Bali Visas and Entry Requirements for Digital Nomads
Digital nomad visas and entry requirements for Bali
After a long couple of years, Bali has finally reopened to tourists and remote workers. With more processes and restrictions in place than before, it can feel confusing to navigate the visa process for long-term travelers. Below, we've broken it down to give you a clear idea of which visa best suits your needs, how to extend your visa, and entry requirements for Bali.
What is Bali's Visa on Arrival?
The VoA, or Visa on Arrival costs $35, and is available to purchase at the airport. It covers tourism, social visits, seminars, business, and short-term trainings, and will allow you to stay in-country for up to 30 days. This visa does not require a sponsor letter and can be extended one time for +30 days. Only US dollars are accepted.
What is the Bali Visit Visa?
If your country is not on this list, and you plan to stay in the country for more than 30 days, you'll have to apply for the Bali Visit Visa B211. You can do this at an Indonesian Embassy or Consulate in your jurisdiction. Be prepared to present a sponsor letter with your application. You'll also be expected to confirm the purpose of your visit, that you have sufficient funds, that your work is legal, that you agree to abide by the laws of Indonesia, and that you will leave on or before the 30 day mark. Note that regardless if it’s a business owner or a teacher, only Indonesian citizens with a valid ID can issue the letter for you.
If You're Staying in Bali Less Than 30 Days
Short stays (30 days or less) for US, UK, and EU citizens only require a VoA (visa on arrival), but if you're planning on staying longer, there are a few things you should know.
There is only a handful of countries that do not need to obtain a visa to enter and stay for 30 days or less. If you're from the US, UK, EU, or your country is not on the list, you'll have to apply for a Tourist / Social Visa (B-211).
If you're from the US, UK, EU, or another country not listed, you will be required to purchase a VoA (visa on arrival).
If You're Staying 30 - 60 Days
If your country is on this list, you can apply for the VoA.
If your country is not on the list, you can extend your social visa B-211 up to 4 times for 30 days without having to exit Indonesia. This means you can stay in Indonesia for up to 180 days.
If You're Staying More Than 60 days
If you wish to extend your stay, you can make a “visa run”, which means, you leave Indonesia and re-enter the same day.
To do this, you can either cross the border into Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, or Singapore. A trip to KL is recommended as travel can be as cheap as $80 and the immigration staff tends not to mind these runs. When you return to the Indonesian airport, purchase another VoA. If you’re staying less than 30 days, get the free entry stamp (Visa Exemption) from the passport counter.
Applying For A Visa Extension
An extension will grant you an additional 30 days without having to leave the country. Many people hire an agent to do this on their behalf.
Here’s how to do it:
- Start the process at least 7 to 10 business days before your current VoA expires.
- Get in touch with an agent e.g. Visa4Bali or iVisa.com. This will likely cost about $70.
- Give your passport to the agent, or get it picked up.
- When the agent calls you, meet them at the office and process the visa extension where you'll have your photo and fingerprints taken.
- At the end of the process (which typically takes 3 hours), your passport will be returned to you.
What You Should Know About Entering Bali
As of March 7, 2022, it is no longer required to quarantine upon entry to Bali, but visitors still must follow entry requirements.
- A negative PCR Covid test, taken no more than 48 hours prior to departure is required to enter.
- You must have proof of full Covid-19 vaccination (minimum 2 x approved doses). The vaccination certificate must be in English.
- Proof of travel/medical insurance guaranteeing that the provider can cover treatment for Covid (minimum $25,000 USD) is required.
- it is compulsory to download, register, and fill out the information required with the PeduliLindungi app to enter Indonesia.
- You'll also be required to show proof of departure from Indonesia.
Should you be head to Bali and find yourself in Canggu (maybe in Outsite Bali - Pererenan), be sure to check out our Nomad Guide to Canggu, and if you want to find more countries with digital nomad visas available, head to our Visa Guide.