Indonesia Visa Information

Indonesia & Borneo

Disclaimer: The following is the most up-to-date information at time of editing. We recommend, however, that you also check the latest information as provided by your local Indonesian embassy.

What type of Visa do I need, if any?

Whether you will need to obtain a visa in order to enter Indonesia will in most cases depend upon your planned length of stay in-country. If you are planning to stay in Indonesia for 30 days or less, most nationalities are eligible for a Visa Exemption (also known as a Visa Waiver). For stays of longer than 30 days two types of visa are available; Visa On Arrival and Social Visa. Once again, the appropriate visa for you will likely depend upon your length of stay in Indonesia. As a general rule, if travelling to Indonesia and staying for 60 days or less, you will NOT need to arrange a visa prior to your arrival into country.

Please read the information below carefully. Obtaining the correct immigration documentation for your planned travel to Indonesia is your responsibility. You may also wish to refer to the link https://www.bali.com/visa-indonesia-entry-requirements-bali.html for a complete list of countries elegible for Visa Exemption as well as a more detailed explanation of the Indonesia visa process. Finally, should further information still be required, please feel free to contact our Indonesia office (indonesia@opwall.com).

Please Note : When calculating your days spent in-country, day 1 is the date of your arrival into Indonesia and your last day is the date of your departure from Indonesia.

Visa Exemption: for stays of 30 days or less

If staying in Indonesia for 30 days or less, you do not need to obtain a visa to enter Indonesia. A Visa Exemption stamp in your passport can be obtained from the immigration counter upon arrival into Indonesia. Please note, a very small number of countries are not eligible for the Visa Exemption (please see link provided above).

If you are not travelling on a ‘standard’ passport (eg British Overseas Passport) you will need to apply for a Social Visa and should contact our Indonesia office to obtain a sponsorship letter.

Visa on Arrival : for stays of between 31-60 days

If staying in Indonesia for more than 30 days you will need to obtain a visa. If staying for 60 days or less, the simplest option is to obtain a Visa On Arrival (VOA) upon arriving in Indonesia. The cost of this visa is USD$35 and is purchased (cash only) at the VOA counter located immediately PRIOR to the airport immigration checkpoint upon arrival in Indonesia. The VOA is initially valid for 30 days but can be extended for a further 30 days once you arrive on expedition in Sulawesi (please see your Site Manager regards obtaining a VOA extension). The cost of the extension is $60/£45 and will require you to leave site for a full day in order to visit a local immigration office. Please consider the impact this may have on your expedition time when considering any travel/holiday time within Indonesia, particularly before your expedition starts.

Important: Upon receiving your VOA, please proceed to the immigration checkpoint and show the immigration official who processes your visa your VOA receipt and ensure that your passport is correctly stamped with the term ‘Visa On Arrival’. We have received cases of VOA being purchased but immigration officials incorrectly stamping passports with Visa Exemption Such an error will require you to leave Indonesia just after 30 days at your own cost.

Social Visa : For stays of more than 60 days

If you are planning to stay more than 60 days in Indonesia you will need to obtain a Social Visa. This visa needs to be purchased from an Indonesian embassy or consulate prior to your planned travel to Indonesia. Please visit the website of the Indonesian embassy of the country where you will apply in order to understand the application process, including processing time and cost. A Social Visa initially provides you with a period of 60 days in-country and is extendable for a further 30 days once you arrive on expedition in Sulawesi (please see your Site Manager regards obtaining a Social Visa extension). The cost of the extension is $80/£60 and will require you to leave site for a full day in order to visit a local immigration office. Please consider the impact this may have on your expedition time when considering any travel/holiday time within Indonesia, particularly before your expedition starts.

Anyone wishing to apply for a Social Visa will need to contact our Indonesia office (Indonesia@opwall.com) in order to request a sponsorship letter. Please email the office a scanned copy of your passport (main page only) and indicate the embassy/consulate at which you will apply.

Other Documents

Please bring 5 photocopies of the main page of your passport for EACH site you are visiting. For example, if you are working at both a marine and forest site then you will need to bring 10 copies of your passport. These need to be handed in to various local authorities on site. You will also need to bring 2 passport-sized photograph for each site you will be working at. Please securely fasten each photograph to one of your passport photocopies in preparation for submission when you arrive on site. You will also need to bring a photocopy of your international flight itinerary if you require a VOA or Social Visa extension.

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