New countries for Indonesia Free Visa Entry
As of 21 March 2016 a total of 169 countries receive a free 30 day visit visa to Indonesia. This free visa is for a visit of maximum 30 days and is not extendable.
Find the current Indonesia visa requirements over here.
- On 12 June 2015, Indonesia added another 30 countries to the visa free list bringing the total to 45 countries.
- On October 2015, another 45 countries were added bringing the total to 90 countries.
- On 21 December 2015, the Indonesian Government announces that another 84 countries will be added to the free visa list (yet to be put in action). This will then bring the total then to a whopping 174 countries.
- On 2 March 2016 President Joko Widowo signs the new Presidential Law that adds 79 countries to the list of visa free entry into Indonesia countries. Pakistan, Somalia, Guinea, North Korea, and Montenegro will continue to require a visa prior to visit Indonesia.
The increase in visa free countries are expected to add a boost to the Indonesian Economy.
Arief Yahya, the Minister of Tourism, says that by extending a visa free entry to additional countries, the government expects 10 million foreign visitors this year (2015) and a revenue of nearly 11 billion US Dollars.
The original 15 countries that were receiving an Indonesia free visa entry;
- Hong Kong SAR
- Macao SAR
The 30 countries added for Indonesia free visa entry on 12 June 2015;
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
The 45 countries added in October 2015 for Indonesia free visa;
- Papua New Guinea
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- Vatican City
The 79 countries added for the Indonesian free visa on 21 March 2016;
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Costa Rica
- Cote D’Ivoire
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Marshall Islands
- Puerto Rico
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Solomon Island
- Sri Lanka
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Vincent and Grenadines
- Trinidad & Tobago
Continue here to see the current Visa On Arrival and Visa Free entry regulations for Indonesia.
This visa free entry is supposed to be based on a reciprocal agreement. The Indonesian Immigration law (No. 6/2011) says that for other countries to be allowed a visa free entry into Indonesia, they need to offer free visa entry into their country to Indonesian nationals as well.
The Indonesian version of the law;
Penjelasan atas Undang-Undang Republik Indonesia nomor 6 tahun 2011 tentang keimigrasian – Pasal 43 – Ayat 2 – Huruf a;
Yang dimaksud “pembebasan Visa” dalam ketentuan ini misalnya untuk kepentingan pariwisata yang membawa manfaat bagi perkembangan pembangunan nasional dengan memperhatikan asas timbal balik, yaitu pembebasan Visa hanya diberikan kepada Orang Asing dari negara yang juga memberikan pembebasan Visa kepada warga negara Indonesia.
The translated version;
Explanatory on law of republic of Indonesia number 6 of 2011 concerning immigration – Article 43 – Paragraph 2 – Letter a;
“Exemption of Visa” in this provision shall mean e.g. for the interest of tourism that benefits for national development regarding the reciprocal principles, i.e. exemption of Visa shall only be provided to Foreigner from a country that also provides an exemption of Visa to the Indonesian citizen.
Some countries (e.g. France) have commented that although they welcome the change in visa requirements, it is unlikely they will be able to return the favour. France for example is part of the Schengen agreement for visas. France cannot change visa regulations without consulting the other Schengen countries.
Vincent Jemadu (Ministry of Tourism) understands that not all visa free countries may be able to offer free visa entry to Indonesian nationals.
Sources; www.imigrasi.go.id, CNN Indonesia, Sekretariat Kabinet Republik Indonesia, www.thejakartapost.com
is the visa still free in covid?
Hi, I see that Belize is on the free, visa-exempt list as of March 2016 which is great! Just making sure that I can enter through DPS airport in Bali? Ngurah Rai International Airport is the official name. Would appreciate if anyone can confirm that I can before I buy the plane ticket.
Yes, the Bali Ngurah Rai airport is DPS. Have a great trip!
I am an Irish citizen,if I wanted to can I still pay and receive a visa on arrival ?
Yes that is still possible for Irish citizens. Please see this article under chapter #3: https://www.balistoreluggage.com/blog/indonesian-visa-on-arrival-regulations/
Hello i’m from tunisia can you give me please free
Is it possible to entry Indonesia with a 30-days stamp several times in a row (leaving for a day or two for other countries)?
