Visa Information

​​​​Foreigners are required to have valid visa for traveling to Indonesia. Before submitting your visa application, please check below for important information concerning visa application procedure, visa condition and any other requirements for submitting visa application at our Embassy.

Do you need a visa for your travel to Indonesia?

Applicants are encouraged to check whether their travel to Indonesia require a visa. Citizens of 169 countries and special administrative regions are exempted from having a visa for short visit to Indonesia and to stay for up to 30 days. For more information, please click here.

Who can apply a visa at our Embassy in Switzerland?

Please note that our Embassy is accredited to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Therefore we only issue Indonesian visa for citizens of Switzerland or Liechtenstein. We also issue visa for other foreigners who hold valid Swiss or Liechtenstein residency or cross border permit.

How long the process of the visa will take?

The process to issue a visa at our Embassy takes approximately five business days, provided that all requirements are met. The process may take longer time during holiday seasons. This period excludes the period needed for delivery by post. Therefore, kindly adjust your travel plan with the period needed to organize a visa.

No exception is to be made to any applicant, unless under emergency or humanitarian situation (for example: a family member fall ill or sick while traveling to Indonesia as proven by written statement issued by local hospital or doctor). Please note that applicant who has just realized that their passport is expired or valid for less than 6 months and applying a visa using a temporary or provisory passport is not considered as urgent or emergency situation, therefore, normal visa procedure applies.

What is the expiry date mentioned on the visa and how long can travelers stay in Indonesia with their visa?

An Indonesian visa must be used within 90 days after it is issued, otherwise it will not be valid for use anymore (the expiry date is mentioned on the upper right part of the visa). The duration of stay (up to 60 days) starts from the first day of arrival in Indonesia based upon the entry stamp provided at the Immigration Checkpoints.

Visa application, which is sent more than 90 days before the date of entry to Indonesia, will not be processed immediately. Should the said application being approved, the issuance of the visa will be delayed until the appropriate time.

Are you citizens of a country that is listed in our watch list or are you holders of travel documents for refugee or asylum seeker issued by the Swiss Government?

Visa application from any citizens whose countries are included in the watch list and therefore need visa authorization from the Immigration Office in Indonesia, requires longer processing time. As part of the assessment process, our Embassy has the right to request additional supporting documents. Failed to do so will result the application being denied and all documents will be returned to applicant.

Are you a journalist or a film maker who plan to do journalistic or film making activity in Indonesia?

For journalistic and film making activities, applicant must obtain a special permit prior to applying for a visa. For more information,  please contact the Information and Social Culture Section of the Embassy through email address:

Are you staff members of Swiss or Liechtenstein based companies planning to go to Indonesia for specific activities?

The following purposes of visits require Foreign Workers Employment Permit (IMTA) issued by the Ministry of Manpower of the Republic of Indonesia:

  1. Commercial film making activities that have been granted a film making permit by relevant institution.
  2. Conducting audit, quality control, or inspection to a branch office in Indonesia with duration of stay for more than 30 days.
  3. After sales works which include machinery and electrical instalation, as well as after sales service related to initial business assessment.

For travelers who are in possesion of an IMTA and are already in Indonesia are advised to convert their Visit Visa (Visa B-211) into Limited Stay Visa at the nearest Immigration Office. For travelers who are not in possesion of IMTA and are already in Indonesia will be denied further stay and later be fined or deported.

As an option, a Limited Stay Visa can also be arranged prior to traveling to Indonesia. For more information on how to arrange a Limited Stay Visa, please refer to the information available in the page concerning Limited Stay Visa, which can be accessed here.

How can I contact the Visa and Consular Section?
Please note that our Embassy has limited number staffs handling visa and consular matters, therefore, telephone calls are not always promptly answered. The best and most effective way to contact us is through email address:

Before sending your questions and enquiries, please make sure that you have looked for the information in our website. Our staffs will only respond to email from applicants asking specific questions or enquiries. If you wish to know whether you need a visa for your travel to Indonesia, then refer to the first part of this information.

Type of Visa

1. Single Entry Visa (index 211A to 211C)

a. 211A

This type of visa is valid for single entry only with a maximum period of stay for 60 days. This visa is applied to those who will visit Indonesia for the purpose of official government activities, tourist visit, social and cultural activities, sports, business and commercial activities, family visit, journalistic activities, or transit. Please note that this visa is not valid for gainful employment. This type of visa may be extended for maximum 4 times, with additional 30 days of stay per extension.

b. 211B

This visa is valid for single entry only with a maximum stay period of 60 days. Stay period is extendable up to four times with 30 days stay for each extension. Extensions are made at Immigration Offices in Indonesia. Approval from the Immigration Head Office is required. Purpose of visit is for Industrial Activities pertaining to: Conduct training, provide guidance or instructions on implementing industrial technology, product design or cooperation in international marketing for Indonesia. Audit, production quality control, or inspection at branch companies in Indonesia. Participating in competency test for job position in Indonesia.

c. 211C

This visa is valid for single entry only with a maximum stay period of 60 days. Stay period is extendable up to four times with 30 days stay for each extension. Extensions are made at Immigration Offices in Indonesia. Approval from the Immigration Head Office is required. Purpose of visit is for activities pertaining to: Journalistic, Non-commercial/profit film making.

