A Brief Introduction to Bali Visa
Depending on your passport there are three ways to enter Indonesia:
1. No Visa required (45 countries FREE)
2. Visa on Arrival (ca.30 countries – 35US$)
3. Visa needed (apply abroad before arriving in Indonesia)
Case 1 and 2:
Usually there is no problem to enter Indonesia and get a stamp or a visa on arrival (VoA). But your passport must be valid for at least another 6 months and should have one free page (or enough space) for the visa sticker or stamp (visitors have been sent back because their passport was full). You should have a return flight ticket (reservation printout), although they rarely ever ask for it, but it could happen. You can stay for 30 days, working is not permitted.
Australia was originally planned to also join this list, but Indonesian government decided at the end against this idea with the reason that Indonesian citizens also still need to pay for a visa to come to Australia.
In the immigration hall at the airport you will still have to queue and obtain a stamp, because the length of stay is restricted to 30 days. But you do not need to pay anything nor queue at the visa on arrival counter for payment anymore, if you are a national of one of those 45 countries.
2. Following nationalities are eligible for a Visa on Arrival which costs US$35
Citizens of these countries will be granted a VoA valid for 30 days upon arrival in Bali, Jakarta and other international airports (by ship at a limited number of Indonesian sea ports). A 30-day visa costs US$35 and is extendable for another 30 days. You can go to the immigration office at the airport by yourself or hire a visa agent who will charge around 50 – 80 US$ for this service per passport. Be aware that Immigration officials calculate the 30-day period as follows: your arrival day is counted as your first day, and you must leave the country on the 30th. (or 60th. day! in case of extension)
How to Obtain the “VISA on ARRIVAL” (VoA)
Travelers from the above countries must be in possession of a passport which is valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival. They must sometimes also be able to prove they have sufficient funds for their stay in Indonesia, if the immigration officer has doubts that they can. Sometimes it is necessary to show them the return ticket or confirmation slip. But since travelers can book easily online now and on short notice, this is very rare.
Arriving travelers with Visa-On-Arrival status have to go first to one of the “VoA Counters” to pay the appropriate fee before proceeding to the Immigration Clearance Desk. Payment of visa fees can be made in US Dollar or Indonesia Rupiah, AUS$, or EUR. Sometimes other currencies are accepted. But to avoid long queues and problems at the counter it’s better to have the cash ready. After you land, make it quick to get to the payment counters, the queues can sometimes be quite long. And after paying, you will have to queue again for the immigration process (which can take up to 1hour if you are unlucky).
“Counting” the days properly, how many days can I stay with a Visa on Arrival?
The VoA is NOT VALID FOR ONE MONTH. Only 30 days.
The day of arrival counts as day one.
The day of departure also counts.
Even if you leave 5 minutes after midnight, it will be counted as a full new day. If you overstay you will have to pay a penalty of 200.000Rp per day. Up to 3 days is usually no problem, you will simply pay the fee at the immigration counter. Quite a few travelers end up paying the additional fee (penalty) because they wrongly assume, that the visa is valid for a month or because they do not know, that the first day of arrival and the day of departure also do count as full days.
3. Need to apply abroad
All other foreign nationals that are not shown in the list above are required to apply for a visa abroad in one of the Indonesian embassies or consulates. Visas are issued to those persons who are visiting Indonesia on government work, on business, for social-cultural activities and for holidays.
If you have any other purpose than simply visiting as a tourist, for a social visit, or if you are a citizen of one of the countries that are not eligible for a Visa on Arrival (see list above), you need to apply for one of the following visas BEFORE arriving in Indonesia:
Please contact the Indonesian Embassy in your home country. Make sure you start to apply a few weeks before your departure and get all necessary documents ready.
– Single Entry Visa (Business Visa, Socio-cultural Visa, Tourist Visa, Government (Diplomatic/Service Visa)
– Multiple Entry Visa
– Transit Visa
– Temporary Stay Visa
The above message is quoted from http://www.bali.com/visa-indonesia-entry-requirements-bali.html and http://www.baliguide.com/bali-info/visa_regulations.html.