Indonesia introduced the extension of the 30 Day VOA (Visa on Arrival) last year, which was to the delight of many travelers and people who come to Bali often. This can be very handy if you are making a last minute trip to Bali where you will be staying more than 30 days but don’t have enough time to make the appropriate visa beforehand. You will still go through the line for the original 30 Day VOA, only now you have the option of extending it once the time is up. The process of extending is often asked about so we will offer an outline here. Your experience may vary slightly, but most people have agreed that their experience was somewhere along these lines.
Things to bring
- Proof of your onward ticket
- Name and address of a local “sponsor”
First find the immigration office. Most people will go to the Ngurah Rai airport one, which is kind of hard to find at first. If you are headed towards the airport from the bypass, after you go straight at the traffic light, go straight again instead of following the road right at the dog leg where you normally continue on to the airport. You will have to make a U-turn at your last U-turn opportunity as it is on the right side. The Google Map image below should show you the exact point. It is the one with the “A” marker.
Note: the immigration office has moved.
The new address is: Jl.Bypass Ngurah Rai, Tuban Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia 80361
This their facebook page with their current address (just in case they move it again).
Although everything tends to work on “Bali time”, you should show up between 9AM and 12PM for your first visit. It is also worth noting that your visa is only for 30 days and not one month so if you are in a month with 31 days, take that into account and also the fact that the new visa will take about 7 business days to complete.
When you arrive go to the cashier window and collect your application. Take the application to the back where you can make a photocopy of your passport and current visa. You should have with you some sort of proof of an onward ticket (physical ticket or copy of an itinerary or boarding pass) and the name and address of a local friend who can act as your sponsor. Fill in all of this information and hand in the application and your passport at counter 2.
Have a seat and wait until you are called up and you will be given an appointment slip that tells you when you should come back to pay.
Come back on the day you are supposed to pay and head to counter 2 and hand over your appointment slip. Then head to the cashier and pay them $25 USD or rp. 250,000 for your new visa. They will then give you a receipt for your visa which you will take back over to counter 2. There they will check the receipt and write upon it the time and date that you should come back to pick up your passport complete with new visa.
If you have done everything right then when you come back at the date and time specified on your receipt then your passport will be waiting for you at counter 2. Don’t forget to bring your receipt with you or they may not want to give you back your passport for security.
That’s it! Sounds like a lot of back and forth and it is, but it is certainly a lot easier and cheaper than flying out of the country and back in again just for another 30 days permission to stay in Indonesia. Hopefully this is all a step in the right direction for a more relaxed and foreigner-friendly visa system.