Visa B211 for Indonesia: the complete guide

Alexis
Modified on February 1, 2024

The B211 visa in Indonesia is one of the most popular ones for stays that tend to be on the longer side. Here is everything you should know and how to get one.

What is the B211 Visa in Indonesia?

The B211 visa in Indonesia is a visa typically used for longer stays with family, friends, or cultural reasons.

Unlike the Visa On Arrival (VOA), this visa must be specifically applied for in advance from abroad.

The visa duration are as follow: initial 60 days, renewable twice for a total of 180 days in Indonesian territory.

Who is the B211 visa in Indonesia suitable for?

The B211 visa is quite interesting for several different profiles.

The B211 visa is perfect for those who want to stay between 2 and 6 months in Indonesia

If you are from countries eligible for Visa On Arrival (VOA), such as all EU countries or Australia, you can buy your visa directly at the airport and stay in Indonesia for 30 days. You can then apply for an additional extension of 30 days for a total of 60 days.

If you wish to stay more than 60 days, the B211 visa is your only option without having to leave Indonesia.

The B211 visa is mandatory for those who cannot benefit from VOA for less than 2 months

If your country of nationality is not on the list of countries with access to VOA, the B211 visa is your only option to stay in Indonesia, including Bali.

However, there's no need to worry; a B211 visa is relatively easy to obtain, although it takes a bit longer and is more expensive than a simple VOA.

The B211 visa is a long-term visa option for Bali for people who don't work in Indonesia

Let's be clear, the B211 visa is not really a visa designed to live in Bali. However, in practice, many people live in Bali on B211 visas.

While there are some significant drawbacks to staying long-term in Indonesia on a B211 visa (see below), there are also some advantages: price and ease of obtaining in particular.

Every 6 months, however, you will need to leave Indonesia and apply for a new visa.

Documents required for obtaining a B211 visa

The documents required to obtain a B211 visa are very easy to obtain, and you probably already have them all:

  • Copies of the cover of your passport
  • Copies of the main page of your passport
  • Passport-size photo
  • Round-trip plane ticket or "onward ticket" reservation (explained here)
  • Sponsor letter (provided by your agent)
  • Last 3 bank statements (ideally with more than $1500 or equivalent)

Attention: as with all other visas in Indonesia, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Indonesian territory.

How long does it take to get a B211 visa after applying?

A B211 visa is generally obtained between 7 and 10 days after the start of the process.

For all agents, the process begins when they receive your payment. If you don't have a local Indonesian account, I strongly recommend using Wise for a transfer that will arrive as soon as possible. If you use this invitation link, the first 500 euros of your transfer are free!

If you're in a hurry, you can apply for an express B211 visa, which can be processed in 2 or 3 days after receiving payment, for an additional fee.

In any case, you have 3 months to enter Indonesian territory once you have your visa. So there's no need to apply for your B211 visa 6 months in advance; it will expire before your departure!

What Is the Cost of a B211 Visa for Indonesia?

The cost of a B211 visa is generally as follows:

In other words, a B211 visa with two extensions allows you to stay almost 6 months (180 days) for about $600, or an average of $100 per month if you go through each extension.

What You Need to Know Before Applying for a B211 Visa

Before applying for a B211 visa, it's essential to keep several things in mind.

You cannot transform a VOA into a B211 visa

If you are in Indonesia after the 60 days of your VOA and feel like coming back (it happens), you cannot directly switch to a B211 visa.

Your Visa On Arrival cannot be transformed into another visa. You will need to apply for a B211 visa with an agent, leave Indonesia, and re-enter with your new visa.

If you are in this situation, contact your agent, who will advise you on the best course of action.

You cannot leave the Indonesian territory during this visa

The B211 visa is primarily intended for long vacations or extended visits to family, not for living in Indonesia.

This visa is, therefore, single-entry. As soon as you leave Indonesian territory, you lose your visa, and you will have to start all over again.

Only residence visas such as KITAS or KITAP allow you to enter and leave Indonesia at will.

You cannot work in Indonesia with a B211 visa

It is absolutely prohibited to work in Indonesia with a B211 visa. Doing so exposes you to very severe penalties and a highly likely expulsion from the territory.

Many digital nomads use this visa to stay for a few months or even a few years in Bali, but their presence is tolerated only on the condition that they do not work with Indonesian companies.

The B211 visa does not make you an Indonesian resident

A B211 visa makes you a tourist in the longer term, but nothing more. Therefore, you cannot do many things that are only open to locals or residents, such as opening a bank account, getting a driver's license, or benefiting from the Indonesian healthcare system.

Conclusion

If the B211 visa is so popular, it's mainly because it remains very practical for many profiles and is relatively economical.

For medium-length and slightly longer stays, the B211 visa remains the preferred option as long as you are not working in Indonesia.

For those who do not have access to VOA, the B211 visa is your only option to stay in Indonesia, and therefore in Bali, even for less than 2 months.

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