Indonesia Visa – How You May Obtain Visa for Indonesia

Visiting Indonesia requires thorough preparation. Problems, that in all possibility did not even cross your mind when you decided to visit Indonesia, will confront you.

Depending on your nationality and the purpose of your trip, you may need a visit visa and/or a working visa. There are different Indonesia visas for various needs and/or occasions.

Living in Indonesia is very different from going on vacation to Indonesia. You should be prepared to take Indonesia as it is with all of its difficulties, contradictions and challenges.

Indonesia treats drug offences severely. The death penalty is mandatory for those convicted of trafficking, manufacturing, importing or exporting more than 15 g of heroin, 30 g of morphine, 30 g of cocaine, 500 g of cannabis, 200 g of cannabis resin and 1.2 kg of opium. Possession of these quantities is all that is needed for you to be convicted

Most visits to Indonesia are trouble-free but you should be aware of the risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers like restaurants, hotels, clubs and shopping areas.
You should exercise a high level of security awareness due to violence and a deteriorating security situation. High levels of criminal activity, as well as demonstrations, protests and occasional illegal roadblocks, remain a concern throughout the country.
In recent years, the Indonesian authorities have carried out a number of investigations and operations against drug-related crimes and terrorist networks. Monitor local news broadcasts and consular messages.
Ensure that your travel documents and visas are current, valid and secured in a safe place. Always carry a photocopy of your travel documents in lieu of the originals (passport, valid visa and work permit). Travellers have been detained for questioning for not having their passports with them.
Maintain a low profile, vary times and routes of travel, and exercise caution while driving. Making local contacts quickly and seeking support from other expatriates will greatly increase your comfort and safety.


All foreign nationals need a valid passport to enter Indonesia. Foreign nationals without a valid passport will not be allowed entry into Indonesia and will be returned to the country of departure.

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival and you must have a valid return ticket. The immigration officer at the port of entry may ask the passenger to produce any necessary documents (such as hotel reservation and proof of finance).

Your passport should have adequate unused pages in your passport, allowing for any necessary stamps upon arrival and departure.

Indonesian Visas

Visa requirements depend upon the foreign individual’s citizenship and his or her intended length of stay in Indonesia.

Visa Exemption - Visit Stay Permit

For the purpose of

  1. Leisure, Tourism
  2. Family
  3. Social
  4. Art and Cultural
  5. Government visit
  6. Giving a Lecture or attend a seminar
  7. Attend a meeting held by the head office or Representative office in Indonesia
  8. Continue journey to another country

the nationals of the following countries can obtain the Visit Stay Permit for 30 days:

Antigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaAustralia
Bosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBrazilBrunei Darussalam
BulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodia
CanadaCape VerdeChadChile
ChinaCommonwealth of DominicaComorosCosta Rica
DenmarkDominican RepublicEast TimorEcuador
EgyptEl SalvadorEstoniaFiji
Holy See (Vatican City)HondurasHong KongHungary
Ivory CoastJamaicaJapanJordan
MaltaMarshall IslandsMauritaniaMauritius
NauruNepalNetherlandsNew Zealand
PalestinePanamaPapua New GuineaParaguay
Puerto RicoQatarRomaniaRussia
RwandaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Vincent and the Grenadines
SamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi Arabia
SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSouth Africa
SpainSri LankaSurinameSwaziland
Trinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistan

The requirements for Visa Exemption - Visit Stay Permit

  1. A valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months
  2. Return Ticket or Through Ticket
  3. Visit Stay Permit is not extendable and you cannot convert it into another type of stay permit.
  4. Foreign nationals may only enter Indonesia through dedicated Immigration Checkpoints

Visit Visas:

Regular passport holders can obtain Visit Visas for single and multiple entries. The Visit Visas are for Holiday, Family, Social, Cultural and Business purposes.

