When you stay in Bali for a longer period, your visa extension is something you need to arrange. Before coming to Indonesia, research the regulations and options you are given about different visas. Make sure you are well informed about the regulations of the visas. By reading this article you are at the right place. If you want to stay longer than 60 days, you must get your visa at an Indonesian embassy abroad.
There are five types of visas you can obtain to travel to Indonesia. They range from stays for one month, two months and even up to 6 months in a row. For less than 60 days, you can get your VISA at the airport.
To start with the Free visa on arrival. This visa is non-extendible and the best option if you stay less than 30 days in Indonesia. The benefits of this visa are that the visa is free, and the disadvantage is that you can only stay for a maximum of 30 days.
The second option is the Visa on Arrival (VOA), which you must pay for at the airport. This visa is valid for 30 days and can be extended one time for 30 days. This means you can stay in Indonesia for a maximum of 60 days. The benefits of this visa are that you don’t have to arrange anything before arriving at the airport and can extend the visa once. The disadvantage is that you must pay more, but if you want to stay longer than 30 days, it is worth it. The price is IDR 500.000, and the extension is IDR 800 000
The next option is the Social, tourist, or cultural Visa (B-211): this visa can be obtained before your trip at a diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate). Initially, the visa allows a stay of 60 days. But you can extend the social, tourist or cultural visa three times while in the country. Each extension allows an extra 30 days with a maximum stay of 150 days. The benefit of the visa is that you can stay very long in the country. The disadvantages are that the visa costs IDR 3.500.000, and the extension is IDR 2.700.000.
There are two business visas that you can obtain. The first one is the Single-Entry Business Visa: A maximum length of one stay in Indonesia is 60 days. The visa is valid for one year. Non-extendible. The cost of the visa is IDR 2.000.000.
The second one is the Multiple entry business visa: valid for 60 days and four times extendible. The cost of the visa is IDR 3.500.000.
You can do your visa extension at one of the immigration offices in Bali. The locations are Jimbaran, Denpasar and Singaraja. The location of your stay determines the location of the office. The best tip is to do this on time because if you wait until the last minute, you will find yourself in trouble. According to the regulations, you must extend your visa on arrival at least seven working days before it expires and a social-cultural visa for 14 working days. You can expect long lines because Bali is a trendy destination. You have to dress formally and respect the culture. Extending your visa is time-consuming because you have to go to immigration three times.
For extending your visa, getting in touch with a visa consultation agency is useful. They can arrange an extension for your visa. You will pay a certain amount to them because they do the work. But many people experience this as something they do not mind because they do not have to think about it, and it is dealt with. For the extension, you must bring your passport to an office 1-2 weeks before the expiration of your current visa. Another benefit is that you only have to go to the immigration once to take photos and your fingerprint en. The agency will take care of the rest. You also know that they are up to date on the latest information, which is a good thing because the regulations in Indonesia change quite often.
Say no to visa runs to Singapore. Everybody knows that many people fly to neighbouring countries for a few days and return to Indonesia to get a new visa. This is not illegal, but the government does not want a foreigner to do this. It can happen if officers assume you are on a visa run, that the access to Indonesia is denied at the airport, or even worse, you get deported.
When you don’t have the right visa or an expired visa, you must pay IDR 1,000,000 daily. It may be prosecuted if a foreign nation overstays by more than 60 days without a visa. The sentence can include a maximum of 5 years in prison of a fine of up to IDR 500 million.