Indonesian Minister for Economic Affairs, Sofyan Djalil, announced an economic policy package that is to be implement to boost the Indonesian economy, particularly in a move to improve the country’s current account balance, which is the broadest measurement of foreign exchange flows, including trade, services, interest payments and remittances. One new policy change involves visa-free travel into Indonesia. Starting from April 2015, Indonesia will allow foreigners from an additional 30 countries to enter Indonesia without a visa.
Currently, Indonesia already exempts 15 countries from visa requirements for short visits. These are: Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Chile, Hong Kong, Macau, Morocco, Peru and Ecuador.
The 30 additional countries that will not need to obtain a visa for short visits (starting from April) are China, Japan, South Korea, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, Russia, England, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (UEA), Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and South Africa.
Additionally (NOT confirmed), visitors to Indonesia will no longer be required to present arrival and departure cards. The expected date of implementation is 1st of April 2015.
If implemented it will cut down the amount of time required to go through immigration.
Make sure that you have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the arrival date with proof of onward passage.
- Visa applications should be submitted to the Visa Officer after filling out the required form.
- A visa application should be submitted along with the following :
- a valid passport;
- a round trip or through-ticket to country of destination;
- 2 (two) photographs, size 4 x 6 cm.
- proof or written guarantee of possession of sufficient funds for living expenses during entire stay in Indonesia ;
- Payment of the visa fee.
As for visas, please pay attention to the following :
There are about 40 countries granted free entry to Indonesia. Please check with the Indonesian Embassy in your country. The free entry valid for 60 (sixty) days and it is in-extendible
You may apply for a business visa, which valid for 28 (twenty-eight) days and extendible for maximum 6 months.
For some countries without diplomatic relationship, you may require special visas. Please contact the closest Indonesian Diplomatic office.
Visa on arrival:
For US$ 25 The government may grant you a visa upon arrival which valid for up to 30 days stay in Indonesia and extendible for another 30 days.
64 countries which are eligible for visa-on-arrival when visiting Indonesia:
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
- The Netherlands
- United Arab Emirates
Countries that do not require a Visa to enter Indonesia:
- Brunei Darussalam
- Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
- Macao Special Administrative Region (Macau)
- A Visa of the Republic of Indonesia is issued in the form of a sheet of paper attached to a passport. The type of visa issued shall be based on the visa application.
- A Diplomatic Visa or a Service Visa shall only be issued to the bearer of a Diplomatic Passport or a Service Passport. Applications for Diplomatic or Service Visas should be accompanied by diplomatic letters or official letters.
- Visa applications may be done by proxy, except for Diplomatic or Service Visa applications.
- A visa application should be submitted to an Embassy or Consular Office of the Republic of Indonesia or other official designated by Government of the Republic of Indonesia.
- Visas shall be used within 90 (ninety) days, calculated from the date of issuance. Any foreign national who fails to use a visa within this designated period of time must submit a re-application for a new visa.