Fallen in love with Indonesia and don’t want to leave? Join the pack. If you’re like most people and entered on a 30-day Tourist Visa (Visa on Arrival), the good news is you can extend your stay in paradise for another 30 days.
Be careful to note that the Visa on Arrival is for 30 days, NOT one month. If you stay for 31 days (or longer), you will be charged 200,000 Rp per day.
So how do you extend your visa on arrival in Indonesia?
Option 1: Leave the country and re-enter.
This is known as a “visa run” and is very common, especially when flights are cheap. You can fly to Singapore and back in less than one day, or you can take a mini-holiday for a couple days, and you’ll be granted a new 30-day visa upon re-entry. You’ll be charged the same price as your initial visa on arrival ($35 USD).
Option 2: Hire an immigration agent to extend your visa for you.
An immigration agent usually costs around 700-800,000 Rp and saves you the time of either leaving the country or waiting at the immigration office to apply for the extension yourself. You simply give your passport to the agent and pick it up about 5-10 days later.
Option 3: File the visa extension yourself.
Though the cheapest option, this is also the most time consuming, as you usually have to visit the immigration office three times, and wait times can be long (especially in Bali).
Day 1: Go into Immigration and bring:
- Passport (must still be valid for 6 months)
- Copy of passport photo page
- Copy of Indonesian visa page
- Copy of Indonesian departure card
- Onward itinerary (proof that you’re departing Indonesia)
- Local sponsor who will vouch for you and say you’re good on your word and will not work on the visa
- If you don’t have a local friend who will sponsor, you can usually you can find one easily by asking around at your place of accommodation, local stores, or taxis.
At the Immigration Office, you’ll fill out an application form and turn everything in. They’ll give you a receipt stating what day to come back.
Day 2 (usually 2 business days later): Return to Immigration with your receipt to pay $355,000 Rp and let them take your photo and fingerprints. You’ll receive another receipt that will tell you what day to return again.
Day 3 (usually another 2 business days later): Return to Immigration with your receipt and pick up your passport with the visa extension in it.
If you choose to extend your visa yourself, a few tips:
- Arrive at the Immigration Office early to avoid long wait times
- Don’t forget your receipts when you return on days 2 & 3
- If you’re visiting any other islands besides Bali, extend there instead. I extended in Jember, Java and only spent a total of an hour at the Imigrasi office, whereas people I know who have extended in Bali have spent anywhere up to 10 hours total waiting.
Any questions about extending a Visa on Arrival, don’t hesitate to ask. Enjoy your extra month in Indo!!
As always, keep on livin’ pura vida ✌