Ubud Bali is truly paradise on earth. When one thinks of Bali, one thinks of lush green rice paddies, mystical shamans, and ancient temples filled with offerings for the gods. Ubud Bali is a great place to visit if you want to be surrounded by nature, eat healthy food, and be immersed in authentic Balinese culture. In fact, the slow pace of Bali is so incredibly addicting that you might find yourself wanting to extend your stay! Thankfully getting an Indonesian visa to visit Bali is actually quite simple as long as you fill out your paperwork correctly and line up all your ducks in a row.
In this article we’ll will cover how to apply for a 60 day Indonesian visa as well as how to get a free visa upon arrival. Lastly, we’ll cover how to get an extendable visa at the airport upon arrival and the process for extending a visa in Bali.
Note: I’m going to speak from a U.S. perspective, but you can find more information about your specific country’s requirements by visiting an official Indonesian embassy (or website) in your current location.
Indonesian Visa on Arrival at the Bali Airport
When you visit Indonesia, you can acquire an Indonesian visa on arrival which is valid for up to 30 days.Indonesian “Visa on Arrival” (or VOA) is available at the Bali airport in two different ways: one for those who are planning to stay no more than 30 days and another Indonesian visa for those who plan to stay longer than 30 days.
If you are planning to stay no more than 30 days, you can simply walk up to the immigration booth upon arrival and they will stamp your passport after asking you a couple questions. The usual questions they might ask you are:
1.) Why have you come to Bali?
2.) How long do you plan to stay in Indonesia?
3.) What date will you leave Indonesia?
4.) Where will you go after Indonesia?
5.) How will you get to your next destination? (i.e. flying or by taking a bus)
Getting a 60 Day Indonesian Visa Beforehand
Nate and I normally acquire a 60 day Indonesian visa for Indonesia (via the Indonesian embassy in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam) where we found the process to be efficient and painless. If you’re backpacking throughout Southeast Asia, I’ve heard that the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok and Penang are also great options.
There are a lot of perks to getting a 60 day visa. First off, 60 day visas are great because you can enjoy your visit without the hassle of visiting an immigration office. 60 day visas are also a terrific choice for long-term travelers because they are extendable up to four times for a total of 6 months.
Extendable 30 day Indonesian Visa
On our most recent visit to Bali, we arrived to the airport without our usual 60 day visa. I’ll admit we were a bit confused when it came to acquiring an extendable Indonesian visa at the airport, but it turned out it’s quite simple.
When we approached the immigration booth, they asked us if we were planning to stay more than 30 days in Indonesia and when we replied, “Yes.” They directed us to a different booth where we had to answer the same questions all over again and then pay a fee of $35 USD (you can pay in Indonesian rupiah).
Luckily for us there was an ATM inside the airport so we were able to pull out money for the fee. It only took 2 minutes to receive our stamp and we were shortly on our way after handing over the payment.
Indonesian Visa Tips
- Remember that there are two types of Visas on arrival. One is free and one costs money. If you get the free visa on arrival (good for 30 days), you will not be able to extend it to stay longer in Indonesia. So if you’re planning to stay longer than 30 days, it’s best to pay for the visa ($35) so you can extend it once more for a total of 60 days.
- Some things to keep in mind are that you’re passport needs to be valid for 6 months, and that the day of arrival and departure count as a full day.
- Even if you don’t exactly know when and where you’ll be headed to next, It’s best to come prepared by having a date in mind (that is under 30 days) and a destination that you plan to head to next.
- Make sure to call your bank ahead of time before arriving in a new country so that your card won’t be blocked (like mine was). We were thankfully carrying a couple different debit cards with us, so fortunately one of our cards eventually worked. Whew! (*insert sweating emoji here)
Extending a Visa in Ubud Bali
Extending your visa in Ubud Bali is not hard at all. You can either visit the immigration office on your own (which requires a total of three trips) or pay an agent to do the work for you. Keep in mind that the immigration office is not located in Ubud. There are three immigration offices in Bali but the closest one to Ubud is an hour away in Denpasar.
For a list of all immigration offices in Bali, click here. (http://indonesiachicago.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=67:immigration….&Itemid=&lang=in)
There are dozens of travel agents located all around town. Their offices are easily visible from the main roads such as Jalan Ubud and Jalan Hanoman. The usual fee is 650,000 IDR per person and you’ll need to give them your paperwork 2 weeks before your visa will expire. They will require the filled paperwork, passport photo, your passport, and the fee in Indonesian Rupiah. They will also require you to drive down to the immigration office for fingerprinting and to take a photo.
