Entering Indonesia – Here’s All You Need to Know

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– UPDATED 1 APRIL 2023 – 

Coming to Bali? Here's the latest Travel Regulations, Requirements & Visa Information & Helpful Tips to help make your arrival as effortless as possible. 

Early 2022 has provided some wonderful news and hopeful developments for tourism in Indonesia. On the 8th of March 2022 the Indonesian Government continued their step-by-step re-opening plan and introduced more relaxed travel requirements – so time to start packing! Travel, fun, adventures & beautiful Bali memories await!

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YOUR ARRIVAL CHECKLIST

To ensure a smooth arrival into Indonesia, be sure to have the following: 

– Proof of Full Vaccination* against COVID-19 (digital or physical).
– A valid VISA – check Visa options & Requirements below.
– Have at least 6 months validity on your passport (ensure your passport does not expire within 6 months of arrival into Indonesia).
– A return ticket to show you’re leaving Indonesia before your VISA expiry date.
– Complete the Indonesian Electronic Customs Declaration and save QR code to your phone. (This can be completed in hard copy at the airport, however its much easier and quicker to complete it online!).
– Pre-departure PCR tests are NO LONGER NEEDED for entry into Indonesia.

*Proof of covid-19 recovery is currently not recognised as an alternative to vaccines or booster shots. Non-vaccinated travellers are not able to gain a visa or entry into Indonesia at this time. Only partially vaccinated? Quarantine of arrival applies.

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VISA OPTIONS

1. THE 30 DAY FREE TOURIST VISA

The Free Visa on arrival (valid for maximum 30 days stay – not extendable) is currently only available for citizens of the following ASEAN countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand & Vietnam.

2. VOA - VISA ON ARRIVAL

Travellers from nearly 90 countries* can get a 30 Day Visa on Arrival (VOA) at all international airports and ports across Indonesia. 

Price: The cost is Rp 500,000 which can be paid by credit card, cash (all major currencies accepted) at the airport. Alternatively you can pre-purchase a VOA visa online (avoid the queues the airport) though the official immigration website

Validity: The VOA is valid for 30 days and can be extended ONCE for another 30 days (60 days in total). If you want to stay longer than 60 days in Indonesia, check out the B211 Visa below. 

*Travellers with passports from the following countries are eligible for a VOA: Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Equador, East Timor, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Litchensutein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, Uzbekistan, Vatican and Vietnam.

3. THE B211 TOURIST E-VISA

The B211 Visa, formally known as the “social visa”, is now available for tourism and travel. It is a single entry visa initially valid for 60 days with the option to extend for another 2 x 60 days (6 months in total). No need to visit an embassy, the application can be completed online and the visa will be emailed to you. To apply you will need:

  • A scanned copy of your passport.
  • Passport photo
  • Proof of full vaccination
  • Proof of payment to begin the process.
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OTHER USEFUL TIPS

AIRPORT VIP SERVICE

Airport Fast Track VIP Services are a great option for families with children, people in their wiser years or anyone wanting a quicker airport exit. For around USD $45 you’ll get fast tracked through the immigration line, a friendly porter who will carry your luggage and an option to add-on transport to your hotel. Companies we recommend: Bali Fast TrackOn the Way VIP Service.

TAXIS & TRANSFERS

We always recommend pre-booking a hotel transfer before arriving into Bali. Booking through your hotel is a great option as it ensures no chance of getting lost (maps in Bali are not always accurate!). Staying with us? Contact us to book your hassle-free transfer. 

Another option is to book an offical airport taxi service (desks as you exit customs) or negotiate a trip with the hoards of drivers waiting as you exit the airport. Please remember to be polite when negotiating the price! 

SIM CARDS

If you want to stay connected throughout your travels in Bali we recommend purchasing a SIM card with Telkomsel (they offer the best coverage across Bali & Indonesia). You can pre-purchase one on their website  and pick it up at the airport. IDR 150,000 (less than USD $10) will gives you 25GB data + International & Local voice calls with 30 day validity.

MONEY CHANGERS & ATM'S

You’ll find a handful of ATM’s at the airport as you exit customs. Need to change money?  We recommend you wait until after you exit the airport as you’ll get better exchange rates.

DUTY FREE

The duty free alcohol allowance 1 litre of alcohol per adult.
Note – International travellers are permitted to bring a maximum of 2.25 litres of alcohol into Indonesia. However, anything over 1 litre  customs tax will apply. If you bring more than 2.25L you risk it being confiscated. 

TIPPING

Tipping is not required, however is a nice gesture for good or friendly service. Drivers can often be waiting at the airport for 2 hours or more and usually work for companies or bosses and often only get a cut of the fee. So if you’re happy with your driver please consider giving a little tip. 

COME STAY WITH US!

A stones throw away from some of the best waves, beaches and sunset spots in all of Bali, Melali is located on the outskirts of Bingin village on the south-west tip of Bali’s beautiful Bukit Peninsula. Melali consists of only three guest rooms, catering for a maximum of six guests at any given time. With two pools, a large open living, dining and separate TV area, it is the perfect place to unwind and relax.

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