Do I need a Visa to get into Bali?

Yes, you do need a Visa to enter Bali, Indonesia, unless you come from one of the countries on the Visa Exemption Arrangement (VEA) list. Otherwise, you are allowed to enter Bali and apply for a Visa on Arrival (VOA) online before arrival if you are on the VOA-approved countries list.

An excellent alternative to the VOA is a Single Entry Visa (B211A) that is valid for 60 days and can be renewed twice for a total possible stay of 180 days. After that, you can apply again while still in Bali for a further possible 180 days.

You can also read my posts on vaccination requirements for Bali and Expert Tips for Arriving at Bali Airport.

Visa Exemption Arrangement (VEA)

If you come from one of the 9 lucky countries with a Visa Exemption Arrangement you don’t need a Visa to enter Bali. It’s only valid for 30 days, and unlike the VOA or B211A, it cannot be extended and is for tourism purposes only.

  1. Brunei Darussalam 
  2. Cambodia
  3. Laos
  4. Malaysia
  5. Myanmar
  6. Philippines
  7. Singapore
  8. Thailand
  9. Vietnam

New! Electronic Visa on Arrival

Outstanding news for travellers to Bali, you can now apply for your VoA electronically before arrival, avoiding the long queues that slow your arrival down.

You can apply for e-VOA 14 days before your travel and at least 48 hours before your departure.

You can apply for your eVOA here.

Visa on Arrival (VOA)

Passport holders from the following list of eligible countries can get a VOA that is valid for 30 days and can be extended once for a further 30 days for a total possible stay of 60 days, although this does involve a painfully long-winded appointment at the Immigration Office.

If you are thinking of staying in Bali for longer than 30 days I recommend you apply for a Single Entry Visa (B211A) before you travel.

How much does a VOA cost?

The VOA cost IDR 500.000 (approx. USD $33.50) per person including children and is payable upon arrival at Bali Airport by MasterCard, Visa or Indonesian Rupiah. If using another currency it may be charged at the prevailing rate of exchange. 

Be warned, the queues can be brutally long.

VOA Approved Countries List

Passport holders from the following countries are eligible to apply for a VOA upon arrival at Bali Airport. VOA is for a single Entry into Bali/Indonesia, for a  stay of up to 30 days and can be extended for a maximum 1 time at the local Immigration Office for a fee. 

  1. Albania
  2. Andorra
  3. Argentina
  4. Australia
  5. Austria
  6. Bahrain
  7. Belarus
  8. Belgium
  9. Bosnia
  10. Brazil
  11. Brunei Darussalam
  12. Bulgaria
  13. Cambodia
  14. Canada
  15. Chile
  16. China
  17. Colombia
  18. Croatia
  19. Cyprus
  20. Czechoslovakia
  21. Denmark
  22. Ecuador
  23. Egypt
  24. Estonian
  25. Finland
  26. France
  27. Germany
  28. Greece
  29. Guatemala
  30. Hong Kong
  31. Hungary
  32. Iceland
  33. India
  34. Ireland
  35. Italy
  36. Japan
  37. Jordan
  38. Kazakhstan
  39. Kenya
  40. Kuwait
  41. Laos
  42. Latvia
  43. Liechtenstein
  44. Lithuania
  45. Luxembourg
  46. Macau
  47. Malaysia
  48. Maldives
  49. Malta
  50. Mexico
  51. Monaco
  52. Morocco 
  53. Myanmar
  54. New Zealand
  55. Norway
  56. Oman
  57. Palestine
  58. Panama
  59. Peru
  60. Philippines
  61. Poland
  62. Portugal
  63. Qatar
  64. Romania
  65. Russia
  66. ​Rwanda
  67. San Marino
  68. Saudi Arabia
  69. Seychelles
  70. Serbia
  71. Singapore
  72. Slovakia
  73. Slovenia
  74. South Africa
  75. South Korea
  76. Spain
  77. Suriname
  78. Sweden
  79. Switzerland
  80. Taiwan
  81. Thailand
  82. The Netherlands
  83. Timor Leste
  84. Tunisia
  85. Turkey
  86. Ukraine
  87. Uzbekistan
  88. United Arab Emirates
  89. United Kingdom
  90. United States of America
  91. Vatican
  92. Vietnam


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  1. Hi there,

    I’m travelling to Vietnam next month but Via Bali. This isn’t a connecting flight but if I was to fly in from Australia on one airline, disembark in Bali to then board another airline from Bali to Vietnam, do we still have to Pay the VOA even though we won’t be leaving the airport, just going from Arrivals to Departures all within the International Airport?

