Over the past year, Indonesia has announced several new types of visas, which often confuse tourists. The visas have very similar names and seem to differ little from each other at first glance.
However, there are still some nuances. What is the difference between tourist visas in Indonesia? Which one should you choose for a short vacation in Bali, and which visa is suitable for those who want to stay for a long period? Let’s discuss this in the article.
Visa on Arrival (VOA) - up to 60 days
Validity: 30 days
Visa fee: 500,000 IDR (approximately $35)
This is the most affordable visa, which is issued in the passport upon arrival at the airport. It is available for citizens of 96 countries. The list is regularly reviewed and new countries are included in it.
This visa is often obtained by tourists who come for holiday for a period of up to 30 days. If desired, it can be extended for an additional 30 days.
If you need assistance with the extension, please contact us.
Electronic visa E-VOA
Validity: 30 days
Visa fee: 500,000 IDR + card payment commission.
To avoid queues at the airport, you can apply for a visa on arrival online in advance (eVOA). This option is available to citizens of the same 96 countries on the list of nationalities eligible for VOA at the airport.
The visa can only be obtained on the immigration office’s website.
This visa is ideal for those who are traveling to Indonesia for tourism purposes for a period of up to 30 or 60 days.
eB211 Visa - up to 60 days
Validity: 60 days
Visa processing fee starts from 2,500,000 IDR (~164 USD)
This is a new electronic tourist visa that is applied for online. Tourists often confuse it with the offshore B211A visa, which can be extended and allows a stay in Indonesia for up to six months. However, unlike the B211A visa, the eb211 visa is processed without a sponsor’s involvement and cannot be extended.
What is the difference between eb211 and VOA? This visa does not need to be extended after 30 days.
The eb211 visa is suitable for those who want to spend 1 to 2 months in Indonesia.
Offshore visa B211A - up to 180 days
Validity: 60 days
Visa processing fee: 3,700,000 IDR (~250 USD)
This visa is obtained in advance and is suitable for those who want to stay in Indonesia for a long period without engaging in commercial activities. To apply for this visa, a sponsor who is an Indonesian citizen is required. After this visa, you can obtain an offshore visa B211.
Electronic visa D212 - up to 1 year
Validity: 1 year
Visa processing fee starts from 5,500,000 IDR (~370 USD)
Tourists who come to Bali for a long period have long dreamed of a visa that allows multiple entries and exits from the country. In 2023, such an option became available, but there is a catch: you can stay in Indonesia for up to 60 days at a time, and then you must leave the country. However, you can return any time. The 60-day period will be counted from each entry into the country.
This visa is suitable for those who plan to travel between Indonesia and other countries within a year. You won’t need to apply for a new visa for each entry or extend it.
When traveling on this visa, be prepared to explain at passport control why you frequently travel to Indonesia and how you can afford frequent or long stays.
Recently, border control has been asking questions to those who have been living in Indonesia for a long time. This is likely due to the increased cases of illegal work among foreigners. We remind you that it is only legal to earn income here with a work or investor visa (KITAS). We were talking about the difference between them in this article.
If you plan to come to Indonesia on a tourist visa, we recommend considering your plans and duration of stay in the country. Our specialists will be happy to assist you with visa application and extension.