There are three categories of Visit Visa:

  1. Visit Visa on Arrival
  2. Visit Visa
  3. Multiple Visit Visa

1. Visit Visa on Arrival (VOA)

Nationals of the following countries are eligible to obtain a Visa on Arrival (VOA):

DenmarkEast TimorEgyptEstonia
MonacoNetherlandsNew ZealandNorway
OmanPanamaPapua New GuineaPoland
Saudi ArabiaSeychellesSlovakiaSlovenia
South AfricaSouth KoreaSpainSuriname

After you have landed in Indonesia, you can apply for the VOA. It will cost US$35. A holder of VOA can stay up to 30 days and can extend it in Immigration Office one time only for another 30 days stay at a cost of an extra US$25.

Remember that while in Indonesia, you are subject to local law. Showing contempt to an Indonesian government official at the port of entry or elsewhere is a serious offence

Visitors cannot convert the VOA to another immigration permit. Visitors who overstay their 30 days visa, risk a penalty of US$20 per day (for under 60 days stay) unless they extend the VOA for another 30 days. Visitors staying longer than 60 days will face a fine of US$2000 or a five years prison sentence and may face deportation.

The requirements for Visa on Arrival (VOA):

  • The passport must be valid for six months from the date of entry into Indonesia.
  • You must have a through or return ticket

2. Visit Visa

a. Application by Foreigner

  1. Foreigner submits visa application at the Indonesian Embassy/Consulate
  2. Foreigner makes Visa Approval Telex to Indonesia Embassy/Consulates payment of Rp.100.000.
  3. Indonesian Embassy/Consulate forwards application to the Directorate General of Immigration for approval
  4. When Visa Approval is granted, the Embassy/Consulate will issue a visa after payment of US$50.
  5. Foreigner proceeds to Indonesia where at the border s/he will obtain the Entry stamp.

b. Application by Guarantor

  1. Guarantor submits visa application for a foreigner at the Directorate General of Immigration
  2. Guarantor makes Visa Approval Telex to Indonesia Embassy/Consulates payment of Rp.100.000.
  3. Guarantor obtains a copy of the Visa Approval Letter. The Indonesian Embassy/Consulate where you reside receives another copy.
  4. Foreigner proceeds to the Embassy/ Consulate to get the visa after payment of US$50.
  5. Foreigner proceeds to Indonesia where at the border s/he will obtain the Entry stamp.

Visit Visa is for up to 60 days stay. You can extend it in Immigration Office 5 (five) times. Each extension will authorize another 30 days to stay.

3. Multiple Visit Visa

Foreigners that travel frequently to Indonesia for Family, Business and Governmental purposes may choose this type of visa.

The Indonesian Embassy or Consulate issues Multiple Visit Visa.

The validity of the Multiple Visit Visa is one year. Each entry/visit authorizes for up to 60 days stay without any extension. The cost of the multiple entry visa is the US $110.

The requirements for a Visit Visa and Multiple Visit Visa:

  • The expiration date of the passport must be at least 6 months from the date of entry into Indonesia for a single visa and 18 months for multiple
  • Return Ticket or Through Ticket
  • Copy of Passport. The passport should contain at least one blank visa page. Amendment and endorsement pages cannot be used for visa purposes
  • Application Letter and Guarantee Letter. The application form should be available from the Indonesian embassy in your respective country
  • Copy of bank accounts

Visa processing by your country’s Indonesian Embassy/Consulate takes roughly three days.

Working visa

It is important to obtain in advance the correct visa that gives you the right to work in Indonesia. A work visa for Indonesia is not easy to get and it is mainly up to your future employer to obtain one for you. The process can be very long.

For further information about the Indonesia visa, contact the Indonesian embassy or consulate where you reside


Vaccinations are not required.

Other Indonesia Visa Info

If your Indonesia cover letter and Indonesia CV or Indonesia resume are ready, email them to the prospective employers selected during the Indonesia job search.

When you receive an invitation to the Indonesia job interview, you may apply for an Indonesia visa and an Indonesia work permit. Then prepare yourself for a job interview and take a look at the Indonesian dress code because how you dress is one of the most important attributes in being hired.

Check the job interview dos & don'ts and other job search skills pages. Find out why people are not hired for available jobs.

In addition, on the international info, job search, visa, work permit, cover letter, CV & resume, job interview and dress code pages you will find many useful tips for overseas job seekers.

Good luck with your Indonesia Visa!