How to Enter Indonesia ? Quick Answers
- Do I need special permission to enter Indonesia? Yes, only passport holders from the majority of Southeast Asian countries are visa exempt. All other countries require a visa to enter Indonesia.
- Do I need a visa to enter Indonesia? Citizens from 87 countries can enter Indonesia via the Visa on Arrival scheme (VOA) for a period of 30 days (plus 30 days extension). It is available online here and upon arrival. A single-entry Visitor Visa (official website here) is available online for most foreign citizens for a period of 60-180 days. The previous multi-entry visa has not been reinstated since it was postponed because of COVID-19.
- Do I need proof of onward travel? Yes, you are required to provide an onward ticket out of Indonesia.
- Do I need proof of COVID-19 vaccination? No, proof of vaccination status is not needed.
- Do I need travel insurance? No, but visitors who have it can cover unexpected in-country medical treatment costs. Read about popular travel insurers here.
Indonesia Visa Summary
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The previous Multi-Entry Visitor Visa has not been available since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Single-Entry Visitor Visas are available for travellers from the majority of countries for up to 180 days.
If you want to do less paperwork (less doesn’t mean none!) and are happy with a shorter stay of 30 days, you can opt for a Visa on Arrival (VOA). This can be obtained online in advance or directly at the border when you arrive. If you change your mind and want to stay a little longer in Indonesia, you can extend your VOA once for another 30 days.
We totally understand that it’s hard to say goodbye to Indonesia and visas can be quite restrictive! If you want to stay in the country longer, you can obtain a new visa by leaving and re-entering the country via a border run.
Indonesia: COVID-19 Requirements
COVID-19 Vaccination Status
- Vaccinated travellers: Vaccinated travellers can enter Indonesia without proof of vaccination.
- Non-vaccinated travellers: Non-vaccinated travellers can enter Indonesia without proof of vaccination.
Entry Requirements & Documents
- A passport with six months validity and a minimum of one blank page
- A valid visa
Travel Insurance Requirements
- Insurance is not a requirement for foreigners to enter Indonesia.
Indonesia: Visa Exemption
The majority of Southeast Asian countries are visa exempt. A maximum of 30 days is permitted without the right to extend. The list of nine countries that can enter Indonesia on the visa exemption scheme are:
- Brunei Darussalam
- The Philippines
Indonesia: Type of Visas
VOA (Visa On Arrival): 30-day Single-entry Visa
- What is a VOA? A single-entry visa that is valid for 30 days with the option to extend once for another 30 days. It can be obtained electronically as an eVOA to avoid long queues at the Indonesian port of entry or can be completed upon arrival. At the moment, 87 countries are eligible for the VOA. The list of countries can be seen here. eVOAs will be available for download within 48 hours and applications can be submitted 14 days prior to travel.
- How to apply: You can apply online (official website here) or fill out the forms upon arrival.
- Cost: The price of the VOA is currently around IDR 500,000. (Subject to change.)
What do you need to apply?
- A current passport with six months validity and a minimum of one blank page
- Passport size photograph (if online, the format needs to be JPEG/JPG/PNG)
- Printed proof of onward/return ticket
- The fee needs to be paid within 120 minutes of being presented with the ‘payment confirmation’ page
Visitor Visa: 60-180 day Single-entry Visitor Visa:
- What is a Visitor Visa? A single-entry visa that is valid for a period of 60-180 days without the option to extend. At the moment, 87 countries are eligible for the Visitor Visa. The list of countries can be checked here. The visa will be processed within four working days from the time of payment.
- How to apply: You can apply online (official website here) or at the nearest embassy/consulate.
- Cost: The price for 60 days is currently around IDR 2,000,000 and for 180 days, the price is approx. IDR 6,000,000. (Subject to change.)
What do you need to apply?
- A current passport with six months validity for the 60-day option and 12 months for the 180-day option
- At least one blank page should be available
- Two copies of coloured photographs (4x6cm)
- Proof of funds (At least $2,000USD or equivalent)
- Proof of onward ticket
Make sure you use the official websites for your Indonesia Visa!
Indonesia: Extending your Visa
Only the Visa On Arrival (VOA) can be extended. It can be extended once for 30 days. This can be done online using the following link. All other visas cannot be extended and travellers will need to leave Indonesia by the date shown.
In exceptional circumstances, such as business reasons etc., permission to stay longer in Indonesia may be granted through the immigration office/embassy/consulate in Indonesia.
Cost: 500,000 IDR for an additional 30 days (approx. $34USD).
Border Runs from Indonesia
If your time in Indonesia is coming to an end, you may want to do a ‘border run’. There are several border crossings close to Indonesia where you can exit and re-enter the country. Read more about border runs here.
How many times can you re-enter Indonesia via a border run? Currently, there is no law against border runs. You can attempt this process as often as you need, so long as you follow the local immigration laws and do not overstay or misuse your visa.
All 114 available entry points for VOA/eVOA can be found here.
Overstaying your Visa in Indonesia
Penalties for Overstaying in Indonesia
Overstaying a visa in any country is a serious offence. Indonesia is no different. From fees to detention and a ban on future entry, it is highly advisable to leave Indonesia by the date shown on the visa.
If you end up overstaying (at the end of the day, nobody can plan everything and $h*t sometimes happens), below are the official penalties, as outlined on the immigration website. Please note that these can change at any time. Depending on the officer that is responsible for your case, they could also vary in practice!
- If you overstay your visa, you could be asked to pay a fine of around IDR 1,000,000 per day, be detained, get deported, and/or be banned from future travel to Indonesia for a specific period.
- If you overstay your visa for more than 60 days, you could be detained, deported, and/or banned from future travel to Indonesia for a specific period.