How should you apply for an Indonesian tourist visa?


Indonesia, also known as the Republic of Indonesia, has natural resorts, islands, and jungles.  Indonesia is located in Southeast Asia and is one of the typical vacation destinations for international tourists.

In this article, we will inform you about Indonesian tourist visas and the process of getting a tourist visa.

Indonesia Tourist Visa Types

Indonesia offers two types of visas for tourism-related purposes:

  • Indonesia Visa On Arrival ( Available by applying at the airport in Indonesia)
  • Indonesia Tourist Visa (Available by applying at an Indonesian Embassy or Consulate)


Indonesia Visa on Arrival

The Indonesia Visa on Arrival is the easiest way to visit Indonesia. This type of tourist visa allows travelers to stay in Indonesia for 30 days or less without a visa.


Indonesia Visa on Arrival exemption

If you are from one of the following countries, then you need to apply for an Indonesia tourist visa. If your nationality does not come in the below list, it means you can visit the country with your passport:

Afghanistan Cameroon The central African Republic Colombia Congo
The Democratic Republic of the Congo Djibouti Equatorial Guinea Eritrea
Ethiopia Guinea Guinea-Bissau Iran Iraq
Israel Kosovo Liberia Micronesia Montenegro
Niger Nigeria North Korea Sierra Leone
Somalia South Sudan Sudan Syria Yemen


Indonesia Visa On Arrival Requirements

When travelers arrive at the airport in Indonesia, they need to approach the Visa on Arrival counters to apply for an Indonesia visa on arrival. There are only three requirements for a visa on arrival:

  • A valid passport (must be valid for at least six months)
  • A return flight ticket
  • The Visa on Arrival fee (It costs 35 U.S. dollars)


If U.S. citizens are about to extend their Indonesia Visa On Arrival, they need to go to the Immigration Office in Indonesia at least seven days before their visa expires. There is a fee of 35 U.S. dollars for a visa extension. This process will extend the visa for another 30 days.


Indonesia Tourist Visa

It is a single-entry visa for travelers who do not benefit from the visa on arrival program. A tourist visa allows travelers to stay for a maximum of 30 days. However, a tourist visa can be extended to a maximum of 60 days. A tourist visa is intended for tourism, recreational, or visiting purposes.


Indonesia Tourist Visa Requirements

There are several documents that travelers need to support their visa application. The tourist visa requirements for Indonesia are:

  • Indonesia Visa Application Form (Travelers can get it from the Indonesia Embassy/Consulate. They must complete it and sign it)
  • A passport (Must be valid for at least six months)
  • A copy of the passport
  • A copy of the valid Residence Visa (This is for travelers who are not citizens of the country you live in)
  • Passport-size picture
  • A copy of the return travel ticket.
  • A bank statement of adequate financial assets
  • A letter of invitation and a copy of relatives’ ID card or passport (This is for travelers who want to visit their friends or family members)
  • A piece of evidence or a receipt of a paid Indonesian visa fee.
  • A letter from the Directorate General of Immigration in Indonesia (the sponsor of the traveler in Indonesia must obtain this letter for Visa Authorization)
  • A prepaid self-addressed return​​ envelope (Travelers who apply using mail must provide an envelope with a stamp, so the Embassy/Consulate can return their passport and documents when the visa processing is finished)


How to apply for an Indonesia Tourist Visa at an Embassy?

Travelers who cannot benefit from an Indonesia Visa on Arrival must apply for an Indonesia Tourist Visa. This process takes place at an Embassy or Consulate of Indonesia abroad. The entire process includes several steps:

  1. Finding an Indonesian Embassy or Consulate
  2. Contacting the Embassy or visiting their website (Travelers can learn about the visa requirements)
  3. Making an appointment with authorities
  4. Collecting the required documents
  5. Paying the fee for an Indonesia visa. (The visa fee is non-refundable)
  6. Submitting the required documents (Documents can be submitted either in person or by mail)
  7. Waiting until the Embassy completes processing the Tourist Visa application.
  8. When the visa process is complete, travelers should go to the Embassy and take back their passport and documents. (The Embassy will mail the documents to them If they applied by mail)


The visa process typically takes about 3 to 5 working days. However, depending on the Embassy, the processing time can differ. Travelers need to pay 50 U.S. dollars for a Single-entry and 100 U.S. dollars for a Multiple-entry Tourist visa.


Let’s sum up…

Indonesia is one of the most desirable vacation destinations. The article explained the different types of tourist visas provided by the Indonesian government, their requirements, and how to apply for them.

If you are interested in other types of Indonesian visas, visit the left sidebar. You can gather new information about Indonesian visas and learn about other visa programs as well.

If you have any experience or traveled to Indonesia, please write it down in the comment section.

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