How to extend a 30 day tourist visa in Singaraja, Bali

If you are planning to visit Indonesia (Bali, in this case) for under 30 days, citizens of most countries can enter visa-free. If you want to stay in Indonesia for more than 30 days (we are staying in Bali for 60 days) then you will need to buy a 30 day tourist visa, then extend the visa for another 30 days.

Here's how you can stay in Bali for 60 days, the cost of the visas as of September 2017, and how the process works in the North Bali immigration office in Buleleng, near Singaraja.

I recommend coordinating your visit so that you are in North Bali for this process. It was remarkably simple and fast, as compared to the process described by Floating Leaf. Note that this takes three visits to the office so do not plan to travel far during this time.

  • 1. Buy a 30 day tourist visa on arrival (VOA) for US $35. You must buy it on arrival! Do not be fooled if no one is at the booth; do not stand in any other line. Go straight to the VOA booths and ask any official for help.

Do not lose this receipt!

  • 2. Visit your local visa office 10-14 days before your visa expires.

    • Bring a black ink pen. Pick up a visa extension form at Counter 1, and fill it out.

      • You will need to know your name, address, phone number, and email address of where you are staying in North Bali.

      • Don't forget to fill in the front of the folder!

    • Bring your VOA receipt to show to immigration.

    • When you are done with your form, go back to Counter 1 and submit your:

      • Completed form and folder

      • Passport

      • Photocopy of the passport photo page (there's a great, cheap photocopy place just west of Kristop Money Changer on the main road in Lovina)

      • Photocopy of the 30 day tourist visa stamp in your passport

      • Photocopy of your exit ticket from Indonesia, proving you are leaving within 60 days of arriving *including the days you arrive and leave*

    • They will tell you to sit down and you wait for your name to be called.

    • When your name is called, they will keep your passport but give you a receipt similar to this one, which acts as your passport, so DO NOT LOSE IT:

This is a different receipt, but it will look a lot like this.

  1. Return on the day that they told you to return, some time before 12pm. For us, this was two days later.

    • Bring your receipt directly to Counter 1. Don't wait in any line.

    • Sit down and wait for your name to be called.

    • When your name is called, go into the room where pictures are taken. They will have your passport and folder, and will take your picture and all of your fingerprints.

    • After your photo/fingerprints, exit the room and go to the Cashier.

    • Give the Cashier your receipt, and IDR 355,000 per person.

    • You will receive another receipt, again acting as your passport, so do not lose it

This exact receipt.
  • 3. Return for a third time on the date they told you to return. In our case, this was the next week, but two business days later.

    • Bring your receipt and go immediately to Counter 1. Give them your receipt.

    • Wait until they call your name, and pick up your passport. Done!

That's all! Relatively easy in North Bali as compared to congested areas like Ubud or Denpasar. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below.

Now that you have extended your 30 day tourist visa on arrival, you can stay in Indonesia for 60 days total. Remember that the day you arrive and the day you leave both count in your 60 days total! You can do this at any immigration office, but our experience at the Singaraja office was friendly, efficient (only took about 1.5 hours, if you include all three trips to the office), and extremely easy. Enjoy your extra stay in Bali!


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