How to Extend your Visa On Arrival (VOA) in Bali?

Alexis
Modified on December 11, 2023

Who Can Extend a Visa on Arrival in Indonesia? The Indonesian Visa on Arrival (VOA) is valid for 30 days, and only ONE extension/renewal of an additional 30 days is possible. Only those in their first month of VOA can renew it. If you have already extended it, you will have no choice but to […]

Who Can Extend a Visa on Arrival in Indonesia?

The Indonesian Visa on Arrival (VOA) is valid for 30 days, and only ONE extension/renewal of an additional 30 days is possible.

Only those in their first month of VOA can renew it. If you have already extended it, you will have no choice but to exit Indonesian territory after 60 days.

Documents Required for a VOA Extension in Bali

The documents needed to renew a VOA are quite simple. You need:

Everything else will be available at the immigration offices.

How far in advance should you extend a visa on arrival in Bali?

Immigration offices can be particularly crowded in South Bali, and immigration may be closed on certain holidays or school vacations.

It is, therefore, not recommended to do your VOA extension at the last minute. Remember, overstay is fined at 1,000,000 IDR per day (65 euros), so it's better not to be late!

It is generally advisable to renew your VOA 10 days before the end of your visa, or around your twentieth day after entry into Indonesian territory.

If you are running late and your visa is expiring soon, it's best to apply for an express renewal with an agent.

Extending your visa on arrival in Bali yourself

Renewing your Visa On Arrival yourself is entirely possible, although it is not recommended in most cases.

Extensions can be done at the 3 immigration offices in Bali (note that you cannot change offices during the process):

Renewing a VOA yourself involves visiting immigration 3 times:

  • First visit: submit your VOA extension request and deposit your passport
  • Second visit: take photos and provide fingerprints
  • Third visit: collect your passport

Of course, you may wait in line during these three visits, and it's essential to be aware that you might lose your morning. Also, immigration offices may not be conveniently located.

queue immigration bali

Using an agent to extend a VOA or how to avoid 2 visits to immigration

If you can renew a VOA yourself, why use an agent? The answer is quite simple:

  • You only need to visit immigration for photos and fingerprints (your agent takes care of the other parts where your presence is not required)
  • You avoid waiting in line and don't waste too much time on the island for administrative tasks
  • It's your only option if you wake up a bit late (if your visa expires in 2 days, you have no choice but to use an agent and request an express renewal)

An agent who is centrally located in Bali or near your residence can save you from spending two half-days at immigration, waiting in line, and dealing with the Indonesian administration.

My advice: the price difference between with or without an agent for a VOA extension clearly does not encourage saving your rupiahs to drive to the other end of the island and sit at immigration for three mornings.

But if you are on a budget, have time, or stay near immigration, using an agent is not mandatory for a VOA.

Conclusion

Renewing a Visa on Arrival in Bali is actually quite simple to do on your own, but it can be quite tedious for just 30 more days.

You need to visit one of the 3 immigration centers in Bali, which are not always nearby, and make 3 separate visits to obtain the precious extension.

Using an agent to renew a VOA saves you many hours of waiting in line, two visits to immigration, and two trips in Balinese traffic. A surcharge that is, in my opinion, well justified unless you live next to immigration.

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