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
I made my tourist visa extension in Denpasar office. Here are the contacts of immigration offices in Bali:
  • Bali immigration office Ngurah Rai (nearby Bali Airport)
    Address: Jalan Raya Taman Jimbaran, Kuta Seletan, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361 (map)
    Website: www.ngurahrai.imigrasi.go.id
  • Bali immigration office of Denpasar
    Address: Jalan D.I. Panjaitan No. 3, Kel. Dangin Puri Kelod, Kec. Denpasar Timur, Denpasar, Bali, 80235 (map)
    Website: www.denpasar.imigrasi.go.id
    Opening hours: 08:00 – 12:00 am and 13:00 – 16:00 pm (Monday – Thursday)
    Opening hours: 08:00 – 12:00 am and 13:30 – 16:30 pm (Friday)
  • Bali immigration office of Singaraja (north Bali)
    Address: Jalan Seririt Singaraja Pemaron Singaraja, Bali, 81151 (map)
    Website: www.imigrasi-singaraja.com
2. Go to immigration office 7-10 days before your visa will expire
As well check if during that period won’t be any holidays when immigration office won’t work.

I went 2 weeks before my Indonesian tourist visa expiration date. And I was happy about it, like during those weeks was Eastern holidays and I had some misunderstandings with my first sponsor as well. Extra couple days helped me to make everything on time.

3. Prepare needed documents before going to immigration
  1. Bring a black ink pen with you. Application form should be filled with black pen. Even if in immigration office you can find it, but can be that somebody else will be using it.
  2. Bring your passport.
  3. Have 2 photocopies of your passport picture page and Indonesian visa page. 1 copy you will leave in immigration office, 1 leave for yourself because while passport will be in immigration office it’s good to have passport copy with you.
  4. Have 1 photocopy of your travel ticket for departure from Indonesia. You must show for immigration officers proof that you are planning to leave after your Indonesian visa will expire (even if you are thinking to make another extension in a future).
  5. You will need bring sponsor letter sign by sponsor. Here is an example of the letter I provided (places you need to fill marked in red). The sponsor can be a person from the place you are staying, your friend and etc. (if he agree to be a sponsor).
  6. Have 1 photocopy of your sponsor’s ID. IMPORTANT, if you will make Indonesian visa extension in Bali, your sponsor should have living permission in Bali as well (if he originally from other island and his Indonesian ID (KTP) registered not in Bali) or Bali ID card. In this case if sponsor not from Bali, you need to provide 1 photocopy of Indonesian ID and 1 photocopy of living permission in Bali.
  7. Have the address where you are staying (likely your hotel), your sponsors contact details.
  8. Amount of 355 000 Rp in cash. You actually won’t need to pay on your first visit, but it’s good to make sure you have everything in order when you begin the process.
4. Dress properly before going to immigration
If you arrive on flip-flops and a singlet shirt you may be not be allowed entry until you dress properly.
  • shoulders and knees should be covered
  • no slippers
  • no barefoot
  • no bikini
5. Start the process of tourist visa extension
You will need to visit immigration office 3 times till your tourist visa will be extended. Here is the process for visa extension in Denpasar office.

1st time visit

  • Come with your sponsor in the morning (documents for visa extension officers accept till 2 pm, at least in Denpasar office).
  • Just after entering the office, on the right side in front, you will see the counter. Select “Application”, take a number and go to right side (you will see where many foreigners will be sitting). Sit down and wait till your number will be announced by speaker and you will see your number in TV screen.
  • When your number will be called, go to the counter 1 and give all of your documents and passport. Officer will check it and will give you red folder, 2 application forms to fill (how to fill forms you can find the examples in the left side after you enter the office). 1st form is about your contact details. 2nd again about your details and sponsor details. 2nd form should be signed by you and sponsor with a stamp.
  • After you will fill both forms (and contact details, passport number on the folder) bring them straight to the counter 1.
  • They will tell you to take a seat. Shortly after will call your name and give you a receipt that will say to come back in 2-3 days (on the receipt you will see exact day to come back and time period). Do not lose that receipt!

2nd time visit

  • Again come in the morning (don’t forget to take money and receipt), go to the cashier (straight after you enter the immigration office). Give your receipt (no need to pay now). They will make some paperwork and will call your name and tell you to go to the counter 3.
  • With your receipt go to the counter 3, give it them. Wait till they will announce your name.
  • After they will call you, you will need to go back to cashier and pay 355 000 Rp in cash. Later come back again to the same counter where they will give you new number to go to make photos and finger prints.
  • Take a sit and wait till you will see your new number in TV screen and hear that they announce your name. Go to make photos and finger prints.
  • After it, they will inform you when to come back to take the passport.

