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To visit Indonesia, including the island of Bali, a visa for citizens of Russia and CIS countries for tourist purposes or for a short business trip for up to 30 days is not required. For a longer stay, it is necessary to obtain a visa in advance at the consulate or upon arrival.
Attention! Some "reputable" websites and blogs on the Internet contain information that citizens of Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and other CIS countries should receive a visa on arrival, since they do not have the right to visa-free entry. This is false information, citizens of all CIS countries can visit Indonesia with juice for 30 days without a visa.
Since 2009, all visitors to Indonesia must leave fingerprints on the scanner and take a picture after receiving a visa and before passing through passport control. Also, every guest of the country must fill out the BC2 customs form.2 and an immigration card, the forms of which are issued on the plane, or can be taken at the counter at the airport / port of arrival.
Further details about each of the methods and all the issues of entry to Indonesia:
Entry requirements and passport validity period
- The passport must be valid for another 6 months at the time of entry. If its validity period is shorter, you may be denied boarding a plane or at border control.
- There must be return tickets or tickets to a third country. Tickets can be checked when boarding a flight and at border control.
- Hotel reservations. We have not found this information officially anywhere in the entry rules, but border guards sometimes ask to present a reservation, perhaps in order to understand your intentions and plans in the country.
- The passport must have at least one blank page. Additionally, blank pages are also needed for each visa extension.
- The departure date of the return ticket or ticket to a third country must be no later than 60 days when entering without a visa, and may be longer when entering with a pre-issued multiple-entry visa. But in any case, if you have a ticket with departure later than 30 days, you will have to explain at border control or when boarding the plane that you intend to receive a visa on arrival and will renew it.
Sometimes you can find information that to enter Indonesia with children you need to have a notarized power of attorney with translation, but this is unreliable information. A power of attorney from a notary without translation may be needed only if the child leaves the Russian Federation with guardians or relatives and without at least one of the parents.
Insurance for entry to Indonesia is optional, but it is better to arrange it, which can be done online on one of these trusted sites:
Fines and sanctions for violations of the period of stay
If you are delayed by a visa-free stamp or have not extended your visa, you will be brought to administrative responsibility and fined 200,000 rupees on departure (USD) for each day of delay (overstay). If the delay is more than 60 days, then you will be prosecuted and fined 25 million rupees ( USD). Mitigating circumstances in the form of illness or reasons beyond your control may be released from criminal liability.
Visa-free entry to Indonesia
Citizens of 169 countries, including Russia and all other CIS countries, have the right to enter Indonesia for up to 30 days without a visa (Visa Exemption). No documents and permits need to be issued, everything is free. Upon arrival at the border control, the passport is stamped, giving the right to stay in any part of the country for 30 days, with the exception of the Irian Jaya region (Western New Guinea Island).
Visa-free entry is not possible through all border entries, but there are more than 100 such points in total. This is ALL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS, many seaports and some land crossings (from Malaysia to the island of Kalimantan/Borneo). For a complete up-to-date list of countries whose citizens can enter without a visa, as well as border points, see the website - http://www.imigrasi.go.id/.
⚠ Important! 30 visa-free days of stay in Indonesia are counted in a row, including the day of arrival. I.e. it is not a full month before the date with the same number next month, and not 30 full days, namely 30 days. At the same time, the date of border crossing is not the date of arrival or departure, but the date of passport control. I.e. if you have a flight from Indonesia early at night and you pass passport control in the evening of the previous day, then the previous day will be considered the date of departure from the country.
Visa-free entry requires a passport valid for 6 months. There is no way to extend a visa-free stay. We'll have to leave the country and then come back again. It is also impossible to obtain an Indonesian visa while inside the country.
Do not forget to check whether you have unpaid fines and other debts, otherwise you may not be released at the border even from the Russian Federation.
