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Travel Advisory July 24, 2023

Indonesia - level 2: exercise increased caution.

Reissued with obsolete COVID-19 page links removed.

Exercise increased caution in Indonesia due to  terrorism and natural disasters.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Do Not travel to:

  • The provinces of Central Papua (Papua Tengah) and Highland Papua (Papua Pegunungan) due to civil unrest.

Terrorists continue plotting possible attacks in Indonesia. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting police stations, places of worship, hotels, bars, nightclubs, markets/shopping malls, and restaurants.

Natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis or volcanic eruptions may result in disruptions to transportation, infrastructure, sanitation, and the availability of health services.

Demonstrations occur frequently and have the potential to become violent.  Avoid demonstrations and crowds. 

Indonesia’s revised criminal code, which takes effect January 2026, includes penalties for defamation, blasphemy, cohabitation, and sex outside of marriage. It is unclear how Indonesian authorities will implement the revised criminal code.

Read the  country information page  for additional information on travel to Indonesia.  

If you decide to travel to Indonesia:

  • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans. 
  • Visit the websites for  Badan Geologi  (Indonesian Geological Agency, Indonesian language only) for the latest information from the Government of Indonesia on current natural disasters.
  • Review the  CDC’s suggestions on how to prepare for natural disasters.
  • Be aware of your personal safety and security at all times. 
  • Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  ( STEP ) to receive alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay.
  • Follow the Department of State Facebook  and Twitter .  Follow the U.S. Embassy Jakarta on Facebook , Instagram , and Twitter .
  • Review the Country Security Report  for Indonesia.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the  Traveler’s Checklist .

Central Papua and Highland Papua– Level 4: Do Not Travel

In Central Papua and Highland Papua, violent demonstrations and conflict could result in injury or death to U.S. citizens. Avoid demonstrations and crowds. Armed separatists may kidnap foreign nationals.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Central Papua and Highland Papua as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization before traveling to those areas.

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Quick Facts

Six months beyond arrival date. Indonesia does not accept the 12-page U.S. emergency passport for entry into Indonesia.

Two blank visa pages required for entry stamp

Yes, Visa or Visa on Arrival

100,000,000 Indonesian rupia (approx. $7,000 USD)

Embassies and Consulates

U.s. embassy jakarta.

Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan No. 3 - 5 Jakarta 10110, Indonesia Telephone: +(62)(21) 5083-1000 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(62)(21) 5083-1000 ext. 0 (operator) Email:  [email protected]

U.S. Consulate General Surabaya Jl. Citra Raya Niaga No. 2 Surabaya 60217 Indonesia Telephone: +(62)(31) 297-5300 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(62)(811) 334-183 Email:  [email protected]

U.S. Consular Agency Bali Jalan Hayam Wuruk 310, Denpasar, Bali Telephone: +(62)(361) 233-605 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Consulate in Surabaya:+(62)(811) 334-183 Email:  [email protected]

American Consulate Medan, Sumatra Uni Plaza Building 4th Floor (West Tower) Jl. Let. Jend. MT Haryono A-1 Medan 20231, Indonesia Telephone: +(62)(61) 451-9000 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(62)(61) 451-9000 Email:  [email protected]

The U.S. Consulate in Medan provides only emergency assistance to U.S. citizens and does not offer routine consular services.

Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Indonesia for information on U.S.- Indonesia relations.

Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Entry Requirements:  To enter Indonesia, your passport must have at least two blank pages and be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your arrival in Indonesia. If your passport does not meet these requirements, you will be denied entry into Indonesia. The Government of Indonesia will not admit travelers holding the 12-page U.S. emergency passport, issued by U.S. embassies and consulates overseas.

Visa-on-Arrival:  If you meet the requirements, you can apply for a visa on arrival at some international airports, seaports, or land crossings. To apply for the visa on arrival, you must have an ordinary (non-emergency) passport with at least 6 months of validity from the date you plan to enter and the date you plan to leave Indonesia and a return or onward flight booking to another country. There is a 500,000 Indonesian Rupiah fee (about $35). The visa on arrival is valid for up to 30 days. You may extend a Visa-on-Arrival once at the immigration office one week before it expires for an additional 30 days for a maximum of 30 additional days, for another 500,000 Rupiah.

  • Official visit or government duties;
  • Business meeting;
  • Procurement of goods;
  • Official meeting; or

Electronic Visa-On-Arrival:  You may also apply for an electronic Visa on Arrival (e-VOA) in advance if you are entering Indonesia at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta or Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. Check the  e-VOA requirements  from Indonesian Immigration before applying. To apply for an e-VOA see  https://molina.imigrasi.go.id/ .

Visa:  Travel for more than 30 days and travel for non-VOA purposes, including employment and journalism, requires that the appropriate visa be obtained from an Indonesian embassy or consulate before arrival. If you are traveling on an emergency passport, you must obtain a visa before arrival in Indonesia.

If you overstay your visa, you are subject to a fine of 1 million Indonesian rupiah (about $70 USD at current exchange rates; fees may change at any time) per day and may be detained and deported. U.S. citizens have been jailed for visa overstays or entering the country on the wrong visa class for their purpose of travel . Travelers coming to Indonesia for non-tourism purposes are strongly encouraged to consult Indonesian Immigration’s website. Travelers should generally carry a copy of their passport with them whenever possible to establish their identity and proof of Indonesian visa.

You must exit Indonesia using the same passport that you used to enter.  If this passport is replaced for any reason before you depart Indonesia, you must apply with Immigration to obtain a “special pass” (exit permit) in your new passport prior to departing.

Dual-Nationality:  Indonesia has laws that prohibit Indonesian citizens from holding additional nationalities. If you are an Indonesian with dual nationality, you could be compelled to renounce your Indonesian nationality through a formal act of renunciation. Please research Indonesian nationality laws and consult with a local attorney regarding any specific circumstance.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Indonesia. The Government of Indonesia screens incoming passengers in response to reported outbreaks of pandemic illnesses.

Find information on dual nationality , prevention of international child abduction , and customs regulations on our websites.

Safety and Security

Terrorism:  Terrorist groups and those inspired by such organizations are intent on attacking U.S. citizens abroad. Terrorists are increasingly using less sophisticated methods of attack – including knives, firearms, and vehicles – to target crowds. Frequently, their aim is unprotected or vulnerable targets, such as:

  • High-profile public events (sporting contests, political rallies, demonstrations, holiday events, celebratory gatherings, etc.)
  • Hotels, clubs, and restaurants frequented by tourists
  • Places of worship
  • Shopping malls and markets
  • Public transportation systems (including subways, buses, trains, and scheduled commercial flights)

Extremists in Indonesia aspire to carry out violent attacks against Indonesian and foreign targets, and police have arrested more than 1,200 individuals on terrorism-related charges since 2018. Extremists may target both official and private establishments, including government offices, hotels, bars, nightclubs, shopping areas, restaurants, and places of worship. Be aware of your personal safety and security at all times.

Recent incidents of extremist violence include a December 2022 suicide bombing at a police station in Bandung, West Java that killed one police officer, a March 2021 bomb attack against a church in Makassar, South Sulawesi which injured 20 civilians, and May 2018 bomb attacks against three churches in Surabaya, East Java which killed 15 civilians and injured 50.

Demonstrations are very common in Jakarta, Surabaya, and other large cities, but less common in Bali. You should avoid demonstrations and other mass gatherings, since even those intended to be peaceful can become violent. U.S. citizens have been detained for participating in protests.  Demonstrations may become more frequent ahead of the Indonesian general elections scheduled for February 2024.

Currently, travel by U.S. government personnel to the provinces of Central Papua (Papua Tengah) and Highland Papua (Papua Pegunungan) is restricted to mission-essential travel that is approved in advance by the Embassy. Papuan separatists have kidnapped foreigners in the past and a New Zealand national was kidnapped by a separatist group in Nduga Regency in February 2023.

For more information, see our Terrorism page.

Crime:   In the last year several American citizens were victims of violent and serious crimes in Indonesia, particularly in Bali. As with any major tourist destination, U.S. citizens traveling in Indonesia are especially encouraged to always remain vigilant of their surroundings and read the following advisories carefully. Take sensible measures to protect yourself and your belongings.  Closely monitor bags and luggage and carry only essential items. Take particular care of your passport and bank cards and avoid traveling alone.

Police presence and responsiveness is less than it is in the United States, making it more difficult to report crimes quickly and receive police attention. U.S. citizens often cite language barriers as a major hindrance when reporting crimes.

Pickpocketing, sexual assault, vehicle theft, armed car-jacking, snatch and grab robberies of cell phones and purses, and residential break-ins are common. Avoid traveling to isolated areas late at night. Be aware of your surroundings, particularly vehicles or individuals that might be following you.

Use a reputable taxi company or hire a taxi either at a major hotel or shopping center and ensure the driver’s identity card is visible. If you are booking a car via a mobile app, always ensure that the driver is the same as the person on the app, share your journey with a friend via the in-app option, and know the contact information for the app’s security center. Be aware of drivers falsely claiming to be registered with online ride hailing apps.

Credit card fraud is a common problem in Indonesia. Criminals have “skimmed” credit/debit cards to access and drain bank accounts. Use an ATM in a secure location, such as a major bank branch, and check the machine for evidence of tampering. Monitor your account statements regularly.

Tourists and Indonesians have suffered from serious illness and have even died from "drink-spiking” and drink poisoning incidents, particularly in clubs and nightspots in urban and tourist areas. There have been reports of sexual assaults and drink spiking in Bali, Lombok, and the Gili Islands.  Make sure drinks are prepared in your sight and be careful about accepting drinks from strangers at clubs and parties or leaving drinks unattended. Tourists have also been robbed after taking visitors to their hotel rooms, and in some cases have found that their drinks were spiked. There have also been deaths and serious illnesses caused by drinking alcoholic drinks contaminated with methanol. These cases have occurred in bars, shops, and hotels in popular tourist areas like Bali, Lombok, the Gili Islands, and Sumatra.

Sexual Assault:  Women travelling alone may be subject to harassment and verbal abuse. Sexual assault, harassment, and rape occur. To minimize the risk, avoid travelling alone, especially at night; remain particularly vigilant in less populous areas; and be careful when dealing with strangers or recent acquaintances. Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum, or cigarettes from new acquaintances. These items may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery. Local authorities may not respond adequately to reports of sexual violence and harassment. If you are the victim of a sexual assault, you should report it immediately to local authorities and to the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate General.  

Demonstrations  occur frequently. They may take place in response to political or economic issues, on politically significant holidays, and during international events. 

  • Demonstrations can be unpredictable. Avoid areas around protests and demonstrations. 
  • Past demonstrations have turned violent.
  • Check local media for updates and traffic advisories.
  • Participating in demonstrations on a tourist visa can lead to deportation.

International Financial Scams:  See the  Department of State  and the  FBI  pages for information.

Internet romance and financial scams occur in Indonesia. Scams are often initiated through Internet postings/profiles or by unsolicited emails and letters. Scammers almost always pose as U.S. citizens who have no one else to turn to for help. Common scams include:

  • Romance/Online dating
  • Money transfers
  • Lucrative sales
  • Gold purchase
  • Contracts with promises of large commissions
  • Grandparent/Relative targeting
  • Free Trip/Luggage
  • Inheritance notices
  • Work permits/job offers
  • Bank overpayments

Victims of Crime:

Sexual assault:  U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should seek prompt medical assistance, contact the Embassy or nearest Consulate, and call the local police at 112. For a criminal investigation to be initiated by the police, the victim must make a full statement to the local police, in person.  Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime. U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault may choose to be accompanied by a translator.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .

  • Help you find appropriate medical care
  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • Contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • Explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • Provide a list of local attorneys
  • Provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution. Follow this link for more information
  • Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • Replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence are encouraged to contact the Embassy for assistance.

Tourism: The tourism and recreational activity industries are unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities do not commonly occur. Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field.  Water sports, especially diving, can be hazardous in Indonesia with operators lightly regulated and hyperbaric chambers available only in Bali and Ambon.  Traffic is hazardous in Indonesia and U.S. citizens are frequently injured while riding rented motorbikes. Wearing a helmet is required by law. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available only in/near major cities, and only basic stabilization may be available. Serious injuries require medical evacuation to another country. First responders are generally unable to provide urgent medical treatment or to access areas outside of major cities. Boat and ferry incidents are frequent; vessels rarely carry appropriate sizes and numbers of safety vests; passengers are encouraged to bring their own. U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage ( http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/go/health/insurance-providers.html ).

Please note:   The U.S. Embassy and Consulates do not pay the medical expenses of private U.S. citizens in Indonesia. It is the traveler’s responsibility to ensure adequate medical insurance coverage or funds for medical expenses.

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties:  You are subject to Indonesian laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Criminal cases can take months or even years to resolve, and suspects can be held without charges for up to 60 days, and in many cases longer. Indonesia‘s revised criminal code, which takes effect January 2026, includes penalties for defamation, blasphemy, cohabitation, and sex outside of marriage. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to stay up-to-date.

If you are convicted of possession, use, or trafficking of illegal drugs in Indonesia, you may be subject to heavy fines, long jail sentences, and even the death penalty. Some prescription medications that are available in the United States are illegal in Indonesia. Some drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are illegal in Indonesia. Marijuana, Cannabis, hash, “edibles,” and products containing CBD or THC remain illegal in Indonesia, including for medicinal purposes. A medical prescription does not make it legal. If you take such products to Indonesia or purchase or use them in Indonesia, you can be arrested and face imprisonment, fines, deportation, or the death penalty. Illegal drug convictions often result in lengthy prison sentences, even at the simple possession level. Indonesian prison conditions are harsh and do not meet U.S. standards. Many prisons are overcrowded and provide minimal services. The costs of basic services, including healthcare, often must be borne by the prisoner.

Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities prior to practicing or operating a business.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification:  If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Counterfeit and Pirated Goods:  Although counterfeit and pirated goods are prevalent in many countries, they may still be illegal according to local laws. You may also pay fines or have to give them up if you bring them back to the United States. See the U.S. Department of Justice website for more information.

Faith-Based Travelers:  See the following webpages for details:

  • Faith-Based Travel Information
  • nternational Religious Freedom Report – see country reports
  • Human Rights Report – see country reports
  • Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
  • Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad

LGBTQI+ Travelers:  LGBTQI+ status or conduct is not illegal, but local authorities sometimes take legal action against, or tolerate harassment of people engaging in LGBTQI+ relationships or openly expressing LGBTQI+ identity. Some local governments have passed laws criminalizing LGBTQI+ relationships. Same-sex marriages or civil unions recognized as valid in other countries are not legally recognized in Indonesia. The Indonesian Parliament revised the criminal code to include penalties for cohabitation and sex outside of marriage. These revisions, however, will not come into force until January 2026, and how they will be implemented is unclear.

See our LGBTQI+ Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details .

Sharia Law:   Sharia law is enforced in Aceh province and may exist unofficially or through local legislation in other areas. The law is intended for Muslims and should not apply to non-Muslims or foreign visitors. You should be respectful of local traditions, mindful of social norms, and seek guidance from local police if confronted by Sharia authorities. 

Earthquakes and Tsunamis:  There are approximately 4,000 earthquakes per year in Indonesia, or more than 10 per day on average. While most earthquakes are mild, some cause significant destruction and can trigger tsunamis. Tsunami warning systems may not be operable, or reports of tremors and tsunamis may be delayed. Local construction standards are lower than in the United States, and many structures including hotels and malls are prone to damage or collapse in an earthquake. Access to disaster-affected areas is often difficult and assistance from the U.S. Embassy may be limited.

If a major earthquake or landslide occurs close to shore, you should follow the instructions of local authorities, bearing in mind that a tsunami could arrive within minutes. The Indonesia Tsunami Early Warning Centre issues tsunami warnings when a potential tsunami with significant impact is imminent or expected.

Volcanoes:  There are 127 active volcanoes in Indonesia. Eruptions frequently cause travel delays, displace local populations, and disrupt economic activities. 

Environmental Quality:  Air quality in Indonesia’s major cities can range from "unhealthy for sensitive groups" to "unhealthy." Current air quality data for Jakarta can be found on the Embassy’s  Air Quality  page. Tap water is not potable throughout Indonesia and should not be consumed. 

Mountain Hiking:  When hiking in mountainous areas, obtain current information on local conditions, travel with a reputable guide, have overseas medical insurance, and carry a local mobile phone. Never go hiking or climbing alone. Particularly dangerous trails may not be clearly labeled as such. Hikers on Puncak Jaya in Papua should have realistic primary and backup plans for climbing down the mountain. Tour operators have abandoned climbers. Taking shortcuts through private property is considered trespassing and is not a safe or legal alternative to a proper plan. If possible, ensure your hiking plans are registered and known to local authorities and/or tourism operators, as this helps identify your presence in these areas in the event of an emergency. 

Dual Nationality:  Indonesian law does not recognize dual nationality for adults over 18 years of age. U.S. citizens who are also Indonesian nationals may be required to renounce their Indonesian citizenship and may also be deported.  Please visit our Dual Nationality page .

Travelers with Disabilities:  Persons with disabilities will face severe difficulties in Indonesia as most public places and transportation facilities do not accommodate disabled people. The law in Indonesia prohibits discrimination against persons with mental and physical disabilities, but the law is seldom enforced. Social acceptance of persons with disabilities in public is not as prevalent as in the United States. Expect accessibility to be extremely limited in public transportation, lodging, communication/information, and general infrastructure.

Students:  See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips .

Women Travelers:   Women traveling alone may be subject to harassment and verbal abuse. Sexual assault, harassment, and rape occur. To minimize the risk, avoid travelling alone, especially at night; remain particularly vigilant in less populous areas; and be careful when dealing with strangers or recent acquaintances. Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum, or cigarettes from new acquaintances. These items may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery. While domestic violence is illegal in Indonesia, these laws are rarely enforced. Local authorities may not respond adequately to reports of sexual violence and harassment. If you are the victim of a sexual assault, you should report it immediately to local authorities and to the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate General and seek medical attention. See our travel tips for Women Travelers .

The Government of Indonesia requires all non-Indonesian citizens entering the country to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Medical Care:  For emergency services in Indonesia dial 112.

