30 days while in Indonesia. You need to start the extension process at least 7 days before your VOA expires. Failure to request an extension at least 7 days before expiry will result in a fine of IDR 300.000 per day of overstay and possible endorsement of your passport, refusing you entry to Indonesia for a set period.
This is the Visa On Arrival paperwork you will need to complete at the immigration office when extending your visa.
In Bali, the immigration officer will also take your biometric data when you extend (new for Visa On Arrival extensions as of 1 October 2014). Biometric data is a digital picture, scan of finger prints and your signature. Use an agent or else you will have to make 3 visits to Immigration. Get quotations from 2 agents so you know you are paying the correct fee. The price should be the Immigration Office amount plus the agent’s processing charge. Before handing over your passport, get a receipt. Any reputable agent will have a receipt book with their company name on it.