Bali is a very popular tourist destination, with a staggering 2.1million travellers entering the tiny island in 2022 alone! With its pristine beaches, lush rice terraces, vibrant culture and incredible food, it’s easy to see why. I’ve been lucky enough to visit Bali three times, so wanted to pass on some information on the visa on arrival process.
What is a Visa on Arrival?
A visa on arrival is just a visa you need to enter a country, but one that doesn’t require you to apply ahead of time. They are typically available for those travelling for short-term visits. For Bali, the VOA is obtained at the Ngurah Rali International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport.
How Much is Visa on Arrival in Bali?
The Visa on Arrival in Bali currently costs $35 USD for the 30 day, single-entry visa. It’s recommended to pay in cash. Any change owed to you will be in Indonesian Rupiah.
The 30 day visa extension will cost you $35 USD / 500,000 IDR – plus additional fees for biometrics.
How to Get a Visa on Arrival in Bali?
You have two options when buying a Visa on Arrival. The traditional way to obtain a VOA is at the arrivals hall of the airport. The VOA desk is usually next to customs and will be marked. Once here you’ll discuss length of stay, purpose of trip and pay the VOA fee. They’ll add the visa into your passport. From there, head over to immigration where you’ll show the visa and hand over your filled out arrival/departure card (which is given out on the flight).
Indonesia has now introduced an electronic-Visa on Arrival (e-VOA) which you can apply for online ahead of your flight. This will save you time when arriving into Indonesia. Apply for the e-VOA here. For the e-VOA, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the day you arrive in Indonesia and you need proof of onward journey. The e-VOA and VOA cost the same.
Which Countries are Eligible for Bali Visa on Arrival?
The visa on arrival in Bali is only available to certain nationalities and this list is always subject to change. Currently there are 87 countries eligible. It’s best to check out their immigration site here to see if your country is on the list. Some countries include;
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- United States
Can I Extend My Visa on Arrival?
The visa on arrival in Bali is valid for 30 days. However, you can extend this for another 30 days, once! If you plan to be in Bali for longer than 60 days combined, it’s better to apply for different visas ahead of your journey. I know people who have done visa runs but some have had issues getting back into the country. Better to not risk it and come in on the correct visa.
You can apply for your e-VOA extension online, via the account you created to buy the first visa. If you obtained the VOA at the airport, you’ll need to go to the immigration office – 3 times! The first is to provide your passport, the second for biometrics (finger prints) and the third time to collect your passport. There are services that can help with some of this, for example, collecting your passport. I have no experience with any so can’t provide recommendations.
You have to start the application at least two weeks ahead of the visa expiry date.
Do Children Need a Visa on Arrival?
In short, yes. All children will need a visa on arrival to enter Bali regardless of their age.