How to extend visa-free stay in Indonesia
Unfortunately, visa-free entry cannot be officially extended. The only option to increase your stay on it is to leave the country for one of the neighboring countries, and return back, having received a new stamp or visa on arrival, depending on your goals. The easiest and cheapest way is to fly to Malaysia or Bangkok (Russians don't need a visa there or there), Singapore (they need a visa) or the Philippines (they don't need a visa).
The number of such extensions is not limited, but if you have a lot of such stamps in your passport, you may be suspected of illegal work in the country at border control, which is forbidden to do with a visa-free stamp or a tourist visa. In this case, you will have a conversation with a senior officer and the police, and you will have to prove that you are not working, but just traveling and relaxing.
Visa on arrival in Indonesia
It makes sense to get a visa on arrival (Visa On Arrival or VOA) only if you intend to stay in the country for more than 30 days and no more than 60. Otherwise, it is not necessary to receive it, it is enough to get by with a visa-free stamp on arrival. The visa on arrival is valid for 30 days from the date of entry, and it can be extended once for another 30 days at immigration offices during your stay in the country (see below about the extension). There are no special requirements and documents other than those mentioned above.
A visa on arrival in Indonesia can be obtained at all international airports, seaports and border checkpoints. It costs 500,000 rupees (the currency of Indonesia and its exchange rate), but you can pay in US dollars, then it will be $ 37 (in 2021). A fee is also paid for the child, regardless of whether it is entered in the parents' passport or not.USD, see
To obtain a visa stamp on arrival, it is enough to have a passport valid for another 6 months and having at least one blank page for pasting the visa, a completed migration card and a receipt for payment of the fee (payment is made in a separate window before submitting documents).
Visa on arrival is issued at the following border crossings:
Sultan Iskandar Muda, in Banda Aceh, (Aceh), Kualanamu International Airport in Medan, (North Sumatra), Sultan Sharif Kasim II, Pekanbaru, (Riau), Hang Nadim, in Batam, (Riau Islands), Minangkabau, in Padang, (West Sumatra), Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II, in Palembang, (South Sumatra), Soekarno-Hatta, Jakarta, (DKI Jakarta), Halim Perdana Kusuma, in Jakarta, (DKI Jakarta), Husein Sastranegara, in Bandung, (West Java), Adi Sucipto, in Yogyakarta, (Yogyakarta Special Region), Ahmad Yani, in Semarang, (Central Java), Adisumarmo, in Surakarta, (Central Java), Juanda in Surabaya, (East Java), Supadio, in Pontianak, (West Kalimantan), Sepinggan in Balikpapan, (East Kalimantan), Sam Ratulangi, in Manado, (North Sulawesi), Hasanuddin, in Makassar, (South Sulawesi), Ngurah Rai in Denpasar, (Bali), Lombok International Airport, Praya-Mataram, Lombok, (West Nusa Tenggara), El Tari, in Kupang, (East Nusa Tenggara).
Bandar Bentan Telani Lagoi (Bintan, Riau Islands), Bandar Seri Udana Lobam (Bintan, Riau Islands), Batu Ampar (Batam, Riau Islands), Belawan (Medan, North Sumatra), Benoa (Bali), Bitung (Manado, North Sulawesi), Jayapura (Papua), Marina Teluk Senimba (Batam, Riau Islands), Maumere (Flores, East Nusa Tenggara), Nongsa (Batam, Riau Islands), Padang Bai (Bali), Pare-Pare (South Sulawesi), Sekupang (Batam, Riau Islands), Sibolga (North Sumatra), Soekarno Hatta (Makassar, South Sulawesi), Sri Bintan Pura (Tanjung Pinang, Bintan, Riau Islands), Tanjung Balai Karimun (Karimun, Riau Islands), Tanjung Mas (Semarang, Central Java), Tanjung Priok (Jakarta), Teluk Bayur (Padang, West Sumatra), Batam Centre (Batam, Riau Islands), Tenau (Kupang, West Timor) and Yos Sudarso (Dumai, Riau).
