Indonesia is a popular destination for travellers, but there are some key things to know about Indonesia’s visa requirements before you book your flight.
Whether you’re planning on spending a short amount of time in Bali or exploring the many islands that make up this diverse country, here’s what you need to know about Indonesian visas:
- Passport. A valid passport (with at least 6 months remaining validity) must be presented to the Indonesian Embassy or Consulate General in your country of residence.
- Visa. You will need to apply for a visa at an Indonesian Embassy or Consulate-General before you travel to Indonesia, even if you already have a visa issued by another country. Visas can take 2-3 weeks from application through processing and issuance, so plan!
- Health Certificate: Your doctor must complete this form declaring that it’s okay for you to come into Indonesia without having any significant health problems—such as being HIV positive or having cancerous cells in your body—that would put others at risk when travelling; with them!
The Indonesian Visa application process differs from other countries, so you’ll need to be sure that your visa requirements are met before applying.
In general, eligible countries include:
- Australia (all states except Western Australia)
- Austria, Belgium and Denmark
- Canada (Ontario)
- Cyprus and Malta
The list is not exhaustive but should cover most of the major destinations in Southeast Asia.
Indonesia Visa Application Procedure
To apply for a visa in person, you must submit your application form and passport to the Indonesian Embassy or Consulate.
This can be done up to 30 days before your intended travel date.
If applying online, it is advised that you contact them ahead of time so that they can process your application on time.
Extension Procedure: You may be eligible for an extension if your passport has expired or been lost or destroyed within six months before the end of your validity period of yours (i.e., if your passport has been valid for less than six months).
To apply for this extension, ensure all required documents (including the proof from ISIC) are included with the application.
The Embassy/Consulate will then decide whether or not they want to grant one based on their discretion and needs; however, there may be some conditions involved, such as paying additional fees etc.
You can get multiple-entry visas for up to 30 days, 90 days or 180 days. You can also apply for a multiple-entry visa that lasts one year.
Extensions for Visa on Arrival
The Indonesian immigration office can grant you an extension of your visa for up to 30 days at a time.
An extension must be applied for in-person and only available at the immigration office where you are staying.
Extensions are unavailable for tourists in Indonesia for less than 30 days, nor can they be obtained online or over the phone, so make sure you visit your local Indonesian immigration office before leaving!
Online Visa Application Assistance
The Online Visa Application Help is available in English, Bahasa Indonesia and Chinese.
The service is also available to those living in the U.S., as well as in Indonesia.
Indonesia has not agreed to the U.S. visa waiver program, so U.S. citizens must have a visa to enter Indonesia.
Indonesia is a popular destination for American travellers, and it’s easy to see why: its beaches, jungles and volcanoes are amazing!
If you are planning on travelling here with children or looking for an adventure-filled holiday, we recommend our guide to plan a fantastic trip in Indonesia!
The Last Word
As you can see, the visa application process is not complicated. It’s a matter of knowing what documents to bring and filling out the forms.