May 10 2012

Getting a Thai tourist visa in Bali

Published by at 1:43 am under Visas


Want to avoid the notoriously painful process of obtaining a Thai tourist visa in places like Vientiane, Penang, or Phnom Penh? If Bali is on your itinerary, obtaining the visa here is akin to gearing up for a long, dull day of school only to be let out of class after just 10 minutes of easy work. Fast, simple, painless — applying for a visa in Bali is a breeze.

"A quaint honorary consulate in the heart of Denpasar."

A quaint honorary consulate in the heart of Denpasar.

The honorary Thai consulate is located in the heart of Denpasar on Jalan Puputan Niti Mandala Raya. You can go by taxi, but it’s fairly straightforward to find if you’ve got your own wheels. It’s located just east of the intersection where the road becomes one-way heading west, a short drive east of the Japanese consulate. If heading west the consulate will be on your left, and if you pass the Gerbang Utara Banjar Santy monument while going east you’ve gone about a kilometre too far. The US embassy is also just around the corner.

Visa applications are accepted from 09:00 to 12:00 Monday through Friday, except on Thai and Indonesian public holidays. Processing time is three business days including the days you apply and pick up, so if applying on Monday morning you should be able to pick up on Wednesday. Like other Thai consulates pick up is only possible between 13:30 and 16:00. The Bali consulate only processes single entry 60-day tourist visas, which may be extended by 30 days in Thailand.

The consulate itself feels like a regular house — there were a few empty wine bottles on the porch when we visited — and the only staff we saw was one lone guy wearing a T-shirt and jeans. No numbered tickets, no waiting areas, no glassed-in official booths, and most importantly, no queues whatsoever. After a polite greeting we were given a comfy seat at a desk in the “living room” area to fill out the visa application while our consulate “official” went about his business in another room.

Mind if I hang out and make a cup of tea after I finish the application?

Mind if I hang out and make a cup of tea after I finish the application?

Although the process is fast and painless, they are sticklers for the correct documentation in Bali. You’ll need a passport with at least six months’ validity, a photocopy of the passport, three four by six centimetre head shot photos, US$40 in cash (no Indonesian, Thai or any other currency is accepted and it must be in exact change), and proof of travel both in and out of Thailand (air itineraries are the standard). The last bit is important; a clearly marked sign outside the consulate says in bold letters that “it is not possible to grant visas if no proofs of travel are submitted”.

Bali is a fabulous place and should be near the top of your destination priority list no matter what your plans are, but if heading to Thailand at some point afterwards, you won’t find a better place to take care of that tourist visa than this.

(And if you are heading to Singapore, we do explain on our Singapore blog how to get a Thai visa there.)

Royal Thai Consulate
Jalan Puputan Niti Mandala Raya
Denpasar, Bali
T: (0361) 249461

 

 

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8 responses so far

8 Responses to “Getting a Thai tourist visa in Bali”

  1. Kayon 31 Jan 2013 at 4:35 am

    The consulate has moved to a place just around the corner:

    Address: Jalan Pemuda 2, No.9 Renon, Denpasar 80235, Indonesia
    Phone:+62 831-1961-0337

    But the visa process is still a breeze!

  2. Jonon 16 Mar 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Hi David,

    Thanks for the informative and thorough article. I am wondering about the proof of air out of Thailand. I am planning to extend my 60 day tourist visa for an extra 30 days. Will I be okay with having a fly-out-of-Thailand ticket date that is beyond the 60 day stay ? Or do I have to have a date that is within the 60 days, to be issued the 60 day visa ?

    Thanks,

    Jon

  3. lankaion 26 Mar 2013 at 8:34 am

    Sorry,

    Not such a breeze as in Penang, Malaysia where you drop off your application in the morning and the visa is ready that afternoon at the same price, PLUS, a big plus, since may people travel overland, you do not need a air ticket out to show.

    Kai

  4. Maciejon 02 May 2013 at 5:50 am

    Hey!

    I arranged a visa to Thailand yesterday through the Thai Consulate in Bali. Proof of travel in to Thailand is no longer required. Otherwise its correct as stated above. And as always in the south-east Asian countries, the dollar bills used for payment need to be new.

    Thanks for te great website! It was really helpful!

  5. Saulon 31 May 2013 at 5:49 am

    Hi,

    I currently live and work in Bangkok but because I am changing jobs then I need to obtain a non-immigrant B visa. Is this possible at this Thai consulate?

    Thanks

  6. Carlaon 26 Aug 2013 at 12:20 pm

    hey, do anyone know. is it possible to get a double entry visa in denpasar for thailand??

  7. henk_de_tankon 19 Oct 2013 at 1:48 pm

    So you dont need a ticket in to Thailand
    Do you still need a ticket out of Thailand??

  8. robon 26 Dec 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I’d like to know this too, do I need to have an air ticket out of Thailand?

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