Understanding Bali Visa Requirements, Fees & Taxes

We know that newcomers can find working out visas, departure tax and the legalities of a holiday to Bali confusing. If you know what to expect ahead of time, you’re going to find the whole process much easier, so read through this guide so you can be prepared and spend less time navigating customs and more time enjoying Bali!

The first step of planning your Bali holiday is to make sure you can pass the immigration check points without a fuss. As with other international travel destination, in most cases you will require a Tourist Visa. If you’re coming to Bali for a holiday and will be staying under 30 days, then you can easily grab a Visa On Arrival (VoA) once you arrive at the airport – no need to apply beforehand.

Nationals of the following 64 countries may apply for a VoA, valid for 30 days, by paying US$35 at major entry points, including the Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Latest news has it that the Indonesian Government have confirmed that they would wave Visa requirements for citizens of Australia, China, Japan, Russia, and South Korea starting January 1, 2015.

And citizens from the following regions can enter Indonesia visa free for short visits of up to 30 days.

Visa on Arrival Process

At Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport, the recent renovations takes you straight to the “Visa on Arrival” counters prior to customs, where you can purchase the tourist visa at the current fee of US$35.00. (Increased from US$25 as of July 1st 2014). This fee is payable per person regardless of age, and children are not exempt. Remember to have the exact change for your whole family. VoAs are valid for 30 days from the day of arrival.

Make sure you pay for your Visa on Arrival prior to customs. It’s best to get exact US Dollars to pay to make things easier. If you forget your cash, there is an ATM on the left hand side of the customs terminal (just ask one of the staff if you need help finding it).

For Aussies, you can pay in AUD using an agreed exchange rate with change given in Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). It’s around $37 AUD but best to have more than less just in case.

Getting a VoA is usually a minimum fuss process. There are a few requirements to keep in mind, however, in order to make sure you can breeze through the immigration process.

      1. Make sure your passport is valid for another six months – minimum.
      2. Have your immigration/arrival card filled out and ready to go.
        The card will look something like this :

3. Have a print out of your confirmed flight out of the country handy. You rarely get asked for it, but it’s good to have one on hand just in case, as the more time you spend with airport customs, the less time you have to get your holiday on.

Your VoA should look something like this :

Departure tax is now included in the price of your flights.  

Also note that as of May 2019 if you overstay your visa you will be charge Rp1,000,000 per day! Count your days accurately or you could be in for a big spend.

Tipping and Taxes

Though tipping is not mandatory, it is much appreciated by the locals given the relatively low minimum wages in Indonesia.

Most hotel and resorts automatically add a 21% surcharge on your room service or restaurant dining bill.
In this case, no further tipping is required.

For some restaurants, only a 10% government tax is applied to bills. Common practice would be to tip around 5- 10% of the bill, but of course you are welcome to give more when you are really satisfied with the service.

For taxis, tipping is not necessary. However, it is common to round the total up to the closest 10,000 rupiahs. It’s also better than getting a stack of small change notes or coins.

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