This post is written on 2018, but the VISA extension process is always changing. And so this post is updated to Jan 2020 and we will always try to keep it up to date.
There seems to be a lot of confusion on the subject of extending a Visa on Arrival in Bali and the rest of Indonesia. Probably because it’s difficult to find any official information on how to extend your visa but you have two options.
The only information you can get is from someone who already extend their visa. We will break down both methods and explain the pros and cons of each.
- Things to know before booking your flight to Bali
- If you are already in Bali, then…
- Bali Visa Immigration Fee
- The 2 Options of Visa Extension in Bali
- I want to live in Bali forever…
- Frequently Asked Question
Things to know before booking your flight to Bali
Before being allowed to board your flight to Bali, depending on your departure airport or airline, you may be required to show your exit tickets from Indonesia before being allowed to board your flight to Bali. (Technically travelers are required to show proof of exit of any country when entering on a standard visa.) Keep in mind even with a visa on arrival extension you can only stay in Bali for 60 days maximum.
If you are coming to Bali for 30 days or less most countries (exactly 169 countries) are allowed to enter free for 30 days. Once you enter Bali this visa CAN NOT be extended. If later you decide to stay longer you will need to leave the country and reenter.
If you plan on staying in Bali for 31 to 60 days, DO NOT opt for the free 30 day VOA, as it can not be extended. Instead, purchase the $38 USD (thanks Morgan for the update) Visa on Arrival at the immigration counter at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, which can be extended up to 60 days. The 60 day visa on arrival is not equal to 2 months. The day you arrive counts as day 1, so avoid any trouble by counting your days correctly! The fee for overstaying your Visa is now 1,000,000 IDR per day (2019 update).
Give yourself at least 14 business days (or more) to take care of your VOA extension, and pay special attention to holidays and local celebrations when the offices will be closed, which could cause delays. This process must be started before your original 30 day visa has expired or you will be fined 1,000,000 IDR per day until you start the visa extension process.
If you are already in Bali, then…
Some of you reading this may already be in Bali and trying to find the best information out there about extending visa. In this case, see which Visa you have. Did you buy the VOA at the immigration counter in Ngurah Rai airport or you are one of 169 countries that can enter visa free? If you buy the VOA then you have time to take care of extension. If you enter visa free, then you need to do Visa Run.
The Visa Run & How To Do It Properly!
As you enter Bali Visa Free, then you only have 30 days staying here. You can’t extend in anyway around. There are maybe some agents that say they can do it, but it’s not legal and may cost you alot. The only way you can extend your visa in such condition is The Visa Run.Basically you need to leave Indonesia, book and fly to Singapore. It is cheap, may cost you only around 100-200USD round trip. On your arrival in Bali, make sure you opt for the 38USD VOA at the immigration counter.
Tip: Always keep your exit ticket & never mention you are on Visa Run. If you arrive in Singapore (or any other countries that you want to do visa run) just say that you are there to meet friends or work stuff. Last, always try to find out about other countries visa policy to which you are flying.
Bali Visa Immigration Fee
Visa on Arrival (VoA) which can be purchased at Ngurah Rai Airport is IDR500,000 (roughly USD$35). The VoA is valid for 30 days and cab be extended only once for 30days. In total, with VoA you can stay in Bali for 60 days. While the extension fee for VoA is IDR500,000. Here’s the complete list for Visa Immigration Fee in 2020.
The 2 Options of Visa Extension in Bali
Extend your Visa on Arrival yourself or let an agent do it for you. Hiring an agent will cost you a fair bit of money, however doing it yourself will cost you a fair bit of time. Doing the visa extension yourself will cost IDR500,000 per extension and an agent will cost you around IDR700,000 and IDR900,000.
If you decide to do it yourself you will be required to go to an immigration office 3 times. Or if you hire an agent you will only be required to go to the immigration office once to get your fingerprints and photo taken.
If you choose to extend the visa yourself. We will break down what you will need to do for your 3 visits to immigration.
Day One : Dropping of Passport & Paperwork
For your first visit you will need to show up before 11AM and bring everything on the list below. Getting copies done around Bali is easy there seems to be a copy & print shop on every corner, you can email them or bring a thumb drive. There are currently 3 immigration offices in Bali. Since you’ll need to go to the same office a total of 3 times (likely all within a week to 10 days), you’ll want to choose the one that’s most convenient.
