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Getting ready to embark on an adventure to Bali? For a seamless arrival experience, read our guide on the visa and entry requirements, including necessary documents, Visa-on-Arrival, tourist levies and more.

The Visa requirements for Australians entering Bali include a valid passport with at least six months validity, a Visa on Arrival (or e-Visa), and a return or onward ticket showing departure from Bali. As of 2024, they must also pay​ an additional IDR 150,000 (∼$15 AUD​) tourist tax, on top of the 500,000​ IDR (∼$50 AUD)​ Visa fee.

The Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) is a temporary visa that enables foreign tourists from countries like Australia to remain in Indonesia for a maximum of 30 days, with the possibility to extend for an additional 30 days. The Visa-on-arrival is provided automatically for Australian tourists upon landing at ​Bali Airport (Ngurah Rai). Alternatively, an Electronic Visa-on-Arrival (e-VoA) is available in advance. Additionally, upon their arrival, tourists must complete the Electronic Custom Declaration form.

While most visitors to Bali are tourists and only require the VoA, Bali offers several other visa types catering to longer stays or different purposes such as study or business. The Multiple Entry Visas, D1 and D2, support frequent tourists and business professionals with options for one, two, or five-year validity, allowing 60-day stays with the possibility of extensions. The D1 visa is tailored for tourists, including those visiting family or attending events, while the D2 visa caters to business visitors engaged in activities like sales or meetings. For educational pursuits, the E30 Student Visa accommodates various levels of study, from pre-tertiary to doctoral programs, with specific visas for each academic level and validity ranging from one to two years, depending on the degree being pursued.

Effective February 14, 2024, the Indonesian Government has implemented a new tourist levy of 150,000 Indonesian rupiah (approximately $15 AUD). This levy applies to all foreign visitors to the island and is in addition to the existing visa on arrival. According to Bali’s government, this tax supports the preservation of Balinese culture, traditions, arts, and the natural environment.

What are the Entry Requirements for Bali?

For Australian citizens planning to visit Bali in 2024, the requirements have recently been updated.
 
The entry requirements for Australians entering Bali are listed below.

  • Bali Tourism Tax: Starting February 14, 2024, there is a new tourism tax for non-Indonesian nationals entering Bali, except those from ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries like Thailand and Vietnam. Sometimes called the Bali tourist levy, this tax costs 150,000 IDR (~$15 AUD). The tax was introduced by the Indonesian government in order to make tourism on the island more sustainable. Travellers have the option to make cashless payments online via the Love Bali website before their trip, or upon arrival at designated payment counters at Bali's airport and seaport. The Bali Tourism Tax is an additional payment required on top of the 500,000 IDR (​∼​$50 AUD) Visa on Arrival or e-Visa on Arrival.  

  • Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) or Electronic Visa on Arrival (e-VOA): Tourists entering Bali are required to purchase a Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) which covers travel in Indonesia for up to 30 days. As the name suggests, this visa is easily obtainable directly upon arrival at the airport in Bali in return for a payment of ​500,000 IDR ($∼50 AUD​). This visa is extendable once for an additional 30 days, allowing a maximum stay of 60 days in Indonesia. To extend the VoA, visitors must apply at an Indonesian immigration office and pay a fee. The e-VOA parallels the VoA in terms of duration and extension capability but differs as applicants complete the process online before arriving, simplifying entry and potentially reducing wait times. Applicants must fill out the necessary forms on the official Indonesian Immigration website to obtain the e-VOA.

  • Valid Passport: Travellers planning to visit Bali must ensure their passports meet several conditions to be considered valid for entry into Indonesia. To start, the passport must have a minimum of six months' validity from the date of arrival. Additionally, it should have at least one blank page available for stamps. The passport must also be in good condition, with no damage such as tears, water damage, or significant wear, as this often leads to entry being denied. 

  • Electronic Customs Declaration Form (ECD): All travellers must complete the ECD form, either at the airport or online up to 48 hours before landing in Bali. The ECD form needs to be completed whether or not you are importing goods.  Among other items, it is mandatory to declare any animals, fish, plants, products derived from them, narcotics, psychotropic substances, precursors, drugs, firearms, sharp objects, ammunition, explosives, pornography, and foreign banknotes over Rp. 1,000,000,000 (~$10,000 AUD).

  • Return or Onward Ticket: Visitors to Bali must demonstrate their intention to leave Indonesia within the allowed visa period by presenting a return ticket or an onward travel ticket if requested. This requirement helps immigration officials confirm that tourists do not intend to overstay their visas.
     

Do you need to be Vaccinated to visit Bali?

No, vaccination is no longer required for Australians entering Bali. Previously, Australian travellers to ​​Bali were required to present proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition for entry. This included showing a vaccination certificate indicating that the individual had received all necessary doses of an approved vaccine. As of June 9, 2023, Australian travellers are not required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter Bali. However, they are still encouraged to be fully vaccinated for their own safety and the safety of others, as health situations are known to change rapidly. 

Do you need a Visa for Bali?