3rd time visit

  • With your receipt go to counter 5 and give it to the officer.
  • Sit down and wait till they will invite you to sign the list that you get back the passport.
  • You will get back your passport with a stamp inside with date till which you have extension

Important: if you will come to extend 2nd time your tourist visa on 2nd visit you don’t need to make picture and finger prints again. You need to go straight to cashier, pay money and show the receipt in counter 3. Officers will put the date when come back to take the passport. 

Tips for making Indonesian tourist visa extension in Denpasar office
  • If you didn’t make photocopies before coming to immigration office, you can do it in office are. Go to left side before entering the office. There you can buy a stamp for sponsor form as well, but there is no printing possibilities.
  • Around immigration office you won’t find nearly ant place to print documents, so better take care of it day before coming.
  • You should plan to stay in immigration office from 1 to 3 hours each time (depends on amount of people who are making visa extension). If you make 2nd time extension on 2nd visit you will need ~40 min.
  • If you are going to immigration office (for 2nd visit – pay money and take pictures) on the last day of the month – the cashier will work only till 12:00 am (not till 14:00 pm like other days)

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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Uluwatu beach in Bali – where magic happen

Sometimes on my mind I have exact places which I want to visit. Sometimes just let myself to get lost and stop somewhere on the way. Most of the time, the second choice gives me more surprises. Small trip to Uluwatu beach wasn’t exception.

I got suggestion to go to Uluwatu beach after the daytime. I thought it’s a bit too long way just to stay there for couple of hours (from my place, near Sanur, it’s ~1 hour one way). I suggested just to go on that direction and stop somewhere where we will find a sign “pantai” (in Indonesian language it means “beach”), just to enjoy the sunset (in that area it’s really beautiful ones).

Somehow all beaches on the way we missed (Green Bowl, Balangan, Dreamland, Bingin, Padang-Padang) and still arrived to Uluwatu beach.

First of all, this beach name a bit confusing. In internet you can find 3 different names: Blue point beach, Suluban or Uluwatu beach. After some research I understood why it’s called differently. “Suluban” is the original name and people just gave extra name “Blue point” because of the water color when you look to it from the top of the cliffs. “Uluwatu” beach is different one, straight under the famous temple Uluwatu (Pura Luhur Uluwatu). You can find this beach just on the left side through cave when you are heading to Suluban beach (no signs – just try to find the entry in the cave or follow others).

Suluban beach
If you will go straight – it’s Suluban beach. If you will turn left (where is the rock) will be Uluwatu beach

Second, it’s not proper beach where you have plenty of space for bathing or other activities. It doesn’t have soft sand (mostly covered by stones and small pieces of corals). As well going for swimming in the Indian ocean you will need pass many rocks in the water.

Uluwatu beach
Uluwatu beach surrounded by cliffs, stones

Third, this place called one of the best places for experienced surfers, so you should understand that the waves are high and strong. Also the best time to enjoy swimming is in the morning and daytime. It becomes like a natural swimming pool forms between the beach and reef. Later the water comes up and hide all rocks under the water, so you can harm yourself while swimming in strong waves.

Uluwatu beach sunset
Black dots in the ocean – surfers waiting for the “right” wave

In any case this place is really worth to visit, like it’s something different from usual beach views of South part of Bali. And you don’t need to be a surfer to enjoy this place. There are many local eating places “warungs” where you can just take a drink, relax and have the romantic sunset view. If you are lucky, you can see turtles swimming in the turquoise water as well. Probably one of the most known places to have really good time is “Single Fin bar”. It’s a bar situated on one the edge of the limestone cliff overlooking Uluwatu beach and Indian Ocean. As well they have live music every Sunday.

Uluwatu beach
The beach like “locked” among cliffs

But what is so magical about Uluwatu beach?

Beside an unusual beach view, high cliffs, beautiful sunsets, some people say, that cave through which you need to pass to Uluwatu beach is magical. Why/how magical this cave I don’t know but I have my own interesting story to tell.

