Everyone needs a visa to enter Bali. No matter your length of stay, purpose for visiting or nationality (of course, Indonesians don’t require one).
Knowing what kind of Bali visa you will need and how to get one can be a little intimidating.
Here is everything you need to know about finding the right visa for you and what documents you need to apply.
Types of Visa for Bali
First things first, you need to know how long you are planning to stay in Bali.
From choosing between a Bali visa on arrival or visa online, here is everything you need to know.
Bali Visa on Arrival
If you’re planning a holiday in Bali, that lasts between 30-60 days, consider a Visa on Arrival (VOA) or Electronic Visa on Arrival (e-VOA).
It allows you to stay in Indonesia for up to 30 days, and can be extended by immigration for an additional 30 days.
To get the VOA, firstly you need to be from 1 of the 72 approved countries.
You can either apply for it at Ngurah Rai International Airport upon arrival, or use the e-VOA (Bali visa online) system before you travel to the island.
To apply, you’ll need to make sure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date you enter Indonesia, and you should also have a return ticket.
The VOA and e-VOA visa costs 35 USD, but you can pay in IDR, EUR, AUD, or USD. Note that cash is the preferred payment method at the airport.
If you think the e-VOA is right for you, here is the Bali visa application page.
B211 Visa for Bali
B211 is another type of single entry, visit visa for those who are coming to Bali for business purposes or personal purposes.
The visa (for both reasons) is valid for up to 60 days, and can be extended two times for an additional 60 days each, totalling a stay of six months (180 days).
The B211 visa for business purposes (B211b) requires a sponsor who must be a legal entity in Indonesia like a company or institution. They will be responsible for the applicant while in Indonesia. This is usually in the form of a letter of guarantee.
If your country is not included in the VOA list, or you plan to stay in Bali a little longer (than the total duration that can be given by VOA), you can apply for B211A. This type of visa is the most preferred by digital nomads (although the legalities are a little grey).
The basic documents needed to apply for B211 visa will be:
- Passport with at least 6 months validity
- Return/connecting tickets
- Bank statements of at least $2,000
- 2 colored photographs (4×6)
- Sponsor letter (agents offer this guarantor service for those who don’t have a contact in Bali.)
You may also require to submit proof of complete vaccination, health insurance, and a statement of compliance with Indonesian health protocol.
The visa will normally be completed, approximately, within 4 working days after you make the payment.
A Single Entry Visa for Tourist B211A costs around $100, while the B112B is from $132. Remember, this is just the initial visa price, the extensions will be a separate cost.
If you are not very good at paperwork, or simply don’t have the time and energy, you can use a trusted agent:
Other Visas for Bali
There are some other kinds of Bali visas you can get, but they are a lot more complicated and require a lot more documentation.
In general, you need a reason for being in Bali such as work, family union or investments. These will all require proof, and could be subject to immigration checks.
A KITAS is a long term stay visa that requires more complicated paperwork. Fees vary (depending on the length of stay), from $50 to $800.
There are various types of KITAS such as Working KITAS, Artist KITAS which is suitable for singers, musicians, DJs, or any profession within the arts, Spouse KITAS for those who are married to Indonesians, Dependant KITAS for spouses/children of a KITAS holder, Retirement KITAS and Foreign Investment KITAS.
Second Home Visa
What if you don’t have a sponsor? You can apply for a Second Home Visa.
For this application, you are required to report proof of funds worth IDR 2 billion ($135,000) in the form of a Bank Statement/proof of account at a State Owned Bank or show proof of property ownership in Indonesia. This visa is suitable for those of you who come as investors, tourists, and retirees.
Not only proof of funds, but you will also need a passport valid for at least 36 months . It can be valid for a stay of 5 or 10 years.
You can apply for this Bali visa online or via agent.
In general, getting a visa for Bali is relatively straightforward and doesn’t require too much paperwork (you can get the help of a professional agent easily too). By being prepared and organized, you can have a stress-free holiday on the island, and make the most out of your time.
With the right information and some patience, visas are easy to come by.
If you have any questions let us know below and we will get back to you with some answers 🙂
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