    Thanks for any information.

    • Hi Melissa,

      Yes, I would recommend getting the VOA just in case.
      As long as you need to go through immigration, you’ll need a Visa on Arrival for Bali.

      Safe travels,

  2. Hi there. This is quite confusing. I have a Philippine passport and it is under VEA however, Philippines is also listed for VOA.

    Could anyone please clarify if i will need a visa or not?

    Thank you 😊

    • Hi Julie,

      According to my knowledge, Philippine passport does not require a visa in Indonesia. But please confirm this with your embassy. They will have more accurate up-to-date information on this.

      Safe travels,

  3. Hiiiii guys

    2 questions:

    How many times can you enter Bali from another country with a VOA?

    A VOA is for 30 days. What if you exceeds 30 days with 2 or 3 days?

    Best regards

    • Hi Ben,

      A VOA is single entry. If you leave during your 30 days, you will have to get another VOA.

      If you exceed your 30 days without extending, you will be charged a fine per X amount of days overstayed – which is current set at IDR 1,000,000 per day.

      Safe travels,

      • Thanks Michael

        So another VOA when I get back to Bali.
        My wife is Arriving October 12 (in 4 days) – Departure November 13. What to do?

        Best regards

        • You’ll have 2 options:
          You can apply for an extension
          Or simply pay the extra fine.

          The fine does not affect your travel status or impose any restrictions.

          Safe travels,

  4. I started filling out the visa application but it’s asking questions that I don’t even understand. I’m staying at a villa I don’t actually have the address nor do I have a postal code and a Grant tour type or Grant tour. ID makes no sense to me, and then uploading a main document Guarantee letter proof of living expenses. I can see why people would want to just do this all there.

    • Hi Beh,

      I’m not very knowledgeble in travelling with Refugee Documents from Denmark. More accurate information will be available to you there locally.

      Safe travels,

    • Hi Trevor,

      It is likely that you won’t need a visa if you aren’t getting off in Bali. Please also confirm this with your cruise line or travel agent.

      Safe travels,

  5. HI, I am an American and this is my first trip to Bali. I know Americans are eligible for visas on arrival, but do I need to do anything while I am in the US, such as apply for an electronic visa, or can I just head to the airport with my passport and no visa? WILL I BE ALLOWED TO FLY?

    • Hello Sana,

      You can in fact apply for an eVOA online just to be on the safe side. This might put your mind at ease when arriving at Bali airport.

      Safe travels,

  6. Hi Michael,
    I am an Indian passport holder with Japanese resident card.
    I also have tourist evisas of Malaysia and Singapore.
    Do I need VOA when I enter bali?

  7. Hi, I got the eVisa and just wanted to confirm if it is enough to enter Bali for Iraqi passport holder living in Dubai?


  8. Hello. Michael,
    I want to fill my voa online I am a British citizen .
    It says to give village ,district and immigration office ? Can you give me more information on the answer to give please
    My first hotel will be in Seminyak .
    Thank you

  9. Hey Michael,

    Just curious with the single entry, we have 5 days in Bali, we go to Singapore for pretty much a day, and then fly back to Bali to finish up our trip, will the eVOA will allow us to enter again?

  10. Hi Micheal

    We are travelling to Bali and will be staying for 2 weeks but will be in 4 different hotels, on the online visa application it asks for the address we will be staying at in Bali. Do we just put the first hotel or the one we are staying in the longest?

    Kind regards


    • Hi Dom,

      I would suggest putting your initial hotel. They will have your contact information anyway in the extremely rare case of immigration needing to contact you. Otherwise, you should be fine.