Yes, a visa is required for entry to Bali​. Australians are automatically eligible for a Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) upon landing at Bali airport, which is valid for 30 days (or 60 days with an extension). The visa costs 500,000 IDR (∼$50 AUD) and is available online in the form of an e-Visa on Arrival (e-VoA), which must be applied for at least 48 hours in advance.

The regular Visa-on-Arrival is purchasable at Bali airport, at the counters which are located just in front of Immigration where your passport is checked. Any digital e-Visa-on-Arrival ​applications must be applied for up to 14 days before your trip, and no later than 48 hours before your arrival to allow sufficient time for processing. The VoA and e-VoA both cost 500,000 IDR (∼$50 AUD). Both the VoA and e-VoA are short-term visas that cater mainly to tourism. 

For longer stays, and visits unrelated to tourism, there are a number of other types of Bali visas available include D1, D2 and E30B visa. These visas cover various purposes like frequent travel, business activities and study.

D1 and D2 visas are multiple-entry visit visas for foreigners visiting Bali more frequently. While D1 is primarily issued for touristic activities or family visits, D2 is a business visa for activities such as the sale or purchase of goods, business meetings or business activities.

The Tourism Multiple Entry Visa D1, suitable for various activities including tourism and attending events, is valid for up to five years with 60-day visit periods. This visa requires a passport with six months' validity, proof of finances, and relevant documents to demonstrate the purpose of the visit. Business professionals typically apply for the Multiple Entry Visit Visa D2, which allows multiple entries for business purposes with similar conditions. The five-year multiple-entry visas D1 and D2 cost around 15 million IDR, which is approximately 1,500 AUD. However, there are also options for one-year and two-year multiple-entry visas at lower costs. Applicants should also be prepared to show proof of living expenses, although it's typically required once at the time of application. These new visa types reflect Indonesia's effort to attract more visitors and simplify the travel process for high-mobility foreigners.

Additionally, the Bachelor’s Degree Visa E30B is for Australian students planning to enroll in an Indonesian college, offering one or two-year options at varying costs. This visa, which has an approximate cost of AUD 1,500, permits educational activities and requires similar documentation to other visas, including financial proof and official acceptance letters.

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What is Bali’s “Visa on Arrival” (VoA or e-VoA)?

A Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) is a single-entry visa for tourists in Bali, allowing a 30-day stay, extendable for another 30 days​. It is granted automatically for travellers from 90 countries including Australia, costing 500,000 IDR (∼$50 AUD) per person. An electronic form, the e-Visa-on-Arrival (e-VoA), is also available.​

To purchase a Visa-on-Arrival (VoA), head to the designated counters at Bali's I Gusti Ngurah Rai airport. All ​flights to Bali​ arrive at this airport, where visitors are then guided to purchase the visa before passing through immigration. The VoA costs 500,000 IDR (∼$50 AUD), payable with cash or card (no AMEX).

The Bali VoA and e-Voa for Australian citizens are accepted for the following travel purposes: tourism, government duties, business talks, purchasing goods, meetings, and transit. This visa is not granted to people with a temporary passport.

How to apply for a Bali Visa online

The Electronic Visa on Arrival (e-VoA) offers the same conditions as the regular Visa-on-Arrival but is applied online, which is handy for passing through Bali immigration more quickly. The application and payment process for the e-VoA is done through the official Balinese immigration website “MOLINA”. Remember to apply at least 48 hours before arrival to allow for processing times.

The four main steps required to apply for a Bali Visa online (e-VoA) are listed below.

  1. Create an account on the MOLINA website: MOLINA is Bali’s official immigration website and the only portal for obtaining an electronic Visa-on-Arrival (VoA). DO NOT apply for the e-VoA on any other website. 

  2. Complete the e-VoA Application: To apply for an e-VoA, the following information must be supplied via the MOLINA website.
    1. Full biodata page of passport with at least six months validity from the date of your arrival to Indonesia. This needs to be supplied in JPG/JPEG/PNG format with a maximum file size of 200 kb.
    2. Passport-size photograph. This needs to be supplied in JPG/JPEG/PNG format with a maximum file size of 200 kb.
    3. Your e-mail address. 
       
  3. Make the e-Visa payment of 500,000 IDR (​∼​$50 AUD). Payments are accepted in Indonesian Rupiah or equivalent foreign currencies, either in cash, by credit card, or through debit card transactions. 

  4. Download the visa. Once you have submitted your application and paid the visa fee, your application goes under revision. Once reviewed and approved, a link to download the visa is sent to your email.
     

How much does a Visa on Arrival cost in Bali?

The Visa on Arrival (VoA) for Bali costs​ IDR 500,000 (∼$50 AUD) ​per person, for adults and children. This fee covers a single entry into Indonesia for up to 30 days and is extendable once for an additional fee​​. Additionally, there is an e-Visa option available which is aimed at streamlining the visa application process. The cost for the e-Visa is also around $50 AUD:

In order to pay for the Bali visa, visitors use various methods including major credit cards like Visa and MasterCard, debit cards, or cash. Payments in cash are accepted in Indonesian Rupiah or equivalent foreign currencies. 