Sanitation and health care conditions in Indonesia are far below U.S. standards. Routine medical care is available in all major cities, although most expatriates leave the country for all but the most basic medical procedures. Physicians and hospitals often expect payment or sizable deposits before providing medical care, even in emergency and/or life-threatening situations. See our  Embassy's  website for a list of English-speaking doctors and hospitals, but keep in mind that even in large cities the quality of English-speaking medical personnel will vary and there are often communication difficulties. In remote areas there may be no English-speaking medical personnel. Psychological and psychiatric services are limited, even in the larger cities, with hospital-based care only available through government institutions.

Ambulance services are not widely available, and training and availability of emergency responders may be below U.S. standards. Ambulances are not staffed with trained paramedics and often have little or no medical equipment. Injured or seriously ill travelers may prefer to take a taxi or private vehicle to the nearest major hospital rather than wait for an ambulance.

We do not pay medical bills.  Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas. Most hospitals and doctors overseas do not accept U.S. health insurance.

Medical Insurance:   Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation, which can exceed over $100,000 per person.

Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.  Be aware that Indonesian authorities may consider some prescription drugs as illegal narcotics. The Indonesian government does not publish a list of which pharmaceuticals are considered contraband, and these decisions may be arbitrary.

U.S. citizens are advised against mailing or shipping by courier any medications to Indonesia. Indonesian authorities pay close attention to packages containing pharmaceuticals and may detain or arrest recipients of both prescription and over the counter medications. Even if a medication is legal or has been prescribed in the United States, it may be considered an illegal narcotic in Indonesia. U.S. citizens are advised to only hand carry prescription medications into the country, in the original packaging with a copy of any prescription. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates cannot assist you with the importation and/or release of medications.  

Marijuana, Cannabis, hash, “edibles,” and products containing CBD or THC remain illegal in Indonesia, including for medicinal purposes.  A medical prescription does not make it legal.

Local pharmacies carry a range of products of variable quality, availability, and cost. Counterfeit pharmaceuticals are a significant risk; patronize only reputable pharmacies. Malaria, dengue, Japanese encephalitis, and  Zika virus  are mosquito borne diseases in Indonesia.  Prevention of mosquito bites  is strongly encouraged; malaria preventive medication is needed in some areas. Pregnant women should be aware that Indonesia is a  CDC Zika risk area  and that Zika can be spread by mosquitos as well as  sexual contact . Diarrheal diseases are very common throughout Indonesia and  food and water precautions  are recommended. Rabies is prevalent in animals and animal contact should be avoided.

Vaccinations:  Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Air Quality:  Visit AirNow Department of State for information on air quality at U.S. Embassies and Consulates. See the OPTIONAL stock language below for additional suggestions.

The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of doctors and hospitals. We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.

Medical Tourism and Elective Surgery

  • Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for information on Medical Tourism, the risks of medical tourism, and what you can do to prepare before traveling to Indonesia.
  • We strongly recommend supplemental insurance  to cover medical evacuation in the event of unforeseen medical complications.
  • Your legal options in case of malpractice are very limited in Indonesia.

Pharmaceuticals

  • Exercise caution when purchasing medication overseas.  Pharmaceuticals, both over the counter and requiring prescription in the United States, are often readily available for purchase with little controls. Counterfeit medication is common and may prove to be ineffective, the wrong strength, or contain dangerous ingredients.  Medication should be purchased in consultation with a medical professional and from reputable establishments.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration are responsible for rules governing the transport of medication back to the United States. Medication purchased abroad must meet their requirements to be legally brought back into the United States. Medication should be for personal use and must be approved for usage in the United States. Please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration websites for more information.

Water Quality

  • Tap water is not potable. Bottled water and beverages are generally safe, although you should be aware that many restaurants and hotels serve tap water unless bottled water is specifically requested. Be aware that ice for drinks may be made using tap water.

Adventure Travel

  • Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about Adventure Travel .

General Health Language

The following diseases are prevalent:

  • Tuberculosis
  • Chikungunya
  • Use the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended mosquito repellents and sleep under insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets. Chemoprophylaxis is recommended for all travelers even for short stays.
  • Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about Resources for Travelers regarding specific issues in Indonesia.

Air Quality

  • Air pollution is a significant problem in several major cities in Indonesia. Consider the impact smog and heavy particulate pollution may have on you and consult your doctor before traveling if necessary. People at the greatest risk from particle pollution exposure include:
  • Infants, children, and teens
  • People over 65 years of age
  • People with lung disease such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema
  • People with heart disease or diabetes
  • People who work or are active outdoors

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety:  Traffic in Indonesia is hazardous, congested, and undisciplined. Traffic signals are frequently ignored and often in disrepair. Motor vehicles share the roads with other forms of transportation such as pedicabs and pushcarts. Buses and trucks are often dangerously overloaded and travel at high speeds. Accidents between a car and a motorcycle are viewed as the fault of the driver of the car. Consider these risks before driving your own vehicle, especially if you are unaccustomed to Indonesian road conditions.  When an accident results in personal injury, Indonesian law requires both drivers to await the arrival of a police officer to report the accident.

Public Transportation:   Air, ferry, and road accidents that result in fatalities, injuries, and significant damage are common. While all forms of transportation are regulated in Indonesia, oversight is spotty, maintenance may not be properly performed, and rescue and emergency capacity are limited. Indonesia has experienced several fatal plane crashes and non-fatal runway overruns in recent years. Also in recent years, several ferry accidents and a train collision resulted in dozens of fatalities and even more injuries because of over-crowding and unsafe conditions.

See our  Road Safety page  for more information. Also, visit  Indonesia's national tourist office  online for road safety information.

Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Indonesia’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Indonesia’s air carrier operations.  Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page .

Since 2014, several private pilots have inadvertently crossed into Indonesian airspace and have been detained and paid heavy fines. If you intend to fly on private aircraft through Indonesian airspace, get clearances from Indonesian aviation authorities before you depart. 

Maritime Safety and Security:   Inter-island travel by boat or ferry can be dangerous: storms can appear quickly, vessels may be over-crowded and lack basic safety equipment, and safety standards vary. Ferries have sunk, resulting in loss of life. The Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency records boat and ferry accidents resulting in injuries and deaths yearly. Boats and ferries used in tourism or general transportation frequently break down, stranding passengers or capsizing; not all boats are equipped with adequate life vests. Make sure you are satisfied with safety equipment and life jackets before travelling. 

Piracy:  Maritime piracy and other related crimes in and around Indonesian waters continue. Recent reports include thefts of valuables or cargo from boats that are in port and out at sea. Before traveling by sea, especially in the Strait of Malacca between Riau Province and Singapore, and in the waters north of Sulawesi and Kalimantan, review the current security situation with local authorities. Be vigilant, reduce opportunities for theft, establish secure areas on board, and report all incidents to the coastal and flag state authorities.

Maritime Travel:  Mariners planning travel to Indonesia should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts on the  Maritime Administration website . Information may also be posted to the websites of the  U.S. Coast Guard  and the  National Geospace Intelligence Agency  (select “broadcast warnings”).

In recent years, private vessels have inadvertently anchored in Indonesian waters, especially near Singapore, and have been detained and paid heavy fines.

For additional travel information

  • Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Call us in Washington, D.C. at 1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1-202-501-4444 (from all other countries) from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
  • See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution  and  Travel Advisories .
  • Follow us on  Twitter  and  Facebook .
  • See  traveling safely abroad  for useful travel tips.

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August 19, 2022

Bali Indonesia Travel and Entry Requirements

If you have had to put off traveling to Bali, Indonesia due to the pandemic, the wait is now over. Travel restrictions have been slowly easing up for Bali for the past few months and fully vaccinated international travelers can now visit Bali without additional testing. In this article, you will find details Covid-19 restrictions and requirements, as well as general visa and travel requirements to keep in mind when planning your next trip here.

Fully-vaccinated international travelers no longer need a PCR test

International travelers visiting Bali no longer need to present a PCR test before or upon arrival since July 11, 2022, as long as they are fully vaccinated. They will also not need to quarantine after arriving in Indonesia. Either a digital or printed proof of vaccination will suffice and the last dose must be taken at least 14 days before travel to Bali.

What is considered fully vaccinated?

To be considered fully vaccinated, you must have received two or more doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, with the exception of Johnson & Johnson, in which case a single dose is considered equivalent to two.

If you have only received one vaccine dose, and it isn’t Johnson & Johnson, you will be required to quarantine for 5 days in a certified CHSE hotel and must take a PCR test on arrival as well as a second PCR test on day 4. Many of these hotels will offer you a quarantine package in this scenario, and you can find an updated list of CSHE-certified hotels in Bali here .

Vaccination Exemptions

  • Travelers under 18 years of age are exempt from providing proof of Covid-19 vaccination. Children traveling with parent/s or guardian/s will need to follow the same quarantine and entry requirements that apply to the parent/s or guardian/s.
  • International travelers disallowed from taking the vaccine due to comorbidity or other diseases that render the vaccine unsafe for them are also exempt from supplying proof of vaccination. They will, however, need to submit a medical statement letter from a doctor explaining their health conditions.
  • Diplomatic visa holders and visitors on official government business are also exempt from vaccination requirements.

Bali Indonesia Covid Restrictions and Entry Requirements

Covid-19 recovery and unvaccinated international travelers

Proof of at least one dose of vaccination is required to enter Indonesia at this time, even with quarantine expectations.

If you have been confirmed positive for Covid-19 a maximum of 30 days before your departure, and you have been declared no longer an active transmitter with a medical letter stating it, you may enter Indonesia. However, you will still need to show proof of at least one dose of the vaccine.

Booster dose required for domestic travel in Indonesia

Please note a booster shot is needed for domestic travel within Indonesia. Keep this in mind if you are traveling to other areas of Indonesia from Bali during your trip. In the absence of a booster dose, you will be asked to submit a negative PCR test:

  • If you have one dose of the Covid vaccine, you will need to present a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
  • If you have two (or equivalent) doses of the Covid vaccine, you may submit a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before departure or an Antigen test taken less than 24 hours before departure.

Health procedures upon arrival in Bali

International travelers are requried to undergo mandatory health check procedures upon arrival, including a body temperature check, as is the protocol.

If you are considered to be showing symptoms of Covid-19 and/or have a body temperature above 37.5 degrees Celsius (99.5 degrees Fahrenheit), an RT-PCR examination will be obligatory with the cost of the test borne by you, unless you are an Indonesian citizen, in which case the Indonesian government will absorb the cost of the test.

In case you test positive and have mild symptoms, you will be required to quarantine at a government-appointed quarantine accommodation, which may or may not be a CHSE-certified hotel until you test negative again. In the case of more severe systems, you will be isolated and taken to a government hospital.

Other mandatory requirements to enter Bali (except visa)

  • Download the PeduliLindungi App and register yourselves. This is the official digital contact tracing app for Covid-19 cases in Indonesia.
  • The previously mandatory health insurance cover for Covid-19 treatment and evacuation is no longer required as of June 8, 2022.
  • Submit the e-CD form (Electronic Custom Declaration).

Bali Indonesia Covid Vaccination Requirements

Updated Indonesia visa requirements

International visitors must have the following documents ready regardless of visa application type:

  • Passport valid for at least 6 months on the date of entry
  • Proof of full vaccination as laid out in the Covid-19 entry requirements above
  • Return air ticket (or ticket for an outgoing flight from Indonesia)

ASEAN Countries visa exemption

Passport holders from the following countries do not need a visa to enter Indonesia per the VEA (Visa Exemption Agreement). This exemption is free but only valid for 30 days and cannot be extended. The countries included in the VEA are:

Brunei Darussalam  Cambodia Laos Malaysia Myanmar Philippines Singapore Thailand Vietnam

Bali entry requirements for international travelers

VOA (Visa On Arrival) eligibility

If you are a passport holder from the following countries, you are eligible for Visa On Arrival for a single entry into Bali/Indonesia for a stay of up to 30 days. Payments are accepted in the local currency or USD, EURO, GBP, SGD and a few others at the airport counter, and you may use a VISA, Mastercard, or Debit Card to pay, if needed. The cost for VOA is IDR500.000 per person (USD 35), including children, and can be extended for a maximum of 1 instance at the local immigration office for an extra cost. The countries included in this agreement are:

Australia Austria Bahrain Belarus Belgium Bosnia Brazil Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Cambodia Canada China Croatia Cyprus Czechoslovakia Denmark Egypt Estonian Finland France Germany Greece Hong Kong Hungary India Ireland Italy Japan Jordan Kuwait Laos Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Malaysia Malta Mexico Morocco Myanmar New Zealand Norway Oman Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Qatar Romania Russia Saudi Arabia Serbia Seychelles Singapore Slovakia Slovenia South Africa South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland Taiwan Thailand The Netherlands Timor Leste Tunisia Turkey Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States of America Vietnam

Bali eVisa for International Travelers

For international travelers that do not fit within the above criteria, an eVisa request must be submitted to acquire a B211A visa required to enter Bali/Indonesia. An eVisa request can be submitted through approved travel agents on its own or as part of a Bali travel package.

You can submit your eVisa request through here , or contact an approved travel agent from this list for a travel package that includes eVisa processing.

For an eVisa request, you will need to supply the following information and documents:

  • Passport scan or photo (passport must be valid for at least 6 months on the date of entry)
  • Photo of the person/s applying

Note: Digital nomads must apply for a B211A business visa type using the same form, regardless of where they intend to stay in Indonesia.

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Latest Travel Regulations to Enter Bali as of 1 December 2022

You know what time it is? Yes, #ItstimeforBali! The President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, imposed new regulations for those who are planning to travel to Bali. Since 14 October 2021, Bali has been gradually opening its doors to international tourists. On 3 February  2022, the inaugural commercial flight of Garuda Indonesia Airline carrying international tourists landed in Bali from Narita, Japan. By relaxing the travel restrictions to Bali, the Indonesian Government hopes that this move will be able to revitalize the country’s tourism.

On 7 March 2022, the government also applied a quarantine-free trial period and a Visa On Arrival (VOA) program for 23 selected countries. The list of countries was then extended to 42 on 22 March 2022, 43 countries on 6 April 2022, 60 countries on 28 April 2022,  72 countries on 30 May 2022, and then 75 countries on 27 July 2022. There are currently 86 countries listed based on the update on 23 September 2022.

On 10 November 2022, the government also launched an Electronic Visa on Arrive (eVOA) program to provide foreign travelers with an easier entry process. According to the Circular Letter of the Directorate General of Immigration No. IMI-0794.GR.01.01 of 2022 concerning the Immigration Policy regarding Electronic Visit Visa Services, Visit Visa on Arrival Services, and Free Visit Visa to Support Sustainable Tourism during the Covid-19 Pandemic, as of 1 December 2022, there are 86 countries eligible for the eVOA program.

Another great news to be noted is that from 18 May 2022, no RT-PCR test results are required to be taken prior to departure from the country or region of origin . 

In addition, the government has also launched Second Home Visa , Immigration on Shipping (IoS) , and recently, Electronic Visa on Arrival (eVOA) , which was effective from 10 November 2022. 

The Indonesian Government will ensure to keep their utmost efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, namely by maintaining the  status as one of countries with the highest vaccination rates, as well as the country that consistently provides safety protocols for all visitors. As of 18 May 2022, Bali is one of the top 3 provinces with highest vaccination rates and also one of the highest numbers of CHSE certifications. 

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1. Pre-departure Preparation

Before departing to Bali, you need to prepare yourself with the information about the Visa and requirements to enter Indonesia.

Entering with Visa on Arrival and Visa Exemption Facility

According to the Circular Letter of the Directorate General of Immigration No. IMI-0708.GR.01.01 of 2022 concerning the Ease of Immigration to Support Sustainable Tourism during the COVID-19 Pandemic effective from 23 September 2022, there are 86 countries that are eligible for VIsa on Arrival (VOA) program. 

In addition, according to the  Circular Letter of the Directorate General of Immigration No. IMI-0708.GR.01.01 of 2022 concerning the Ease of Immigration to Support Sustainable Tourism during the COVID-19 Pandemic effective from 23 September 2022, the Indonesian government has also implemented a Visa Exemption Arrangement facility to 9 countries.

More details about the eligible countries, updated rules, regulations, and ports of entries for Visa On Arrival and Visa Exemption Facilities can be read on this link and can be summarized as follows:

  • Passport (diplomatic/official/ordinary) that is valid for a minimum of 6 (six) months,
  • A return ticket or a pass to continue the trip to another country, and
  • Proof of payment of PNBP Visa on Arrival of 500,000 IDR (in the case of applying for a Visa on Arrival for Leisure Purpose)
  • The entry stamp on the granting of a Visit Visa Exemption or Visa on Arrival for Leisure Purpose will be valid as a Visit Stay Permit with the certain period, as follows: a) Visit Visa Exemption: maximum 30 days and cannot be extended. b) Visa on Arrival: maximum of 30 days and can be extended once for another 30 days at the Immigration Office in the area where the foreign national lives. 
  • Visit Visa Exemption or Visa on Arrival for Leisure Purpose can also be granted for foreign nationals on official visit or government duties to attend international events, for which shall be applied additional requirement: to enclose an invitation letter issued by the Indonesian government to attend the international conferences/trials/meetings.
  • The provision of Visit Visa Exemption or Visa on Arrival for Leisure Purpose as stipulated above applies to holders of diplomatic passports, service passports, or ordinary/general passports.

Entering with eVOA

You can visit this link to find out more information about eVOA, as well as this page to gather the details about eVOA registration .

2. Arrival protocols

When you have arrived in Bali, there are several measures you need to take before you can continue your trip. According to the Circular Letter of the COVID-19 Task Force Number 25 of 2022 concerning Health Protocols for International Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic, as of 31 August 2022, all international travelers, whether they are Indonesian citizens or foreign nationals, should comply with all the detailed regulations on this link .

The protocols can be summarized as follows:

1. All foreign travelers (foreign nationals) who will enter the territory of the Republic of Indonesia shall adjust their travel documents to ensure compliance with the provisions regarding the foreign travelers allowed to enter the territory of Indonesia, which includes Covid-19 vaccination certificates, recommended health protocols, along with the use of  PeduliLindungi  application while in Indonesia. Provisions for RT-PCR examination and quarantine period are not required except under certain conditions.

