In order to accommodate different travel needs, Indonesia offers several visa options to foreigners who wish to enter its territory. One of them is the visa on arrival (VOA) which certain travelers can apply for directly at the border upon arrival.
The visa on arrival is not available to everyone and may not be the best Indonesian visa for all circumstances. Foreign citizens are invited to check the below information before traveling to figure out whether the VOA is suitable for them.
Can I Get a Visa on Arrival in Indonesia?
The eligibility for the visa on arrival for Indonesia depends on several factors, including:
- The foreign visitor’s nationality
- The length and reason(s) of their trip to Indonesia
The Indonesian VOA is only available to certain nationalities and can only be used for short-term trips for leisure purposes. For example, eligible visitors can apply for a visa on arrival to enter Indonesia for tourism or to visit friends and relatives for up to 30 days.
Indonesia visa on arrival: countries that can apply
Citizens of over 60 countries can obtain a visa on arrival for Indonesia. Find the complete list below:
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Timor Leste
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
Which countries do not need a visa for Indonesia?
Indonesia has bilateral agreements in place with over 160 nations around the world. The agreements grant the citizens of these countries the possibility to travel to Indonesia visa-free for up to 30 days.
However, the 30 days cannot be extended and visitors must only carry out non-remunerated leisure activities.
Visa on Arrival for Indonesia: Requirements
In order to obtain the VOA, eligible travelers must provide the Indonesian immigration officers with:
- A passport issued by one of countries outlined above (minimum validity: 6 months)
- At least one blank visa page on the passport
- Return plane tickets
- The Indonesian visa on arrival fee (cash only)
Please note that meeting the requirements does not guarantee entry. Visitors apply for the visa at the relevant border crossing point and it is up to the Indonesian immigration authorities to decide whether they should be let in.
VOA ports of entry for Indonesia
To obtain a visa on arrival for Bali and Indonesia, foreigners must enter Indonesia at specific border crossings. Find below a list.
Indonesia International Airports
- Sultan Iskandar Muda (in Banda Aceh, Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam)
- Polonia (in Medan, North Sumatera)
- Sultan Syarif Kasim II (in Pekanbaru, Riau)
- Hang Nadim (in Batam, Riau Archipelago)
- Minangkabau (in Padang, West Sumatera)
- Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II (in Palembang, South Sumatera)
- Soekarno-Hatta (in the Special Region of the Capital City of Jakarta)
- Halim Perdana Kusuma (in the Special Region of the Capital City of Jakarta)
- Husein Sastranegara (in Bandung, West Java)
- Adi Sucipto (in Yogyakarta, Special Territory of Yogyakarta)
- Ahmad Yani (in Semarang, Central Java)
- Adi Sumarmo (in Surakarta (Solo), Central Java)
- Ir. Juanda (in Surabaya, East Java)
- Supadio (in Pontianak, West Kalimantan (Borneo))
- Sepinggan (in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan (Borneo))
- Sam Ratulangi (in Manado, North Sulawesi (Celebes))
- Hasanuddin (in Makassar, South Sulawesi (Celebes))
- Ngurah Rai (in Denpasar, Bali)
- Lombok (in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara)
- El Tari (in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara)
- Sekupang (in Batam, Riau Archipelago)
- Citra Tritunas (Harbor Bay) (in Batam, Riau Archipelago)
- Nongsa (in Batam, Riau Archipelago)
- Marina Teluk Senimba (in Batam, Riau Archipelago)
- Batam Centre (in Batam, Riau Archipelago)
- Bandar Bintan Telani Lagoi (in Tanjung Uban, Riau Archipelago)
- Bandar Sri Udana Lobam (in Tanjung Uban, Riau Archipelago)
- Sri Bintan Pura (in Tanjung Pinang, Riau Archipelago)
- Tanjung Balai Karimun (in Tanjung Balai Karimun, Riau Archipelago)
- Belawan (in Belawan, North Sumatera)
- Sibolga (in Sibolga, North Sumatera)
- Yos Sudarso (in Dumai, Riau)
- Teluk Bayur (in Padang, West Sumatera)
- Tanjung Priok (in the Special Region of the Capital City of Jakarta)
- Tanjung Mas (in Semarang, Central Java)
- Padang Bai (in Karangasem, Bali)
- Benoa (in Badung, Bali)
- Bitung (in Bitung, North Sulawesi)
- Soekarno-Hatta (in Makassar, South Sulawesi)
- Pare-Pare (in Pare-Pare, South Sulawesi)
- Maumere (in Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara)
- Tenau (in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara)
- Jayapura (in Jayapura, Papua)
Other Ports of Entry
- Etikong (in Etikong, West Kalimantan (Borneo)
Visa on Arrival for Indonesia: Extension
The visa on arrival allows its holder to remain in Indonesia for up to 30 days. However, it is possible to renew it. To extend a VOA, travelers must visit an Indonesian immigration office (Kantor Imigrasi in Indonesian.) It is possible that applicants may return to the office up to 3 times before the process is complete.
The requirements for the visa on arrival extension are:
- 2 completed extension forms (the Formulir untuk perpanjangan pertama visa kunjungan form and the Formulir perubahan data orang asing form)
- An eligible passport that is valid for at least 6 months
- A copy of a sponsor’s identity card (agencies can act as sponsor for a fee)
- The payment of the extension fee
Travelers are advised to apply at least 10 days before their visa is due to expire.
Overstaying an Indonesian VOA will result in a fee (IDR300,000 per day) and may affect future visa applications.
Visa on Arrival, Traditional Visa, and Electronic Visa
Those who cannot travel to Indonesia visa-free may be wondering whether to apply for a traditional visa, an electronic visa, or a VOA.
Although visas on arrival do not require the traveler to apply in advance, they are considered inconvenient by many visitors.
That is because the applicant must prepare the documents in advance and carry them with them as they travel but most importantly, they have to enter Indonesia through designated border crossing points and must wait in long lines at the airport.
Traditional paper visas are granted prior to departure but require the applicant to visit an Indonesian embassy or consulate in person (often several times) and present longer processing times.
That is why many tourists prefer to apply for an electronic visa. These visas can be obtained entirely online meaning that there is no need to visit an embassy or immigration officer.
Moreover, the whole online application only takes minutes to complete and will save time at the airport. Finally, the visa is processed within a few business days, allowing for last-minute applications.