There have recently been a few changes at Bali's new Ngurah Rai International Airport that may affect visitors to the island. In this blog post we provide up to date information to help make preparing for your Bali trip a little easier.
Most visitors coming to Bali on holiday will need a VOA or "Visa on Arrival" to enter Indonesia. This type of tourist visa is valid for 30 days and can be extended by another 30 days, should you be lucky enough to have such a long holiday!
Up to 64 countries are eligible for the VOA in Bali, and some countries including Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia don't require a visa at all. If your country is not included in the list eligible for a VOA, it's best to get in touch with the Indonesian embassy in your home country to arrange a tourist visa before arriving in Bali.
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The VOA recently went up in price and now costs USD 35 per person. This is payable at the visa counters before you go through Immigration at the airport. Payment in cash only is accepted, whether in US dollars, Euros or local Indonesian Rupiah.
There is a small ATM center before the visa counters should you need to withdraw money, however the queue can get pretty long. It's recommended to have the required cash ready to avoid lining up at the ATM, as you will also have to queue to get your visa. How long this takes depends on what time your flight arrives - busy evening flights see the visa lines queuing up for sometimes over an hour!
It's possible to extend a VOA for another 30 days if you are from one of the 64 eligible countries listed above. If you're from one of the countries that do not require a VOA, such as Singapore or Malaysia, the 30-day visa granted to you is non-extendable and you will have to leave the country and re-enter if you wish to get a new 30-day VOA.
To extend a VOA you will need to go to the Kuta Immigration Office at least 7 days before your visa expires. You will need to bring your passport, a copy of your passport, a copy of your flight ticket out of Indonesia, and the Rp. 250,000 renewal fee. You will then be given an appointment date when to return to the Immigration Office, sometimes twice.
Applying in person is the cheaper option, but it can be very time consuming and the forms can be confusing to fill out. There are many visa agents in Bali that offer this service to tourists - it costs more, but is far more convenient than doing it yourself.
Don't forget that you also need to pay departure tax when flying out of Bali. This also increased recently from Rp. 150,000 to Rp. 200,000 per person for international departures. For travel within Indonesia, the domestic departure tax is Rp. 75,000 per person.
Payment is in Indonesian Rupiah only. Also remember you will need to hand in the departure card you were given when you arrived.
Until recently, it was possible to pay some visa agents for a "VIP Express Service" to avoid having to queue up with the rest of the world to apply for a VOA when arriving at Ngurah Rai International Airport.
This service has now been "stopped" by the new management of the airport until further notice, and anyone offering this service could face possible jail time or a big fine.