Indonesia has expanded its visa-on-arrival facility to travellers from 18 additional countries, bringing the total number of eligible countries to 60. All but two (Hong Kong and Timor-Leste) of the new additions are from Europe.
As before, Singaporeans and nationals of other ASEAN countries are exempt from the visa requirement, though they will need to pay for a visa-on-arrival if they wish to stay beyond 30 days.
Indonesia’s expanded visa-on-arrival list
Passport holders from the following countries are now eligible for a visa-on-arrival.
|🇮🇩 Bali: Eligible Visa-on-Arrival Countries|
|*Exempt from visa requirement, but must purchase visa-on-arrival if intending to stay >30 days|
A visa-on-arrival is only available to those entering through the following air, sea and land posts/ports.
A visa-on-arrival costs IDR 500,000 and is valid for 30 days, with the option to extend it for a further 30 days for IDR 800,000.
Payment is collected on-arrival at the airport via cash or card. Although other currencies are accepted, the conversion rates (at least when I entered via Bali in early April) left a lot to be desired. My advice would be to pay in IDR.
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD334||23%|
|Saudi Arabia Riyal||SAR152||16%|
If your nationality is not eligible for a visa-on-arrival, you will need to apply for a visit visa (B211A). This is valid for 60 days, and visas issued from 16 April 2022 cannot be extended.
Who is exempt from the visa requirement?
ASEAN nationals are exempt from the visa requirement, and may enter for a maximum stay of 30 days (non-extendable).
However, if their plan is to stay beyond 30 days, they will need to purchase a visa-on-arrival under the same conditions mentioned previously. This will be valid for 30 days initially, with the option to extend it for a further 30 days.
APEC Business Travel Card holders with Indonesia listed on the back are exempt from the visa requirement too.
Travel process to Bali
As a reminder, here’s the current list of requirements for travellers to Bali.
|✈️ Checklist for Travel to Bali|
|*Not required for travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 within 30 days of departure and have a doctor’s letter or COVID-19 recovery certificate. However, they will need to take a PCR test on arrival|
International travellers are no longer required to complete the e-HAC on the PeduliLindungi app, and recently recovered travellers are not required to take a pre-departure test (though they will have to take a PCR test on arrival, which sort of defeats the purpose!).
On arrival in Bali, there’s no need for quarantine or testing (unless you’re a recently recovered traveller, see previous paragraph). Once luggage is collected and customs are cleared, you have complete freedom of movement.
Indonesia now offers a visa-on-arrival to nationals from 60 countries, with Singapore and other ASEAN passport holders also eligible for visa-free entry.
This expands the number of travellers who can enter holiday destinations like Bintan and Bali relatively frictionlessly- though the real leap forward will happen when pre-departure testing is scrapped (or at the very least, downgraded to antigen testing).