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Before you go to Indonesia, besides money and a travel plan, of course, you need the entry permit or visa. A lot of question from our readers, so we are preparing a guide: How to prepare visa to Indonesia. A tourist visa is issued from Indonesia’s Embassy for tourists who want to visit Indonesia. You can’t come to work or live for a long period in Indonesia using tourist visa because it was a criminal case. For you who have friends or family also in Indonesia, you need  tourist visas during your stay in Indonesia.

How to prepare visa to Indonesia? What do we need to prepare?

First, before applying tourist visa to Indonesia, you need passports from the immigration office in your country. Even though we know some of the countries allow children to have joined-passport with their mother, better you prepare separate passport. One is for yourself and one for your child. Some of immigration officers in Indonesia was very difficult to be explained (when the immigration’s check). So, the easiest way, just prepare separate passport.

In order to apply any visa to Indonesia, and we must have a passport valid for at least six months. If your passport is nearing completion, we recommend you to renew passport first and then start the procedures begin applying for a visa to enter Indonesia.

Besides that, you also need a travel itinerary (day by day)–not so detail but just show day by day in your trip, then the round trip flight tickets, and also your hotel or inn bookings. Sometimes, they will ask for your credit card limit or money cash that you have. From our experiences USD 3.000 is more than enough for staying one week in Indonesia.

For your tips, it was better to have a lot of copies of your passports, especially when you travel to the small cities or islnad far from Jakarta, Bali, or Surabaya. Besides that, please don’t give your passport to anyone except immigration official, hotel/ inn recepcionist, or a policeman. In other cases, you can just show your passport’s copy.

How about Visa on Arrival?

Visa on arrival (VOA) system was available for 63 countries and regions 1, according to the list of the Minister of Law and Human Rights in the Republic of Indonesia Number: M.HH-01.GR.01.06, in January 12, 2010, citizens of 63 countries and regions 1 are eligible for the visa on arrival (VOA).

1. Argentina
2. Australia
3. Austria
4. Algeria
5. Bahrain
6. Belgium
7. Brazil
8. Bulgaria
9. Czech Republic
10. Cambodia
11. Canada
12. Cyprus
13. China
14. Denmark
15. Estonia
16. Egypt
17. Fiji
18. Finland
19. France
20. Germany
21. Greece
22. Hungary
23. India
24. Iceland
25. Iran
26. Ireland
27. Italy
28. Japan
29. Kuwait
30. Laos
31. Latvia
32. Libya
33. Lithuania
34. Liechtenstein
35. Luxembourg
36. Maldives
37. Malta
38. Mexico
39. Monaco
40. New Zealand
41. Netherlands
42. Norway
43. Oman
44. Panama
45. Poland
46. Portugal
47. Qatar
48. Romania
49. Russia
50. Saudi Arabia
51. Slovak Republic
52. Slovenia
53. Spain
54. South Africa
55. South Korea
56. Suriname
57. Sweden
58. Switzerland
59. Taiwan-PRC
60. Timor-Leste
61. Tunisia
62. Turkey
63. Uni Arab Emirates
64. United Kingdom (British)
65. United States of America

This visa can be obtained directly when you arrived in some airports or ports in Indonesia, depends on your purpose visit Indonesia (for tourism, trade, or social activity). Visa on Arrival (VOA)  is not a working visa. With this kind of visa, you can travel to tourism spots in Indonesia. Thus, it can not be converted to obtain other immigration permits. Besides that, you are only allowed to stay for 30 (thirty days). If you need to stay longer, you can ask or mention to the officer. You can extend the visa on arrival for another 30 days, so you can only stay in Indonesia for maximum only 60 days. More than enough!

How about the Visa on Arrival fees?

Fees for applying visa for stay up to 30 (thirty) days = USD 25, and then  USD 25 for the extension of stay for the next  30 (thirty) days. You can pay the fees at the payment counters, a bank counter, and a money changer has been set up to process payments. Payment must be made on arrival.

How long it takes for make Visa on Arrival?

Issuing Visa on Arrival (VOA) usually takes 15-30 minutes per applicant, depending on the number of persons applying in the Airport or Port. Besides that, you need to show round trip ticket and your travel itinerary.

Where can you make Visa on Arrival?

Here is the list of airports and seaports that provide you Visa on Arrival services. Besides that, Entikong (West Kalimantan) also provides you with this kind of service.

Airports: Seaports:
Sultan Iskandar Muda (Banda Aceh, Aceh)
Polonia (Medan, North Sumatera)
Sultan Syarif Kasim II (Pekanbaru, Riau)
Hang Nadim (Batam, Riau Archipelago)
Minangkabau (Padang, West Sumatera)
Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II (Palembang, South Sumatera)
Soekarno-Hatta (Jakarta)
Halim Perdana Kusuma (Jakarta)
Husein Sastranegara (Bandung, West Java)
Adi Sucipto (Yogyakarta)
Ahmad Yani (Semarang, Central Java)
Adi Sumarmo (Surakarta/ Solo, Central Java)
Ir. Juanda (Surabaya, East Java)
Supadio (Pontianak, West Kalimantan)
Sepinggan (Balikpapan, East Kalimantan)
Sam Ratulangi (Manado, North Sulawesi)
Hasanuddin (Makassar, South Sulawesi)
Ngurah Rai (Denpasar, Bali)
Lombok (Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara)
El Tari (Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara)
Sekupang, Citra Tritunas, Nongsa,  Marina Teluk Senimba, Batam Center, Tanjung Uban,Sri Bintan Pura, Tanjung Balai Karimun (Batam, Riau Archipelago)
Belawan (Medan, North Sumatera)
Sibolga (North Sumatera)
Yos Sudarso (Dumai, Riau)
Teluk Bayur (Padang, West Sumatera)
Tanjung Priok (Jakarta)
Tanjung Mas (Semarang, Central Java)
Padang Bai and Benoa (Bali)
Bitung (Bitung, North Sulawesi)
Soekarno-Hatta and Pare-Pare (South Sulawesi)
Maumere and Tenau (in Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara)
Jayapura (in Jayapura, Papua)

Is there Free Entry Visa?

Indonesia Government is giving the flexibility for the free entry visa to boost tourist visit to Indonesia. Free Entry visa was available for you with the maximum 30 days of stay. For you that come from these countries–Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Hong Kong, Macao, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam–you can visit Indonesia without any entry permit, just your passport, and your round trip flight tickets! You will be required to apply for a visa overseas (in your home country) before arrived in Indonesia.


At the end, if you coming from other countries that was not listed Visa on Arrival or Free Entry Visa, you need to apply for an appropriate visa at the Indonesia’s Embassy or Consulate before traveling to Indonesia.

Last modified: December 2, 2016

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