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Which Indonesian visa do I need for Bali?

February 13, 20248 minute read
Indonesian Visa, Denpasar transit & transfer

As of January 2024, only passport holders from ASEAN member countries may enter Indonesia without obtaining an Indonesian visa. However, there are reports that passport holders of Australia, China, India, South Korea, the US, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Russia, Taiwan, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, as well as other Middle Eastern countries may be added to the list. However, no time frame is yet available and we are currently unable to confirm this on the official Indonesian Government Immigration website. Once we can confirm the decision, we will share the information. Check below for new information on the Bali Tourist Levy.

For now, you can get your visa on arrival, or apply before you travel at the official Visa Application website. Payment is online. There is currently no provision for a free transit visa.

Single Entry Visas

  • B1 Up to 30 days (extendable for another 30 days) Rp500.000
  • Up to 60 days (extendable) Rp 1,500,000

Multiple Entry Visas (D1)

  • D1 (1 Year) DR 3,000,000
  • D1 (2 Years) IDR 6,000,000
  • D1 (5 Years) IDR 15,000,000

A person who visits Indonesia for recreational purposes can apply for a multiple-entry visa valid for 1, 2 or 5 years. Periods of stay for this visa will be granted for up to 60 days for each visit.

They’ve also implemented a couple of other changes since November 2022, including an eCustoms declaration, which we’ve added information and a link to download the form, at the bottom of this page. Also making life easier is the online applications for an e-visa which are now available, this link is also available below.

Bali Tourism Tax

From February 14, 2024, tourists will have to pay a Bali Tourist Levy online before travelling or on arrival at Bali’s airport or seaport. Travellers will receive a voucher with a QR code as proof of payment. The online payment page also has a link for exempt persons to apply for a levy waiver. You can also download the ‘LoveBali’ app for Android and iPhone.

The new levy is separate from the e-Visa on Arrival or the Visa on Arrival and costs Indonesian Rupiah 150,000 per person (equivalent to approximately US$10, AU$15). It applies to all foreign tourists, irrespective of age. This levy is a direct contribution to initiatives aimed at preserving Balinese customs, traditions, arts, and the island’s distinctive natural environment. This levy applies only to Bali, hence the name.

If you’re travelling from Australia, you can get more information from the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra.

Indonesia Arrival Checklist

The steps you need to follow to enter Indonesia are now:

  • Scan PeduliLindungi app QR code at entrance to immigration
    • Download it before you fly, to save time
  • Health Quarantine Check
    • have passport, printed vaccination certificate ready, PeduliLindungi app on standby in case they ask for it
  • VOA if required (see below)
  • Immigration – passport and boarding pass (head to the leftmost counter if over 65)
  • Baggage Pickup
  • eCustoms Declaration
    • Scan a QR code that will save once you complete the online form on your phone
    • The details are at the end of this article
  • Exit

Which Indonesian Visa do I need?

While citizens of all ASEAN countries now have visa-free entry to Indonesia, the Visa on Arrival (VoA)has been re-introduced for most other countries. Use this official link for more INFO. Or this one, from the Indonesian Embassy in Switzerland, which is more recent.

These are the things you need to show, preferably in hard copy. This information is provided by the Public Relations Sub-Coordinator of the Directorate General of Immigration, Achmad Nur Saleh.

  • Your passport that is valid for at least 6 (six) months
  • Return ticket or onward ticket to another country
  • Covid-19 vaccination certificate (full dose)
    • You’ll need to download the Pedulilindungi app. Save time by doing this before you fly.
  • Proof of payment for VoA (if required)

Applying for the VoA

  • As per Government Regulation No. 28 of 2019, the Visa on Arrival costs Rp 500.000.
    • The same charge applies any VoA extension
  • Apply for VoA at the Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) counter
    • this is located before immigration check points in the arrival hall.
  • Payment is accepted in cash, officially in Indonesian Rupiah and US Dollars
    • You may request currency change first if you do not have either.
    • As of December 2022, the VoA counters are also accepting AUD 50 cash as full payment for the VoA.
  • Visa on Arrival can only be extended once, for 30 days.
    • Extensions are available at your closest immigration office.

VoA Online Applications

You can also pre-arrange your VoA in order to skip the VoA queue at the airport. Visit and select e-VOA to apply. Note that:

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the day you enter Indonesia, and
  • You must have a return ticket, or a ticket exiting Indonesia within the validity of the Visa.
  • You will also need:
    • Full biodata page of your passport (format JPG/JPEG/PNG);
    • Passport-size photograph (format JPG/JPEG/PNG);
    • Email address; and
    • A valid Mastercard, Visa, or JCB credit card.

You can apply for your e-VOA online up to 90 days before arriving in Indonesia.

Once you have received your e-VOA approval, you can proceed straight to the immigration counters upon arrival. We recommend you keep a softcopy (on your tablet or phone) or a printed hardcopy in case of any system failures.

Can I get an e-Visa?

