Bali, Indonesia

Bali Visa Guide for Indian Tourists

Renowned as one of the gorgeous islands in the world, Bali is an island and province located in the south-east Asian country of Indonesia. Situated at the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands with Java to the west and Lombok to the east, the island is home to an ancient culture that makes the island different from other destinations. With exotic temples, striking beaches, volcanic mountains, and palaces set against stunning natural backdrops made Bali one of the top tourist destinations in Asia and among the best places to visit in Indonesia. It is a tourist hotspot and more than 2 lakh Indians visited the island every year as part of Honeymoon Tour Packages.

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Here is the comprehensive Visa Guide for the exuberant tourist destination of Bali.

About Bali Visa

There are different rules for different foreign visitors to Indonesia. Around 169 countries get a free 30 day Indonesia visa and India is one among them. Still, if you are an Indian and you want to visit Bali or other places in Indonesia you need to be aware of a few rules and regulations.

Indian Nationals who are travelling to Bali, Indonesia for tourist purpose do not need Visa to stay up to 30 days since 2015. But visitors need to provide their valid return tickets, passport, and sufficient funds for expenses during their stay. Persons, who are wishing to spend more than 60 days in Bali, will need to apply for Visa on Arrival.

Visa Types & Requirements

1. Tourist Visa up to 30 Days

Indian Nationals travelling to Bali, Indonesia for tourist purpose do not need any Visa to stay up to 30 days. At the immigration counter you will get Visa Exemption Stamp. This visa is free and valid for a single entry visit. Every time you exit and re-enter Indonesia you will get a new 30 day free visa. This 30 day free visa cannot be used for journalism and business purposes. The Indonesia Visa is counted per day, not per night. Your first day and last day are included in the 30 day duration. It is not extendable and you cannot convert tourist visa into a different visa. Tourist visas may only be extended due to natural disaster, illness or accident.

There are few things that every foreign visitor needs before travelling to Indonesia regardless of their country and type of visa.

Here is the list of documents required to submit to enter in to Bali.

  • Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your return date
  • Visiting Purpose (social/tourism or work etc.)
  • Confirmed Booking for Return Flight & Accommodation
  • Proof of adequate funds for expenses during the stay (minimum of USD 100 per day)

2. Stay up to 60 Days

If anyone from India wants to stay between 30 and 60 days in Bali, Indonesia for tourist or social purpose, there are two options available.

i. Visa on Arrival

Indians, who are not eligible for Indonesia Visa free entry and who want to stay more than 30 days in Indonesia as part of Bali Packages, do not need to apply for visa but simply purchase at immigration hall after you landed in Bali or any other place in Indonesia. There are 67 countries that can get a 30 day Visa on Arrival at a cost of USD 35 per person and India is one of them. Infants also need to pay this visa fee as well. The Indonesia visa fee can be paid in cash or credit card. The Indonesia Visa on Arrival is only valid for 30 days. However, the Visa on Arrival can be extended once by paying extra USD 45 for another 30 days here in Bali without having to leave the country, which takes around 7 business days. After 60 days you will need to leave the country.

Here is the list of documents required for Visa on Arrival

  • Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your return date
  • Visiting Purpose (social/tourism or work etc.)
  • Confirmed Booking for Return Flight & Accommodation
  • Proof of adequate funds for expenses during their stay (minimum of USD 100 per day)

ii. Social & Cultural Visa B-211 for Indians

For social or a cultural visit to Bali, an Indian citizen needs to apply for a B-211 Visa in an Indonesian embassy abroad. With this social & cultural visa you can enter Indonesia once, and stay up to 60 days as it is valid for a period of 60 days. But a sponsor letter from an Indonesian citizen living in Indonesia is required for this. Even if you do not know anybody in Indonesia, you can get a sponsor letter for your social visa application with the help of a visa agent online which can cost approximately 75 USD. The Social Visa is issued by Indonesian consulates located outside of Indonesia and is impossible to get social Visa, being in Indonesia. The Consulate Visa fee for Social Visa is about 50 USD. The purpose of this visa is to visit friends / relationships, tourism, social – cultural or educational exchange. With this visa you are not allowed to do any business activities in Indonesia or to take up employment.

Here is the list of documents required to apply Social & Cultural Visa B-211

  • Passport valid for minimum 6 month from the date of entry to Indonesia
  • Photocopy of main passport page & the passport page with stamp of entry to the country where you apply
  • Sponsorship letter from your Indonesian Citizen or Agent
  • Photocopy of Sponsor’s identity card
  • Copy of Sponsor’s bank account statements
  • Visa application form & two passport sized photographs
  • Ticket to and from Indonesia

And, this Social & Cultural Visa can be extended while you are here in Bali, or anywhere else in Indonesia 3 times and each extension is valid for 30 days. The cost for an extension in the Immigration office is USD 45 and Visa Agent fee is around 26 USD. The process takes around 14 day working days.

Documents Required for Social & Cultural Visa B-211 Extension

  • Passport must be valid for at least 12 months
  • Make sure passport has empty pages for the visa stamping
  • Sponsorship letter from your Indonesian Citizen or Agent
  • Address Proof in Home Country & also in Indonesia (hotel)

3. Multiple Entry Visa

The Multiple Entry Visa is a great way to come to Bali where one can stay each time up to 60 days. With this visa you are not allowed to do any business activities in Indonesia as it is purely for visit and tourist purpose. You can apply for it abroad already, yet this is a bit more complicated and the process, documents needed etc. depend on the country you live in. With the help of an agent you can process a Multiple Entry Visa while you are here in Bali. Based on a regulation in July 2017, you need to have stayed in Bali already for 90 days, before this process can be started. Like the social visa and multiple business visa, this visa can be collected in an embassy or consulate outside of Indonesia which can be choose already beforehand where you wish to pick up your visa. The visa will be valid for 12 months. A single stay can be up to 60 days, after that you need to leave the country, but can re-enter even the same day. The cost of Multiple Entry Visa is 230 USD and the agent fee is around 58 USD.

Required documents for Multiple Visa

  • Scanned passport (first two pages)
  • Copy of bank statement of your private bank account (not older than 90 days, and must show at least 2000 USD)
  • Indonesian Embassy outside Indonesia where you wish to collect the visa
  • You need to have stayed in Bali already for 90 days

The process, after you handed in the document and the passport to the embassy, takes usually additionally 4-6 days. In Singapore however, there are agents that can organize a one day express service, which costs around 200 USD.

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