2. Multiple Entry Visa (index D-212)
This type of visa is valid for multiple entries to Indonesia and valid for a period of 1 year starting from the date of issue of the visa with no more than 60 days per visit. This type of visa is applied for those who require several visits to Indonesia for the purpose of official government activities, business or commercial activities, and family visit. Please note that this visa is not valid for gainful employment and cannot be converted into any other type of stay permit. This type of visa requires Visa Authorization from the Immigration Head Office in Jakarta, Indonesia.

3. Limited Stay Visa (index C-311 to 319)

This type of visa is valid for a limited stay in or migrating to Indonesia for maximum stay of 2 years period and valid for various purposes, including gainful employment. This type of visa is not valid for tourism. Prior visa authorization from the Immigration Office required.

4. Diplomatic or Service Visa
This type of visa is only issued for holders of diplomatic passport, service passport, and United Nations Laissez-Passer. The duration of stay is depending on the purpose of visit with maximum of stay for 30 days.  

5. Visa on Arrival

Visa on Arrival (VoA) can be obtained upon arrival in Indonesia at the designated airports, seaports or land border checkpoint. VoA is valid for a maximum of 30 days of stay starting on the first day of arrival regardless of the time of arrival. VoA is issued at the discretion of the Immigration Officer at the point of arrival.

VoA can be extended for another 30 days. To do so, travelers are advised to contact the nearest local Immigration Office in Indonesia for more information.

If you are unsure or if you are a holder of temporary/ emergency passport or other travel documents (non-national passports), you are strongly advised to apply for a single entry visa in advance prior leaving Switzerland or Liechtenstein.

A VoA cannot be converted into any other type of visa or stay permit in Indonesia.

Countries that Require Special Authorization

Holders of passports issued by the following countries require special visa authorization from the Immigration Office in Indonesia prior to applying a visa at our Embassy:
  1. Afghanistan
  2. Cameroon
  3. Guinea
  4. Israel
  5. Liberia
  6. Nigeria
  7. North Korea
  8. Somalia

Holder of travel document for refugee or asylum seeker issued by the Swiss Government also require special visa authorization from the Immigration Office.

It is important to note that the process of obtaining a special authorization from the Immigration authority may take several weeks to several months. Therefore, please do not purchase any ticket prior to the visa authorization is obtained. Once an authorization is obtained, the visa will be issued within 5 working days after the embassy receive a complete set of application documents.

Arrangement of Visa Authorization

To organize a visa authorization, applicants must have sponsors in Indonesia who will guarantee their stay in Indonesia and must present themselves in person at the Immigration Head Office. Request for a Visa Authorization can be submitted to our Embassy or directly to the Immigration Head Office in Jakarta by applicant's sponsor. Please allow several weeks for the authorization to be processed by the Immigration Office.

When the authorization is issued, Immigration Office will send a telex approval to the sponsor and to our Embassy in Bern, Switzerland, where applicants can issue their visa. Please be advised that the Embassy has the right to refuse an application and cancel the authorization if any false and inaccurate information are to be found in the application.

Obtaining Permit for Journalistic and Film Making Activities

In order to obtain a permit to conduct journalistic activities or making film or shooting video in Indonesia, applicant(s) must contact the Press and Information Section of the Embassy through email Separate form must be filled and submitted to the embassy for further assessment.

Once the permit is granted, applicant(s) shall continue to apply for a visa through usual procedure at the Embassy’s Consular Section. Applicant must submit filled visa application form and the required documents added with the journalistic/ film making/ video shooting permit to the Consular Section.

Submitting Visa Application

Applicant or their agent present the complete set of document at the Consular Service Counter at the Embassy of Indonesia in Bern. Application must be submitted between Monday to Friday from 09:00 – 12:00, except on public holidays (click here for information on the Embassy’s public holiday). No appointment is required to submit your visa application.

Application may also be submitted through postal service to our Embassy through this postal address:

Embassy of Indonesia
P.O. Box 112
3000 Bern 15

Please always use the registered post when sending your visa application. After visa is issued, there is an option of having the passport to be returned via postal service. To do so, please enclose a self-addressed return envelope (registered/ einschreiben) with an attached stamp of CHF 6.30 in your visa application. The passport will be sent to the address specified on the self-addressed envelope.

​Visa Payment

Please indicate the reason for payment by using the format as follow: 
Payment_Type of Visa Requested_Name of Applicant (example:Payment Visa B-211 John Doe) or if more than one visa requested in one payment, please use this format:  Payment_Number of Visa Requested_Type of Visa Requested_Name of Applicant  (example: Payment 4 Visa B-211 Family Zimmerman).

The Embassy of Indonesia no longer accepts cash payment for any of its services. Any visa application or request for consular service whose payment is not made through bank transfer or deposit, will be returned to the applicant and the request will not be processed.

Our Embassy also accepts payment using debit or credit cards (Maestro, V Pay, Visa, and Master Card). Please note that additional fee applies depending on the type of the card.

Our Embassy only process application when full amount of fee is received.

Starting 1 April 2018, Indonesian Embassy in Bern DO NOT accept payments for Visa and Consular Service through the Post Office.