Yes that is possible.
We are visiting Bali in April/May I am confused we are South Africans and I see we are visa exempt does that mean we do not need a visa at all. Thank you.
You are eligible for a free 30 day visa on arrival if you meet the requirements.
Would we still have to get a stamp on arrival or do we go straight throigh immigration and customs.
Even as visa free you still need to pass through immigration to get your passport stamped. You just don’t have to pay.
Hi please can you tell me the procedure to apply indonesian touritst visa from australia?
I am pakistani citizen. i applied for visa recently but it was turned down because i didnot get clearance from department of immigration in jakarta for calling visa.
Can you also please tell me if they are planning to remove pakistan from the list of countries subjected to calling visa.
You will need to contact the nearest Indonesian Embassy to request further info and assistance.
Pakistani passport holder still require visa to enter Indonesia? any update?
No change yet
Can you assist to get indonesian visa for pakistani national.
Unfortunately not but maybe you can contact the people at http://www.visaforbali.com
ive visited Bali last year coming from Saudi arabia I took the visa through the embassy since I’m holding a Djibouti passport
what I want to ask is there any change in Djibouti passport holder like visa on entry
or should I take the process last time
thanks a lot
Hello Ahmed, Djibouti citizens still need to apply for a visa before travelling so it will be the same as your last year visit.
Thanks for the educative blog, what are the required documents for a Cameroonian passport holder travelling to indonesia. What am I requested to hold at the airport for a tourist visit..
If you have a Cameroon passport then you need to get an Indonesian visa before travelling to Indonesia. You can find more details on this at your nearest Indonesian Embassy.
“We decided to apply the visa-free policy to 84 more countries starting this week,” Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Rizal Ramli said after a meeting at the ministry’s office in Jakarta on Monday, as quoted by news agency Antara.
Australia, Brazil, Ukraine, Kenya, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Palestine, Honduras, Pakistan, Mongolia, Sierra Leone, Uruguay, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Costa Rica, Israel, Albania, Mozambique, Macedonia, El Salvador, Zambia, Moldova, Madagascar, Georgia, Namibia, Kiribati, Armenia, Bolivia, Bhutan, Guatemala, Mauritius and Paraguay are among the countries mentioned by Rizal, whose nationals would no longer need a visa to enter Indonesia.
Hello Roman the article you linked to is from 21 December 2015. The final list of countries and a copy of the actual law (signed by the president on 2 March 2016) can be seen over here; http://www.topbali.com/indonesia-free-visa-entry/
That’s true that Pakistani is not in the list of Visa FREE arrival to Indonesia. It is because of our Pakistani government lake of interest and bad foreign policies that our prime minister is just busy to hide his previous and current corruptions.
Do i need a VISA on Pakistani Passport for Kndonesia or is it just Entry?
If you have a Pakistan passport then you will need to apply for an Indonesian visa before travelling to Indonesia.
Dear all Pakistani
I world like to tell you please when ever travel Indonasia please before make bad image your country name first think about it
We have big challenges make over country name batter then before
Thanks regard. Bilal
Is there any updated news for Pakistani to enter Indonesia without visa? or maybe for the VOA there?
Hello Hussain, with the current law, if you are from Pakistan you need to get a visa before travelling.
awais for you thanks
Pakistani do not get a free visa.
Hello I think Australia should be placed on the visa free list and signed off on ASAP,after all we were the first ones in to help after the bali bombings and we train hospital staff and gave Bali a new hospital.
Australians still kept visiting Bali after the bombing
Australia has since been added to the free VISA list
I am Pakistani, working in Malaysia since 3 years. I had went to Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur to get confirmation about this Visa free news confirmations. They said still they are waiting for letter from Indonesian Govt regarding this that they are still not sure about it. They asked me to hold till 2nd week of January after that visit them again and don’t book ticket right now. So i am just waiting now. 🙂
Hey Kashif, any updates regarding the VOA?
Last week, I had went to Indonesian embassy Kuala Lumpur to get confirmation about VISA FREE news for Pakistanies. But they still replied me the same that they have no confirmations from Indonesian Govt or any letter of confirmation about this news.