Usually sunsets comes ~5.30-6 pm in South part of Bali. While enjoying time in Uluwatu beach I saw that many people start to leave the beach even before 5 pm. I thought that probably they want to see other places or do something else. After we decided to go out as well, we turned to direction that we came in and where a bit surprised. We didn’t find the cave exit through which we pass inside. We looked around maybe we missed it. But no. We were a bit confused how come it happen, where is the exit. But suddenly in front of us came black local dog that we saw before playing in the beach. He just looked at as, went couple steps forward, again looked at as, like calling “fallow me”. First time I remember one scene from documentary movie (I forgot the name) when guy told – “if you don’t know which direction to choose, follow the animals that you will meet on your way”. So, I said – “yeah this dog going home and know where is exit”. So I started just talk with dog saying “go doggy go home” and he started to walk straight and we followed after him. Our exit wasn’t too far but it was covered already by tide, that’s why we didn’t see it. The waves each moment became higher and stronger, so we needed to wait to pass it and not to get totally wet. I think if we would wait a bit longer, we would need to swim through the exit. And it’s not the easiest way, like there are many big rocks. When we were passing inside we needed even to lean.

So how not to call it magic? When the dog appears from nowhere and waiting for us to show the way?

Uluwatu beach
Black dog which show us the way back

Before entering the beach there are no signs informing about timing when people need to return and not stuck there. Suluban beach is more open, so you can easily see and know how to get out. Even there are people who are standing on the cliffs and starts to whistle for swimmers and those who are in the beach that it’s time to go from there, like it’s becomes danger to stay. But in Uluwatu, nobody informs you.

If you are not sure if worth to go to Uluwatu beach, you can read some other travelers review about it and here are some more nice pictures of this place which probably will convince you to come here.

Tips for visiting Uluwatu beach:

  • Location: Jalan Pantai Suluban, Pecatu, Jimbaran
  • There is no entrance fee but for motorbike parking you will need to pay 3 000 Rp, for a car 5 000 Rp.
  • It’s a beautiful place for pre-wedding, wedding pictures and other photo sessions but if you want to make them on “special place” you need to pay extra “fee”.
  • You can find there not only eating places but as well some souvenirs shops, showers. But after 5 pm almost everything is closed. Even only 1 toilet was open.
  • I think, if you are not a surfer to spend there whole day you won’t have much things to do. But you can visit my mentioned beaches above during the daytime and stay in Uluwatu beach for a sunset. Or after staying in Uluwatu beach in daytime and go to Uluwatu temple (it’s only 10 min. drive from the beach), to see the sunset there and enjoy the Kecak dance performance. As well you can stay for a longer time in Bukit Peninsula (here are some good deals for hotels in Agoda, Booking or TripAdvisor) and discover really nice places, not only my mentioned beaches and enjoy other activities.

 

Would you like to visit Uluwatu beach? If you have been in Bali, which beach you recommend to see?


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3 live music places in South of Bali for various taste

Yeah, in Bali you can listen for live music almost in any bar, restaurant or beach. Some of the places have live music performances every night, others on concrete days. So you have various live music “menu” to choose :).

I want to share about 3 live music places in South of Bali that I visited and recommend you to go there if you are in Bali.

UPDATE: unfortunately it’s closed already “Annapurna Sanur” in Sanur, Bali

For those who think that have “free soul”, likes jamming, different type of music, vegetarian food and meet people from all over the world.

Outside Annapurna

“Annapurna Sanur” is open a little bit more that 1 year ago and presents themselves  like a “soul food restaurant”. They share delicious food, inspiring live music for donations and “fight” against the plastic straws.

The atmosphere here is quite magic because of the people who establish this place, who are making everything to people feel like at home.

Every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm here is live music performances (musicians as well plays for donations). Here is as well open stage for everyone who wants jamming.  All visitors can just join and share what they want – sing, play, and collaborate with others.

The menu is not so various but prepared very delicious. You can come just to a bar and put everything that you see and want (dinner based on buffet type). Everything cooked at “Annapurna” is grown locally and as much as possible organic. Mostly you will find vegetarian food but for those who like meat – can choose from some dishes with chicken.

Probably it’s the first place where for food that you eat you donate money. There are some “tips” how much can cost which dish (the amount compare with restaurants prices in Bali really good) but you can leave as much as you think the food is worth (there are special donation box near the bar).

I have been in this place couple of times and each time I was enjoying the food and music. There you can often hear playing young Indonesian guitarist Renda Pangestu, other travelers from Spain, California and other countries. Every evening is like a surprise here but every time it brings very positive emotions and feeling that you are a part of the family.

 

“Annapurna Sanur”
Location:
Jl. Tandakan no. 7, North of the Sindhu Night Markets, Sanur, Denpasar, Bali
Working hours:
9:00 am-10:00 pm (live music 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, but you can stay there longer for chatting and etc.)


“Ryoshi house of jazz and sushi restaurant” in Seminyak, Bali

For those who likes jazz music, artistic performances and Japanese food.