2. Foreign travelers must show a card/certificate (physical or digital) proving that you have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered at least 14 days before departure.

Foreign travelers who undergo post-COVID recovery are allowed to continue the journey by attaching a doctor's certificate from the Government Hospital of the country of departure or the ministry that carries out government affairs in the health sector in the country of departure stating that the person concerned is no longer actively transmitting COVID-19 or the COVID-19 recovery certificate;

Foreign travelers with special health conditions or comorbidities that cause travelers to have not and/or unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, are allowed to continue the journey by attaching a doctor's certificate from the Government Hospital from the country of departure, stating that the person concerned has not and/or is unable to take part in the COVID-19 vaccination.

3. Upon arrival at the entry points, foreign travelers must undergo a COVID-19 symptom check, including a body temperature check, with the following conditions :

If there is no symptom of COVID-19 and body temperature is below 37.5 degrees Celsius:  no need to undergo RT-PCR examination upon arrival

If there is any symptom of COVID-19 or body temperature above 37.5 degrees Celsius:  must undergo RT-PCR examination upon arrival. 

4. As a requirement for domestic travel or departure abroad from Indonesia, international travelers with the status of Indonesian citizens aged 18 years and above must present a card/certificate (physical or digital) of receiving the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine displayed through the PeduliLindungi application. You can check out this link to find out about the detailed regulations for domestic travel.

5. The provision regarding the period of isolation (quarantine) no longer applies. All foreign travelers without symptoms related to COVID-19 and whose body temperature is below 37.5 degrees Celsius are able to continue their journey. However, it is highly recommended to monitor their health independently.

6. Health protocols must meet these requirements:

Wearing 3 ply of fabric mask or medical grade mask, covering nose, mouth, and chin at indoor settings or any crowded situations;

Replacing the mask regularly within every 4 hours, and dispose the waste in the proper place;

Washing hands regularly with water and soap or hand sanitizers;

Maintaining social distance for a minimum of 1.5 meters and avoiding crowds; and

Keeping in mind that it is advised not to have one-way or two-way communication by telephone or in person throughout the trip using public transportation modes of land, rail, sea, river, lake, ferry, and air.

7. The above policies are temporary and will be readjusted according to global health developments.

Please make sure that you are tested by  the affiliated laboratories  so that the results will be directly connected to the PeduliLindungi app.

Furthermore, you can  visit here  to get a one stop service for your travel requirements in Bali. Kindly  click here  to browse all the accommodations and tourism destinations in Bali that have been granted the CHSE (Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability) certification. Beside booking at your favorite accommodation among the listed hotels, villas, and resorts, come check out these  Live on Board  providers for new exciting experiences.

Remember to always comply with all the health protocols while enjoying the best of Bali again. Do keep yourself updated with the latest information about traveling regulations in Bali by checking out  this page .

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*Disclaimer: This article was updated on January 16, 2023. Due to the dynamic nature of travel regulations, please stay updated and confirm your itinerary with your chosen travel providers.

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Bali Visa and Entry Requirements: A Complete Guide for Travellers

by Lovethebali | Nov 9, 2023 | Blog | 0 comments

Bali Visa and Entry Requirements

Bali is a tropical paradise known for its beautiful beaches, lush jungles, elaborate temples, and rich cultural heritage. This Indonesian island attracts millions of tourists each year eager to experience its natural wonders and soak up the laidback island vibe.

However, before embarking on a Bali getaway, it’s essential for travellers to understand the Bali visa and entry requirements . With regulations that depend on nationality , length of stay , and purpose of visit , the process can get confusing.

This comprehensive guide breaks down everything you need to know about obtaining a visa and meeting all entry requirements for travel to Bali.

Overview of Bali Visa Types

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There are two main types of visas for entry into Bali:

  • Visa on Arrival (VoA) – Single-entry visa obtained upon arrival valid for 30 days.
  • Visit Visa (B211A) – Multiple-entry visa obtained in advance valid for 60 days.

The type of visa required depends primarily on your nationality and length of stay in Indonesia.

When is a Visa on Arrival Available?

Citizens of over 160 countries are eligible to obtain a Visa on Arrival (VoA) when entering Bali.

This single-entry visa costs 500,000 IDR (approximately $35 USD) and allows you to stay in Indonesia for up to 30 days . It can be extended once for another 30 days.

When is a Visit Visa Needed?

If you are planning to stay in Bali for over 30 days , you will need to apply for a Visit Visa (B211A) prior to arrival. This multiple-entry visa allows a stay of up to 60 days and costs approximately $135 USD.

Citizens of a few select countries like Nigeria and North Korea are also required to obtain a B211A Visit Visa in advance.

Obtaining a Bali Visa on Arrival

For short trips under 30 days , most travellers can easily get a Visa on Arrival when entering Bali. Here’s what you need to know:

Eligibility for Visa on Arrival

To be eligible for a VoA , you must have:

  • A passport valid for 6 months beyond entry date
  • A return or onward flight booking
  • Sufficient funds for the duration of stay

How to Get It

There are two options to obtain a VoA :

Upon Arrival:

  • Present required documents at immigration
  • Pay 500,000 IDR visa fee
  • Receive 30-day VoA permit

Online eVoA:

  • Apply and pay online in advance
  • Receive approval letter to present on arrival

Extending a VoA

A VoA can be extended once for an additional 30 days by:

  • Visiting an immigration office in Bali
  • Paying extension fee
  • Getting passport stamped

Applying for a Bali Visit Visa

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For stays over 30 days or if your nationality requires it, you’ll need to get a Visit Visa (B211A) before travelling to Bali.

Eligibility for Visit Visa

To be eligible you must have:

  • Documents supporting reason for visit
  • Sufficient funds for duration of stay

How to Apply

To get a B211A Visit Visa you must:

  • Complete application form
  • Provide passport photos
  • Supply supporting documents
  • Pay visa fee
  • Submit to Indonesian embassy/consulate
  • Receive 60-day multiple entry visa

Processing times vary so apply well in advance of travel.

Other Important Entry Requirements

In addition to securing the proper visa, all travellers must meet other entry requirements to visit Bali:

Valid Passport

Your passport must have at least 6 months validity remaining after the date of entry into Indonesia.

Onward Travel Plans

You must have proof of onward travel booking showing departure before visa expiry.

Accommodation Details

Proof of hotel or villa bookings covering the entire period of stay must be presented. Read our detailed guide on Accommodation here .

Sufficient Funds

Evidence of adequate funds to finance your time in Indonesia must be demonstrated.

Customs Declaration

The customs form must be completed prior to arrival.

Top Tips for Stress-Free Travel

Follow these tips to ensure a smooth visa and entry process:

  • Apply for any required visa well in advance – at least 2-3 weeks prior to departure.
  • Carefully check all entry requirements close to travel as regulations frequently change.
  • Carry both digital and paper copies of all documents to be safe.
  • Be sure your passport has blank pages and will not expire soon. Renew early if needed.
  • Save screenshots of approvals, bookings, and other confirmations to easily access when asked.
  • Check if your health insurance provides coverage in Indonesia or purchase appropriate travel insurance.
  • Know visa rules for any side trips – requirements differ across Indonesia.

Ready to Visit Paradise?

Now that you know the ins and outs of securing your Bali visa and meeting entry requirements, you can relax and daydream about those blissful beach days sipping coconut water in the sunshine.

Just don’t forget to pack that passport, onward ticket, and travel insurance! Have an amazing time soaking up all the magic and culture that beautiful Bali has to offer.

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Welcome to Bali, a tropical paradise that offers mesmerizing landscapes, vibrant culture, and unforgettable experiences. Before embarking on your Bali adventure, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the Bali visa requirements and regulations.

In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through everything you need to know about the Bali visa, including important regulations, protips for vacationing, must-visit tourist sites, delectable cuisine, the best time to visit, weather conditions, and recommended duration of stay.

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Do I need Visa to go to Bali?

One of the crucial aspects to consider when planning a trip to Bali is the visa requirement. Fortunately, many nationalities can enter Bali without a visa for tourism purposes.

Most visitors receive a visa exemption upon arrival, allowing them to stay for up to 30 days. This exemption can be extended for an additional 30 days at the immigration office in Bali.

However, it’s important to be aware of the regulations and requirements to ensure a hassle-free visit.

This is the most common type of visa for Australian citizens visiting Bali. It can be obtained at the airport upon arrival in Indonesia. The cost of a VoA is USD35 (approximately AUD50).

There are two ways to apply for a Visa on Arrival (VoA) for Australian citizens visiting Bali:

1. At the airport upon arrival:

When you arrive at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, you will need to go to the Visa on Arrival counter and present the following documents:

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Indonesia. An emergency passport is not accepted.
  • A completed visa application form.
  • A return ticket or onward travel itinerary.
  • Sufficient funds to support your stay in Indonesia.

The Indonesian government has recently introduced an online system to apply for VoA. This system is called e-VoA. To apply for a VoA online, you will need to visit the website of the Indonesian Immigration Department ( imigrasi.go.id ) and follow the instructions. You can apply for VoA 14 days before your travel and at least 48 hours before your departure.

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Here are some additional tips for applying a VoA:

  • Make sure you have all the required documents before you apply.
  • Apply for your VoA as early as possible, especially during peak season.
  • Be prepared to wait in line, especially if you apply at the airport.
  • VoA is applied to all ages, including children. So make sure they also have their VoA before the departure.

In 2024, the Indonesian government proposes a tourism tax for foreign tourist entering Bali, including Australian tourists. The tourism tax applies to preserving the island’s rich culture and environment.

Therefore, in 2024, every international tourist is required to pay IDR150,000 (approximately AUD15) upon arrival in Indonesia. The fee is charged in local currency to remain unaffected by the international exchange rate.

Yes, you can. The VOA is valid for 30 days within Indonesia. If you want to stay longer, you can extend your VOA for an additional 30 days. The extension process involves submitting the necessary documents, paying fees, and providing a valid reason for the extension. It is advisable to start the extension process in advance to avoid any last-minute complications.

If you are using VOA, you can’t apply for any other visa onshore, and once the 60 days are up, you have to leave the country. In addition, you can’t apply for any visa type within Indonesia if you are using VOA. Therefore, if you plan to stay longer and with a temporary stay permit (KITAS), you need to do this offshore or arrive using a Single Entry Visa and convert it to Indonesia.

The most important thing is, do not overstay! You will be charged up to IDR1,000,000 for overstaying.

To make the most of your Bali vacation, consider these pro tips:

  • Familiarize yourself with local customs and etiquette.
  • Stay hydrated and protect yourself from the tropical sun.
  • Explore the diverse cuisine Bali has to offer.
  • Engage in cultural activities such as temple visits and traditional ceremonies.
  • Plan your itinerary carefully to cover the best of Bali’s attractions.

Bali is renowned for its enchanting landscapes and cultural treasures. Some must-visit tourist sites were as follows.

1. Ubud: Known as Bali’s cultural hub, Ubud offers art galleries, traditional markets, and the famous Monkey Forest.

2. Tanah Lot: Witness breathtaking sunsets at this iconic sea temple.

3. Uluwatu Temple: Perched on a cliff, this temple provides stunning ocean views and a captivating Kecak dance performance.

4. Mount Batur: Embark on a sunrise trek to the summit for a mesmerizing panoramic view.

5. Tegalalang Rice Terraces: Admire the beautiful rice terraces and learn about traditional agriculture.

Bali’s culinary scene is a treat for food enthusiasts. Don’t miss the opportunity to savor local delicacies such as Nasi Goreng (fried rice), Babi Guling (suckling pig), and Lawar (spiced meat salad).

Explore traditional warungs (local eateries) and beachfront restaurants to experience the authentic flavors of Bali.

Bali’s weather is characterized by two distinct seasons: the dry season and the wet season. The dry season, as mentioned earlier, offers favorable weather conditions. The wet season, which occurs from October to March, brings more rain, but Bali’s beauty shines even in the rain with lush green landscapes and fewer crowds.

Bali’s tropical climate makes it a year-round destination. However, the best time to visit is during the dry season, which typically runs from April to September.

During this period, you can expect sunny days, lower humidity, and minimal rainfall, ensuring optimal conditions for exploring the island.

Determining the ideal duration for your Bali vacation depends on your preferences and the experiences you want to enjoy. While a week can provide a glimpse of the island’s highlights, a longer stay of two to three weeks allows for a more immersive experience, enabling you to explore various regions, relax on stunning beaches, and delve deeper into Balinese culture.

What’s the ideal budget for staying in Bali?

When it comes to the cost of a holiday in Bali, the island offers a range of options to suit different budgets.

Bali offers great value for budget travelers. Accommodation ranges from USD 15 – 30 per night, meals cost approximately USD 2 – 4, and scooter rentals are priced at USD 3 – 6 per day.

For a comfortable mid-range stay, expect to pay around USD 80 – 120 per night for accommodation, with meals ranging from USD 6 – 10. Scooter rentals are affordable, similar to the budget option.

If you’re looking for a lavish experience, Bali has 5-star accommodations starting from USD 170 – 400 per night. Fine dining will cost around USD 12 – 20 per meal, and scooter rentals can be priced at USD 10 – 15 per day.

Remember, these are approximate price ranges, and actual costs may vary depending on specific establishments and services. Whether you’re on a budget or seeking luxury, Bali offers options to suit different preferences and budgets.

Now armed with essential knowledge about the Bali visa, local customs, tourist sites, and tips for a memorable vacation, you are ready to embark on your Bali adventure. Immerse yourself in the island’s rich culture, indulge in its mouthwatering cuisine, and explore its awe-inspiring landscapes. Bali awaits you with open arms, ready to create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Entry requirements

This advice reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British citizen’ passport from the UK, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Indonesia set and enforce entry rules. If you’re not sure how these requirements apply to you, contact Indonesia’s embassy in the UK .

Death from COVID-19 in Indonesia

If COVID-19 is given as cause of death and you would like to arrange a local cremation and repatriation of ashes, you will need to make contact with a local undertaker within 4 hours of the death registration to give your instructions. If you do not do this, it is likely that a local burial will take place.

You will also require a letter of no objection from the Embassy. This will be issued on the next working day.

Passport validity requirements

Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your date of entry into Indonesia.

Check with your travel provider or the nearest Indonesian Embassy or Consulate to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet the requirements.

Dual nationality

Indonesian law does not allow dual nationality for those aged 18 and older. If you are a British national who has retained Indonesian nationality, you could have difficulties with immigration in Indonesia. You might have to renounce your nationality or hand in your Indonesian passport.

Visa requirements

You can apply for an e-visa before arrival on the Indonesian immigration website .

Visas on arrival

British nationals who visit Indonesia for the following reasons can also apply for a visa on arrival at a cost of 500,000 Indonesian rupiah:

  • official visit or government duties
  • business or official meeting
  • procurement of goods

The visa is valid for 30 days. It can be extended once (for a maximum of 30 days) by making an application to an immigration office within Indonesia. Make sure you extend your visa within the initial 30 days to avoid an overstay fine of 1 million rupiah a day.

KITAS extension (stay or work permit)

KITAS holders with expiring stay permit but currently outside Indonesia can apply for an extension through a sponsor. The sponsor must submit the application to the immigration office attaching a copy of the passport and proof of leaving Indonesia. The application is submitted without biometric sampling. The sponsor must report the foreigner’s arrival within 30 days.

Beware of visa scams by fake visa agents who, having taken your money, may fail to provide a visa or supply the wrong visa. This could result in your overstaying and a fine of 1 million Indonesia rupiah per day, detention, deportation and possible re-entry ban. Use the Indonesian Immigration self-service portal.

Visa scams are increasing in Indonesia. Some travellers have lost significant amounts of money. Others have been deported despite paying large fees to an agent to get the correct visa or extension.

If you choose to use to use an agent check they are reputable.

Overstaying your visa

Visitors who overstay without the proper permissions can be held in detention or refused permission to leave the country until a fine of 1 million Indonesian rupiah per day is paid.

If you have overstayed your visa for less than 60 days, you must pay your fine at the airport. After 60 days, you will be detained until the fine is paid.

Proof of onward travel

Immigration officials in Indonesia may ask you for proof of onward travel (such as a return or onward air ticket). Make all reservations before leaving for Indonesia. Some airlines have refused to board passengers without evidence of onward travel.

Airport tax

Airport tax is included in the cost of all domestic flights within Indonesia. For some international flights departing Indonesia, airport tax might not be included in the price of the ticket. Check with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

Vaccination requirements (other than COVID-19)

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the vaccinations and vaccination certificates you may need on TravelHealthPro .

Depending on your circumstances, these may include:

  • yellow fever

Accommodation

Registering.

If you stay in private accommodation in Indonesia (not a hotel) you must register your presence with the local police at the nearest police station. You could be fined 5 million Indonesia rupiah if you do not register. If you stay in a hotel you will be registered automatically.

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Bali Entry Requirements 2024: The Complete Guide

  • InvestinAsia Team
  • December 12, 2023

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Authorities in Bali have implemented new entrance regulations to facilitate the travel process for visitors. One significant change is the elimination of the requirement for RT-PCR tests before departing from their origin.

Additionally, the mandatory health insurance covering COVID-19 treatment and evacuation has been lifted. Another favorable adjustment is the removal of quarantine measures for arriving tourists. Furthermore, individuals who are fully vaccinated are now exempt from the need to provide proof of being disease-free before entering Bali and traveling to various places in Bali .

Also read: What to Do Before Going to Indonesia: 16 Travel Tips

Updates on Bali Entry Requirements for 2024

As of 2023, the Indonesian government has announced several changes to the entry requirements for Bali in 2024. Here’s a summary:

New entry fee:

  • Starting January 1, 2024, all visitors to Bali will need to pay an entry fee of USD 10 (approximately IDR 150,000).
  • This fee will be collected directly at the airport or seaport upon arrival.

New tourism tax:

  • Effective February 14, 2024, non-Indonesian nationals arriving in Bali will be subject to a new tourism tax
  • This tax applies to all visitors except those holding ASEAN nationality.

Visa-on-arrival:

Non-Indonesian nationals who do not qualify for visa-free entry will need to obtain a Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) upon arrival in Indonesia. The VoA can be purchased at a separate counter at the airport.

