The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has announced on 24th March 2016, that the Visa requirements for Australian citizens visiting Indonesia have changed. The Indonesian Government has introduced visa-free short visits (30 days) for Australians to Indonesia. Although there is no start date indicated and the Indonesian Kabinet announcement appears to be only available in Bahasa Indonesia, we understand that the law approving the inclusion of an extra 79 countries was officially signed by President Joko Widowo (Jokowi) on 2nd March 2016 and announced on 10th March 2016 for implementation on 21st March 2016.
With the end of year holidays coming up, Bali looks to retain its number one spot with Australian travellers and it is important to remember you need a visa. Visitors wishing to stay for 30 days or less are advised to apply for their Visa on Arrival, available from most airports and seaports, valid for a single entry. This visa currently costs AUD35.
Recently there have been indications that the Indonesian government is looking to reduce or remove the fee altogether. As soon as any reduction or removal of the fees is announced, we will carry the news here.
Currently citizens of 11 countries (mostly in ASEAN) enjoy Visa Free access for short stays.
Tourists to Indonesia wishing to stay longer than 30 days will need to apply for a tourist visa at the Consular Section of the Indonesian Embassy. The Visa costs AUD60 and the fee is non-refundable. This visa will allow you to stay for up to 60 days and does not allow travel to Papua and Poso.
According to Immigration statistics, people leaving Australia during September was about double the number of arrivals. Many of those leaving were taking advantage of school holiday breaks and the top destination was Bali, followed by the United States, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Thailand.
This article has been updated as it is planned that the fees will be waived from January 2015.