Land border crossing:
Border crossing between Malaysia and Indonesia in Entikong (Borneo Island/Kalimantan)
Remember that the visa on arrival is extended only 1 time, i.e. in total it will be possible to stay for 60 days. If you need a longer period, you will have to apply for a visa in advance at the consulate.
To extend it, you must contact the immigration office no earlier than 14 days and no later than the day the visa expires. There are such offices in all major cities, see their addresses and details here - http://www.imigrasi.go.id/hubungi/kantor. The extension costs 350,000 rupees ( USD). At large resorts, the service of renewal without your participation is offered by intermediary travel companies, but they ask for double the cost of renewal for their services.
Getting a visa in advance
Unfortunately, citizens of some countries cannot get a visa on arrival, and they need to get a visa before arriving in the country. Also, visa processing is necessary in advance for citizens of Russia and Belarus if they arrive in the country through a border crossing where a visa is not issued on arrival (see the list above). Another reason to get a visa in advance is the opportunity to leave and enter the country many times if you apply for a multiple–entry visa or a work visa. The fee for a single-entry visa is 50 US dollars, for a multiple-entry visa - 110.
Obtaining a visa in advance is done in the consular departments of the Indonesian embassies. In the Russian Federation, it is located in Moscow. Documents are required to obtain a visa:
- Valid registration in the Russian Federation for at least 1 year.
- Work permit in the Russian Federation (plastic card).
- A certificate from the place of work indicating the date of enrollment, the position of the tourist, his monthly income (preferably at least 400 euros), the period of paid leave. The certificate must be issued on letterhead, indicating the address, telephone number (area code), date of issue, with the seal and signature of the official who issued the certificate.
- A copy of the Certificate of marriage with a citizen of the Russian Federation (in case of absence of employment in the territory of the Russian Federation) + attached is a certificate from the place of work and a COPY of the Russian passport (information page and registration page) of the spouse (gi)+ sponsorship letter.
Citizens of the following countries apply to the Embassy of Indonesia in the following countries:
- Citizens of the Russian Federation, Belarus - Embassy in Moscow.
- Azerbaijani citizens have an embassy in Ankara (Turkey).
- Moldovan citizens have an embassy in Bucharest.
- Citizens of Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia - Embassy in Kiev (Ukraine).
- Citizens of Turkmenistan have an embassy in Tehran (Iran).
- Citizens of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan - Embassy in Tashkent (Uzbekistan).
- Citizens of Mongolia - Embassy in Beijing (China).
You can also get a visa without any problems while staying in Asian countries, for example, at consulates in Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, etc. The procedure is no different except that all communication will take place in English.
Russian Embassy in Indonesia
Address: 12940, Jakarta, H.R. Rasuna Said, Kav. X-7, 1-2 (12940, Jakarta, Jl. H.R.Rasuna Said, Kav. X-7, 1-2);
Phone: (021) 522-29-12/14;
Fax: (021) 522-29-16;
Embassy of Indonesia in Moscow
Address: Moscow, Novokuznetsk str., 12;
Tel.: 951-95-49, 50 ,51;
Honorary Consul in Bali
Mr. Nuku Kamka
Address: Jl. By Pass Singapore Rai No.118A, Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia;
Phone: (+62361) 8471938;
Fax: (+62361) 8471948;
The import of various electronics, printed publications in Chinese, Chinese medicines, drugs, ammunition, weapons, explosives, pornographic products is prohibited (the punishment is very severe, up to the death penalty).
Electronic equipment and photo and video cameras must be declared and then necessarily taken out of the country (fit into the declaration). Videos, CDs/DVDs and other media (including software) must be presented at Customs to assess their contents.
Persons over the age of 18 are allowed to import duty-free up to 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, or 100 grams of tobacco; up to 1 liter of alcoholic beverages, perfumes - within the limits of personal needs, things for personal consumption not worth more than $ 250.
It is forbidden to export rare animals and birds, stuffed turtles, crocodile skin, ivory, as well as antiques from the country.
The import and export of foreign currency is not limited, but rupees are limited - no more than 10,000,000.