Alternatively, the VoA can be obtained online in advance through the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights website.

Tourists can stay in Bali for up to 30 days with a Bali Visa on Arrival. The Visa on Arrival can be extended once, providing an additional 30-day period for visitors to stay in Bali. If you wish to stay longer, you can rely on our services to extend your visa on arrival in Bali .

Covid-19 vaccination:

You no longer need to be vaccinated to go to Bali as of June 9th, 2023. The Indonesian government lifted the requirement for proof of vaccination for entry. However, it’s still recommended to be fully vaccinated, especially for those at risk of contracting COVID-19.

However, the Indonesian government may revise this requirement in the future, so it’s important to check for updates before your trip.

Also read: Do You Need to be Vaccinated to Go to Bali?

Other entry requirements:

  • A valid passport with at least six months of validity remaining from the date of arrival is required.
  • Additionally, you are required to possess a return ticket or an onward travel ticket.
  • Proof of sufficient funds for your stay in Indonesia may be required.

Here are some resources for further information:

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia
  • Bali Tourism Board
  • Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights

Please note that these requirements are subject to change, so it’s important to check for updates before your trip.

Bali Entry Requirements 2024 with Visa on Arrival

Bali entry requirements (source:pexels)

Starting from September 23, 2022, nationals from 86 different countries can now avail visa-on-arrival upon their direct arrival in Bali. A comprehensive list of these countries can be checked here: Bali Visa on Arrival Guide .

However, other travelers must obtain a Visit Visa B211A Bali . It is advisable to check with your country’s embassy for specific entry requirements. Additionally, visitors must present proof of onward travel from Indonesia, such as a return flight ticket. Before booking your flight, please review the detailed information below. It is worth noting that more airlines are gradually reinstating Bali into their schedules.

Also read: Indonesia Visa Types: A Guide and Options for Foreigner

Required Documents for Entering Bali

Bali entry requirements (source: pexels)

Besides the entry requirements for Bali, another important thing about Bali travel requirements 2024 is preparing related documents. Below is a list of the documents required for traveling to Bali:

  • Valid Passport
  • B211A E-Visa (or cash or credit cards if obtaining Indonesia Visa on Arrival , available at select international airports). You may check the details about Bali e-Visa .
  • Return or onward ticket indicating the departure date from Bali
  • Note: Children under 18 are not required to provide proof of vaccination
  • PCR test is no longer mandatory for fully vaccinated travelers to enter Bali, although airlines may have varying requirements concerning PCR tests.
  • To comply with requirements, travelers must register on the SATUSEHAT App and provide travel information through the Indonesia electronic health alert card app, known as International e-HAC.
  • Completion of the Electronic Custom Declaration upon arrival
  • The certified hotel will oversee the management of the Quarantine Precision App during your stay.

Also read : The 9 Best Area for Property Investment in Bali

Step-by-step Guide for Traveling to Bali

Here’s the step-by-step guide on how to travel to Bali and the requirements to enter Bali:

Application

  • Check the current visa requirements and apply for an e-visa if necessary. You can rely on InvestinAsia’s services for simpler Indonesia Visa Application .
  • Ensure that your passport is valid for travel.

Pre-departure

  • Apply for a B211A E-Visa or prepare cash or credit cards for obtaining Visa on Arrival if applicable.
  • Undergo a Covid-19 PCR test if required by your airline.
  • Register on the SATUSEHAT App and provide your travel information through the Indonesia Electronic Health Alert Card app.
  • Fill in the Electronic Custom Declaration if you are arriving in Bali.
  • Quarantine Precision App will be handled at the certified hotel.

Also read: B211A Visa Indonesia: Purpose, Requirements, How to Apply

  • Present the required documents to the officials at the airport during check-in.
  • Adhere to the health protocol guidelines set by the Government and provide the necessary documents to the officials upon arrival at the airport.
  • Ensure that you have downloaded the SATUSEHAT app and completed the Indonesian e-HAC.

Stay in Bali

These are some travel regulations and requirements if you want to stay in Bali:

  • Undergo a temperature check upon arrival in Bali. If you have a fever or exhibit Covid-19 symptoms, a PCR test will be required.
  • Monitor your health and enjoy your stay in Bali!
  • Always check your visa validity and avoid the penalties for overstaying in Indonesia .
  • if you want to stay temporarily in Bali, please read the details in this article: How to Get KITAS in Bali and Stay Permit Requirements .

Also read: How Long Can I Stay in Bali: A Guide for Foreigner

Please note that the provided information is based on the latest available data and regulations. It is essential to stay updated and follow any additional Bali entrance requirements or changes implemented by the authorities.

You may also check the details about Bali visa for specific countries:

  • Bali Visa for US Citizens
  • Bali Visa for Australia Citizens
  • Bali Visa for Canadian Citizens
  • Bali Visa for Malaysian Citizens
  • Bali Visa for UK Citizens
  • Bali Visa for New Zealand Citizens
  • Visa for Bali from South Africa
  • Bali Visa for Filipino Citizens
  • Bali Visa for Hong Kong Citizens
  • Bali Visa for Japanese Citizens
  • Bali Visa for Indians
  • Bali Visa for Chinese Citizens

FAQ about Entry Regulations and Requirements for Bali

Do i require a visa to enter bali.

If you are not a citizen of one of the 9 ASEAN countries or Timor Leste, you must obtain a Visa to enter Indonesia and Bali. The specific Visa type depends on your nationality, the purpose of your travel, and the duration of your stay. Click the button below to determine the applicable requirements for your situation.

Are there specific passport requirements for Bali?

Yes. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from your date of arrival, without exceptions. Ensure your passport has a minimum of one blank page and is in good condition; worn or damaged passports may be rejected, leading to denial of entry.

Is a return ticket necessary for traveling to Bali?

Yes, even if not always checked at immigration. Airlines and immigration authorities may insist on a return ticket within the validity period of your visa.

Do I need to complete a customs declaration form?

Yes, it is mandatory. For arrivals in Bali, you can conveniently fill out the Customs Declaration Form online before your arrival. Use the following link for the E-CD (Electronic Custom Declaration). The form can be completed up to 72 hours before your arrival, and you will receive a QR code for scanning by officers after collecting your luggage at the airport.

Is there a Tourist Tax, and when does it start?

The tourist tax is planned to commence on February 14, 2024. The fee is IDR 150,000 per person (approximately USD 10 and AUD 15). This local tax applies only to Bali, not the entire Indonesia. It’s intended for purposes like trash management and infrastructure improvement. The payment can be made online, and the system is still under development.

Is an International Driving License necessary for scooter or motorbike rental?

Yes, it is now a mandatory requirement. Bring your international driver’s license if you intend to rent a scooter. If unavailable in your home country, a digital or printed version can suffice.

Is Medical Travel Insurance mandatory?

No, it is not obligatory, but it is recommended. While not required, having medical travel insurance is recommended to cover potential accidents in Bali. Without proper insurance, hospitals may demand cash payments and may deny treatment.

Are there sufficient international flights to Bali?

Yes, Bali (Denpasar DPS Airport) is well-connected internationally. Numerous budget and international carriers operate flights, although not all have fully returned to pre-COVID schedules.

Is it logical to travel to Bali through Jakarta?

Potentially, depending on the season. If flights to Bali are unavailable or expensive, consider booking a flight to Jakarta and then a domestic flight to Bali on the same day. Airlines like Citilink, Batik Air, Air Asia, Lion Air, and Garuda offer several daily flights. Ensure a 3-4 hour gap between your arrival in Jakarta and the domestic flight to Bali for immigration, luggage, and terminal transitions.

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Do you need visa for Bali

Planning a trip to Indonesia ? But do you need a visa for Bali ? As it stands, your visa needs depend on your home country.

Citizens from exempted nations are exempted from visa requirements for stays under 30 days.

For other nationals, the main options are the Visa on Arrival (VOA) valid for 30 days, or a Single Entry Visa (B211A) for longer stays up to 180 days.

This guide will help you familiarize with Indonesia’s stringent visa regulations to prevent any hiccups on your vacation on this beautiful island.

  • Do You Need A Visa For Bali ?

If you are from the UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada, the US or over 80 other nations, you’re exempted from visa for 30 days stays maximum.

A single-entry Visa on Arrival (VOA) is required for longer stays, which you can procure at the airport or pre-purchase online as an e-VOA.

Exempted countries visitors are visa-exempt for stays under 30 days . For longer stays, a B211A Visit Visa may be required.

  • Bali Visa Types

Types of Bali visas

Bali offers several visa options depending on the passport holders nationality :

  • Visa on Arrival to Bali (VOA) : this is available to over 90 nationalities, including the EU, Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, Japan, Canada and more. This visa is valid for 30 days and can be extended once for a total stay of 60 days. You can purchase this tourist visa online directly from the immigration website for around USD 35.
  • e-VOA : this electronic version of VOA can be requested up to three months before departure. There are two types, one valid for 30 days with an option of a 30-day extension, and another valid directly for 60 days. It’s ideal if you want to avoid long queues at the international airport.
  • B211A Visit Visa : this is mandatory for all other nationals not included in the VOA list, and for stays longer than 60 days. It’s valid for 60 days and extendable. It’s a great option for digital nomads.
  • Social Budaya Visa : if your travel plans are to stay longer than 60 days or even make Bali your home, this social culture visa grants an initial 60 days with the possibility to extend 4 times, for a total of 180 days. It requires sponsorship from an Indonesian citizen, school/university or volunteer program.
  • Residence Visa (KITAS/KITAP) : this is the long-term stay visa, often referred to as the Holy Grail of Bali visas. This visa can be complex to acquire and might change your legal and tax situation. It is valid from 6 months to 1 year (KITAS) and up to 5 years (KITAP).
  • Bali Visa Requirements

Bali visa requirements

For all visa types, the Bali passport requirements dictate that your passport should be valid for at least six months from the date of arrival.

  • Bali on arrival visa requirements : if you are applying for a Visa on Arrival (VOA) , the requirements include proof of onward or return ticket (to show you will eventually leave Indonesia) and proof of sufficient funds for the duration of your trip.
  • If you are opting for the electronic visa, or e-VOA , an additional passport-size photograph and a valid email address will be required.
  • For a Visitor Visa , which is the visa required for Bali if your stay exceeds 30 days but is less than 60 days, your passport should be valid for at least 6 months. If your stay is up to 180 days, your passport should have a validity of 12 months. There also are some additional requirements : two passport-sized photographs, proof of sufficient funds for your stay and a return or onward travel ticket.
  • If you’re entitled to the visa exemption for Indonesia and Bali, then there are no visa requirements.
  • If you’re considering the Residence Visas (KITAS/KITAP), then you either have to be married to an Indonesian citizen, or be an investor, director or commissioner in an Indonesian Company, or planning to retire in Indonesia.
  • How To Apply For Visa To Bali (Step By Step Process)

Applying for visa to Bali

Here is a step-by-step guide to easily complete the Bali visa process.

  • Determine the type of visa you need : based on the length and purpose of your stay, identify whether you need a Visa on Arrival (VOA), Visitor Visa (B211A), Social Budaya Visa or a Residence Visa (KITAS/KITAP).
  • Valid passport : double check that you have a passport valid for at least six months from your planned arrival date in Bali.
  • Gather necessary documents : for a VOA or B211A, you’ll need proof of a return or onward ticket and evidence of sufficient funds for your trip. For e-VOAs, prepare a passport-size photograph and a valid email address. If you’re applying for a Visitor Visa, you’ll need two passport-sized photographs additionally.
  • Apply online or at the airport : if opting for a VOA, you can purchase it upon arrival at the international airport in Bali. If you prefer to save time, apply for a visa online at least 48 hours before your departure through the local authorities website. For Visitor Visas and other long-term visas, applications must be made from outside Indonesia, preferably with the assistance of a reputable visa agency.
  • Pay the visa fee : the fee for a VOA is around $35. Other visa types have different costs.
  • Wait for approval : for e-VOAs and Visitor Visas, wait for the approval, which should be emailed to you if you’ve applied online.
  • Travel : once your tourist visa is approved, you can travel to Bali. Be sure to carry a printout of your visa (if applicable) with you.
  • Documents Needed To Travel To Bali

Documents Needed To Travel To Bali

Ensure to have the following documents when you enter Indonesia :

  • Valid passport : your passport should be valid for at least six months from your arrival date in Bali.
  • Visa or proof of exemption : if you’re from a country that requires a visa to enter Indonesia, you must have the appropriate visa. For those from eligible countries, who are visa-exempt for stays less than 30 days, proof of citizenship is sufficient.
  • Return or Onward Ticket : you need to have proof of a return ticket or an onward ticket to a destination outside Indonesia.
  • Proof of sufficient funds : documentation proving you have sufficient funds for the duration of your trip. This can include recent bank statements or credit card statements.
  • Accommodation details : proof of your accommodation reservations, including the name, address and contact details of your hotel or place of stay.
  • Travel Insurance certificate : although not mandatory, we highly recommend to subscribe travel insurance that covers medical expenses.
  • Health-related documents : depending on the current health regulations, you may need to show proof of vaccinations, COVID-19 tests or other related documents.
  • Photographs : if you apply for a visa in advance, you may need two passport-sized photographs.

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  • Cost Of Bali Visa

Travel visas Indonesia cost

The cost of a Bali visa will vary depending on the type and method of acquisition.

A B211A extendable visa, ideal if you wish to stay longer, ranges from $270 to $300 , so it’s pretty cheap compared to expensive visa runs.

For shorter stays, you can opt for a Visa on Arrival (VOA) or an Electronic Visa on Arrival (e-VOA), each priced at $35 . This visa is valid for 30 days and can be extended for an additional 30 days.

  • Which Countries Can Enter Bali Without Visa ?

Some countries benefit from visa exemption in Indonesia, so it enables citizens to visit without the need for a visa.

Brunei, France, Croatia, Cambodia, USA, UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Myanmar and many other citizens wishing to visit Bali for tourism purposes won’t need a visa.

  • Extending Visa In Bali

If you wish to extend your stay beyond the duration granted by your initial visa, you’ll need to apply for a visa extension .

The process and requirements vary depending on the type of visa you possess. The VOA and e-VOA , for example are valid for 30 days and can be extended for another 30 days.

  • Bali Visa Specifics for Each Country You Need To Know

Travel visas

Let’s delve into specific visa requirements for travelers from different countries.

Each nation may have unique conditions or arrangements with Indonesia.

If your country isn’t mentioned, please visit this official site to check your specific requirements.

Do You Need A Visa For Bali From USA ?

US citizens are exempted from a Bali visa for 30 days maximum stays. For longer stays, they require a Visa on Arrival (VoA) or e-VOA for Bali.

It’s valid for 30 days and can be extended once for another 30 days after the visa expiry dates while in Indonesia. Check the embassy website for the latest updates.

Do You Need A Visa For Bali From Australia ?

Australian nationals are exempted from a Bali visa for 30 days maximum stays.

For longer stays, they need a VoA or e-VOA for Bali. This visa lasts 30 days and is extendable once. Prior to travel, Australians should ensure their passport validity exceeds six months from their arrival date.

Do You Need A Visa For Bali From New Zealand ?

New Zealanders traveling to Bali are exempted from a Bali visa for 30 days maximum stays. For longer stays, a VoA or e-VOA is necessary.

It provides a 30-day stay and can be extended once. Don’t forget to verify the most current information from the Indonesian embassy.

Do You Need A Visa For Bali From India ?

Indian citizens visiting Bali are exempted from a Bali visa for 30 days maximum stays.

For longer stays, they need to obtain a VoA or e-VOA for a 30-day stay, with the option to extend once.

Do You Need A Visa For Bali From Canada ?

Canadian citizens are exempted from a Bali visa for 30 days maximum stays.

For longer stays, they are required to get a VoA or e-VOA to travel to Bali. This visa is valid for 30 days, with an option for one extension.

Do You Need A Visa For Bali From UK ?

UK nationals traveling to Bali are exempted from a Bali visa for 30 days maximum stays. For longer stays, they need a VoA or e-VOA.

This visa provides a 30-day stay, or a 60-day stay with the visa extension. UK travelers should ensure their passports have at least six months validity from their intended arrival date.

Do You Need A Visa For Bali From Ireland ?

Irish nationals visiting Bali are exempted from a Bali visa for 30 days maximum stays.

For longer stays, they must secure a VoA or e-VOA. It’s valid for a 30-day stay and can be extended once in Indonesia.

Do You Need A Visa For Bali From South Africa ?

South Africans traveling to Bali are exempted from a Bali visa for 30 days maximum stays.

For longer stays, they require a VoA or e-VOA, which allows a 30-day stay and can be extended once.

Do You Need A Visa For Bali From Europe ?

European nationals visiting Bali are exempted from a Bali visa for 30 days maximum stays.

For longer stays, they must obtain a VoA or e-VOA. This visa type is valid for a 30-day stay and can be extended once while in Indonesia.

Do You Need A Visa For Bali From Zimbabwe ?

Zimbabwean travelers planning to visit Bali are exempted from a Bali visa for 30 days maximum stays.

For longer stays, they require a Visa on Arrival or e-VOA. This visa permits a stay of 30 days and can be extended for an additional 30 days once in Indonesia.

Thinking of staying longer? Our Bali 10-Year Visa guide has all the details.

Get a visa for Bali

How long it takes to get a visa for Bali ?

The processing time for a Visa on Arrival (VoA) or electronic Visa (e-VOA) is usually immediate upon arrival in Bali.

Is visa for Bali expensive and hard to get ?

The VOA visa for Bali costs $35 and it’s straightforward to get, available on arrival or through the e-VOA system.

Can I go to Bali for a month without a visa ?

Citizens from visa-exempt countries can enter Bali for up to 30 days without a visa. Otherwise, a VoA or e-VOA Indonesia visa is required.

Do I need a passport to go to Bali ?

Yes, a passport valid at least six months from the date of arrival is mandatory to enter Bali.

Do you need a visa for a Bali holiday ?

Yes, unless you’re from a visa-exempt country, you’ll need a VoA or e-VOA for a holiday in Bali.

Do you need a visa for Bali with an Australian passport ?

No, Australian passport holders are part of the visa exemption program.

