To visit Bali you will need a visa. Depending on the purpose and length of your stay, there are a few Bali visas you can choose from. Read on to find out which Bali visa is the best one for you and how or where you should get it!
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Do I need a Bali visa?
YES! As mentioned above, you will 100% need a visa to visit Bali or any other part of Indonesia. Depending on the length of time you wish to stay will be the primary factor in making your decision.
Most travelers will need one of two visas, which we describe in the following sections….
Indonesia Visa on Arrival (VOA)
The Indonesia Visa on Arrival is basically an Indonesia tourist visa.
As the name implies, you simply arrive to Bali (or other major entry points) and get your visa. Currently there are 75 countries whose citizens are eligible for a VOA. Check out the full list here.
The VOA is valid for 30 days and can be extended one time for a total stay of 60 days in Bali.
Whether or not you use an agent, you must go in person to the Immigration office for the extension. Often people will opt for the B211A visa for this reason alone, as the waiting times at the Immigration office can be unpredictable. You might not want to waste even half of a day of your holiday on this, and that’s assuming you go on a ‘quieter’ day.
While there are a few countries that are eligible for a free VOA Bali visa, most of us will have to pay for it.
Visa on Arrival Bali Cost 2022
The current cost for a visa on arrival is US$35 per person, also payable in Indonesian rupiah in the amount of Rp. 500,000. Prepare the exact amount you need if paying in USD, as they will give your change in rupiah and the exchange rate isn’t as high as at the money changer (this is the only money changer we use).
The B211A visa is valid for 60 days and can be extended 2 times at 60 days per extension. The maximum total stay for the B211A visa is 180 days. You do not have to leave Indonesia during this time.
The B211A visa replaced some visas that you may have heard of in the past, including the Social Visa and Business Visa. The newer B211A visa can be used for Tourism, Volunteering, Studying Abroad, and Business.
Business does not mean working. Rightfully so, this can be confusing.
Business, or conducting business means meetings with potential clients and partners, sourcing materials or goods for export, or checking potential investments. You are NOT PERMITTED to earn money while in Indonesia with this Bali visa.
You will be required to visit the Immigration office for your extensions, meaning two visits should you choose to stay for the entire 180 day maximum.
As of August 2022, the B211A visa can be processed both on- and off-shore. Meaning if you are already in Bali and your B221A visa is nearing the end, you can apply for the new one without leaving the country.
B211A Visa Cost
With decades of experience living in Bali, we strongly advise that you use a well-established and reputable Bali visa agent, such as Visa-Indonesia.com. They offer competitive pricing that’s in line (or cheaper) with others but most importantly, they meet the requirements mentioned in the previous sentence.
There is a reason that we only refer our readers to this website and it’s quite simple – they’re the best, hands down. We’ve tried some of the other ‘best in Bali agents,’ and while some people have great experiences, we noticed that customer service was pretty hit or miss with them.
Click here for complete information on prices, visa lengths, and procedure. They offer a level of support that you will just not find anywhere else for before, during and after your visa application is complete. Their website also handles most international currencies!
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Can I work in Bali?
NO! Not without the correct visa and sponsorship. Neither the Visa on Arrive nor the B211A allow you to work legally in Indonesia.
Many digital nomads and freelancers come to Bali and think “Hey, I can try and get some graphic design work while I’m staying in Bali for 3 months!” This is simply not true and you put yourself at risk for deportation.
Working remotely is a whole other story. The government has long been entertaining the possibility of a Digital Nomad Visa, but until now it’s just speculative.
If you’re interested in how to work in Bali then check out our article on How to Work LEGALLY in Bali for more information.
Bali Visa Requirements
Visa on Arrival Requirements
- Reason for your visit is TOURISM
- Passport is valid for 6 months
- Fully vaccinated against COVID-19
- Return/onward flight out of Indonesia
- Maximum length of stay does not exceed 60 days
- Peduli Lindungi app installed on your phone
B211A Visa Requirements
- In addition to the VOA requirements…
- Passport is valid for 12 months
- Color copy of passport (both front and back of the main page is required)
- Passport photo file (at least 3.5 x 4.5cm)
- Proof of international health insurance