I will tell you how to get an Indonesian Visa on arrival in Denpasar Airport in Bali, I’ll come to it in a bit. But first up – I’ll tell my story about my latest trip to Bali in Indonesia and why I ended up getting 2 visas for the country despite being in transit twice recently. I first visited Bali in 2012, flying in from Jakarta. On that occasion myself and my Brazilian mate Rodrigo toured a load of the sites and enjoyed it.
I’ve officially been to Bali three times now, but I didn’t always plan in that way, in fact two of those times I was in transit and didn’t expect to have to get a visa but alas you do. The other time I didn’t need a visa, as I already had a 30 day Indonesian Visa from my time touring Java. In fact I recently was forced to get an Indonesian Visa for a 20 minute stay in the country! I kid you not! I noticed a sign for “Visa on Arrival” and “Non Visa on Arrival” as well as the Transit and Transfer section so I headed there in a rush as I had a connecting flight to catch.
I arrived off a flight from Hong Kong direct to Denpasar in Bali, had about an hour and 20 minutes to make my connection from Denpasar to Dili in East Timor and had NO baggage except my hand luggage backpack. But after 20 minutes of arguing that I should go straight to my next flight or at the very least just get a quick transit visa, I was told I needed a full 30 day visa. One of the guys said to me “Nobody passes through Bali in transit – why don’t you want to see Bali?” – The cheek of it – I’ve been to Bali before and it ain’t that great – I was heading to East Timor this time!
My questions on the visa form were easily answered:
Place of Stay: Airport
Length of Stay: 0 Days
So I paid my $25 US and got my Indonesian Visa stamped as entering the country. Exactly 20 minutes later I had paid my departure tax and got my exit stamp!
What Nationalities Need a Visa for Indonesia?
I actually found that most nationalities will require a visa, here’s a photo of the countries that need one, I’ve travelled there on an Irish and British passport and both require a visa:
How to get an Indonesian Visa in Denpasar Airport, Bali
OK it’s an easy one to get, as much as it pained me to part with the $25 US for 20 minutes in the country, so here’s a guide in step by step form:
1. Get off the plane (standard)
2. Head to Arrivals – Visas and Immigration
3. Pay $25 US at the first desk for the Visa – you will be issued with 2 receipts. You don’t have to pay in US Dollars – you can pay in any one of the currencies listed below in the photo:
4. Join the queue for immigration (it can be long – so if you haven’t filled in your immigration forms yet – just do it in the queue, always carry a pen). The form is very easy to fill in and similar to the Malaysia one (though Malaysia doesn’t require a visa or payment – you just get a stamp on an Irish/British passport).
5. Get your visa stamped on your passport
Once you get to the immigration counter, the official will check the details, take your payment receipt and stamp your visa onto your passport. You will be given your departure card back to keep and also one of the 2 payment slips you got.
You will need to keep these for leaving the country. I’ve been to Bali 3 times, in 2014 the visa is purple, in 2012 it was brown.
6. Customs Form
You should also pick up the customs form and fill it in ready to hand in to the next desk after getting your visa. They just take it off you, check your bags (put them through the scanner) and that’s it. You’re now in Bali!
What Next Once I’m Through Immigration?
Collect your baggage if you have any, I didn’t on my recent trip and either stay in the airport in transit or head out to explore! Like I said before, I was in Bali during 2012, so here are some of the places I checked out on that trip:
On my recent trip through Indonesia, I had to get a visa on both my stop overs. The first time I just spent 20 minutes in the airport on the visa, before boarding my flight to East Timor, on the second occasion I had about 6-7 hours in the country and made it out to Ubud. Bali can be manic, but it can also be rewarding. Bali can be toruisty, but it can also be remote. It is worth a trip, even if I preferred touring Java:
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Good luck and safe travels!