Traveling to Indonesia


Fortunately for the 10-million foreigners who visit the largest archipelago in the world each year, travelling to Indonesia is a relatively straightforward task. Read this article to find out more about the formalities that you need to follow in order to enter the Land of Gods.

Whether you're visiting Sabang in Aceh, or Merauke in Papua, you need to follow some simple procedures to enter Indonesia. You will need to complete an arrival card, which will be given to you on your flight or will be available in the arrivals area, and submit this at passport control before collecting your baggage, then clearing customs and biosecurity checks. Note that certain goods, such as food, plants, and animal products, are prohibited from entering Indonesia.

Depending on your nationality, you may also need a visa to enter Indonesia. If you are uncertain about any of the details, it is advisable to contact your nearest Indonesian embassy or consulate to confirm the requirements.


When leaving Indonesia on an international flight, there is an airport tax of IDR150,000; when taking a domestic flight, this tax amounts to IDR40,000. It is likely that this will already be included in the cost of your ticket, but make sure you have sufficient funds to cover it just in case.

Visa Exemption

Citizens from 169 countries are allowed to enter Indonesia for up to 30 days without a visa, so long as they have a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of arrival, and they can show proof of onward travel or their return passage. This visa-free entrance into the country can be used for various tourism purposes, but it is important to note that it cannot be extended or transferred to another type of visa.

Under this visa waiver scheme, nationals of 169 countries can enter and exit Indonesian territory through 124 immigration checkpoints at airports, seaports, and/or land borders. It is advisable that you contact your nearest Indonesian embassy if you require more information.

Visa on Arrival (VoA)

If you wish to travel to Indonesia for more than 30 days, a Visa on Arrival can be obtained at designated entry airports and seaports by nationals of 68 countries at a cost of US$35.

This type of visa is valid for 30 days from arrival and can be extended once (for another 30 days) by applying at an immigration office within Indonesia.

Visit Visa

Alternatively, if you wish to renew your visa more than once, or are not from one of the countries that are listed as eligible for a Visa Exemption or a Visa on Arrival, you should apply for a Visit Visa at your nearest Indonesian embassy before you travel. As well as your application, you will need to submit a guarantee letter, a copy of your passport, your onward travel tickets, and a copy of recent bank statements. Your guarantor can also apply on your behalf to the Directorate General of Immigration in Jakarta.

This Visit Visa costs US$50 and entitles the holder to stay in Indonesia for up to 60 days. It can then be extended five times at an immigration office, and each extension will allow you to stay in the country for another 30 days.

Multiple Visit Visa

If you plan to travel frequently to Indonesia for family, business or governmental purposes, you can apply at your nearest Indonesian embassy for a Multiple Visit Visa, which is valid for one year and allows you to stay for up to 60 days for each visit. You will be required to submit the same documents as per the standard Visit Visa, but your passport will need to be valid for at least 18 months and the cost of the visa is US$110.

 Useful links:

Directorate General of Immigration
Indonesian Customs and Excises
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia
Wonderful Indonesia
169 countries entitled to visa exemption
Immigration checkpoints
Visa on Arrival/Visit Visa/Multiple Visit Visa

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