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All about Visa free travel in Indonesia


Now you can plan a trip to Bali, Sumatra, Komodo, Java and Sulawesi more easily than ever. The much awaited visa free travel to Indonesia has finally arrived. The question about free visa on arrival in Indonesia was revolving around the travelers since April when the news was formally announced by the government. Now that the visa free travel in Indonesia has been implemented so here is what travelers from these 45 countries should know.

Last Monday, the new president Joko Widodo, has signed the agreement approving visa free travel in Indonesia for 30 new countries. Now paying for the visa is null and void for 45 countries in total and our first traveler have already got benefited by this new change.

Visa free travel in Indonesia – The benefited countries

Free visa on arrival was already implemented for member countries of ASEAN, the Association of South East Asian Nations and for Hong Kong, Macau, Chile, Peru, Morocco and Ecuador. Now the total list of countries whose nationals are exempted from $35 visa on arrival costs in Indonesia are:

Singapore, Thailand, Burma, Brunei, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Philippines, Chile, Morocco, Peru, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Macao, China, Russia, South Korea, Japan, United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Holland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain , Oman and South Africa.

All the citizens of these countries including United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, and Switzerland for English speaking countries can stay for 30 days on the Indonesia territory as a tourist trip without paying for visa.

How to obtain a tourist visa for Indonesia?

The Visa free travel in Indonesia

For nationals of the countries mentioned above, no prior notice or document is required to obtain the visa, but only your passport. Make sure your passport has a higher validity date to 6 months after your return to your respective country. You will get your visa by the immigration officer at the counter of the airport upon arrival in Indonesia.

For stays over 30 days in Indonesia

If you have planned for more than 30 days stay, you must request for tourist visa directly from the Indonesian Embassy in your country.

Indonesian airports with free visa on arrival

Visa Free Travel in Indonesia

Attention everyone! This gratuitousness does not concern all international airports in Indonesia but only the top 5:

– Jakarta, Soekarno Airport – Hatta

– Bali, Ngurah Rai Airport

– Medan, Kuala Namu Airport

– Surabaya Juanda Airport

– Batam Hang Nadim Airport

For now, if you arrive in Yogyakarta (Java), Makassar and Manado (Sulawesi / Celebes), Labuan Bajo (Komodo) and Mataram (Lombok), you will still have to pay the $35 visa fee. Nevertheless, good numbers of flights have a stopover in one of these five airports.

What to do with extra $35 in Indonesia?


Now that you have $35 extra for your holidays which is equivalent to 500,000 Indonesian Rupiah, have you ever wondered what all you can do with this huge stack of cash?

You can have a great meal at least 9 times a day at any Warung (Local Restaurant) and can buy 7 sarongs on an average as a souvenir from Indonesia.

But it’s not just the food and shopping, so here are our top 5 experiences for $35 per person or less that should not to be missed in Indonesia:

5. Hike till the top of Mt. Batur volcano in Bali and enjoy a cooked breakfast while enjoying the sunrise.

4. Share a boat and discover snorkeling in the magnificent underwater reserve of Menjangan in North Bali.

3. Two of you can hire a guide for a trek of an hour or more to discover the Komodo Dragons

2. Pamper yourself with a treatment of traditional Balinese body massage, body scrub, and flower bath … a complete luxury at low prices.

1. Live like a millionaire, it does not happen every day, everywhere with everyone. Enjoy your holidays to fullest…

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