Immigration Offices Address in Bali
- Nusa Dua (South Bali) – Formerly the office on Ngurah Rai Bypass Road in Kuta, it has now moved to Jl. Taman Jimbaran no.1, Mumbul, Kuta Selatan, District Nusa Dua, Bali.
- Renon (Denpasar, Southeast Bali) – Jl. D.I. Pandjaitan No.3, Dangin Puri Klod, Denpasar Timur, Bali. Phone: 0361.227.828
- Singaraja (North Bali) – Jl. Seririt, Desa Pemaron, Singaraja, Kec. Buleleng, Bali. Phone: 0362.321.74
What to bring for Visa Extension process
- Black ink pen.
- Bring your passport.
- Provide one copy of your passport picture page.
- Provide one copy of your visa.
- Provide one copy of your plane ticket for departure.
- Remember, every day you are in Indonesia counts as a full day.
- 500.000 IDR (around $35USD). You can pay on your first or second visit.
Give yourself at least 7 business days (or more) to take care of your VOA extension, and pay special attention to holidays and local celebrations when the offices will be closed, which could cause delays. Offices are typically open from 8am to 4pm (and closed from 12 to 1pm for lunch), Monday through Friday.
Once you arrive, visit the front counter and they will prove you have all the correct paperwork and copies. You will get a form that you have to fill in.
Fill out the paperwork provided, and after that get a queue ticket. Make sure your queue ticket start with letter A. Then just wait for your number to be called to turn in your paperwork.
A quick tip: make sure you fill all the paperwork before going to the officer. Or else, they may not serve you even when your ticket number is called.
Day Two: Your Visa Photo & Fingerprint
Make sure you get back to the immigration office according to the schedule given on Cover Letter of Payment. The fee for visa extension is now IDR500.000 as per 2019. You will be required to pay that amount after your second day.The photo machine breaks down all the time so this will likely be your longest day. Upon your arrival, head directly to Counter 2 or 3.
Hand them your documents and they’ll give you a ticket with a number starting with the letter D . Wait for your number to be called over the loudspeaker. Once called, go to the photo desk and hand over your ticket. They will take your photo and scan your fingerprints as fast as possible. They will stamp your paper with a date on when to return to pick up your passport. You will be required to make your IDR500,000 payment the same day.
You can pay your fee at most banks or any Indonesian Post office. At the Nusa Dua office they have a post van parked outside and you can pay super quick and easy.
Day Three: Pick Up Your Passport
Most of the time you will be instructed to come back within a week to pick up your passport. But don’t worry if you can’t come on the given day, if you come a few days after the date to pick it up you will be fine. Head to window 3 give them your ticket and wait for them to call your name. Pick up your passport with your visa extension when called and sign the register. Before you leave, check to make sure the dates are right. This is very important as it is not uncommon for Bali Immigration Offices to make mistakes. Check it at the counter because once you leave, it will be a lot harder to come back and get things fixed.
I want to live in Bali forever…
Yeah, this is Bali & everyone wants to! Unless you change nationality and have KTP (national identity card) then you need to always take care of your Visa.There are some Visas that can make you stay longer than 60 days, you can apply for a social visa, 60 Day Tourist Visa, Multiple Entry Business Visa or even a KITAS. But you need to repeat the visa application and extension process over and over again.
Frequently Asked Question
How much is the visa extension fee?
The fee for visa extension in Bali is IDR500,000
What happen if I overstay my visa?
No matter what, if you overstay you will have to pay the penalty fee for IDR1,000,000 per day.
What if our VoA ended whilst we were in the process of extending it?
You will still have to pay the penalty. That’s why always make sure you count your stay properly.
Can I stay in Bali longer than 30 days?
Yes you can! You can opt-in for VoA at Ngurah Rai airport (cost USD$35/IDR500,000) which active for 30 days and can be extended for 30 days (60 days in total). If you want to stay longer, you can purchase the same VoA but with the Visa Run way. Or you can opt-in for Social Visa, or KITAS/KITAP.
How to count the 30 days VoA stay properly?
The 60 day visa on arrival is not equal to 2 months. The day you arrive counts as day 1, so avoid any trouble by counting your days correctly!