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Do I need a visa for Indonesia?


Certain nationalities need to obtain a visa to visit Indonesia. This depends on the purpose of visit and the length of stay. Some may obtain a visa upon arrival in Indonesia, and some will need to apply for a visa in advance, at the nearest Indonesian Overseas Mission.


Do I have to apply for my visa in person?

Visas can be obtained either by post (please send all the relevant documents including passport by Special Delivery or Registered or recorded post, include a stamped self addressed envelope for the return of passpot/visa) or in person (submission time is between 10.00am-1.00pm.


What documents do I need to provide to make my application?

There is no set list of documents which should be provided as the requirements vary from application to application. Depending on the purpose of your visit, please log on to the Embassy’s website at www. for the list of documents and requirements needed.


What is the minimum passport validity required for applying for a visa?

At least 6 months from the date of entry into Indonesia.


How long does it take to issue a visa?

Within three to six working days, except for the application which need to be referred to the Authorities in Indonesia. Visas can be collected between 2.30pm and 4.00pm Monday to Friday (except Indonesian / UK Public Holidays). Allow ample time when applying for a visa by post.



Can a friend or family member in Indonesia apply for a visa for me?

Visas for Indonesia can be issued only at an Indonesian Embassy/Consulate overseas. However, authorisation to stay longer than 60 days or multiple entry visas can be applied for by your local sponsor at the immigration Office in Indonesia. An authorisation/approval letter IS NOT an actual entry visa.


What do I do after I receive immigration approval/authorisation for my visa?

Apply for the required visa at the Embassy with your passport and all the relevant documents. The visa fee, which is payable to the Indonesian Embassy, will depend on the type of visa required. Please refer to the Embassy’s web site.


Can somebody else apply for a visa for me?

Yes, provided that you sign the application form personally to show that the information given is true and accurate. Giving false or misleading information, or failing to give important relevant information on the form, or to the visa officer, can be a reason for an application to be refused.


Does the visa guarantee my entry into Indonesia?

You should not experience any problems on entry into Indonesia provided that:

  • You have given the entry clearance officer all information relevant to your visit to Indonesia.
  • You have not, with or without your knowledge, given false information to support your application, and
  • There has been no change to your circumstances, or reasons for going to Indonesia since the visa was issued.


What is the latest date that my visa will be accepted on arrival in Indonesia?

The expiry date will be 90 (ninety) days from the date the visa is issued.


How long can I stay?

The maximum stay for visitors is normally 60 days, except for the Visa on Arrival which has a maximum stay of 30 days and also certain type of visas given based on approval from the Immigration Authority in Indonesia.


What happens if I overstay?

Overstay visitors will be charged a penalty of US$20 per day for under 60 days overstay, whilst the penalty for over 60 days overstay will be a 5 year prison sentence, or a fine of Rp. 25,000,000 (Indonesian Rupiah).


Can I use the visa to enter Indonesia more than once?

Visas are normally valid for single entry only, unless there is a specific authorisation from the Immigration Office in Indonesia.


If my travel plans are delayed, can the validity of my visa be changed?

No. Applicants should apply for another visa.


What if my reason for going to Indonesia changes?

A visa is normally issued for a specific purpose. If your reason for going to Indonesia changes, you should inform the Office that issued your visa. You may be asked to make another visa application.


Do I need to bring any documents with me?

On arrival, an Immigration Officer may ask you to show evidence of your reasonsfor coming to Indonesia. This may include airline tickets, evidence of funds, letters from your sponsor or businesses you are visiting, or school you will be studying at. You should carry in your hand luggage copies of documents that you showed to entry clearance officer.


If I am already in Indonesia, who should I contact for advice about immigration matters?

If you, or the person you are enquiring about, are already in Indonesia, you should contact the local immigration office..



Effective 1 st February, 2004, Indonesia has introduced wide ranging changes in the national visa-free and visa on arrival system. The summary of those changes are as follows:


Visa – Free Short Visit

- Under the aforementioned new rules, there are 45 countries and territories eligible for a “Visa-Free” Short Visit for tourist purposes.

- Nationals of the aforementioned countries and territories will be issued with a maximum 30-day stay permit without charge, upon presentation of a valid passport with 6 months remaining validity abd a return or onward ticket.

- The Visa-Free facility is not extendable or convertible into another type of visa.


Visa on Arrival

- Effective 1st august 2005, new visa policy has been itroduced for visa on arrival on tourist and Transit Visa. There is an additional 15 nationals who can enjoy this facility and will be able to obtain a "Visa On Arrival" processed at the gate of entry following the payment of an official fee.

- The citizen of 36 countries and territories eligible to purchase visas on arrival are : Argentine, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourgh, Maldives, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, south Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan Territory, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America.

- Citizens of the aforementioned countries must hold a passport valid for at least 6 months remaining validity at the time of arrival into Indonesia, present a completed embarkation/disembarkation card provided by the airlines, be able to demonstrate sufficient means to cover the duration of heir stay in Indonesia, not be listed on any official blacklist of individuals prohibited from entering the countr, and pay the stipulated fee to obtain a visa.

- The Fee for Visa on Arrival is US$ 35 for 30 days.

- The Visa on Arrival is NON-EXTENDABLE and can not be converted into another class/type of visa.

- Overstay visitors will be charged with a penalty of US$ 20 per day for under 60 days overstay, whilst the penalty for those over 60 days overstay will be a 5 years prison sentence or a fine of Rp. 25,000,000 (Indonesian Rupiah).

- Once payment is completed, the tourist will then proceed to an immigration counter for a final inspection of documents and visa issuance.


  • Facilities for “Visa on Arrival” will only be available at the following International Gateways:

Airports: Adi Juanda (Surabaya), Adisutjipto (Yogyakarta), Adi Sumarno (Solo), El Tari (Kupang), Halim Perdanakusuma (Jakarta), Hassanudin (Makasar), Ngurah Rai (Denpasar), Polonia (Medan), Sam Ratulangi (Manado), Selaparang (Mataram), Sepinggan (Balik Papan), Soekarno-Hatta (Jakarta), Sulta Syarif Kasim II (Pekan Baru) and Tabing (Padang).


Seaports: Bandar Bintan, Selani Lagoi and Bandar Sri Udana Lobam (Tanjung Uban, Bintan), Batu Ampar, Marina Teluk Senimba, Nongsa, Sekupang and Batam Centre (Batam Island), Belawan (North Sumatera), Benoa (Island of Bali) Bitung (Sulawesi), Bitung (Sulawsi), Jayapura (Papua), Maumere (East Nusa Tenggara), Padang Bai (Bali), Pare-Pare (South Sulawesi), Sibolga (North Sumatera), Soekarno-Hatta (Makasar), Sri Bintan Pura (Riau), Tanjung Balai Karimun (Sumatera), Tanjung Mas (Semarang), Tanjung Priok (Jakarta), Teluk Bayur (Padang), Tenau (Kupang), Yos Sudarso (Dumai, Sumatra).


Applying for a Visa in Advance

Nationals of countries NOT included on a visa-free or visa-on-arrival list must apply for their entry visa overseas before arriving in Indonesia. This includes any countries wishing to stay for more than 30 days, who must apply for an appropriate visa at the nearest Indonesian Embassy or Consulate where they reside, prior to travelling to Indonesia.

The policy for “Visa on Arrival” given to certaion countries is based on the principle of reciprocity that exists between Indonesia and each individual country.​