11 April 2016

Travel Update: Indonesia’s New Visa Waiver for Australians

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Curious how Indonesia’s new visa waivers will change your travels? We answered your questions about the change, and what you need to know before your next trip!

As of the 21st of March this year, Indonesia will allow citizens of Australia, and many other nations, to enter Indonesia visa-free for up to 30 days. This means that there is no need for Australian passport holders to obtain an Indonesian visa before their trip. Instead, Australian visitors, along with a handful of other nationalities, will automatically be granted 30 days of visa-free travel.

Is it just Australians who have visa exemptions?

As of the 10th of March 2016, the Indonesian government extended a visa waiver to 79 new countries, meaning that citizens from a total of 167 countries and 2 special regions can now enter the country visa-free for up to 30 days.

Countries newly added to this list include Australia, Brazil and Cuba. Citizens of China, Russia and USA, along with many other countries, remain on the list of countries eligible to enter visa-free.

What do I need to gain entry into Indonesia when I arrive?

If you are a citizen of one of the listed countries, and you plan to stay in Indonesia less than 30 days, you no longer have to pay a fee to enter the country. You do not need to stop by the visa desk, just head straight to passport inspection.

When you reach your port of arrival, make sure you have the following:

– A passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the day you enter Indonesia.
– A passport that has at least one complete blank page.
– Proof of a return or onward flight out of Indonesia.
– You may be asked for proof of sufficient funds to stay in Indonesia for the duration of your visa.

If you have all of the above paperwork, and enter through an eligible port of arrival, your passport will be stamped and you will be invited to enter the country without a fee.

Can I get my visa exemption at a land crossing, or am I required to enter Indonesia at an airport?

The immigration entry points for most visitors travelling on a 30-day visa exemption are limited to 5 airports and 9 harbours. The exit points include 29 airports, 88 harbours and 7 land borders.

Entry point airports:

Java, Jakarta, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK)
Java, Yogyakarta, Adi Sucipto International Airport (JOG)
Lombok, Lombok Praya International Airport (LOP)
Sulawesi (North), Manado, Sam Ratulangi International Airport (MDC)
Sulawesi (South), Makassar, Hasanuddin International Airport (UPG)

Entry point harbours:

Bandar Bentan Telani Lagoi, Tanjung Uban
Bandar Seri Udana Lobam, Tanjung Uban
Batam Center, Batam
Citra Tri Tunas, Batam
Marina Teluk Senimba, Batam
Nongsa Terminal Bahari, Batam
Sekupang, Batam
Sri Bintan Pura, Tanjung Pinang
Tanjung Balai Karimun, Balai Karimun

For a full list of exit points, refer to the Indonesia embassy website.

What if I want to extend my stay in Indonesia after entering the country on a 30-day visa exemption?

The 30-day visa-free exemption cannot be extended. Visitors who would like to stay in Indonesia for more than 30 days should pay for a 30-day Visa On Arrival, which has the option to be extended. The initial Visa On Arrival costs USD 35 and can be extended by another 30 days for a further payment of USD 35. After 60 days, the visa cannot be extended further and visitors must leave the country.

Can I leave Indonesia and re-enter during my 30-day visa exemption?

Once you leave Indonesia, your 30-day visa exemption is over. However, if you return to Indonesia, you will simply be issued a new 30-day visa exemption.

At the moment, the government has not shared any restrictions on how often visitors can acquire visa-free entry to the country. If you plan to leave and re-enter Indonesia on your trip, we recommend contacting a travel agent or one of our country experts to confirm your plans. Alternatively, contact the Indonesian embassy to order a multiple-entry visa.

Is 30 days enough time to experience Indonesia?

Absolutely! Thirty days allows travellers ample time to explore the country. We have plenty of tours across the country that make the most of your time away. Take a look at our Indonesia tours to see for yourself.

Do you have more questions about Indonesia or its visas? Get in touch with one of our helpful country experts to find out more.