Do you need a visa for Bali with a Peruvian passport ?

No, Peruvian passport holders are part of the visa exemption program.

Do you need a visa for Bali with a Tanzanian passport ?

No, Tanzanian passport holders are part of the visa exemption program.

Do you need a visa for Bali for French ?

No, French passport holders are part of the visa exemption program.

Many countries enjoy visa exemption for up to 30 days , with options for VoA or e-VOA for extended stays.

Longer stays may require more particular visa, with varying application procedures and costs. Always ensure your passport has ample validity and remember to gather all necessary documents.

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The Ultimate Bali Visa Guide: 7 Great Options for Short Stays, Long Stays, and Permanent Stays on Bali

When it comes to traveling to Bali visa issues are likely the single most confusing headache, with frequently changing visa regulations, so many different options compare to other countries, and understanding the fees and how long you are likely to stay. With all of the factors, choosing and sorting your Bali visa can be overwhelming, but in this article, we’ll get you sorted with the latest Indonesia visa news, the criteria to decide which visa you need, and how to go about getting it – whether getting your visa online or with the help of a recommended agent.

Important note: As of 2023, Indonesian officials have eliminated visa free entry, at and throughout Indonesia for passport holders of all non-ASEAN countries. You will still be able to get a Visa On Arrival (VOA) at the Ngurah Rai International Airport, but I highly recommend applying for the e-VOA to allow for visa extensions online later.

Table of Contents

  • 60 Day Visa on Arrival and e-VOA
  • 6 Month B211 Social e-Visa and Business e-Visa (Single Entry)
  • 1-Year Multiple Entry Business Visa
  • 6 Month Entertainer KITAS (allows foreigners to do paid performances)

2 Year Investor KITAS (Temporary Resident Permit)

  • 5 Year Second Home Visa (Permanent Resident Permit)
  • 10 Year Golden Visa
  • Recommended Visa Agents
  • Visa Runs: Where to go and how to do them
  • Bali Visa Requirements

Why is it important to pick the right Bali visa for your stay?

The visa you pick determines 1) how long you can stay on Bali 2) what activities you are legally allowed to do (working, performing, journalism, volunteering, etc.) and 3) how easily you can leave and come back on the same visa, without going through the visa application and payment process

The best visa for your Bali stay as a digital nomad depends on three things.

How long do you plan to stay? Less than two months ( Visa on Arrival for 60 days ), up to six months ( six month B211a Social Visa or the eB211 “Digital Nomad Visa” ), or longer than six months ( one year multiple entry business visa or KITAS )?

Do you plan to return to Bali more than a couple of times? (If yes, the multiple entry one year business visa will be for you, and later, an investor KITAS )

Do you plan to do any work in person in Bali? Whether for a company in Bali, or as an in-person presenter or entertainer? (If yes, you may need an Entertainer KITAS or to rearrange your plans)

The visa options you will have for Bali are as follows:

Note that the Bali Visa Waiver (free visa) no longer exists

Note that as of 2023 the free Bali visa waiver no longer exists and you will either have to pay for or arrange a visa, no matter what.

Now, we will review the requirements to attain your visa (click here to jump to a detailed overview of your Bali Visa Options)

Overview of the Bali Visa Options

Recommended visas for initial stays and short stays on bali.

60 Day electronic Visa on Arrival “Tourist Visa” (Single Entry Visa)

6 month B211a Social Visa and e-B211 Business visa (Single Entry Visa)

1 Year Multiple Entry Visa (Requires leaving every 90 days)

6 Month Entertainment KITAS

5 Year Second Home KITAS (Permanent Resident Permit)

10 Year Golden Visa (Permantent Resident Permit)

30 Day Visa on Arrival (VOA) and electronic Visa on Arrival (e-VOA) “Tourist Visa” + Optional 30 Day Extension (Single Entry Visa)

The Bali Visa on Arrival and e-Visa on Arrival allow 30 day initial stays with the option to extend your stay for an additional 30 days, for a total of 60 days. Note that that in-person Visa On Arrival (received at the airport) requires a visit to the immigration office for the visa extension. However, the e-Visa on Arrival can be extended online without visiting the immigration office

Official information for the Indonesian e-VOA can be found at https://www.imigrasi.go.id/en/e-voa/ and you can apply for and pay for the e-VOA at the official Indonesian Immigration site at https://molina.imigrasi.go.id/ for up to 5 people.

The e-VOA costs 500,000 IDR (~$20 USD)

  • 30 Visa on Arrival (B213 visa) with option to extend fro 30 additional days in person – 500,000 IDR paid on arrival at a special counter at the Ngurah Rai airport. A 30 day visa extension is possible and can be processed through a visa agent for 800,000 IDR (additional fee) ( Click here to visit Imigrasi’s online visa selection page )

For those that enter Indonesia with an e-VOA, you can extend for the following 30 days by logging into http://molina.imigrasi.go.id/ and clicking the “ extend” button and following the procedures that follow and processing payment. The current fee for an e-VOA extension is 800,000 IDR (~$54 USD).

  • 30 eVisa on Arrival (eB213 visa) with option to extend fro 30 additional days online – 500,000 IDR paid online. A 30 day visa extension is possible and -can be processed online via the site and account you initially received the visa through for a 800,000 IDR (additional fee) ( Click here to visit Imigrasi’s online visa selection page )

You can learn more about extending your e-VOA at the official Indonesian Immigration site here . For those that receive a normal VOA on arrival at the airport, you will need to visit the immigration office to extend your visa for a fee of 800,000 IDR (~$54 USD)

60 Day e – Tourist Visa (211a) Single Entry Visa (Non-Extendable)

The 60 day single entry tourist visa allows a a full 60 day stay in Indonesia for tourist purposes, with no worry about extending mid stay. Note that this visa differs from the “B211a Social Visa” in that it can’t be extended. For more information, visit the official Indonesian Immigration visa site at https://molina.imigrasi.go.id/.

60 Day electronic Visa on Arrival “Tourist Visa” (Visa211a) has a 1,500,000 IDR total cost, paid through the official immigration website. You can apply for eVOA by yourself through the official website of Immigration Indonesia www.molina.imigrasi.go.id . This visa is not extendable.

6 month e-B211 “Social Visa” and e-B211 “Business Visa” aka “Digital Nomad Visa” (Single Entry Visa)

For those that wish to stay in Bali for up to 6 months for tourism purposes (or anything besides paid work or volunteering on the island) but have no plans of leaving Bali before the end of their visa, the B211a social visa is perfect for you.

The 6 month B211 visa, commonly called the “Social Visa,” “Single Entry Business Visa,” “e-B211” and the “Bali digital nomad visa” in recent press releases is a general visa that allows you to stay in Bali for an initial period of 60 days and extendable every 60 days up to a total of 6 months. While on this visa you can work remotely, as long as your customers and company aren’t based in Indonesia, but you technically can’t volunteer or perform.

You can process this visa for yourself online, however, I recommend using a reliable visa agent to speed up and simplify the process. In either case, this is an e-visa which means no need to visit the embassy.

You can find official information on the 6 month Social visa at the official Indonesian Immigration website here: https://www.imigrasi.go.id/en/visa-kunjungan-satu-kali-perjalanan-b211a/

Additionally, you can contact a reliable visa agency (MPG) here: Whatsapp at ( +62811387262 ) or visit Ibu Ayu’s site at https://www.mpgbali.com/

Processed through a visa agency the initial visa cost is 4,000,000 for the initial 60 days, and 2,600,000 for each additional 60 day extension. The total price of the 6 month e-B211 is 9,200,000 (~$615 USD)

D212 1 year multiple entry “Business Visa” (requires leaving every 60 days)

For those that don’t mind leaving Bali every 60 days, I highly recommend the D212 multiple entry 1 year business visa.

This visa allows you a full year to enter Bali an unlimited number of times, as long as you leave at maximum every 60 days.

Processed through a visa agent, the cost of a D212 1 year multiple entry business visa is 5,500,000 IDR (~$365)

Visit the official Indonesian Immigration site to learn more about the D212 visa here

6 Month Entertainer KITAS (Temporary Residence Permit): Allows paid work as a performer, comedian, speaker, DJ, or event facilitator

For visitors that plan to do any kind of paid performances not that you cannot perform (paid or free) under any of the tourist visas – VOA, B211 – or without an appropriate work permit. If you do and are caught but the immigration and national police task force, you will be deported, as many foreigners have been recently. The only way to perform legally in Indonesia as a foreigner not in a company is under a properly arranged “Entertainer KITAS”

The “Entertainer KITAS” is the only visa that permits working, performances, running workshops, DJ’ing, doing standup comedy, or anything like that legally (and without the risk of deportation). But be warned, this visa isn’t cheap.

This visa must be processed through a visa agent, and pricing for the 6 month Entertainment Visa is as follows:

Offshore Entertainment KITAS (Badung, Denpasar Area) 12,000,000 IDR + Visa fee 150 USD

Offshore Entertainment KITAS (all Indonesia)  17,000,000 IDR + Visa fee 150 USD

Government TAX 600 USD for 6 months

Recommended visas and Resident Permits for longer stays and permanent stays on Bali

2 year “investor kitas” (permanent residency permit).

5 Year “Second Home Visa”

5 Year KITAP (permanent residency permit)

As you decide to stay on Bali for a year or more, with more emphasis on staying in Bali for 6 to 9 months, and less desire to renew visas and take on visa runs, you will want to consider the opportunity (and hassle) of temporary or permanent residence permits – respectively name KITAS or KITAPs.

The 2 year “investor KITAS” is the most coveted and popular “visa” among long stayers in Bali. The KITAS allows the holder to stay as long as they wish within the 2-year period of validity and to come and go as they please.

Additionally, the KITAS can allow the holder to perform “director activities” in the Foreign Owned Indonesian company they have invested in and thus enables their KITAS.

However, this golden ticket comes with a price. KITAS holders must hold at least 10% of shares in an Indonesian company (PT PMA) and opening a PMA requires a 10 Billion IDR capital investment. Though this portion of the requirements is a bit confusing, I won’t venture to explain them better here. Instead, I’ll point you to the expert that helped me understand my situation better and what is best for me.

If you are interested in investing in an Indonesian company and legally attaining a KITAS, contact Ibu Ayu at MPG Consulting.

MPG Consulting: Contact via Whatsapp at ( +62811387262 ) or visit Ibu Ayu’s site at https://www.mpgbali.com/

5 Year “Second Home Visa” (replaced the former retirement visa)

The “Second Home Visa” replaced the former “retirement visa” in 2022 and, quite frankly, has shifted to targeting long stayers for “investment in Indonesia” in exchange for a 5 year or 10 year permanent resident permit.

To qualify for an Indonesian Second Home Visa, applications must meet 1 of 2 criteria:

Place 2,000,000,000 in an Indonesian Bank Account ($133,000 USD) and be able to show proof of that balance to immigration at any time

Purchase a home that qualifies as a “luxury home” in Indonesia with a minimum value of 5,000,000,000 ($335,000 USD) under “Hak Pakai” and show proof of title ownership. Leasehold rental/ownership of a property does not qualify

The price of the 5 year “Second Home ITAS” processed via a Visa agent is 45,000,000 IDR ($3,000 USD)

Learn more information at these official sources:

Official Indonesian Immigration Website: imigrasi.go.id/en/visa-rumah-kedua/

New 10 Year “Golden Visa”

In August of 2023, Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs announced that Indonesia would be offering a 5 to 10 year golden visa, allowing foreigners to stay for the period free to come and go and “conduct business activities.” However, the visa requires an investment of a minimum $350,000 in Indonesian Government bonds.

Details on this program are still forthcoming. If you are interested in this visa I recommend contacting a reliable visa agent to inform you and guide you through the process.

How can you get a visa before you arrive in Bali?

Tip: Use a visa agent, to apply for your visa and visa extension to speed up the process and avoid visiting the Indonesian Embassy and immigration office 

Only the “Visa on Arrival” (VOA) or its cousin, the e-VOA can be attained on arrival.

For all other visas ( 6 month social visa , 1 year business visa , 2 year investor KITAS visa , 6 month performer’s KITAS visa ) you will need to apply for the visa while outside of Indonesia and you will need to use an agent. I universally only recommend 2 visa agencies as I have used both tens of times, and trust their work enough to recommend them.

I highly recommend using a visa agent for the process to save you visits and hassle at the Indonesian Embassy, Even better, these visa agents were able to arrange my visas while I was outside of Indonesia, all via Whatsapp. These are the only visa agents I recommend:

The Only Visa Agencies I Recommend

MPG Consulting: Contact via Whatsapp at ( +62811387262 ) or visit Ibu Ayu’s site at https://www.mpgbali.com/ for a full list of visas available right now. For KITAS, immigration issues, business visas, and social visas, I recommend Ibu Ayu and her team above all others on Bali.

Bali Business Consulting: Contact via Whatsapp at (+62 819-1640-6464) or visit their site at https://balibusinessconsulting.com/ for pricing, updated visa lists, and details

What are Visa runs, and where are the best places to do visa runs to from Bali?

Once you’ve reached the end of your stay on a visa in Bali, if you decide you want to stay on Bali longer , you will need to leave Indonesia for a short period to process a new visa, and then return. However, you don’t necessarily need to go back to your home country. These “Visa runs” are simply short trips is cheap flights to a nearby country, to allow you to apply for a new visa or reset the clock on your last trip for your existing visa (for the 1 year business visa).

If you want to spend several months on Bali, but not necessarily in a single visa (as you would have to with a single entry 6 month B211a social visa or e-B211 single entry business visa), then using the 2-month visa on arrival visitor visa to stay for 60 days, exploring another country on a quick visa run, and returning

Where are the best places to go for visa runs from Bali? Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and (maybe) Thailand

The best countries to go on visa runs from Indonesia, due to cheap flights as well as the great experience are Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Additionally, a visa run allows you to buy things that aren’t available in Bali with good enough quality or a good enough price.

So, why these countries in particular?

Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur is the easiest and best location for a simple visa run. Cheap high-rise “serviced apartments,” countless shopping malls, and the insane food scene hidden in KL make this a great places to spend a few days. Also check out Penang, Georgetown, Cherating, and Malaka if you have time. KL also has the cheapest flights from Denpasar airport of the top visa run options

Vietnam: Hanoi, Hoi An, Da Nang, and Saigon are all cheap flights away, a wonderful change of pace, and remarkably cheaper to stay in than Bali. Don’t forget your visa to Vietnam as most nationalities require a visa to enter.

The Philippines: The islands of the Philippines is purely for vacation experience and one I highly recommend. A pure water world with pristine ocean water and beaches and no trash . You’ll appreciate that last part after your first rainy season in Bali. Also, flights to various islands from Denpasar Airport are very cheap.

Thailand: Chiang Mai and Bangkok are both great for stocking up and recharging and equally good for high quality medical check ups and dental. Unfortunately, Thailand tends to have the most expensive flights from Ngurah Rai Airport among the good visa run options.

Visa Requirements

All foreign nationals must meet the following requirements to receive a visa to travel to Bali:

A departure flight ticket from Indonesia

Accommodation booking proof

Passport valid for minimum 6 months

Hav e valid passport from one of the 92 countries eligible for VOA, e-VOA, and B211

Proof of sufficient funds for the length of your stay

What you can’t do on a normal Indonesian visa while in Indonesia

Be warned (again) that without the right visa in Indonesia and respective work permit, you can’t do any of the following activities. If you are caught by immigration, the consequences will be thousands of dollars in fines, deportation and blacklisting, or both.

Work for customers or companies based in Indonesia

Perform (even for free)

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Most of the Bali travel restrictions due to COVID-19 have been lifted by June 2023, which is great news for travelers.

However, there are still a few things you need to know before you go.

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Passport

Your passport must have a remaining validity of at least six months from the date of entry, and it should have two blank pages for the entry stamp.

Thus, it’s essential that your passport be valid for the next six months to avoid any complications.

Indonesia Visa

When it comes to visas, there are a number of options, including visa exemption, Visa on Arrival, Electronic Visa on Arrival, and the B211A Tourist Visa:

Visa Exemption

Nationals of the following countries are eligible for visa exemption for a maximum of 30 days:

However, this exemption cannot be extended, nor can it be converted into another kind of stay permit.

Visa On Arrival (VOA)

Citizens of the following countries or regions can enter Indonesia on a VOA:

The VOA costs IDR Rp500,000 (roughly USD $35) and is valid for 30 days, and it can be extended once for another 30 days at a local immigration office in Indonesia by paying an extension fee of IDR Rp500,000.

However, the VOA cannot be converted into another kind of permit.

Electronic Visa On Arrival (e-VOA)

If you want to avoid the hassle of getting a VOA at the airport, you can opt for an e-VOA on the official e-VOA website before your trip.

It works just like the VOA, except that you further have the option of applying for a 60-day e-VOA for a fee of IDR Rp1,500,000 (roughly USD $105).

The B211A Tourist Visa

Citizens of countries and regions not listed above, and foreigners who wish to stay in Indonesia for more than 60 days, can opt for a B211A tourist visa.

This visa is valid for 60 days, and up to two extensions (with 60 days for each extension) can be granted.

In other words, you can stay in Indonesia for up to 180 days on the B211A visa.

This visa must be applied for at an Indonesian Embassy in your country, and the cost of the initial visa issuance depends on where it is applied.

Each visa extension costs IDR Rp2,000,000 (roughly USD $140).

You can enter Indonesia within 90 days from the issue date of the visa.

Otherwise, the visa will expire. The B211A visa is a single-entry visa, meaning that it will be invalid once you leave Indonesia.

Proof Of Vaccination

Proof Of Vaccination

A COVID-19 vaccine certificate is required no longer , under Circular Letter of COVID-19 Task Force No. 1 of 2023.

Having said that, we still recommend that you bring your vaccination record with you because you could still be asked to show it sometimes.

For example, domestic flights have required proof that passengers have received three shots (two vaccinations plus one booster shot), and some airlines as well as local places of interest may still have that requirement.

Printing out your vaccination record will make it easier for others to see it when they need to.

PCR test results are not required for entering Indonesia anymore.

However, we suggest that you ask the airline you are flying with to see if they require PCR test results themselves.

What do I need to do before traveling to Bali in 2023?