Visitors requiring a VoA fall into two groups when seeking to apply for an eVisa for Indonesia. Australian passport holders fall into the red group requiring more information. This is the page for all online visas currently available. Select the type of visa you require from the tabs available. The eVisa link you need is the one on the right ‘Foreigners Reporting Application’. However this link is returning a blank page at the time of writing, but it is still worth trying your luck.

Unlike many other countries which appoint authorised agents for Visa applications, the Indonesian Immigration has not noted any agents on their website. However, we have noted agents offering their services including VFS Global. They do claim that the service is provided under an exclusive agreement with TLP, the partner of the Immigration Department for Republic of Indonesia and Bank Mandiri. The visa is available to both Bali and Jakarta-bound travellers. On arrival, you can use the the ‘dedicated fast-track lane’.

Of course you do have to pay a ‘VFS Global Fee’ fee of USD30 as agent, which effectively almost doubles the cost of the Standard VoA Fee of USD35.  If you ‘upgrade’ the Service fee to ‘Express’, you’ll pay USD92.50 instead of $30, to include a meet and greet service.

Can I get a Transit visa?

  • What is the difference between a visa on arrival and a transit visa?
    • The length and purpose of your stay determine the type of visa you need. Tourist visas are generally issued to those who plan to vacation in the country, while transit visas are issued to those who are passing through en-route to another destination.
  • Indonesia does offer a transit visa, priced at USD10, although this seems to be only available in Jakarta.
  • If you are entitled to visa-free entry to Indonesia, you will not need a transit visa to pass through.
  • Do I need a visa to transit through Bali?
    • Passengers who require a visa to enter the country must have one, even if they are just passing through.
    • At Ngurah Rai International Airport (Denpasar, Bali), this includes travellers who do not leave the airport terminal.
    • You may have to pay for the VoA unless the Transit visa is available. There is conflicting information on this point.

We welcome any feedback on this topic in our Comments section. This is a very popular destination and we will update the story as things change.

We note limited circumstances where passengers have been able to transit through Bali Airport without having to exit through immigration (and therefore avoid having to get a Visa). Situations where this might be possible include:

  • Transiting with the same airline or an interline partner where baggage has been checked through to your destination (e.g. arriving and departing on international Garuda flights where you have an onward boarding pass and bags tagged through to your destination)
  • Travelling without baggage – you can proceed to the transit desk before immigration to see if they will issue your onward boarding pass.

Read more about transiting at Bali Airport here.

eCustoms Declaration

This has been implemented since we visited in September and replaces the paper form previously used. You’ll need to download the form and it’s best to complete it before you fly. Once you’ve completed the form, you’ll receive a QR code which you can scan on arrival and show the officer.

Happy travelling everyone!

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  1. Hi, i have a question my sister planning to travel abroad but she worried about this transit visa .. Her ticket flight going to Manila to bali then she need to check in again her laguage bali to perth .. Does really need a transit visa for his situation??
    Ans ASAP pls

  2. Wish you’re doing great Lesley
    I’ve bought a ticket flies from Kuala Lumpur international airport to Adelaide with a 3 hrs and 40 mins stop at Bali airport-first flight is Malindo airline and its flight no. is OD157.
    After the stop second flight is Malindo airline again seemingly but the flight no. is ID6013 to Adelaide.
    Now I’m really worried of the proccess of my arrival and departure in Bali airport as if I need to get a visa or not.
    Am I going to be transferred to new flight departure zone or I need to pass migration office path and check-in my luggages again?
    It would be really appreciated to let me now if you are informed of this scenario or not.

    1. Hi Reza, it depends on how you booked your ticket and whether you have luggage. If you have booked both sectors as a single ticket with the airline then you should be able to transfer through to the departures area without going through immigration (and therefore avoiding any visas). In this situation, the airline will issue your boarding passes for both flights in Kuala Lumpur and will check your bags all the way through to Adelaide (you will see ADL on the luggage label).
      If you have booked your flights separately instead, I would not rely on the transfer desk at Bali being able to transfer your luggage from the KL flight to the Adelaide flight, as Bali Airport (as far as I am aware) is not equipped for ad-hoc transfers. If this is the case, I would recommend you be prepared to go through immigration, collect your baggage, and check in again for your flight to Adelaide at the Departures level. 3 hours 40 minutes should be adequate to do all of this, assuming you do not have any delays.

    2. Dear Reza, hope you are doing fine! May I know if you managed to go through the process without visa? Because my situation is same as yours and I’m going to book a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bali and Bali to Adelaide operating with Batik air. The flight numbers are different (but airline is Batik air), so I’m confused whether I must pass through immigration for clearance or no need. I would be very grateful if you reply my message. Thank you

      1. You should have no problem, as noted below, just proceed to the Transfer desk and they’ll do the necessary. Do note, though, that both sectors must be booked as part of the same itinerary.

        1. Thank you very much for the reply, Lesley. Based on what I see in Batik air website, both flights are operating by Batik and should be paid for at once. So, I think they should be part of the same itinerary.

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