Howdy folks! I hope your weekend’s going well. Start planning that trip to Indonesia and let’s face it…if you’re going to Indonesia…more than likely you’re going to Bali. There are A LOT of different visas to choose from and they can get quite confusing. Here’s a quick breakdown of the visas you can get to visit Bali, Indonesia.
VOA Visa on Arrival
As of March 7, Indonesia started offering VOAs (visas on arrival) to the following 23 countries:
- Brunei Darussalam.
- New Zealand.
- South Korea.
- United Arab Emirates.
- United Kingdom.
- United States.
Keep in mind the following from the Indonesian government’s website:
- The visa on arrival is valid for 30 days and extendable for an additional 30 days. To be eligible for the visa, individuals must have a passport with at least six months of validity, a departure plane ticket, and required COVID-19 documentation.
- Foreign nationals who enter under the visa on arrival are not allowed to perform business activities.
The VOA costs 500,000 rp. ($35 USD, €32, £26). Make sure you have the exact amount ready in your currency to save time at Ngurah Rai Airport.
If you’re entering Indonesia on a tourist visa YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DO WORK OF ANY KIND…kind of. There’s a HUGE grey area surrounding this.
What if you’re on a workation and decide to spend some time on the tropical island? Technically, you can’t…but…who’s going to report you? The hotel / villa staff???? Doubt it! Keep your work to yourself and you should be fine. If you’re spending money and staying out of trouble, no one cares if you’re working or not.
BTW- Your VOA cannot be changed to another type of visa in Indonesia. That means it’s time to say goodbye once you hit the 60 day mark.
Wahh!!!! My country Isn’t Listed in the Visa On Arrival List…Now What?!
You can apply for a single-entry, offshore B211, 180 day visa for Bali. You may choose the tourist or business visa. You’ll have to apply with a visa agent before you arrive. If you need recommendations on visa agents, I highly advise joining Bali Expats & Community.
I must advise you to not book with Bali Business Consulting on Jl. Sunset No.1A Kuta. They used to be very professional, but their staff is just downright rude and unfriendly. It’s shame because I used them in the past and I’m sure if the owner new, a change would be made. It must be under new management and complaints have been made in the Bali groups regarding how unprofessional this business is now. I have my own trusted recommendations and you may leave a comment below for them. I get no freebies from my advice on this.
Procedure to Enter Indonesia
While there is no mandatory quarantine, there are conditions. Travelers must possess:
- Entry Points in Bali: Proof of confirmation of booking and payment for tour packages or lodging accommodations for a minimum of 4 days.
- Visa or other entry permit, including Visa-on-Arrival (VOA).
- Proof of ownership of health insurance with a minimum insured value of at least $25,000 USD which includes coverage of COVID-19.
- Must present an ongoing ticket. This means a ticket showing you’re leaving Indonesia. About four years ago, you were able to enter without showing proof of an onward ticket. This is not the case anymore. I’ve been monitoring the Indonesian travel groups and immigration WILL NOT LET YOU ENTER if you don’t show an onward ticket. Now, if you’re backpacking and unsure of your destination in 60 days then you can book an onward ferry ticket from Batam to Singapore. It will cost about $25 USD and you can book it here. I HIGHLY advise buying this before you land in Indonesia otherwise it’s at the discretion of the immigration officer to let you in.
- Register your Covid-19 vaccination/certificate on the PeduliLindungi app here. This will allow you to enter restaurants, malls, etc.
After taking RT-PCR samples upon arrival at the airport, inbound travelers can wait for the results at the hotel, but they are not allowed to leave the room before getting a negative RT-PCR result.
If the RT-PCR test shows a negative result, the foreign travelers can continue the activities according to their tour package or travel plan by implementing strict health protocols.
Inbound travelers to Bali are required to carry out RT-PCR tests on the third day after arrival in Bali, Batam, and Bintan conducted by a GOI-approved commercial lab. They are allowed to continue their activities or travel plan after getting a negative RT-PCR result. Travelers must send the test result to their hotel, which will then submit it to the Task Force at the hotel.
Inbound foreign travelers to Bali can leave the island for other destinations in Indonesia after a minimum stay of 4 days and may leave Batam and Bintan after receiving the negative RT-PCR test result on the third day.
Can I Enter Indonesia if I’m unvaccinated?
As of today, you can enter Indonesia if you’re unvaccinated, but you will be qurantined and must get vaccinated in Indonesia.
According to Indonesian Legal Consultants:
Travelers must provide a card/certificate (physical/digital) evidencing they have received a second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to their departure. Unvaccinated travelers shall be vaccinated in quarantine/supervision facilities upon arrival after receiving a second negative RT-PCR result.
Hey Becca, What About That Social Visa (B211) Which Lasts 180 Days?
As of March 22, 2022….
All four visa agents, based in Bali agree…
You can apply for the B211 (tourist or business) visa which lasts for 180 days from abroad!!!!!
Even if your country is listed in the VOA list, you can still apply for a B211, 180 day visa from abroad if you wish to stay longer than 60 days.
Keep in mind…if you choose to arrive in Bali on a VOA and decide to stay longer, you’ll need to apply for the B211 visa from outside Indonesia. The closest place is Singapore. Spend about three nights there, get your B211 visa from the Indonesian Embassy and fly back to Bali. There are visa agents in Singapore who will do this for you. I know a good one I’ve used for years.
I will update this post as needed, so you’ll have the latest information on visa requirements. They can change at a moment’s notice!
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