Visa and Other Travel Formalities

Information about Bali – Indonesia Visa, Immigration, Passport validity, customs, Quarantine, Health, and others Travel Formalities

Immigration (New Visa Regulation, effective: 1 February 2004)
All visitors traveling to Indonesia must be in possession of a passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival and have proof of onward passage.

1. Free Visa
Visas are not required for nationals of:

  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Chili
  • Hong Kong
  • Macao
  • Malaysia
  • Morocco
  • Philippines
  • Peru
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

2. Visa on Arrival (VoA)
Visa on Arrival are required for nationals of:

  • Australia
  • Argentina
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom (UK)
  • United States of America (USA)

Entry and exit must be made through certain specified gateways:
By air through: Jakarta, Bali, Medan, Manado, Pakan Baru, Padang, and Surabaya.
By sea through: Batam, Belawan, Sibolga, Dumai, Padang, Jakarta, Bali, and Jayapura. For other ports of entry and exit special visas are required.

3. For those not belonging to the above categories, tourist visas can be obtained from any Indonesian Embassy or Consulate.

International health certificates for smallpox and cholera are not required, except from travelers arriving from infected areas.

Indonesian Customs allows on entry a maximum of two liters of alcoholic beverages, 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 grams of tobacco and a reasonable amount of perfume per adult.
Cars, photographic equipment, typewriters and tape recorders must be declared to Customs upon entry and must be re-exported.

It is prohibited from entry are TV sets, radios, narcotics, arms and ammunition, printed matter in Chinese characters and Chinese medicines. Advance approval has to be acquired for carrying transceivers and all movie films and video cassettes must be censored by the Film Censor Board. Fresh fruit, plants and animals must have quarantine permits. There is no restriction on import or export of foreign currencies. However, the export or import of Indonesian currency exceeding Rp.50,000 is prohibited.

The Government of Indonesia has officially abolished the exit permit required for people leaving the country. Airport tax levied on passengers for international travel Rp.100,000,-.
For travel within Indonesia regional variations occur. Expect to pay an average of about Rp.20,000,-.

The Indonesian archipelago is spread over three time zones. Western Indonesia Standard Time, which covers the islands of Sumatra, Java & Madura, West and Central Kalimantan is 7 hours ahead of GMT; Central Indonesia Standard Time covers East and South Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali and Nusa Tenggara, and is 8 hours ahead of GMT; finally Eastern Indonesia Standard Time, which covers Maluku, and Irian Jaya is 9 hours ahead of GMT.

Power supply is usually 220 volts/250 cycles in large cities, but 110 volts is still used in some areas. Normal outlets are plugs with two rounded pins. It is advisable to check electricity supplies before using any appliances.