Keep in mind that all travel agents charge different fees and might require you to go to a different immigration office than Denpasar.
Pros & Cons of Hiring a Visa Agent
Working with a travel agent costs a bit more than doing it yourself, but you can look at it as a convenience fee. Waiting in long lines at the immigration office might not be the most fun when you’re in Bali and would rather be sippin’ on a coconut.
One perk of working with an agent is that you don’t need proof of onward travel. If you go to the immigration office, they will most likely require proof of onward travel such as a flight ticket. However, if you work with an agent, they will be able to process your paperwork without this which allows you to have more flexibility with your travel itinerary.
On the other hand, if you handle the extension on your own, you can save the amount of money you would have spent on a travel agent.
Visa Agents I Recommend in Ubud Bali
Before choosing a travel agent, I visited three different offices to ask what their fee was and how their process worked. I decided to go with Bali Lines who had the cheapest fee (650,000 IDR per person). The staff were friendly and the process was simple. On my first visit to their office, I filled out the necessary paperwork in less than five minutes and was on my way (make sure to bring your passport and the fee in Indonesian Rupiah).
A couple days later, we met our travel agent at the Immigration office in Denpasar. Although we ride a motorbike, we opted for a taxi to Denpasar so that we wouldn’t have to drive so far. The immigration office was completely crowded and chaotic, so we were super happy to have a knowledgable travel agent take care of all the paperwork and processing for us. Once you’ll arrive you’ll have to grab a number.
Once your number is called, you’ll be taken into a room where an immigration officer will ask you a couple questions (see example questions above) and then you’ll be sent on your way. Our time at the immigration office took about an hour from start to finish. The drive from Ubud to Denpasar is the most time consuming element which takes about one hour to an hour and a half depending on traffic.
After a week or so, we received an email from Bali Lines to pick up our passports with our new Indonesian visa (i.e. extension) at his office in Ubud. I highly recommend using Bali Lines. They have the best price around town and are very honest, trustworthy people.
Bali Lines Tourist Service
Head Office – Jalan Hanoman No. 52, Padang Tegal Kelod, Ubud Bali
Ask for Ketut Punia
Immigration Office in Denpasar
Denpasar Immigration Office
Jalan Dl Panjaitan Komp Mandala Renon Denpasar 80235 Indonesia
Phone: (0361) 227828, 231149
Ubud Taxi Service
Nate and I love driving around on our motorbike, but we aren’t very fond of driving on the super highways in Bali which tend to be congested with traffic. Instead of dealing with a long and daunting drive down to Denpasar, we usually opt to take a taxi.
If you’re in need of some transportation to the immigration office, I suggest using Ubud Taxi service because they are great. Nate & I have personally used them and have always been satisfied with our experience.
You’ll need to email them a day or two beforehand and they’ll happily schedule a pick-up. The rates are reasonable, the cars are equipped with air-con, and the drivers are always friendly and on-time. They will also wait for you outside of the immigration office in order to drive you back to Ubud. Also, if you want to hire a car to drive you around the island to see various temples, this taxi company also does that.
Ubud Taxi (www.ubudtaxi.com)
Phone: +62822 3766 2040
Office hours from 9 AM – 9 PM
Best Travel App for Bali Indonesia
The best travel expense app for Bali is hands-down Nomad Budget. After downloading this iphone app, I’ve been using it everyday since! It helps me track all of my expenses, set a budget, and best of all… stay on that budget. By keeping an eye on how much I spent, I’ve reduced my spending tremendously which has helped me to save money and continue my travels indefinitely. I entered the fee for my Indonesian visa on here, and then was able to spread the cost over the amount of time I was staying on the island, that way I’m just paying for it a little bit everyday. Spreading out costs really helps me stay on budget.
I also really love that Nomad Budget can handle over 200+ currencies so I can hop from one country to another country and easily use the same finance app. Best of all, I can see how much I have left to spend for the day and see in one quick glance how much I’ve spent for the day, week and month. Plus, you can get your first 25 expenses for free!
I hope this Ubud Bali visa guide has been helpful in answering any questions you might have had about applying and extending an Indonesian visa. If you have any more questions, feel free to leave a comment down below and I’ll try to answer them in a timely manner. I hope you’re visit to Bali will be an awesome experience and that your visa situation gets sorted out hassle-free. Good luck guys! Also if you’d like more information about Bali or Indonesia, make sure to check out our travel videos on Youtube.