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 Visa on Arrival while in Indonesia, specifically, Bali.
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I’ve been extending my tourist visas in Bali off and on for over eight 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 January 2018 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.