Viktorija Panovaite
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Visa for Indonesia

Before coming to Indonesia you need to know main things about vaccines and visas. Here I will try to share main information about visas for Indonesia.

After making some research I found out that in different countries, Indonesian embassies have a bit different rules for visas. Before starting making visa, first of all you need to contact Indonesian embassy in your country to get information concrete for your country citizens (or nearest country that is responsible to make visas for your country citizens. For example Indonesian embassy in Denmark responsible as well for visas issue for Lithuanians).

Notice: all information prepared according 12 2017 news.

Visa types, requirements and extension

Free Visa for short visit (BVKS)

Visa on arrival (VOA)

Visa before arriving

Temporary stay visa

Single entry visa (official, business, social-cultural, vacation)

Diplomatic visa

Service visa

Transit visa

Non-ordinary passports
Additional information:
  • There are restricted regions in Indonesia. The 4 regions are: Maluku, Poso, and Irian Jaya/West Papua. Applicants seeking to visit the restricted regions must obtain special authorization from Indonesian authorities.
  • To avoid the long wait at airports to apply for a visa on arrival, and if you want to stay for 60 days, you can apply for a Visit visa at the Indonesian consular office in your home country. The consular office at Indonesian embassies (outside of Indonesia) can issue a 60-day Visit visa.
  • Beware of the day counting trap! The way the immigration officials’ count stay period is: the day of arrival counts as day one. The day of departure also counts. For example you have 30-days visa, you arrive on the 1st day, you must leave on the 30th day (not the 31st or the first of the next month). Even if you leave 5 min. after midnight, it will be counted as a full new day. If you overstay you will have to pay a penalty of 200 000 Rp per day. Up to 3 days is usually no problem, you will simply pay the fee at the immigration counter.
  • Nothing to declare? You will still be given a tax card (if not, pick one in the arrival hall). Just tick everywhere “no” unless you need to declare something (it’s not allowed to bring in cash of more than 10 000 USD). Officers will collect the card when you exit through customs.
  • More information about KITAS and other permits cards in Indonesia, you can find here.

Visa extension in Yogyakarta

If you have visa on arrival and want to extend it, here you will find practical information how to do that in Yogyakarta city. About other visas extension procedure I don’t know yet. Like will make it later, so will share information later as well.

Note that, the immigration office asks that all visitors dress “properly” meaning covered shoulders and knees.

Where is Immigration office

How to reach immigration office

What you need to have with you

How the extension process looks like

Visa extension in Bali

Visa making outside Indonesia

If you want to stay in Indonesia longer than your visa valid and you already made all possible extensions, you must leave the country and re-enter with a new visa.
People commonly fly to Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Singapore to make new visa. There is no stipulation on the time you must stay outside Indonesia, in fact, you can return the same day if you want and be issued a new visa upon your arrival in Indonesia.

I was making my “Tourist visa” for 60 days in Penang island, Malaysia. Here is practical information from my experience.

If you have new information, feel free to share it in comments. Thank you :)

Some information used from internet sources.

Useful? Great! :) You might also like these:

What to do before going to Indonesia
What to take before coming to Indonesia


8 thoughts on “Visa for Indonesia”

  1. Hi! Just a few extra points to be aware of when visiting yogykarta immigration office….I went to extend my social visa.
    The staff were very rude and ignorant I’m afraid…and it wasn’t only me as I spoke to another that was also extending his visa.
    Firstly my photocopies were not the best…so they made me do them again downstairs. Everything must be left as a whole page, don’t be tempted to cut to size.
    I had to go to the nearest travel agent (located beside the petrol station opposite) and ask them to reprint my flight ticket, which they kindly let me log into my email and print it off…at 10 000rp.
    So my documents were okay, but I used my same sponsor in my visa, so I had to email the documents to her and she filled them in and sent them by TIKI. The immigration officer phoned her to check all my details. Finally they told me to dress appropriately the next time. I was wearing 3/4 and not full length trousers and flip flops which she specifically referred to. Even though the majority of the Indonesians are wearing them.
    So be aware of this and good luck!
    Also the fee is 355000 now, and be sure to go between 8 and 10 am or they can’t give you a number to be processed.

  2. Hi Viktoria!
    Really great job here!! The best I found (many hours of reserce, since Indonesian visa are big deal).

    One more question; New visa are valid from date of coming issue or from the end of previous visa?

    Many thanks

      1. Hi, thank you, but maybe I didnt put my question right. My question is: the visa extension start to be valid from the date the old visa expires OR from the date of visa extension approval? THANKS SO MUCH

  3. Lots of useful information when it comes to visas in Indonesia … thank you for all the effort that you put into this post!

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