      Safe travels,

  11. Thanks for much for this info!
    My partner and I are planning to be in Bali for 145 days. However, the B211A visa is too expensive for our budget, since we’d have to buy the visa plus two extensions for two people. Is it possible to get the VOA visa then fly out when it’ll expire then come back and get an other VOA? I haven’t priced out the different of how many times we would need a VOA visa plus the prices of flights, but just wondering if it was a possibility.

    • Hi Stephanie,

      I reckon both options might end up costing almost the same. With the VOA and extensions for 145 days, you will both need to fly in and out twice (60 days each max). Considering flight prices, a possible overnight stay or 2, and other expenses, you might want to consider the B211A. On the other hand, the VOA offers a bit more flexibility, but yes they’re both possible.

      Safe travels,

  12. We are departing on a cruise after a few days in Bali. What “documentation” do I need to show them regarding our departure from Indonesia ? Cruises don’t provide “tickets”.

    • Hi Karen, you will have to speak with your cruise line about that, as they will be far better informed than I am. But I’m willing to guess your passport and visa will be on that list.

      Safe travels, Michael

  13. Hi, I applied for my Bali 30 day Type of Visa B213 on the official Indonesia website 6 hours ago and am still awaiting approval, do you know how long it takes? The payment has gone through but I don’t have the visa approved yet. It’s saying application expired on my details. Appreciate any help!

  14. My partner is from Tanzania, and on some sites, Tanzania is on this list – but not this one? Can you clarify the process for Tanzanian passport holders to get a visa for Bali?

  15. Hi, I am a U.S. citizen using a U.S. passport. I will be coming to Indonesia from Thailand and staying for 7 days. Do I need a visa?

    This site says if you “come from one of the 9” then you don’t need a visa. Does “come from” mean you are a citizen of one of the 9 countries or does “come from” mean physically coming from one of the 9 countries?


  16. Hi,

    Apologies if this has been asked already but I had a scroll through and couldn’t see it.

    We arrive in Bali on the 21st of June but don’t leave the airport – However, we are switching airlines and then carrying on our travels to Cambodia 7 hours after arrival. Would we need a Visa as it isn’t technically a connecting flight so we will have to go and retrieve our bags ourselves and then check-into our next flight.

    The internet doesn’t seem to have a clear answer, unfortunately.

    Many thanks!

  17. Hello
    I’m an India passport holder and wondering can u apply for eVOA or need to apply upon arrival?
    Thank you, PC.

  18. I hold a Philippine Passport but will be coming from Australia to Bali. Do I need to apply for e-visa since I carry a Philippine passport?

    • Hi there. Is the Philippines on the VOA approved list above? If so, you need a VOA, which can optionally be applied for online as described in the post.

      Safe travels, Michael

  19. I’m flying in from Australia to Denpasar in July at night. Will I need and be able to get visa on arrival that late at airport? What do I need other than passport for this please?

    • Hi Tania, as I’m sure you read in the post, you can apply for a VOA online before arrival. But yes, they will be open.

      Safe travels, Michael

  20. Hi Michael, I’m no sure to understand about the visa VOA. I’m Peruvian and my son under 18 years old is Nederland, how can we apply since I can’t see these countries are not in the list. What should I do to get a visa?

  21. Hello there !
    We are travelling with a group of argentinians and italians on june23.
    We have several passengers with only 2 doses of Covid. Is it ok? Or do they need a third (booster)?.
    Thank you!
    Best regards ,


  22. Hi Michael, two quick questions:

    I’m a USA passport holder, who will be traveling from Bangkok, Thailand to Bali, Indonesia and I’m only staying 8 nights: Do I have to get a visa in Bali? Do you suggest to do the eVOA or regular VOA?

    • Hi Jane, yes you need a visa, and the difference with the VOA is one applied for online beforehand, the other is applied for at the airport after arrival.

      Safe travels, Michael

  23. Good day. I am planning to travel to Bali for a 10 day family holiday. I hold a Zimbabwe passport. Which visa do I need and how do I apply? Thanks!

    • Hi Agatha, not sure if you read the post, but as Zimbabwe is not on the VOA list I assume you need to apply for a visa at your nearest Indonesian Embassy.

