Bali visa for Indians

Bali Visa, What are the options for Indians visiting Indonesia?

Oh! Are you craving to party, looking for a fiesta?! Then Bali would undoubtedly be the most pleasurable strategy to achieve a good time. Famous for its idyllic beaches, you can also explore traditional art galleries and delicious food. 

Bali has become a favorite destination for holidays among all people, and especially youngsters, to escape from stress and monotonous life. Out of more than 17,000 islands in Indonesia, Bali can be considered the most beautiful.

Because of the tourist rush almost all year round, you want to schedule your holiday in advance. And here’s how you can get ready to go to Bali. 

So the first question that arrives in every Indian’s mind is: 

Do Indian nationals need a visa for Bali, Indonesia?

No, a visa is not needed for Indian nationals traveling to Bali for less than 30 days.
Indonesia is a visa free country for Indian visitors. You’ll receive a free, Visa Exemption, stamp on your passport when you come in. This type of stay is not renewable, therefore you want to leave after a month.
To get a Visa Exemption you just need a valid passport for six months past the travel date and evidence of your flight out of the country.

Types of Visas for a short visit to Indonesia

When the length of your trip is more than 30 days then you do need a visa. You would need to pick your type of visa, according to why you are traveling. If you are traveling to Indonesia for business, tourism, or just to visit family and friends for a short period of time, that is longer than 30 days, you have the following options depending on your needs.

Visa on Arrival (30 days renewable to 60 days) 

So this visa is the easy visa option for Indian nationals, you don’t need planning ahead and you just need your passport and a return ticket.
If you want the possibility to extend your stay, which is likely because Bali is lovely, you want a visa on arrival (VOA). The only stuff you’ll want to have when you go to the visa counter at the airport is 

  • a passport with two blank pages for visas, 
  • a passport valid for at least six months,
  • and evidence of a flight out.

The fee for a VOA is 500,000 Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), which is around 2,600 Indian Rupees (INR) or 35 US Dollars (USD).
If you want to prolong your stay, only once and for just another 30 days, as any Indian citizen, you can pay 500,000 IDR (around INR 2,600 or USD 35) at the immigration hall. If the extension is applied with an agent’s aid, you’ll probably need to add around 350,000 IDR (INR 1814 or USD 25) as their fees.
You are not supposed to get a job in Indonesia on this visa, but you can do business, study short courses or other activities.   


These two visas below are a bit more complicated to get. You need to find a sponsor that can give you a visa approval letter and you need to plan your visits to your local Indonesian embassy or consulate. You are not supposed to get a job in Indonesia on these visas, but you can do business.

Visit Visa (60 days renewable to 180 days)

A Visit Visa, a single entry visitor visa, is normally issued for 60 days and it’s extendable four times a month long each. It is issued by an embassy or consulate outside of Indonesia, so you’ll need to plan beforehand to get it. You would want a personal sponsor who can be an Indonesian individual or an organization, like a school. This agent  It can be expanded for a month, but no more than four times.
The general requirements for this type of visa are: 

  • a Visa Approval letter from your sponsor who should apply for it at the Visa Approval website,
  • a passport valid for at least six months with two blank pages for visas,
  • evidence of bank accounts,
  • evidence of a flight out of Indonesia.

These requirements can change a little depending on your local Indonesian consulate or embassy. Get the specific information for applying for a visit visa from your local embassy, for example, the Indonesian embassy in India.
The cost of a visit visa and any extension is INR 4216 or USD 61.5. If an agent’s aid, the extension is applied, you need to pay INR 1817 or USD 26.50 as their fees.
You are not supposed to get a job in Indonesia on this visa, but you can do business or study short courses.

Multiple Visit Visa (1 year of multiple stays of less than 60 days)

A Multiple Visit Visa, a multiple entry visitor visa, can be issued for one year and it gives you the right to enter Bali or Indonesia multiple times for stays that, each time, cannot be longer than 60 days. You should own a Multiple Vist Visa if you plan to visit Indonesia multiple times throughout a year. You would want a personal sponsor who can be an Indonesian individual or an organization, like a school. This visa is given by an embassy or consulate outside Indonesia.
The requirements for this type of visa are: 

  • a Visa Approval letter from your sponsor who should apply for at it at the Visa Approval website,
  • a passport valid for at least single months with two blank pages for visas, 
  • evidence of bank accounts with at least 1500 USD inside,
  • evidence of a flight out of Indonesia.
  • color passport photos

These requirements can change a little depending on your local Indonesian consulate or embassy. Get the specific information for applying for a visit visa from your local embassy, for example, the Indonesian embassy in India.
The cost of a multiple visit visa and is 110 USD (around 1,550,000 IDR or 8181 INR).
You are not supposed to get a job in Indonesia on this visa, but you can do business or study short courses or other activities.


This was the complete guide for all the options you can have if you want to stay a few days, or visit for less than a year, Bali or the rest of lovely Indonesia.
Also remember that If you happen to overstay in Bali, you’ll be asked to pay a tax of 1,000,000 Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) per day, which is around 5,200 Indian Rupees (INR) or 70 US Dollars (USD). Your overstay should also not be longer than 60 days after your expiry date. Try to find a local immigration advisor if you get in this kind of situation. 

All the information I show you here has been checked on the Indonesian Directorate General of Immigration website by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia. I’m updating this article regularly but please refer to the same Directorate General of Immigration website to check the latest requirements. This website is available in English and Indonesian,.  

I’m going to publish soon a more extensive guide about getting a visa to Indonesia with a more comprehensive assessment of what are your options if you want to stay in Indonesia for a longer visit for studying, working, or other reasons.

Another very good resource that I used in this article is Visa and Immigration by Wonderful Indonesia

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