Ryoshi at Seminyak
“Ryoshi house of jazz and sushi restaurant” is quite known places between musicians and those who are staying in Bali longer. People enjoy here not only fresh made sushi and other Japanese dishes but as well high quality live music performances.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 pm till 23:00 pm (or a little bit longer) they have live jazz concerts. Each of these days particular musicians are playing. If you are in South of Bali on Monday – for sure you need to see Rio Sidik quartet performance! I want tell more about this musician performances because you need to see it by yourself, what kind of feeling he brings with his trumpet and singing (he is not solo performer, other professional musicians are playing as well). Sometimes quartet gives extra surprises for visitors :).

Don’t be surprised that on Monday or other day with live music you maybe won’t find free place to sit upstairs (where are the stage). So if you want to see the performances better come earlier or just make reservation for a table. In worst case you can sit downstairs and just listen to music without seeing performers :). As well, on Mondays you can meet a lot of Russian tourists there, like Rio Sidik has couple famous Russian songs covers and Russian tourists likes it very much. Believe me, like Indonesian man his Russian language pronunciation and understanding the Russian songs is very good :). So if you understand Russian language and like songs, you will get double pleasure (even if you are not Russian songs fan, I believe you will enjoy it because of the way how they made covers). For those who likes dance – the quartet brings jazz to a dance floor also :). You have enough space to move there.  Once (like I had been there couple of times) I couldn’t just sit and listen – I just dare to start to dance.

Like menu based on Japanese cuisine don’t try to search some other food here :D. Fresh made Japanese dishes won’t leave unsatisfied (yeah, maybe portions can be a bit bigger). I enjoyed here my favorite sushi type. And the prices is quite normal, probably I couldn’t expect to find lower prices in Bali. Here is their menu.

“Ryoshi” has  as well  restaurants in Kuta, Sanur, Ubud (but I haven’t been there, so I don’t know if the standards so high like in Seminyak). From every restaurant they can deliver food straight to your hotel or other place.

Surprising but “Ryoshi” thinks not only about business, “Ryoshi house of jazz and sushi restaurant” participate quite active in social Bali life:  in charity activities and etc.

 

“Ryoshi house of jazz and sushi restaurant”
Location:
Jl. Raya no. 15, Seminyak, Bali
Working hours:
Monday-Wendsday-Friday (when there are music performances) 11:00 am – 00:00 am
Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday-Sunday 11:00 am – 23:00 pm


“Warung Mertua” in Denpasar, Bali

For those who wants to be among Indonesian people in their typical gathering places and listen professional musicians jamming.

Warung

If you don’t live in Bali, just came here for holidays probably you won’t know this place and won’t find a suggestion to visit it in any typical guide books :).

“Warung Mertua” a place where gathering mostly only Indonesian people. It’s nothing fancy, very typical Indonesian “warung” but at the same time it’s special place – like here gathering and jamming many musicians from all around Bali. After finishing their works, they like to come to this place and just jamming together, share their thoughts, ideas, experiences. They enjoy playing and covering not only famous international songs, but I would say even prefer play Indonesian good song and “transfer” them to jazz, blues and etc. sounds. That’s why many locals are coming here – they know that will have good music and local prices for food.

Warung Mertua

If you are foreigner and will dare to come here, be the object of attention (like not many foreigners comes here, so when you will come – people will stare at you for a while) I believe that you will enjoy the atmosphere of the place. Just you need to know that there is no exact time of playing, no date or time. People come to play here for fun, when they have time and energy. My suggestion to go there on Saturdays (in Indonesia it’s the most active week day for going outside) and after 23:00 pm – most probably you will have chance enjoy real Indonesian music life.

Menu here is not various and as well very typical for Indonesian people – “mie goreng” (instant noodles) and similar. So if you are not fan of Indonesian cuisine, you can just order a beer and enjoy the time :) The prices here local ones ;).

 

“Warung Mertua”
Location:
Jl. Imam Bonjol, at the intersec-tion with Jl. Malboro, Denpasar
Working hours:
Monday to Friday, Sunday 7:00 pm till 00:00 pm (but can be closed earlier if there are no customers)
Saturdays 7:00 pm till 3:00 am (as well depends on customers)


Rumah Sanur hubAnd extra place –“Rumah Sanur” creative hub, Sanur, Bali

It’s not typical place for live music performances and it’s not the aim of this place – to organize concerts. But like the place is in good location, have space, is open for creative people and have some coffee shop – sometimes you can enjoy music performances not only from Indonesia but European musicians as well. Just check information before coming ar just come for cup of coffee :).

 

All places on the map:

You like other places? Share where is good place to listen for live music (no matter what type), which one is your favorite ;)

 

Some of the pictures are taken from internet sources.

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