      Safe travels, Michael

  24. Hello
    We have been trying to process the Visa On Arrival for my wife and I. When we try to upload the details photos and passport pictures I can do both for me but it will not upload my wife’s passport page. I have tried a few versions and they match mine so would like to know what we can do
    Brian and Juliet

    • I am in the same boat Brian. No matter how many versions of my recent photo I upload, the site says it doesn’t match my passport photo. I guess I need to get a new face.

      • Maybe getting a new passport would be less painful lol, guess its join the queue at the airport on arrival to get one (an entry visa that is)

    • Hi Brian, I can’t help with technical support for the Indonesian Immigration software, you will have to be in touch with them directly.

      Safe travels, Michael

      • Thanks Michael would I be correct in saying that as long as our passports etc are in order we can get the entry Visa on arrival but this will just then take us longer to get through arrivals

  25. Hi Michael, I just stumbled on your site which has a wealth of great info and I see that pretty much everything has changed greatly since the many summers I was there (2007-09). I only realized while reading your site that it was not so easy to extend the 30 day visa (I will be there for 36 days – if I had know before how complicated it would be to extend I would have stayed only 30). You don’t give any details about the extension besides saying it is a headache. You advise getting a B211 Single Entry which I see is rather costly. As we are not pressed for time, is it worth spending the extra money vs extending (we are 2 people so is becomes costly). Thanks for you feedback. Dana

  26. Hi, just wanted to point that “Czechoslovakia” doesn´t exist anymore. On your list is also “Slovakia” what is right but instead of “Czechoslovakia” you should write there “Czech Republic” 🙂

  27. Hi Michael, my wife and I are taking our 8 year old grandson to Bali this coming week, how do we apply for the eVOA for the grandson prior to travel? Thanks in adance.

  28. From your experience, how busy does Bali get during easter and are queues longer at immigration during this time? What is the situation with the immigration queues like these days? Have they put in more staff? Thanks.

  29. Hello ! I’m from Samoa and currently in Beijing for studies. But me and my friends wanted to come over to Bali this summer break so please if I need a visa and how to get a visa ????

    • Hi there, the post you left this comment on is literally packed with all the information you need to know what kind of visa you need and how to apply for it.

      Safe trvaels, Michael

    • Hello Michael,
      Hoping you can help I am traveling to Bali for 14 days on a UK passport do I need to buy a, visa or is it free up to 30 days if I am not extending

      There seems to be a lot of confusing info on the Internet about Visas for Bali if the visa is free up to 30 days can I get it online or only on arrival.

      • Hi Ken, as I state in my post, yes you do need a visa, and yes you need to pay for it. It cost IDR 500k (read the above post, it has everything you need to know, including a link to applying online).

        Safe travels, Michael

        • Looks to me like the tourist visa 211A is now for 60 days and the price has been hiked considerably (IDR 1,500,000 ie about £80)

    • I’m From Bangladesh and i am studying in South korea. So Am i need Indonesian visa or not and can i visa on arrival?

      • Hi Roni, it doesn’t look like Bangladesh is on the list of VOA-eligible countries posted above. You will need to consult with your travel agent or the Indonesian Embassy.

        Safe travels, Michael

  30. Hi. Travelling from Australia to Bali in a few days.
    Do you have to use EVOA or can you obtain a visa on arrival still at the airport. ?

  31. HI. Thanks for helping to answer these questions.
    just for clarification…
    1.Does a USA tourist coming to Bali, for a length of stay LESS THAN 30 days, still required to have a visa?
    2. If so, can we apply for the e-VOA prior to 14 days of arriving? Does it matter how far in advance of our trip we apply for it?
    3. Once the vaccine info is inputted to the PeduliLindun app are there any other bits of info that need to be uploaded for vaccine proof???
    Thanks so much-

    • Hi PB, VOA still required. eVOA can only be applied for within 14 days of travel. I advise bringing hard copy of vaccination as well.

