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Immigration office to extend Indonesian tourist visa in Bali

How to extend Indonesian tourist visa in Bali

3rd time I arrived to Indonesia with Indonesian tourist visa (for 60 days), which I made before coming here. I made it in Indonesian embassy in Denmark (this office is responsible for administration couple of European countries, including Lithuania). Indonesian tourist visa is possible to make in any other countries as well (once I made it in Penang island, Malaysia).

After 2 months I wanted to extend my tourist visa. At that time, I was in Bali, so I needed to do it in one of immigration offices there (you can extend Indonesian tourist visa in any Indonesian island where is immigration office, for example in Java island, Yogyakarta).

I read many stories how hard to extend visas in Bali, that immigration officers are corrupted and etc. Most of the people were suggesting for visa extension in Bali hire an agent and don’t deal with immigration officers by myself. But to pay for agent almost the same amount like cost visa extension fee I didn’t want. So I decided to extend my Indonesian tourist visa by myself. And I was nicely surprised how easy it was and not so scary as I was told. So, if you have enough time and want to save some money, I suggest to extend your tourist visa by yourself.

What you should do if you want to extend Indonesian tourist visa by yourself?

1. Choose immigration office that is near your staying place
2. Go to immigration office 7-10 days before your visa will expire
3. Prepare needed documents before going to immigration
4. Dress properly before going to immigration
5. Start the process of tourist visa extension
Tips for making Indonesian tourist visa extension in Denpasar office

That’s all! Your Indonesian tourist visa extended 30 days extra.

You can extend tourist visa 4 times (each time for 30 days). After it, if you would like to stay in Indonesia again, you will need to go abroad to make new visa. I did it in Penang island, Malaysia (it was quick and easy process).

If you think that all this process is too difficult for you or you don’t have time to come 3 times to the immigration office, you can use agent service. What is the difference to make visa extension with the agent?

  • If you take agent service you will need to go to immigration office only 1 time to make pictures and fingerprints.
  • You will meet agent 3 times – to give documents and tell needed information, go to make photo and come back to take the passport (some agents even bring and take papers from your place).
  • The agent will be your sponsor too, so you won’t need to provide sponsor letter and copies of sponsor ID.
  • It will cost more, approximately from 600 000 to 850 000 Rp (agent service and visa extension fee). The price depends in which city you will use agent, how fast you want to have extension (it’s possible to have it during couple of days paying more).


Did you made Indonesian visa extension in Indonesia? What was your experience? If you have something to add extra, updates – fell free to do it in the comments :)

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12 thoughts on “How to extend Indonesian tourist visa in Bali”

  1. Thank u for all the details, we did a 2 months tourist visa following your steps. Now its time for the first extension in Bali, we actually want to make 4 extensions. Do we need to go with the sponsor each time on the first visit? Or when we do the 2nd extension we can just bring the letter?

    1. Great to hear that everything went well with making visa! :) The easiest way (that will save your time – but not money :D) would be to make an extension with the agent – he would take care of your sponsor’s things. But if you want to make it by yourself – on the 1st visit (when you will bring all documents, fill the application…) the sponsor should come with you. The immigration office wants to see that your sponsor is a real person and knows that he will sponsor you :) On the 2nd-3rd visiting times (on the process of visa extension) – sponsor don’t need to come. But each time when you will extend visa – your sponsor should come with you for the first visa. Of course, sometimes it depends on immigration officers – once I went by myself and they didn’t ask for a sponsor, other times – they asked where is my sponsor :) So you can try your luck for 2-4th extensions :) By the way – before going to immigration check if it’s not any holidays in Indonesia (for example now they will be closed from 23th to 28th of June for Idul Fitri) :)

  2. Hello !
    Thank you for these info !
    In two weeks we will do our 60 days visa in penang (we are now in china). We would like to stay about 4 months in indonesia. So we will do the 1st extension in Bali. Do we need a sponsor for the next extensions Aldo ? Can we do it once in Bali and then in lombok or do we need to come back to Bali for each extension ?

    Thank you in advance !


    1. You are welcome :) If you want to stay 4 months, after 2 months visa will expire you will need to extend it 2 times (like the extension is only for 30 days). About sponsor, you will need it for extensions. Usually, it’s enough the owner of your staying place or anyone else. The main thing that Indonesian person (sponsor) should have a permit to live in Bali (if you will make extension in Bali and if that sponsor, not Balinese). If you will make extension in any other island – you don’t need this permit. About extension place – there is no rule but everything depends on the person in the immigration office. I would recommend doing both extensions in Bali if it’s possible.

  3. Hi,
    I’m a little bit confused about the sponsor. Does he need to come with me or is the letter + copy of id enough?
    Love your info though. You site is just convenient!

    1. Solene, it depends where you will make visa extension :) For example in Denpasar office, first time when you will come to extend visa and will fill the application form you need to bring a sponsor letter and as well your sponsor should come with you. When you will come for 2nd and 3rd time (for photo, pay and take your documents back) you can go alone, without sponsor. But for example in Jimbaran office, I came without sponsor, only with a letter and everything was fine too :) And thank you for your nice words about my page :)

  4. Never use immigration agents. Those guys are big time scammers! I found out the hard way :(

    I have always had better luck with visas by completing the application process myself in Indonesia and even for my partner when he applied for his Australian visas.

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