When preparing to travel to Bali, Java, Lombok or any of the other islands of Indonesia, you need to be aware of the Indonesian visa situation. As of February 1, 2004 , the Government of the Republic of Indonesia started the implementation of the Indoneisa "Visa On Arrival" policy for tourists and business people alike. Unfortunately the VOA is only good for one-month maximum and is not extendable. BUT there is good news over the horizon... I have recently discussed the visa situation with the consular general of Indonesia in New York City and he has informed me of some new long term visa options for all you folks who want to stay longer than 30 days. See Below for:
Visa-Free CountriesVisa-free facility will be granted for a duration of 30 days for the 11 countries listed below:
Visa on Arrival CountriesCitizens from the following 36 countries not granted visa-free facility may apply for Visa-On-Arrival (VOA).
Citizens of the following 11 countries are eligible for a free Visa on Arrival (VOA):Brunei, Chile, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore.
Please be advised that Visa-Free Short Visits may only be extended upon approval from the Minister of Justice and Human Rights/Director General of Immigration of the Republic of Indonesia based on natural disaster, illness or accident, but cannot be transferred to another type of visa. Overstay visitors incur to pay a penalty of US$20 per day (for under 60 days stay) whilst over 60 days stay will be a 5 (five) year prison sentence or a fine of Rp25,000,000 (local currency).
And there are now 63 nationalities that are eligible for the US$10 7 day and US$25 30 day VOAs:
Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tunisia, UAE, UK, USA.
* VOA is non-extendable in any circumstances; there's a US$20/day fine for overstays however after a certain point you face a huge fine.
Citizens from countries not on the above lists and people wanting to stay longer than 30days need to apply (well in advance) for a Tourist Visa at their nearest Indonesian Embassy. 60day Tourist Visas seem to easy to get with an application through the embassies in Kuala Lumpur 7 Singapore.
List of Countries whose Citizens need approval for an Indonesian Visa
Indonesian Ports of Entry to get your VOA