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If you are planning a trip to Bali in 2023, there are a few things you need to do to prepare. Here is a frequently asked questions list:

Yes, it is important to book your flights and accommodation well in advance, especially if you are traveling during peak season. Bali is a popular tourist destination, so places can be booked up quickly.

Citizens of most countries can enter Indonesia without a visa for up to 30 days. However, citizens of some countries will need to apply for a visa on arrival or in advance. You can check the visa requirements for your country on the Indonesian Embassy website.

Yes, it is always a good idea to get travel insurance when traveling to any new country. Travel insurance can protect you against unexpected events such as lost luggage, medical emergencies, and flight cancellations.

Be sure to pack light and comfortable clothing, as the weather in Bali is warm and humid. You should also pack a swimsuit, sunscreen, and a hat.

Yes, learning a few basic Indonesian phrases will help you get around Bali and communicate with the locals. Some useful phrases include: Hello – Selamat pagi (morning), Selamat siang (afternoon), Selamat malam (evening) Goodbye – Selamat tinggal Thank you – Terima kasih You’re welcome – Sama-sama Excuse me – Permisi I don’t speak Indonesian – Saya tidak bisa bicara bahasa Indonesia

Bali is a very different country from the United States, so be prepared for culture shock. The dress code in Bali is more conservative than in the United States, so avoid wearing revealing clothing, especially when visiting temples or other religious sites. Balinese people are very friendly and welcoming, but it is important to be respectful of their culture and customs. Bali is a relatively safe country, but it is always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions against petty theft.

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Local emergency contacts

Fire services, ambulance and rescue services, medical emergencies.

Call 110 or 112.

Tourist Police, Bali

Call (+0361) 759 687.

Tourist Police, Jakarta

Call (+201) 526 4073.

Advice levels

Exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia overall.

Reconsider your need to travel to the provinces of Papua (Papua), Papua Highlands (Papua Pegunungan), Central Papua (Papua Tengah) and South Papua (Papua Selatan).

Reconsider your need to travel  to the provinces of Papua, Papua Pegunungan, Papua Tengah and Papua Selatan due to the risk of serious security incidents or demonstrations that may turn violent.

  • The Indonesian Presidential election will take place on 14 February. Frequent political rallies and possible protests are likely to occur in the lead-up to the election. Expect traffic delays and restricted access to locations if protests occur. Avoid protests and demonstrations and monitor local media for the latest updates.
  • There's an ongoing risk of terrorist attack in Indonesia. Be alert to possible threats. Take official warnings seriously and follow the advice of local authorities. Popular tourist areas may be the target of terrorist attacks.
  • Many of Indonesia’s volcanoes are active and can erupt without warning. Volcanic and seismic activity may continue for some time. Adhere to exclusion zones around volcanoes, which can change at short notice, and follow the advice of local authorities. Domestic and international flights can be disrupted. Monitor Indonesia’s  Volcano Observatory Notice  for the latest volcanic activity (Bahasa and English),  Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System  and the  Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre  for updates. 
  • There's been tension, including demonstrations and violence, in certain towns in the provinces of Papua,   Papua Pegunungan, Papua Tengah and Papua Selatan in recent years. Armed groups have stated that they're targeting foreigners, including Australians. Our ability to provide consular support in these provinces is limited.
  • Petty and violent crime occurs in Indonesia. Opportunistic crime, such as pickpocketing occurs. Drinks may be spiked or mixed with toxic substances. Crimes involving taxis and taxi drivers occur. Solo women are at higher risk. Be alert in taxis, crowds, bars and nightclubs.
  • Legal disputes over real estate are common, including in Bali. Before entering into an agreement or providing financial details, do your research and get legal advice.
  • Natural disasters such severe weather, floods, landslides, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis occur regularly. Weather conditions can change quickly during the wet season (October – April). Regularly check weather reports, monitor media and speak to your travel provider before continuing with planned activities. Follow the advice of local authorities.
  • When undertaking adventure activities, ensure that functioning safety equipment is available, that you have travel insurance and that your policy covers you for these activities.

Full travel advice: Safety

  • The standard of medical facilities in Indonesia is generally lower than in Australia. Many regional hospitals only provide basic facilities.
  • Some medications, including drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), medicinal cannabis, cannabis-based oils and creams, hemp-based products, CBD, THC, hash and edibles, are illegal in Indonesia. Harsh penalties, such as arrest and jail time, can apply even if you have a prescription. Make sure your  medication is legal in Indonesia .
  • Purchasing prescription medication online or over the counter in Indonesia without an Indonesian prescription is illegal. Ensure you provide a valid prescription from an Indonesian doctor before purchasing prescription medication and confirm that it's accepted by the seller before your purchase.

You may be temperature checked on arrival at international and domestic airports. If you have fever symptoms, you may be referred to the airport clinic for further tests and asked to seek medical treatment. See your doctor or travel clinic before you travel to plan any vaccinations you need.

Full travel advice: Health

  • Indonesia has revised its criminal code, which includes penalties for cohabitation and sex outside of marriage. These revisions will not come into force until January 2026.
  • Penalties for drug offences include heavy fines, long prison sentences and the death penalty. Police target tourist destinations. 
  • Some medications are illegal in Indonesia. Harsh penalties can apply even if you have a prescription. It is also illegal to purchase prescription medications online or over the counter without an Indonesian prescription. Ensure you have a valid Indonesian prescription. See ' Health '.

The death penalty exists for some crimes in Indonesia.

  • Standards of dress and behaviour are conservative in many parts of Indonesia. Learn about local customs. Take care not to offend.
  • Aceh province upholds some aspects of sharia law. Sharia law applies to everyone, including travellers. Inform yourself about the laws, and be careful not to offend or break local laws. If in doubt, seek local advice.

Full travel advice: Local laws

  • From 14 February, the Bali Provincial Government will apply a new tourist levy of IDR 150,000 per person to foreign tourists entering Bali. The tourist levy is separate from the e-Visa on Arrival or the Visa on Arrival. Cashless payments can be made online prior to travel or on arrival at designated payment counters at Bali's airport and seaport. See the Bali Provincial Government's   official website and FAQs for further information.
  • If you're travelling to Indonesia for tourism, official government duties or business meetings, you can  apply for an e-Visa on Arrival (e-VOA) . This also applies if you're transiting through Indonesia at certain international airports, seaports and land crossings. Apply at least 48 hours before your travel to Indonesia. You can get a Visa on Arrival (VOA) at some international airports, seaports or land crossings.
  • To apply for the e-VOA or VOA, you must have an ordinary (non-emergency) passport with at least 6 months of validity from the date you plan to enter (we also recommend having at least 6 months of passport validity from the date you plan to leave Indonesia, to avoid any issues for your departure or onward travel) and a return or onward flight booking to another country.
  • You may need to apply for a visa in advance to enter Indonesia for purposes not covered by the e-VOA or VOA. Check the latest entry requirements with your travel provider or an  Embassy or Consulate of Indonesia  before travel. Entry, exit and transit conditions can change at short notice. Monitor media for the latest update. 
  • You'll be required to complete an  e-customs declaration  for arrival. You can complete this within 3 days of departure to Indonesia.
  • Travel requirements may change at short notice, including travel to Bali and Jakarta by air, land or sea. Contact your travel provider and monitor media for up-to-date details.

Full travel advice: Travel

Local contacts

  • The Consular Services Charter tells you what the Australian Government can and can't do to help when you're overseas.
  • For consular help, contact the Australian Embassy, Jakarta , the Australian Consulate-General, Bali , the Australian Consulate-General, Makassar or the Australian Consulate-General, Surabaya .
  • To stay up to date with local information, follow the Embassy's social media accounts.

Full travel advice: Local contacts

Full advice

The terrorist threat in Indonesia is ongoing. Attacks could happen anywhere and anytime. This includes places that foreigners visit.

Be alert to possible threats. Take official warnings seriously and follow the advice of local authorities.

Indonesian authorities continue to investigate and disrupt terrorist groups in Indonesia, including Bali.

Recent terrorist attacks

In December 2022, an explosion occurred at a police station in Bandung, Jawa Barat, killing 2 and injuring 11.

In March 2021, 2 suicide bombers attacked a church in Makassar, injuring dozens.

In the past, police have said that terrorist suspects remain at large and may seek Western targets.

Indonesian security agencies continue to conduct operations against terrorist groups.

Terrorists in Indonesia may carry out small-scale violent attacks with little or no warning.

Be alert in places of worship, especially during periods of religious significance.

Terrorists have targeted places of worship in:

As well as places of worship, other possible targets by terrorists include:

  • Indonesian government facilities, premises and symbols associated with the Indonesian Government
  • police stations and checkpoints
  • bars, nightclubs, cafes and restaurants
  • cinemas and theatres
  • shopping centres, public transport and transport hubs
  • airports and airlines
  • clubs, including sporting clubs
  • tourist areas and attractions, tour buses and tour groups
  • outdoor recreation events

Supporters have committed additional acts of violence in response to high-profile extremists being detained or killed.

To protect yourself during a terrorist attack:

  • leave the area as soon as it's safe
  • follow the advice of local authorities
  • don't gather in a group after an attack
  • don't gather in a group if you're evacuated from a building

Security remains at a high level at:

  • the Australian Embassy in Jakarta
  • the Consulates-General in Bali, Makassar and Surabaya

More information:

Civil unrest and political tension

The Indonesian Presidential election will take place on 14 February. Frequent political rallies and possible protests are likely to occur in the lead-up to the election. Expect traffic delays and restricted access to locations if protests occur. Avoid protests and demonstrations and monitor local media for the latest updates.

Public protests and events that draw large groups of people occur regularly and can turn violent with little notice. 

Most events are announced before they happen; however, protests may occur with little or no notice.

Protests and events are often held near major government buildings and embassies in Jakarta, including the Australian Embassy.

Protests may also occur at any of Australia's Consulates-General in Surabaya, Bali and Makassar, at government buildings, or the offices of international organisations in Indonesia.

You can expect traffic delays and restricted access to locations if there are protests.

Phone or email ahead for an appointment before going to the Embassy or the Consulates-General (see  Local contacts ).

Demonstrations and acts of violence can happen when courts try and sentence extremists.

Conflict between different communities can sometimes occur, including in the provinces of Papua,   Papua Pegunungan, Papua Tengah and Papua Selatan. Our ability to provide consular support in these provinces is limited.

Local violence can also be directed at minority groups in other parts of Indonesia, including in Java.

If you're found to endanger security or public order, you may be prosecuted under Indonesia's Immigration laws, which may result in imprisonment or deportation.

To protect yourself from possible violence:

  • avoid protests and demonstrations
  • monitor local media for the latest security updates
  • plan your activities to avoid potential unrest on significant dates
  • be prepared to change your travel plans
  • Demonstrations and civil unrest

Armed conflict

The provinces of Papua, Papua Pegunungan, Papua Tengah and Papua Selatan experience regular violent clashes involving armed groups, civilians, Indonesian police, and the military. Armed groups have stated that they are targeting foreigners, including Australians. Our ability to provide consular support in these provinces is limited.

Many people have been killed and injured in clashes. This includes members of security forces, armed groups and civilians. Violent attacks have occurred in several areas of these provinces, including in and around Jayapura. There's a risk of more attacks.

On 23 February 2023, a riot broke out in Wamena, Papua Pegunungan, when a crowd attacked Indonesian security personnel following the arrest of two people accused of child kidnapping. 12 civilians and rioters were killed.

Violent attacks have occurred around the Freeport Mine in Papua Tengah.

Armed groups have:

  • taken a New Zealand pilot hostage in Paro, Papua Pegunungan
  • killed people in attacks, including one Australian
  • attacked vehicles using the road between Grasberg and Timika
  • killed people in violent attacks in Puncak Jaya District, Papua Tengah
  • More attacks are possible and could target infrastructure and national institutions.

A range of crimes, including violent crime, occur in Indonesia. Crimes can happen in popular tourist locations in Bali.

To protect yourself from crime:

  • be aware of your surroundings
  • be alert in crowds
  • understand the potential crime risks

Theft, robbery  and bag and phone snatching have occurred. These crimes can sometimes involve violence.  Opportunistic crime such as pickpocketing occurs.

Be careful of thieves:

  • on motorcycles targeting pedestrians
  • in upmarket shopping malls
  • in crowded public transport
  • at traffic lights targeting people in stopped cars
  • at bars and nightclubs
  • when entering accommodation, including villas in Bali

Keep bags and valuables out of sight in vehicles.

If you're travelling on foot, walk:

  • on footpaths
  • away from the curb
  • with your bag held away from traffic

Sexual assault

If you're a victim of sexual assault :

  • get immediate medical assistance. If you have any doubts about seeking medical assistance after a sexual assault, contact your nearest Australian Embassy or Consulate in Indonesia (see  Local contacts ) as quickly as possible.
  • make a full statement to local police, in person, so they can conduct a criminal investigation. You may wish to seek consular help before you visit the police station. Contact your nearest Australian Embassy or Consulate (see  Local contacts ).

Local police can only investigate a crime after you've left Indonesia if you've reported it.

Your sworn statement, or statements by witnesses, can be used as evidence in criminal court proceedings.

You don't always need to be in Indonesia for trial. Neither do witnesses who live outside of Indonesia.

Counselling support

Should you wish to speak to a counsellor, you can call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your nearest Australian Embassy or Consulate (see  Local contacts ). They can connect you to counselling hotlines and services.

Reducing the risk of sexual assault

Bars and nightclubs

Be alert in bars and nightclubs. Drink-spiking and snatching of valuables may occur if you're not alert.

Drinks may be contaminated with drugs or toxic substances. See  Health .

Don't leave your food or drinks unattended.

Never accept drinks, food, gum or cigarettes from people you've just met.

Partying safely

Credit card and ATM fraud

Credit card, online banking and ATM fraud occurs in Indonesia.

Check your bank statements.

Make sure your bank doesn't block your cards. Tell your bank you'll be visiting Indonesia.

Never let your card out of your sight. This includes when you pay in restaurants.

Shield your PIN from sight.

Some vendors install hidden cameras and use card skimmers.

Don’t click on unknown links in WhatsApp or mobile phone text messages, particularly if your phone is linked to mobile banking.

Use ATMs at controlled and secure places, such as:

  • shopping centres

Scams and confidence tricks

Beware of scams and confidence tricks.

Only exchange money at authorised money changers. Authorised money changers can also be found on the  Bali Foreign Exchange website . Unauthorised money changers have been known to scam foreign tourists in Bali and elsewhere.

All types of gambling are illegal in Indonesia.

Australians have lost large sums of money in card game scams run by organised gambling gangs, particularly in Bali. See Local laws

Some tourists have been robbed or planted with drugs after taking new acquaintances back to their hotel rooms. In some cases, their drinks were spiked.

Legal disputes over the purchase of real estate are common, including in Bali, involving:

  • holiday clubs and resorts
  • timeshare schemes

Before entering into an agreement or providing financial details:

  • thoroughly research the proposal
  • get legal advice and know your rights, especially before you sign any documents

Using taxis

Only use official taxi companies. Crimes involving unregistered taxis include:

  • taxis departing before the passenger can take their baggage from the vehicle
  • taxi drivers robbing or temporarily holding passengers, including in urban areas
  • taxi drivers forcing passengers to withdraw money at ATMs before releasing them

Lone female travellers are at higher risk of crime.

If you're in an incident involving a taxi, leave the taxi and the immediate area if it's safe to do so.

See Travel .

Cyber security

You may be at risk of cyber-based threats during overseas travel to any country. Digital identity theft is a growing concern. Your devices and personal data can be compromised, especially if you're connecting to Wi-Fi, using or connecting to shared or public computers, or to Bluetooth.

Social media can also be risky in destinations where there are social or political tensions, or laws that may seem unreasonable by Australian standards. Travellers have been arrested for things they have said on social media. Don't comment on local or political events on your social media.

  • Cyber security when travelling overseas

Kidnapping  can happen, with political, ideological and criminal motives. Targets have included foreigners.

On 7 February 2023, a New Zealand pilot was taken hostage by an armed group in Paro, Papua Pegunungan.

Always be alert to your personal security and surroundings.

The Australian Government's longstanding policy is that it doesn't make payments or concessions to kidnappers.

Adventure activities

Many businesses don't always follow safety and maintenance standards. This includes transport and tour operators, water sports providers, hotels, restaurants and shops.

It may affect adventure activities, such as:

  • bungee jumping
  • scuba diving and snorkelling 
  • chairlift or gondola rides

In the past, Australians have been seriously injured while participating in adventure activities and have required intensive care medical treatment. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.

If you plan to do an adventure activity :

  • check if your travel insurance policy covers it
  • ask about safety, search and rescue procedures
  • ask about and insist on minimum safety requirements
  • always use available safety gear, such as life jackets or seatbelts
  • check with your travel provider on vessel capacity limits before embarking on sea, land or air travel
  • check weather and ocean conditions on the day and before continuing with water activities or sea travel

If proper safety equipment isn't available or you're unsure of the provider's safety procedures, use another provider.

Trekking and climbing

Some mountain treks suit only experienced climbers. Travel with a guide and check the level of difficulty beforehand.

Many trekking options may be on or around an active volcano. Many of Indonesia's volcanoes are active and can erupt without warning. Volcanic and seismic activity may continue for some time. Adhere to exclusion zones around volcanoes, which can change at short notice, and follow the advice of local authorities. If you're planning to travel to an area near an active volcano, check with local authorities before climbing and check:

  • Bureau of Meteorology  Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre  
  • MAGMA Indonesia  (Bahasa Indonesia) for daily updates on status and alert levels
  • National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB)  (Bahasa Indonesia)

Swimming safety

People have drowned in coastal areas, including in Bali, due to rough seas and strong currents.

Local beach rescue services may not be of the same standard as in Australia.

Saltwater crocodiles are in rivers throughout Indonesia. Avoid swimming around river estuaries and seek local advice in other locations. 

If you plan to spend time in or on the water:

  • regularly check weather reports
  • take warnings seriously
  • check media and local sources for information about potential dangers
  • speak to your travel provider about safety equipment and weather conditions before continuing with planned activities
  • if possible, take a friend or family member with you when you undertake swimming or water activities
  • ensure you have travel insurance and that your policy covers you for planned activities

Ensure you have travel insurance and that your policy covers you for planned activities.

