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Popular visa types: Tourist and Visa on arrival

The two most popular visas for Indonesia with foreign tourists are the 30-day visa on arrival and the tourist visa.

Over 60 nationalities are eligible for visa on arrival which is good for 30-days, costs US$35 (payable on arrival) and, in some cases, can be extended for a second 30 days for an additional $35. This visa cost US$25 for years, but increased in July 2014.

The Tourist Visa is available at most Indonesian embassies and consulates and is valid for either one month or two months. Not all Indonesian diplomatic missions will issue the two month version. Costs and processing time varies tremendously depending on the overseas mission, but prices are generally most competitive at missions within Southeast Asia

The visa on arrival is available at most popular international airports (for example, Jakarta, Bali, Medan, Padang, Palembang, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Mataram and Kupang) and also at many seaports which accept international visitors. Contact your closest Indonesian embassy for a full list - the Indonesian Embassy in Washington has a solid list.

Smaller crossings may only accept payment in US dollars while other more popular arrival points may accept multiple currencies, or, as in the case of Bali, accept credit cards. Just don't expect the best exchange rate in town!

Extensions

The Indonesian visa on arrival can (in theory) be extended for an additional 30-day period for an extra US$25. We suggest this be done at a popular immigration centre, for example Bali, as in less touristic centres you may be turned away.

The two month tourist visa cannot *legally* be extended. Some visa agents, especially in Bali and Jakarta, offer to extend these visas, but what they actually do is convert it into a different type of visa called a social visa (which can then be extended for up to six months total stay). A social visa requires a sponsor (which the visa agent will often arrange for an additional fee). In practise the end result is you get a longer stay in country, but what you're actually getting is a different visa. There is an interesting conversation on the Travelfish forum regarding Indonesian visa extensions (note, it is a little confusing!)

Validity issues

The main issue facing tourists is that visa on arrival can only be extended once. If you're looking at a longer stay in Indonesia, plan your trip so that you'll be near an international post two months in, so you can fly out to get a new visa then return and carry on.

Overstays

While it isn't a big deal to overstay a visa in Indonesia, it does get expensive very quickly. The base fine is US$20 per day of overstay. So if you overstay by five days, you'll be required to pay a $100 fine on exit.

Things to watch out for

The main consideration is to try and plan your trip so that any visa extension issues will be happening at a heavily touristed point. Bali, halfway along the archipelago is the logical spot should you plan on spending a month to the west then a month to the north or east.

Departure tax

There is a departure tax of 150,000 rupiah from Indonesian international airports. The charge is levied on any passenger holding a ticket out of the country, even in the case of young children sitting on their parent's lap.



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