Revised: 2 February 2017
NOTE: It’s important to note that there are different types of tourist visas for Indonesia. Some allow you to stay for one month, others three months and even six months. This post specifically addresses the official process for extending your 30 day tourist visa while in Indonesia, specifically, Bali.
You’re in luck. You can download the visa extension forms you need for free right here (the first two documents are front and back of the same form). The only thing you still need to get when you arrive at Kantor Imigrasi is the pink or red folder that all your forms go in.
Trust Me, I’m a Professional
I’ve been extending my 30 day visa in Bali off and on for over four years. The process, as well as the physical office, has been updated multiple times since then and like many things in Indonesia, updates do not necessarily mean improvement. Bless their hearts. They try.
If you’ve been in Indonesia for any length of time, you’ll realize that government procedures can change depending on the official with whom you speak. Sometimes, even they don’t know the regulations. Regardless, I try to update this post as often as I can to stay current with the latest policy. This version was edited in November, 2016 so I officially hold myself harmless for whatever mishaps or misunderstandings that occur after the date of this latest revision.
The objective of this article is to get you through the process of visa extension as easily and smoothly as possible. You may not need everything I suggest, but it’s better to be prepared, just in case.
Visa agents are people who help you through the process for a fee. Most are legitimate business people who do a fine job. Should you use one for your extension? I never have. I believe they are one of the primary causes for confusion and long delays at the immigration office. They’re aggressive and have “relationships” with immigration officials that get their clients through the queue faster. So if you’re in line behind a few of them and they hand over a stack of tickets for all the clients they represent, you can find yourself waiting a very long time.
Because I have never used one, I can’t recommend any for you. If you do decide to go that way, be careful. They will need your passport so be sure to go with someone trustworthy. Your passport is worth a lot of money on the black market so do your homework. You’ll still need to show up at the immigration office on at least one of the days. At the moment, agents are running between US $50-75.