Climate and natural disasters

Indonesia experiences natural disasters and severe weather , including:

  • landslides and mudslides
  • volcanic eruptions
  • earthquakes
  • storms resulting in turbulent sea conditions
  • tsunamis and high wave events

If there's a natural disaster or severe weather:

  • always carry your passport in a waterproof bag
  • keep in contact with family and friends
  • check the media and local sources for information
  • don't undertake sea, land or air travel if it's not safe to do so

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System

Floods and mudslides

Floods , landslides and mudslides occur regularly during the wet season from October to April.

Heavy rains can cause significant flooding in urban areas, including the greater Jakarta region.

Walking and driving in flooded areas can be dangerous. Flood waters may hide uncovered drainage ditches.

Volcanic activity may escalate with little or no notice, leading to flight disruptions and airport closures, including in surrounding provinces. Contact your airline for the latest flight information. 

There are 147 volcanoes in Indonesia. 76 of them are active volcanoes and could erupt at any time.

Volcanic alert levels and exclusion zones may rise quickly. You may be ordered to evacuate at short notice. Volcanic activity can disrupt domestic and international flights. There are 4 volcano alert levels in Indonesia; 1 - normal, 2 - advisory, 3 - watch, 4 - warning.

Before you travel to areas that are prone to volcanic activity, monitor media and ensure you read the Indonesian Government's latest advice on current volcanic activity, including:

  • Volcanic Activity Report  by Indonesia's Multiplatform Application for Geohazard Mitigation and Assessment (MAGMA) (Bahasa Indonesia)
  • Volcano Activity and Observatory Notices  (English and Bahasa Indonesia)
  • MAGMA Indonesia Map of Latest Volcano Levels and Climate Information  (Bahasa Indonesia)
  • Bureau of Meteorology's  Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre

If there's volcanic activity:

  • avoid the area
  • take official warnings seriously and adhere to exclusion zones
  • follow the instructions and advice of local authorities
  • follow evacuation orders
  • read our advice on Volcanic eruptions while travelling

Volcanic ash can cause breathing difficulties. The risk is higher for people with chronic respiratory illnesses, including:

Recent and frequent volcanic activity has included:

  • Mount Lewotobi in East Flores Regency, East Nusa Tenggara
  • Mount Marapi in West Sumatra
  • Mount Anak Krakatau, to the south of Sumatra
  • Mount Merapi, near Yogyakarta
  • Mt Dunoko in North Sulawesi
  • Mount Semeru, near Malang
  • Mount Agung in Bali
  • Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra

Some trekking routes are on or near active volcanoes, including Mount Agung and Mount Batur in Bali, Mt Marapi in West Sumatra, Mt Merapi near Yogyakarta, and Mount Rinjani in Lombok. See 'Trekking and climbing'.

If you're planning to travel to an area near an active volcano, check:

Make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance and check if any restrictions apply.

If a volcanic eruption occurs:

  • make a backup plan in case you're affected
  • contact your airline or travel insurer to confirm flight schedules and get help
  • keep in touch with family and friends
  • Learn more about  volcanic eruptions  (Geoscience Australia)
  • See practical advice and information about  volcanic eruptions  (US CDC)
  • See worldwide  volcanic activity reports  in real-time (GDACS)

Earthquakes

Indonesia is in an active earthquake region. It has a high level of earthquake activity, that sometimes triggers tsunamis.

There are approximately 4,000 earthquakes across Indonesia every year. Around 70 to 100 of these are over 5.5 magnitude.

Earthquakes can cause death, injury and significant damage to infrastructure.

Strong earthquakes can occur anywhere in Indonesia. They are less common in Kalimantan and south-west Sulawesi.

To stay safe during an earthquake:

  • know the emergency plans at your accommodation
  • take precautions to avoid exposure to debris and hazardous materials, including asbestos
  • MAGMA Indonesia  (Bahasa Indonesia)
  • Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency  (Bahasa Indonesia)
  • Indonesia's Centre for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation  (Bahasa Indonesia)
  • US Federal Emergency Management Agency advice on what to do before, during and after an earthquake  (English)

Forest fires and smoke haze

During the dry season in April to September, widespread forest fires can cause smoke haze resulting in poor air quality across parts of Indonesia, particularly the Riau Islands, central Sumatra and Kalimantan.

Smoke haze could affect your health and travel plans.

Keep up to date with local information and seek medical advice on appropriate precautions.

  • Haze Action Online
  • Smartraveller advice on Bushfires

Tsunamis and high wave events

The Indian and Pacific Oceans experience more frequent, large and destructive tsunamis than other parts of the world.

There are many large earthquakes along major tectonic plate boundaries and ocean trenches.

High wave events can happen throughout coastal regions and between islands. They're caused by strong weather conditions and storms.

If you plan to surf or travel by sea, check local conditions regularly.

If there’s a tsunami or high wave event: 

  • don't travel by sea if it's not safe to do so
  • Indonesia Tsunami Early Warning Centre  issues warnings when a potential tsunami with significant impact is expected
  • Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency  with the latest list of earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 5.0 on the Richter scale (Bahasa Indonesia)
  • US Federal Emergency Management Agency page  on what to do before, during and after an earthquake

Piracy occurs in the coastal areas of Indonesia.

The  International Maritime Bureau (IMB)  issues weekly piracy reports.

If you decide to travel by boat in these regions:

  • check  IMB piracy  reports
  • get local advice
  • arrange security measures

Travelling by boat

  • Going on a cruise
  • International Maritime Bureau

Travel insurance

Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave. 

Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including emergency treatment and medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.

If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.

If you're not insured, you may have to pay many thousands of dollars up-front for medical care.

Before you travel, confirm:

  • what activities and care your policy covers
  • that your insurance covers you for the whole time you'll be away, including on all forms of transport you plan to take
  • whether it covers medical evacuation in the event of hospitalisation or injury
  • any exclusions to your policy

Physical and mental health

Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition. 

See your doctor or travel clinic to:

  • have a basic health check-up
  • ask if your travel plans may affect your health
  • plan any vaccinations you need

Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.

If you have immediate concerns for your welfare or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your  nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate  to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.

  • General health advice
  • Healthy holiday tips  (Healthdirect Australia)

Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.

Some drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are illegal in Indonesia.

If you plan to bring over-the-counter or prescription medication, check if it's legal in Indonesia by contacting the  Indonesian Embassy in Canberra  well in advance of your planned travel. Take enough legal medicine for your trip and carry it in its original packaging. Purchasing prescription medication online in Indonesia without an Indonesian prescription is illegal. Ensure you provide a valid prescription from an Indonesian doctor before purchasing prescription medication and confirm that it's accepted by the seller prior to your purchase.

Carry a copy of your prescription and a letter from your doctor stating:

  • what the medicine is
  • your required dosage
  • that it's for personal use

If you're caught with illegal medicine, you could face detention, fines or harsher penalties. You could face charges even if an Australian doctor prescribed the medication.

Ask the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra for advice before you travel.

Medicinal cannabis and cannabis-based products

Cannabis-based products such as cannabis oil and creams, hemp, CBD, THC, hash and edibles remain illegal in Indonesia, including for medicinal purposes. A medical prescription does not make it legal. If you take such products to Indonesia or purchase or use them in Indonesia, you can be arrested and face imprisonment, fines, deportation or the death penalty.

Medications

Health Risks

Critical care for Australians who become seriously ill, including in Bali, is significantly below the standard available in Australia. Medical evacuation may not be possible.

The Australian Government cannot guarantee your access to hospitals and other health services in Indonesia. 

Medical evacuation to Australia for medical conditions, including COVID-19, is possible but is very expensive and may not be covered by travel insurance. Check your policy before you travel.

Ban on sale of liquid/syrup medication

The Indonesian Ministry of Health (MoH) has advised local health workers and pharmacists to stop selling liquid/syrup medication, including commonly used medications containing paracetamol and cough syrups. MoH and the Indonesian Paediatrician Association (IDAI) received reports of a sharp increase in cases of Atypical Progressive Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) in children , especially under the age of 5 years.

Insect-borne illnesses

Insect-borne illnesses are common throughout the year.

To protect yourself from disease:

  • research your destination
  • ask locals for advice
  • make sure your accommodation is mosquito-proof
  • use insect repellent
  • wear long, loose, light-coloured clothing

Dengue  occurs throughout Indonesia, including Bali, Jakarta and other major cities.

Dengue is common during the rainy season.

Australian health authorities have reported an increase in dengue infections in people returning from Bali in recent years.

There are now two dengue vaccines, but they are not currently available in Australia. For further information, contact your doctor.

Zika virus  can occur in Indonesia.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites.

The  Australian Department of Health and Aged Care  advises pregnant women to:

  • discuss any travel plans with their doctor
  • consider deferring non-essential travel to affected areas

Malaria , including chloroquine-resistant strains, is widespread in rural areas, in particular in Papua, Papua Barat, Maluku and East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) provinces. There is no malaria transmission in Jakarta.

  • Consider taking medicine to prevent malaria.

Japanese encephalitis and filariasis

Japanese encephalitis  and  filariasis  occur in Indonesia, especially in rural agricultural areas.

Japanese encephalitis has been present in Australian travellers returning from Indonesia, including Bali.

Vaccination is recommended for certain groups of travellers. 

  • Infectious diseases

Drink poisoning

People have been poisoned by alcoholic drinks contaminated with harmful substances, including methanol and arak (a traditional rice-based spirit). Locals and foreigners, including Australians, have died or become seriously ill from poisoned drinks.

Cases of drink poisoning have been reported in Bali and Lombok.

Contaminated drinks have included:

  • local spirits
  • spirit-based drinks, such as cocktails
  • brand name alcohol

To protect yourself from drink poisoning:

  • consider the risks when drinking alcoholic beverages
  • be careful drinking cocktails and drinks made with spirits
  • drink only at reputable licensed premises
  • avoid home-made alcoholic drinks

Labels on bottles aren't always accurate.

Symptoms of methanol poisoning can be similar to drinking too much. However, they are usually stronger.

Symptoms of methanol poisoning include:

  • vision problems

Vision problems may include:

  • blindness, blurred or snowfield vision
  • changes in colour perception
  • difficulty looking at bright lights
  • dilated pupils
  • flashes of light
  • tunnel vision

If you suspect that you or someone you're travelling with may have been poisoned, act quickly. Urgent medical attention could save your life, or save you from permanent disability.

Report suspected cases of methanol poisoning to the Indonesian police.

Magic mushrooms

Don't consume magic mushrooms. They're illegal.

Australians have become sick or injured after taking magic mushrooms.

Australians have been in trouble with local police after taking magic mushrooms, particularly in Bali.

Magic mushrooms can cause major health problems, including:

  • erratic behaviour
  • severe hallucinations

Rabies is a risk throughout Indonesia, especially in:

  • East Nusa Tenggara (Nusa Tenggara Timur)
  • South Sulawesi
  • West Kalimantan
  • Nias, off the west coast of Sumatra

To protect yourself from rabies:

  • avoid direct contact with dogs
  • don't feed or pat animals
  • avoid contact with other animals, including bats and monkeys.

Talk to your doctor about getting a pre-exposure rabies vaccination. 

If bitten or scratched by an animal:

  • immediately use soap and water to wash the wound thoroughly for 10 minutes
  • seek urgent medical attention.

Rabies treatment in Indonesia may be limited, including the rabies vaccine and immunoglobulin availability. If you're bitten, you may need to return to Australia or travel to another country for immediate treatment.

You're at risk of contracting rabies if you visit a market where live animals and fresh food are sold because:

  • live rabies-positive dogs may be present
  • rabies-positive dog meat may be sold as food

Selling dog meat for human consumption is a breach of government disease control regulations.

Avoid contact with monkeys, even in places where you're encouraged to interact with them. This includes:

  • popular markets
  • tourist destinations
  • sanctuaries

Legionnaires' disease

Cases of Legionnaires' disease have been reported in people who have travelled to the Kuta region of Bali. Travellers who are unwell with flu-like symptoms within 10 days of returning from Bali are advised to consult their GPs.

  • Legionnaires' disease warning for Bali travellers  (Western Australian Government Department of Health) 
  • Legionnaires’ disease  (Better Health Channel, Victorian Government Department of Health)
  • Legionnaires' disease  (World Health Organization)

Cases of poliovirus (type 1) have been reported in the Papua provinces, and poliovirus (type 2) in Aceh and Jawa Barat (West Java) provinces. There may be unreported cases in other provinces in Indonesia.

Ensure that you're vaccinated against polio.

  • Factsheet on poliovirus types  (World Health Organization)
  • Health emergencies information for Indonesia  (World Health Organization)

Periodic outbreaks of measles continue to be reported in Indonesia, including Bali.

You need 2 doses of vaccine 4 weeks apart to be fully vaccinated against measles.

If you have symptoms of measles, seek medical attention.

Measles is highly infectious. Call before attending a healthcare facility.

Nipah Virus and Yellow Fever

There are no cases of  Nipah virus  or  Yellow Fever  in Indonesia. You may be temperature checked on arrival at international and domestic airports. If you have fever symptoms, you may be referred to the airport clinic for further tests and asked to seek medical treatment. See your doctor or travel clinic before you travel to plan any vaccinations you need.

Symptoms of Nipah virus include fever, headaches, muscle pain, vomiting, cough or sore throat. There's no vaccine available for the Nipah virus.

Symptoms of Yellow fever include fever, muscle pain, headache, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting. There is a vaccine for Yellow Fever.

HIV/AIDS is a risk for travellers. Take steps to reduce your risk of exposure to the virus.

Other health risks

Waterborne, foodborne, parasitic and other infectious diseases are widespread. These include:

  • tuberculosis

Serious outbreaks sometimes occur.

To protect yourself from illness:

  • boil drinking water or drink bottled water
  • avoid ice cubes
  • avoid raw food, such as salads

To minimise the risk of food poisoning, only eat meat from reputable suppliers.

Seek urgent medical attention if you suspect food poisoning or have a fever or diarrhoea.

Seafood toxins

You can become sick from naturally occurring seafood toxins, including:

  • ciguatera fish poisoning
  • scombroid (histamine fish poisoning)
  • toxins in shellfish

Avoid temporary black henna tattoos. The dye often causes serious skin reactions.

Before you get any tattoo, check the hygiene and safety of your tattoo provider.

Medical care

Medical facilities.

The standard of medical facilities in Indonesia is generally lower than Australia. Many regional hospitals only provide basic facilities.

Hospital staff may use physical restraints on patients.

Hospitals expect families to provide support to patients, including all financial support.

Psychiatric and psychological services are limited in Indonesia.

There's no reciprocal healthcare agreement between Australia and Indonesia.

Before admitting patients, hospitals usually need:

  • guarantee of payment from the patient or their next of kin (family or friend)
  • confirmation of medical insurance
  • up-front deposit for services

The Australian Government cannot provide guarantee of payment, confirmation of medical insurance or up-front deposit for services.

When diving in Indonesia, there is a risk that you may experience decompression illness. An illness may occur when a diver ascends to the water surface too quickly and may have severe consequences. Understand the risks before you dive. 

Decompression chambers are available in various areas, including the following locations:

  • Bali's Sanglah General Hospital
  • Siloam Hospital in Labuan Bajo
  • Hospitals in Jakarta, Bintan, Medan, Makassar, Raja Ampat (Waisai) and Manado near popular dive sites

If you become seriously ill or injured, you may need to be evacuated to a place with better care. Medical evacuation can be very expensive. Check your insurance policy before you travel. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs. It's best to check with your travel provider on the location and functionality of decompression chambers and other medical facilities available in the area before undertaking remote travel.

You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.

Indonesian Parliament has passed revisions to its criminal code, which includes penalties for cohabitation and sex outside of marriage. These revisions will not come into force until January 2026.

If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter . But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.

Arrested or jailed

Penalties for drug offences are severe. They include the death penalty.

You may face heavy fines or jail for consuming or possessing even small amounts of drugs, including marijuana. Cannabis-based products such as cannabis oil and cream, hemp, CBD, THC, hash and edibles remain illegal in Indonesia, including for medicinal purposes. A medical prescription does not make it legal. If you take such products to Indonesia or purchase or use them in Indonesia, you can be arrested and face imprisonment, fines, deportation or the death penalty.

Some prescription medications that are available in Australia are illegal in Indonesia. Purchasing prescription medication online or over the counter in Indonesia without an Indonesian prescription is illegal. Ensure you provide a valid prescription from an Indonesian doctor before purchasing prescription medication and confirm that it's accepted by the seller before your purchase.

Magic mushrooms are illegal. Indonesian police work to prevent their distribution.

Police target illegal drug use and possession across Indonesia. Police often target popular places and venues in Bali, Lombok and Jakarta.

Carrying or using drugs

Local labour laws can change at short notice. This can affect expatriate workers.

Under Indonesian law, you must always carry identification. For example, your:

  • Australian passport; and
  • Resident's Stay Permit (if applicable)

Gambling is illegal.

Property laws are strict, seek legal advice before acquiring property in Indonesia.

It's sometimes illegal to take photographs in Indonesia. Obey signs banning photography. If in doubt, get advice from local officials. See Safety

Australian laws

Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you're overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.

Staying within the law and respecting customs

Local customs

Standards of dress and behaviour are conservative in many parts of Indonesia. Take care not to offend.

Find out what customs apply at your destination.

If in doubt, seek local advice.

LGBTI information

Same-sex relationships are legal in Indonesia, except in the province of Aceh. Same-sex relationships in Aceh may attract corporal punishment.  Visible displays of same sex relationships could draw unwanted attention.

Some laws and regulations can be applied in a way that discriminates against the LGBTI community. Including for pornography and prostitution.

Advice for LGBTI travellers

The Islamic holiday month of Ramadan  is observed in Indonesia. Respect religious and cultural customs and laws at this time.

During Ramadan, eating, drinking and smoking may be illegal in public during this time. If you're not fasting, avoid these activities around people who are. Seek local advice to avoid offence  and follow the advice of local authorities.

Explore our Ramadan page to learn more, including dates for Ramadan.

Aceh is governed as a special territory, not a province, and has a degree of special autonomy.