​​In February 2024, the Indonesian government introduced a Tourist Tax amounting to 150,000 IDR (∼$15 AUD). This tax is applicable to each visitor entering Bali and is collected alongside the VoA fee. Consequently, the total cost of entering Bali, combining the VoA and the Tourist Tax, amounts to 650,000 IDR (​​∼​$65 AUD).

How long can I stay in Bali on a single-entry Visa?

All Australians with a valid passport are eligible for a Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) when arriving in Bali. A VoA permits a single-entry stay in Bali for up to 30 days, with the option to extend for an additional 30 days. For those with an e-Visa, extensions can be applied for and granted online. Otherwise, it is necessary to visit the local immigration office or use a visa agent for extensions.

Can the Bali Visa-on-Arrival be extended?

Yes, Bali’s Visa on Arrival can be extended. The easiest way to extend a Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) is if it is originally applied for in the form of an electronic visa (e-VoA), which can be extended online. Otherwise, it’s necessary to head to a local immigration office in Bali for the extension.

The two main ways to extend a Bali Visa-on-Arrival are explained below. 

  • Online: To extend an Electronic Visa-onArrival (e-VoA), simply access the Bali Immigration Website (MOLINA) with your account; this method requires no physical office visits. Always verify you are using the official immigration site. 

  • At a Local Immigration Office: Tourists choose to handle the extension themselves by visiting one of the immigration offices in Bali, mostly located between Jimbaran and Nusa Dua. This process typically involves three visits: for application, biometrics, and passport collection. For convenience, ensure you start this process at least two weeks before your visa's expiry.

What Other Types of Bali Visas are there?

In most cases, visitors to Bali only require a Visa-on-Arrival for up to 60 days (with the extension). However, there are other types of visas for visits to Bali which are either longer than the typical tourist visit or have a purpose other than tourism like study or business. 

The two main types of alternative visas to the Bali Visa-on-Arrival (and e-Visa-on-Arrival) are listed below. 

1. Multiple Entry Visa (D1 and D2)

The D1 and D2 visas are Indonesia's strategic initiative to encourage frequent visits by offering flexible multiple-entry options for tourists and business professionals. Both visas share common requirements and benefits: they are available for one, two, or five years, allowing 60-day stays per entry. Both require the applicant's passport to be valid for at least six months, evidence of sufficient living expenses, and relevant documentation such as letters and contracts to justify the purpose of their stay in Bali. Additionally, each stay under these visas is extendable twice for 60 days, although each extension incurs additional costs and requires a visit to the immigration office. Overstays result in a penalty of IDR 1,000,000 per day. 
 
More information on the D1 and D2 Visas is provided below. 

  • D1 Visa - Tourism Purpose

The D1 visa for Bali caters to individuals visiting Indonesia for tourism, family visits, or participation in events such as meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions. Applicants must present documentation confirming their tourism or event activities, or a letter from family in Indonesia detailing the visit's purpose. This visa is designed for those whose primary intention is leisure or family reunification in Bali.

  • D2 Visa - Business Purpose

The D2 visa is tailored for business visitors involved in activities such as sales, purchasing, business meetings, or contractual negotiations in Bali. Applicants must provide evidence of their business activities, such as invitations or correspondence from related companies or government agencies. This visa aims to facilitate smooth business operations and professional engagements within Indonesia.

2. E30 Student Visa

The E30 Student Visa in Indonesia is specifically designed for those planning to undertake educational pursuits, applicable across various academic levels, from pre-tertiary education to doctoral studies. The requirements for the E30 Student Visa for Bali include a valid passport, evidence of sufficient living expenses, a recent colour photograph, and a guarantee letter from either a local guarantor or the educational institution. The visa, once issued, must be used within 90 days, and while it grants up to a one or two-year stay, it strictly prohibits work, sale of goods or services, and receiving local wages.

The four main E30 Visa categories and costs are as follows.

  • E30A - General Student Visa

The E30A General Student Visa encompasses all students enrolling in educational programs below tertiary education in Bali. It has a cost of IDR 10,000,000 (​∼$​1000 AUD) and it is valid for 1 year.

  • E30B - Bachelor's Degree Visa

The E30B Bachelor's Degree Visa is tailored for students pursuing their undergraduate studies in Bali or other parts of Indonesia. It is priced at IDR 15,000,000 (​∼​$1,500 AUD) and it is valid for two years.

  • E30C - Master's Degree Visa (1 or 2 years)

The E30C Master's Degree Visa for one year supports students aiming to complete their postgraduate studies in Bali. This visa is set at IDR 10,000,000 (​∼​$1,000 AUD).

For a more extended period of academic pursuit, the E30C Master's Degree Visa also comes with a two-year option. This variation is priced at IDR 15,000,000 (​∼$​1,500 AUD).

  • E30D - Doctoral Degree Visa (1 or 2 years)

The E30D Doctoral Degree Visa is designed for doctoral candidates planning to conduct research or attend academic programs in Bali for 1 or 2 years. With a cost of IDR 10,000,000 (​∼$​1,000 AUD) and IDR 15,000,000 (​∼$​1,500 AUD) respectively, this visa facilitates scholars in their advanced research and academic endeavours within Indonesia.