This post is written on 2018, but the VISA extension process is always changing. And so this post is updated to Sept 2019 and we will always try to keep it up to date.
There seems to be a lot of confusion on the subject of extending a Visa on Arrival in Bali and the rest of Indonesia. Probably because it’s difficult to find any official information on how to extend your visa but you have two options.
The only information you can get is from someone who already extend their visa. We will break down both methods and explain the pros and cons of each.
Things to know before booking your flight to Bali
Before being allowed to board your flight to Bali, depending on your departure airport or airline, you may be required to show your exit tickets from Indonesia before being allowed to board your flight to Bali. (Technically travelers are required to show proof of exit of any country when entering on a standard visa.) Keep in mind even with a visa on arrival extension you can only stay in Bali for 60 days maximum.
If you are coming to Bali for 30 days or less most countries (exactly 169 countries) are allowed to enter free for 30 days. Once you enter Bali this visa CAN NOT be extended. If later you decide to stay longer you will need to leave the country and reenter.
If you plan on staying in Bali for 31 to 60 days, DO NOT opt for the free 30 day VOA, as it can not be extended. Instead, purchase the $38 USD (thanks Morgan for the update) Visa on Arrival at the immigration counter at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, which can be extended up to 60 days. The 60 day visa on arrival is not equal to 2 months. The day you arrive counts as day 1, so avoid any trouble by counting your days correctly! The fee for overstaying your Visa is now 1,000,000 IDR per day (2019 update).
Give yourself at least 14 business days (or more) to take care of your VOA extension, and pay special attention to holidays and local celebrations when the offices will be closed, which could cause delays. This process must be started before your original 30 day visa has expired or you will be fined 1,000,000 IDR per day until you start the visa extension process.
If you are already in Bali, then...
Some of you reading this may already be in Bali and trying to find the best information out there about extending visa. In this case, see which Visa you have. Did you buy the VOA at the immigration counter in Ngurah Rai airport or you are one of 169 countries that can enter visa free? If you buy the VOA then you have time to take care of extension. If you enter visa free, then you need to do Visa Run.
THE VISA RUN
The 2 options of Visa Extension in Bali
Extend your Visa on Arrival yourself or let an agent do it for you. Hiring an agent will cost you a fair bit of money, however doing it yourself will cost you a fair bit of time. Doing it yourself will cost IDR355.000 (2019 update: it's now IDR500.000 per extension) and an agent will cost you around 700,000 and 900,000.
If you decide to do it yourself you will be required to go to an immigration office 3 times. Or if you hire an agent you will only be required to go to the immigration office once to get your fingerprints and photo taken.
If you choose to extend the visa yourself. We will break down what you will need to do for your 3 visits to immigration.
DAY ONE: DROPPING OFF YOUR PASSPORT AND PAPERWORK
- Nusa Dua (South Bali) – Formerly the office on Ngurah Rai Bypass Road in Kuta, it has now moved to Jl. Taman Jimbaran no.1, Mumbul, Kuta Selatan, District Nusa Dua, Bali.
- Renon (Denpasar, Southeast Bali) – Jl. D.I. Pandjaitan No.3, Dangin Puri Klod, Denpasar Timur, Bali. Phone: 0361.227.828
- Singaraja (North Bali) – Jl. Seririt, Desa Pemaron, Singaraja, Kec. Buleleng, Bali. Phone: 0362.321.74
WHAT TO BRING FOR EXTENSION
- Black ink pen.
- Bring your passport.
- Provide one copy of your passport picture page.
- Provide one copy of your visa.
- Provide one copy of your plane ticket for departure.
- Remember, every day you are in Indonesia counts as a full day.
- 500.000 IDR (around $35USD). You can pay on your first or second visit.
DAY TWO: YOUR VISA PHOTO AND FINGERPRINTS
DAY THREE: PICK UP YOUR PASSPORT
I want to live in Bali forever...
Yeah, this is Bali & everyone wants to! Unless you change nationality and have KTP (national identity card) then you need to always take care of your Visa.There are some Visas that can make you stay longer than 60 days, you can apply for a social visa, 60 Day Tourist Visa, Multiple Entry Business Visa or even a Kitas. But you need to repeat the visa application and extension process over and over again.
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