Our Bali visa on arrival blog is certain to help you choose which Bali tourist visa you need. We also touch on Bali visa extension for more than 30 days.
Before we start this blog we just want to point out that Bali is an island within Indonesia. Therefore when you receive a visa upon entry to Bali, it is an ‘Indonesian Visa’ granting access to the whole country.
Which Bali Visa On Arrival Do You Need?
Free 30 Day Visa On Arrival – For those knowing they will NOT stay more than 30 days in Bali.
Conditions: You MUST leave within your 30 day limit and it cannot be extended.
Process: Walk straight through immigration, collect your stamp and you’re in on a Bali tourist visa.
Extendable 30 Day Visa On Arrival – For those unsure or positive that they may need more than 30 days in Bali.
Cost: 494,000 IDR
Conditions: This visa is extendable for an extra 30 days after your original 30 days are up!
Process: Must be paid at immigration upon arrival. Payments must be in cash – there is an ATM besides the counter.
*Over 140 countries are eligible for a free 30 day visa including UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand and most European countries – check that you country is the list here.
Bali Visa Extension – How To Extend Your 30 Day Bali Visa On Arrival
Providing you’ve entering on an extendable 30 day Bali visa on arrival, you must begin the process of extending as soon as possible.
It can take up to 10 days in total and there are two ways to go about it:
Using A Visa Agent
Visa agents are private consultants who help you through the process for a fee. You must do your research with Bali visa extension agents. They will need your passport, so be sure to go with someone trustworthy.
For a reliable agent we can recommend our friend Nina who collects the passport from your accommodation, deals with everything and delivers it back to you once your visa has been extended. She’s great!
If you pay an agent to arrange the Bali tourist visa extension for you, your job is to visit Immigration once to give finger prints and have photos taken. Your agent will tell you the date and time of the visit and it only takes five minutes.
Using an agent for a Bali visa extension is very common amongst long term stayers in Bali.
Extending It Yourself
We’ve never extended ourselves so can only speak on what we’ve heard but one thing we do know is extending the visa yourself consists of three different visits.
All instructions for this option will be served at the immigration office.
The Price Difference
Using An Agent – 650,000 IDR* (just under $50 USD)
Extending It Yourself – 355,000 IDR (just over $25)
*This is the price we pay our Visa Extension Agent Nina to extend our Bali visa on arrival.
I’m Already In Bali On The Free Bali Tourist Visa And Want To Extend?
This is not possible!
If you have already entered Indonesia on a free 30 day visa and want to stay longer, your only option would be to leave and re-enter.
We’ve heard there are agents that can get around this, it comes at a cost AND IT’S ILLEGAL. Our advice to you is to play by the rules in foreign countries and book a visa run.
Bali Visa Run Options
To renew your visa you simply have to exit and enter the country again.
Singapore & Kuala Lumpur are usually the cheapest return flights from Bali and many people fly out and fly back in in the same day!
For those wondering, scooter parking is available at Denpasar airport for just 15,000 Rupiah per day.
Currently there is no rule as to how many Indonesian visa you can obtain in a single year, so for a lot of expats a visa run every couple of months is a cheap price to pay to live in paradise.
Where Is The Immigration Office Bali?
We’ve always visited the Jimbaran office, although there is also a Bali immigration office in Denpasar.
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