Some aspects of sharia law are upheld. This includes regulations and punishments that don't apply in other parts of Indonesia.

Local sharia police enforce sharia law.

Sharia law applies to anyone in Aceh, including:

  • foreigners (expats and travellers)
  • non-Muslims

Sharia law doesn't allow:

  • drinking alcohol
  • prostitution
  • same-sex relationships
  • extra-marital sex

It also requires a conservative standard of dress.

Learn about the laws in Aceh. If in doubt, seek local advice.

Dual citizenship

Indonesia doesn't allow dual nationality for adults  and you may be prosecuted by Immigration authorities should you be found to hold valid passports of two nationalities.

A child of Indonesian and Australian parents can maintain citizenship of both countries until the age of 18 years.

  • Embassy and Consulate of Indonesia
  • Information on limited dual citizenship
  • Dual nationals

Visas and border measures

Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering. 

Bali Tourism Levy

From 14 February, the Bali Provincial Government will apply a new tourist levy of IDR 150,000 per person to foreign tourists entering Bali. The tourist levy is separate from the e-Visa on Arrival or the Visa on Arrival. Cashless payments can be made online prior to travel or on arrival at designated payment counters at Bali's airport and seaport. Exemption from payment of the levy applies to transit passengers and certain visa holders. See the Bali Provincial Government's   official website and FAQs for further information.

e-Visa on Arrival and Visa on Arrival

You can apply for an e-Visa on Arrival (e-VOA)  no later than 48 hours prior to travelling to Indonesia. Check the e-VOA requirements from Indonesian Immigration before applying.

You can still apply for a regular Visa on Arrival (VOA) at certain international airports, seaports and land crossings, including Jakarta, Bali, Surabaya, Makassar, Lombok, Batam, Medan, Manado, Tanjung Pinang and Yogyakarta, if you do not apply for an e-VOA at least 48 hours in advance of your travel to Indonesia.

The e-VOA or VOA can be used for tourism, official government duties, business meetings, or to transit through Indonesia.

Additional requirements apply if you are travelling on government duties.

For the latest list of entry points for the e-VOA or VOA, refer to the  Directorate General of Immigration's list of land border crossings, international airports, and international seaports .

The e-VOA and VOA cost IDR 500,000 (approximately $A 50), with the e-VOA charging a small online processing fee.

For the VOA, some airports, including Jakarta's international airport, are only accepting cash payment. Card payment facilities are available at Bali's international airport. ATM facilities may be in high demand. Be prepared to pay in cash if required. 

The visa is valid for a 30 day stay and can be extended once (for a maximum of 30 days) by applying at an immigration office within Indonesia. Ensure you extend your visa within the initial 30 days to avoid an overstay fine and deportation.

To apply for a regular VOA, you must show:

  • your ordinary (non-emergency) passport with at least 6 months of validity from the date you plan to enter (we also recommend having at least 6 months passport validity from the date you plan to leave Indonesia, to avoid any issues for your departure or onward travel) 
  • a return flight booking to Australia or onward flight booking to another country

Contact your travel agent, airline, or your nearest  Embassy or Consulate of Indonesia  for details.

Other visas

If you're entering Indonesia from a port or airport that does not issue a visa on arrival, you must apply for a visa in advance of travel, including for tourism or business purposes.

Overstaying your permit may result in fines, detention and/or deportation.

  • check your visa and permit, and contact DGI for advice specific to your needs
  • visit  www.imigrasi.go.id , click on the ‘English’ option on the top right-hand page
  • if you use an agent to extend your visa or stay permit, use only reputable companies
  • if you have specific enquiries on visas or stay permits, contact DGI’s Customer Service team via WhatsApp on +62 821 1295 3298

Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate for details about visas, currency, customs and quarantine rules.

You can't work or conduct research in Indonesia unless you have the appropriate visa. Fines of IDR1,000,000 (approx. $A 100) per day apply for the maximum 60 day overstay period.

If you breach Indonesian immigration regulations, you may face:

  • deportation
  • re-entry bans

You may not be allowed to enter Indonesia if you have a criminal record. This is regardless of how long ago the offence took place. If you're concerned, contact an Embassy or Consulate of Indonesia before you travel.

Indonesian immigration and visa decisions are final. The Australian Government can't help you.

If you're travelling on an emergency passport, you can only enter Indonesia if you have a visa from an  Embassy or Consulate of Indonesia .

  • Embassy or Consulate of Indonesia

Border measures

You'll be required to complete an  e-customs declaration for arrival . You can complete this within 3 days of departure to Indonesia.

Check entry requirements with your travel provider or the nearest  Embassy or Consulate of Indonesia  before you travel.

Departure from Indonesia

Indonesia, including Bali, currently has an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease affecting animals. In preparing to travel to Australia, read Smartraveller's advice on  biosecurity and border controls . Measures include cleaning dirty shoes, clothing or equipment before boarding your flight to Australia and not packing meat or dairy products. On your Incoming Passenger Declaration, you must declare any meat, dairy or animal products and any of your travel in rural areas or near animals (e.g., farms, zoos, markets).

Other formalities

If you're staying in a private residence, not a hotel, register when you arrive with both:

  • the local Rukun Tetangga Office
  • local police

If you plan to be in Indonesia for more than 30 days:

  • register with the local immigration office
  • make sure you have the right visa

Embassy of Indonesia in Canberra

Indonesia won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave Indonesia. This can apply even if you're just transiting or stopping over. You can end up stranded or returned back to your previous port overseas at your own cost, if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months from the date you enter and the date you plan to leave Indonesia.

Indonesia does not accept entry with an emergency passport, even if it is valid for more than 6 months. Ensure you enter Indonesia on a valid ordinary, official, or diplomatic passport.

Some foreign governments and airlines apply these rules inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.

The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport's expiry date before you travel. If you're not sure it'll be valid for long enough, consider getting a new passport .

Lost or stolen passport

Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.

Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.

If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:

  • In Australia, contact the Australian Passport Information Service .
  • If you're overseas, contact the nearest Australian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission.

Damaged Passports

Indonesian authorities have strict standards for damaged passports, and travellers have been refused entry into Indonesia with a damaged passport. Normal wear and tear, including water damage, minor tears or rips to the pages, can be considered damaged. 

It's important that:

  • there are no tears or cuts in the passport pages, especially the photo page
  • everything on the photo page is legible and clear
  • there are no marks across your photo or in the Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) on the photo page
  • no pages have been removed
  • there is no alteration or tampering

If you're not sure about the condition of your passport, call the Australian Passport Office on 131 232 or contact your nearest  Australian embassy or consulate overseas . We may need to see your passport to assess it.

  • Passport Services  
  • Damaged and faulty passports  
  • Using and protecting your passport  

Passport with ‘X’ gender identifier

Although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, we can’t guarantee that a passport showing 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. Conta ct the nearest e mbassy, high commission or consulate of your destination  before you arrive at the border to confirm if authorities will accept passports with 'X' gender markers.

The local currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR).

Declare cash in excess of IDR100,000,000 or equivalent when you arrive and leave. This covers all forms of currency, not only cash.

IDR100,000,000 is worth about $A10,000.

Local travel

Travel permits.

You may need a travel permit or Surat Keterangan Jalan to travel to some areas of the Papua provinces.

Check if you need a permit with the nearest  Embassy or Consulate of Indonesia  or with your travel provider.

Mobile Phone Reception and Wi-Fi

Mobile phone reception and Wi-Fi are not always available, including in remote areas and some resort islands. 

If you plan to stay in Indonesia for more than 90 days and would like to use your mobile phone purchased overseas, you'll need to register your mobile phone IMEI number with  Indonesian Customs  within the first 60 days of your stay. 

If you plan to stay in Indonesia for less than 90 days, you can visit the local cellular operator/provider booth at the airport to get an access period to use the Indonesian cellular network, which is only valid for 90 days and includes data roaming.

A customs payment may be required, or a tourist SIM card can be purchased for short-term stays. You can use Wi-Fi networks without registration.

To stay in communication and avoid mobile service interruptions: 

  • check mobile coverage with your service provider
  • register your mobile device with  Indonesian Customs  on arrival if you plan to connect to the mobile network 

Driving permit

To drive in Indonesia, you need either:

  • an Indonesian licence
  • an International Driving Permit (IDP)

Check that your licence or permit is appropriate for the type of vehicle you're driving.

Your Australian licence isn't enough.

Your travel insurer will deny any claims you make if:

  • you're unlicensed
  • you don't hold the correct class of licence

Road travel

Traffic can be extremely congested.

Road users are often unpredictable or undisciplined.

You're more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident in Indonesia than in Australia. Drive defensively. Some traffic incidents can escalate into violent disputes quickly.

Consider hiring a taxi or a driver who is familiar with local roads and traffic conditions.

Driving or riding

Motorcycles

Motorcycle accidents have killed and injured foreigners, including Australians. This includes in tourist areas, particularly Bali.

If you're riding a motorbike and there's an accident, you'll often be assumed to be at fault. You may be expected to compensate all parties.

If you hire a motorbike:

  • make sure your insurance policy covers you
  • check if any policy restrictions apply, for example if you're not licensed to ride a motorcycle in Australia

Always wear a helmet.

Public transport

Buses can be crowded, particularly:

  • around public holidays
  • during peak commute times

Safety standards may not be observed.

Transport and getting around safely

Only use official taxi companies. You can book these:

  • from inside airports
  • at stands at major hotels

Check your taxi is official.

Unofficial operators can have taxis that look similar to those run by reputable companies.

See Safety .

Rail travel

Inter-city rail networks operate on the islands of Java, Sumatra and Sulawesi.

Commuter trains operate in Jakarta.

Trains can be crowded, particularly:

  • during peak commuter times

Travel between islands

Travel by ferry or boat can be dangerous.

Passenger and luggage limits aren't always observed.

Equipment may not be properly maintained.

There may not be enough life jackets. It's unlikely that the crew will have life jackets for children.

In August 2023, three people went missing after a ship sank in the Thousand Islands off the coast of Jakarta.

In July 2023, 15 people died after a ferry sank off Sulawesi Island.

In January 2023, 23 passengers and 6 crew were rescued after an inter-island ferry sank while returning from Nusa Penida to Sanur Beach, Bali.

In May 2022, 19 people died after a ferry sank in the Makassar Strait.

In June 2018, a ferry sank on Lake Toba in Sumatra and 100s of people died.

If you plan to travel by sea between islands:

  • make sure any ferry or boat you board has appropriate safety equipment and life jackets
  • wear a life jacket at all times
  • take enough life jackets for all children travelling with you
  • ask your tour operator or crew about safety standards
  • check sea and weather conditions before embarking on boat or ferry travel, and delay travel if conditions are not safe

If appropriate safety equipment isn't available, use another provider.

Avoid travelling by water after dark unless the vessel is properly equipped. Avoid travel during wet weather or storms.

DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.

Check Indonesia's air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.

The European Union (EU) has published a list of airlines that have operating bans or restrictions within the EU. See the  EU list of banned airlines .

Australian travellers should make their own decisions on which airlines to travel with.

Emergencies

Depending on what you need, contact your:

  • family and friends
  • travel agent
  • insurance provider

Search and rescue services

Medical emergencies and ambulance, police stations in bali.

Refer to the Bali Tourism Board’s list of  police stations in Bali

Call (+6221) 526 4073.

Always get a police report when you report a crime.

Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.

Consular contacts

Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.

Australian Embassy, Jakarta 

Jalan Patra Kuningan Raya Kav. 1-4 Jakarta Selatan 12950

Phone: (+62 21) 2550 5555 Email: [email protected] Website: indonesia.embassy.gov.au Facebook: Australian Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia Twitter: @DubesAustralia Instagram: @KeDubesAustralia

Make an appointment online or call (+62 21) 2550 5500 or (+62 21) 2550 5555.

Australian Consulate-General, Bali

Jalan Tantular 32 Renon Denpasar Bali 80234

Phone: (+62 361) 2000 100 Email: [email protected] Website: bali.indonesia.embassy.gov.au Twitter: @KonJenBali Instagram:  @konjenbali

Australian Consulate-General, Makassar

Wisma Kalla Lt. 7 Jalan Dr Sam Ratulangi No. 8 Makassar South Sulawesi 90125

Phone: (+62 411) 366 4100 Email: [email protected] Website: makassar.consulate.gov.au Facebook: Australian Consulate-General, Makassar, Sulawesi Twitter: @KonJenMakassar Instagram:  @konjenmakassar

Australian Consulate-General, Surabaya

Level 3 ESA Sampoerna Center Jl. Dokter.Ir. H. Soekarno No. 198 Klampis Ngasem, Sukolilo, Surabaya

Phone: (+62 31) 9920 3200 Email: [email protected] Website: surabaya.consulate.gov.au Instagram: @KonJenSurabaya

Check the websites for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.

24-hour Consular Emergency Centre

In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:

  • +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas
  • 1300 555 135 in Australia

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Do us citizens need a visa to go to bali, can us citizens extend their stay in bali beyond the initial 30 days, what type of visa is required for us citizens visiting bali for work or volunteer activities, what is the process for obtaining a visa for work or volunteer activities in bali, are there any restrictions on the activities us citizens can engage in while visiting bali on a visa-exempt stay, can us citizens visit other parts of indonesia on the visa-exempt stay granted for bali, what is the penalty for overstaying the visa-exempt stay in bali, are there any specific health or travel insurance requirements for us citizens visiting bali, what should us citizens do if their passport is lost or stolen while in bali, can us citizens apply for a visa to bali online, is there a limit on the number of times us citizens can enter bali on a visa-exempt stay within a certain period, can us citizens engage in volunteer activities in bali on the visa-exempt stay.

US citizens do not need a visa on arrival when traveling to Bali for tourism or business purposes. They are granted a free visa-exempt stay for up to 30 days upon arrival, which can be extended for an additional 30 days with the proper application and fee payment. However, if the purpose of the visit is for work or volunteer activities, a proper visa will be required before entering Bali.

Frequently Asked Questions about Visa Requirements for Bali

US citizens do not need a visa to visit Bali for tourism or business purposes. They are granted a free visa-exempt stay for up to 30 days upon arrival.

Yes, US citizens can extend their stay in Bali for an additional 30 days by applying for a visa extension and paying the required fees.

US citizens visiting Bali for work or volunteer activities are required to obtain the appropriate visa before entering the country. This typically involves applying for a business visa or a social/cultural visa through the Indonesian embassy or consulate.

The process for obtaining a visa for work or volunteer activities in Bali involves submitting the necessary documents and application forms to the Indonesian embassy or consulate in the US. It is important to apply for the proper visa well in advance of the planned travel dates to allow for processing time.

US citizens visiting Bali on a visa-exempt stay are not permitted to engage in any form of employment or business activities. The visa-exempt stay is intended for tourism and short-term business visits only.

Yes, US citizens can visit other parts of Indonesia on the visa-exempt stay granted for Bali. However, it is important to ensure compliance with the visa requirements for the specific regions or islands being visited.

Overstaying the visa-exempt stay in Bali can result in fines and other penalties, as well as deportation from Indonesia. It is important to adhere to the visa requirements and duration of stay as stipulated by the Indonesian immigration authorities.

US citizens are advised to have comprehensive travel insurance that includes coverage for medical emergencies and repatriation while visiting Bali. It is also important to stay updated on any health advisories or vaccination requirements for travel to Bali.

If a US citizen’s passport is lost or stolen while in Bali, they should immediately report it to the local police and contact the nearest US embassy or consulate for assistance in obtaining a replacement passport.

US citizens can apply for a visa to Bali online through the official website of the Indonesian immigration authorities or through authorized visa agents. However, this option may only be applicable for certain types of visas, and it is important to verify the eligibility and requirements for online visa applications.

There is no specific limit on the number of times US citizens can enter Bali on a visa-exempt stay within a certain period. However, it is important to adhere to the visa requirements and duration of stay for each visit to avoid any issues with immigration authorities.

US citizens are not permitted to engage in volunteer activities in Bali on the visa-exempt stay. Volunteer work typically requires the appropriate visa, which should be obtained before entering the country.

Each of these FAQs provides detailed information on the visa requirements and regulations for US citizens traveling to Bali. It is important for US citizens to familiarize themselves with the visa-exempt stay conditions and any additional visa requirements for specific purposes of travel to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience in Bali.

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Which is the world’s most powerful passport for visa-free travel in 2024? Not the American

P assports open the doors of the world. But not all of them are equal. Depending on the country that issues them and various other factors, some are much more powerful than others.

And the advantages of being the holder of a powerful passport are countless. To begin with, they allow the holder to easily enter most countries without additional entry requirements such as visas.

So, which is the world’s most powerful passport for travel in 2024?

According to a well-known index published earlier this month, the Spanish passport is the best that a traveler can have today to travel next year.

Travelers with a Spanish passport can enter 43 countries passport free and 106 countries without visa requirements, making the passport of Spain the most powerful in the world for travelers, the VisaGuide.World Passport Index concluded.

The index not only takes into account the number of countries that can be visited without a visa, but also other benefits such as electronic travel authorization, visa issued upon arrival at the airport, electronic visa, passport-free travel and the value of the destination. These factors are used to compute a score by country.

The Spanish passport obtained a score of 90.36.

Countries with the most powerful passports in the world

According to the VisaGuide scoreboard, the 10 passports that obtained the highest scores are, in this order:

— Singapore

— Netherlands

The index evaluates passports from 199 countries and territories and determines their strengths based on the variables.

The vast majority of countries with the most powerful passports belong to the European Union .

Is the American passport no longer powerful?

The United States passport continues to fall in international rankings of the strongest passports.

According to the VisaGuide.Word index, the United States passport ranked 40th, with a score of 85.19.

Although U.S. passport holders can travel to 147 countries in the world without a visa requirement, “to enter the remaining countries, U.S. passport holders must apply for a visa beforehand,” according to the study.

Among the countries that require a visa for travelers with a U.S. passport are Cuba, Russia and Venezuela.

©2023 Miami Herald. Visit miamiherald.com. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Travelers with a Spanish passport can enter 43 countries passport free and 106 countries without visa requirements, making Spain's passport the most powerful in the world for travelers, the VisaGuide.World Passport Index concluded.

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