      Safe travels, Michael

      • Thank you, Michael-
        It’s unclear on the website for the e-VOA application if one needs to apply ‘Within’ 14 days of arriving in Bali or ‘Prior’ to 14 days of arriving in Bali. I’ve done an application already, and paid already, but since it is now 21 days before my trip I suppose I will have to do the application all over again (AND pay again!) Shucks! They do ask for your date of arrival however on the application, so it really shouldn’t matter, but I wouldn’t want to take a chance. I greatly appreciate your clarification on this, and thanks for an informative website 🙂

      • What do I need for a 2 week holiday in Bali. I know I need to show proof of my Covid vaccination but what else do I need to know. I’m coming from the uk


    • Hi Jeyaru, it all depends on whether you booked straight through codeshare on a single airline, in which case you don’t need a visa if you are transitting, or if with 2 different carriers on 2 separate tickets, in which case if you have to collect your luggage and check-in for your onward flight you will need a visa to clear customs and immigration. Check with your airline or travel agent, they can give you a definitive answer.

      Safe travels, Michael

    • Hi Jeannie, I’m not a legally trained immigration expert, but it would appear from the wording that the Visa Exemption Arrangement (VEA) means if you come from one of the 9 countries with a Visa Exemption Arrangement you don’t need a Visa to enter Bali, including Malaysia.

      Safe travels, Michael

  33. Hi Michael,
    Thank you for your rich information. Very clear, very helpful.

    I am going to be in Indonesia (from USA) for 31 days. A couple questions: is it possible /prudent to renew the 30 day VOA for another 30 days (to accommodate my 31st day)? Would it be better to just pay the fine for overstaying by 1 day? (I will be on a boat and have no access to any immigration office /or internet). I called /emailed the consulate and couldn’t get any useable answers. I don’t even know who to ask. Thanks so much.

    • Hi Sandra – definitely renew your VOA or apply for a B211 which gives you 60 days. Overstaying is a serious offence and you not only risk being fined but being banned from Indonesia. It’s also assuming that nothing happens on your trip that forces a longer stay (weather, accidents, unforeseen circumstances).

      Safe travels, Michael

  34. Hi, is there a way to get fast track only and not the transfer? Also, do I get VoA first and then make line for immigration, if there is 2 of us, can I pay for VoA as my partner waits in line for immigration? Your advice will be very much appreciated.

    Thank you,

    • Hi Clara, we have discontinued the fast track service as the regulatory authorities have clamped down o the new regulations which doesn’t allow fast track for tourism. You need to get your VoA before immigration. I’m unsure if you can apply for your partner, that’s never something I’ve done before.

      Safe travels, Michael

  35. Hi Michael,

    I just wasn’t sure if the visa on arrival service was available at Denpasar airport itself as on some lists of airports that have this service, Denpasar was not on the list.

    Myself and my daughter are travelling to Bali for the first time so I just wanted to ensure I don’t have any issues, especially with travelling with my 14 year old daughter.

    What I understand is;

    We need to have the following;
    Evidence of travel insurance
    Electronic customs declaration
    eHAC QR code from Peduli Lindungi application
    Negative PCR/lateral flow test

    Is this correct or is there anything I am missing, my main concern was being able to get the VOA at Denpasar airport.

    Thanks for you help Michael

    • Hi Kelly – you have everything covered, and there is no doubt VoA is available at Denpasar Airport, as I have dozens of customers arriving every day. Perhaps like them you may want to consider booking my airport transfer with fast track service and private driver, especially if you’re travelling with your teenage daughter.

      Most of my guests are reporting pretty huge queues for both VoA and immigration.

      Happy to help, and hope you have an awesome Bali holiday!

      Safe travels, Michael

  36. Hi, I am travelling to Bali with my daughter on the 8th August and wanted to check whether i can get a Visa on arrival at Denpasar Airport or if not how do i apply for this online. Your urgent help would be much appreciated as I am struggling find answers.

    • Hi Kelly – thanks for asking, but pretty sure the advice above is pretty clear. Yes, VoA on arrival at Denpasar Airport for countries on the above list.

      Out of interest, which part of this post is confusing for you? Your feedback will help me update it to be more explicit.

      Safe travels, Michael

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