Other side, Indonesian consulate Malaysia has news about this VISA FREE announcements but I am surprised why they are making this news so suspicious. Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur has no information about it… 🙁
Salam bro kahsif did u get any good new of visa update plz
Any news on this? The indonesian embassy in Singapore keeps saying that Pakistanis need a calling visa and they have no such news.
Unfortunately Pakistan was eventually not added to the list of free visa countries. If a Pakistani citizen wishes to travel to Indonesia they will need a calling visa.
Hi All, based on the 21 December 2015 announcement of Mr. Rizal Ramli and read the same news in different newspapers. I have booked my ticket to Bali on 31st December for 3 nights stay due to new year vacations.
I am Pakistani National but live & work in Timor Leste (Eat Timor) since 2011. Bali is only economical place to visit during holidays from Timor Leste.
Can anyone please advise, can i get visa on arrival in Bali Airport. As my country is listed in new announcement made on 21st of December 2015.
Dear Sartaj, at this moment the extra countries under discussion still need to pay. This may change on 1 January 2016 but as usual there is very little accurate information on this. We will update this page as soon as we have accurate information.
I am also Pakistani and planning to travel in first week of Jan 2016 as u reach please update me on Visa process its free or on arrival with some payment
It would be more better, If they add more Asian countries like Pakistan, Philippines, Bangladesh, Srilanka and more.
Hello Naz, on 21 December 2015, Rizal Ramli (Minister for Maritime Affairs) announced that the following countries may be added to the free visa list within the next week or so; Australia, Brazil, Ukraine, Kenya, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Palestine, Honduras, Pakistan, Mongolia, Sierra Leone, Uruguay, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Costa Rica, Israel, Albania, Mozambique, Macedonia, El Salvador, Zambia, Moldova, Madagascar, Georgia, Namibia, Kiribati, Armenia, Bolivia, Bhutan, Guatemala, Mauritius and Paraguay.
The 30 countries subject to visa exemption have not happened yet until now. Minister Arief Yahya is talking too much about the policy, yet he has not a plan about the basic of regulation, its mechanism etc. This has happened twice, on the 1st January 2015 and the 1st April 2015, but it never happens. To Mr. Ketut, please write again in your article that you must tell them about the cancellation or suspension of this policy until now. So foreigners are not confused and disappointed anymore at the Immigration Checkpoint at Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali, particularly. Thank you!
To Paivi and Santeri, you must check out the officila website of Indoensian Government, Indonesian Immgiration, or Indonesian Embassy in your country. Thank you!
Anyway, I believe that’s gonna take long time because these countries afraid from emigration but, nothing is not possible , just wait and see .
This Indonesia visa free entry is a scam. Travellers are still forced to pay 35 USD to enter the country. Please don’t believe and spread their lies.
Hello Paivi & Santeri, thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment. The article doesn’t say that these 30 countries have visa free entry. It says that Indonesia plans to extend a visa free entry to these 30 countries. Either way, welcome to Indonesia and I hope you will enjoy your visit nevertheless 🙂
Unfortunately many articles floating around internet suggest the visa free entry and there re many angry foreigners coming to Indonesia every day expecting visa-free entry and getting ripped-off in the borders. It would be wise to clearly state in all posts that there is no such thing as visa-free entry. We are pretty sure that those scammed travellers are not likely to return nor believe anything else Indonesian governments says.
Yes, many articles haven’t been updated and still show a 1 April date. While you say this is a scam I respectfully disagree. The official Indonesian immigration website does not say that these 30 countries get free entry.
They are now discussing amending the law so they can go ahead with the 30 extra visa free countries.
i am muslim or like all muslim country
or indonesia best muslim country
I don’t think reciprocal agreement can be meet with the majority of the developed western countries such as USA, Canada and UE due to security/terrorism risk and migration fluctuations possibilities may come out of it.
^^^ @Jore > Why would June be kidding?
^^^ Why not Australia?
You’re kidding right? Hahaha
why not Australia
how about timor leste?
I want come in Indonesia for a good job giva me a chance I have no much money for visa