Bali has come up as one of the most preferred destination for Indian travellers, specially as a honeymoon destination. Bali visa for Indians is very straightforward and the whole process is very easy. In fact it’s also one of the cheapest – since its FREE.
Note – Most people think of Bali as an independent province or country, but it’s actually a part of Indonesia. And Bali visa simply means Indonesian visa.
Bali Visa for Indians – Types of Visa
Depending on the no of days of your stay in Bali, there are 2 main types of Visa:
Short Stay, for duration upto 30 days
Almost all the Indians travelling to Bali, generally fall under this category and the good news is that you don’t even need a Visa. After arriving you simply head to the immigration counter and you passport will be stamped with a Visa Exemption Stamp.
Visa exemption is completely FREE. The only point to note is that the Visa Exemption CANNOT BE EXTENDED. You will have to leave Indonesia within 30 days.
Stay between 30 and 60 days
If you are planning a stay longer than 30 days, then it makes sense of apply for Visa on Arrival (VOA). Here are some details about the VOA:
- This visa can be extended once anytime, during the first 30 day period. It’s easy to get this visa extended via a visa agent while you are in Bali. Preferred by most foreign tourists who intend to stay longer and backpack the country.
- With the free visa there is no way to extend the Visa beyond 30 days.
- There are booth’s at the airport for Visa on Arrival (not the free visa) where you can go and get the voluntary VOA by paying some cost (I think its $35, but not very sure about the exact cost).
Documents required for Bali Visa for Indians
- Valid passport with more than 6 months of validity left on the day you arrive in Bali/Indonesia.
- No documents needed. Our immigration officer just asked us about how long we intended to be in Bali and stamped our passports. But as a habit, I always carry 2 copies of hotel and transport bookings and keep them in different bags for emergency purposes.
- While I always make best efforts to keep the visa pages updated, it always helps to cross verify the information with the official government websites. You can refer the official immigration website of Indonesia.
Does it make sense to opt for VOA?
To be very frank, it doesn’t. Almost 99% of the Indians tourists to Bali stay for less than a week on the island. This VOA makes sense only for those who are actually backpacking Bali and intend to stay more than 30 days, which is a lot.
I spent almost 10 days in Bali and given the time I would add another week to explore more of the island at leisure. But any case you really won’t be needing more than 30 days.
Money Exchange / Forex
Unlike Vietnam where I got the best rate at the airport, in Bali I got the best rate first in India via Book My Forex and then in Bali at a shop near Poppies in Kuta. Most shops in the markets of Kuta & Seminyak will offer you good conversion rates.
As with most countries, if you are exchanging ₹ then I would recommend doing it via Book My Forex in India.
Another tip is to carry USD’s rather than INR, the conversion rate for INR is pathetic as with most South East Asian countries. So best option would be to carry USD’s.
If you are exchanging money in India, I would highly recommend Book My Forex. I have used their services at least half a dozen times for my trips. Their rates are probably the closes to market rates. Here’s the link if you want to check their services – Book My Forex.
Are you transiting through Changi Airport, Singapore?
If you are then read this post of how to get a free S$20 voucher/person.
You can either book one directly at the airport (slightly expensive) or do what we did, just pre-book the card via Klook and collect it directly from the Airport counter. You can buy your 4G Bali SIM card (Klook) here.
Transfer from the airport to the city
For Bali I would recommend a private transfer from the airport irrespective of whether you are travelling with family or as a couple, because the transfers and fast and really cheap. Use this link to Pre-book transfers from Bali Airport to your hotel. If you are travelling solo, then a shared van transfer is recommended.
I hope this Bali Visa for Indians guide was helpful to you. For any questions, feel free to drop me a comment or message me on Instagram.