Tips on Extending Your Visa-on-Arrival in Bali
As of 2010, Indonesia allows you to extend your visa-on-arrival for an additional 30 days.
Our Advice: Save yourself 3 trips to Denpasar, long waits in a crowded government building with no AC, and frantic sprints to a back-alley-hut copy machine by hiring one of the dozens of companies in Ubud (or any of the major cities) to do the visa extension for you. It is well worth the $90-100 fee.
If you decide to ignore this advice, here are a few tips for getting the extension on your own:
- Apply for the extension at least 7 days before your visa-on-arrival expires. (Note that we applied 6 days and they let it slide, but to be safe apply earlier.)
- Make sure to bring copies of your passport (both the photo page and the page with your initial visa-on-arrival stamp) and your ongoing plane ticket.
- Get to the immigration office early. You have to have your application in by 3pm (strictly enforced) and the entire office breaks for lunch from noon until 1pm. The office is also closed on weekends.
- Be prepared to come back to the immigration office 2 additional times after your application is submitted. They will give you the return date after submission (approximately 3 days later when you come back to pay, followed by another 3 day wait-and-return to pick up your passport).