Most people will automatically receive 60 days upon entry into Indonesia. To extend this Tourist Visa, you are required to exit and re-enter Indonesia. Occasionally this is achieved via a quick entry and exit to a nearby country such as Singapore. This may be organized from the island for US$250 - $300 Return flight to Singapore, returning the same day.
For a longer stay (Business or Social Visa) you need a sponsor who will write a letter for you. These visas are extendable after the initial 60 days - up to 6 months. There are companies that do this however it is a good idea to shop around because prices vary considerably. This special visa must be applied for at an Indonesian Embassy, prior to your entry.
To gain entry into Indonesia, foreign nationals need to have in their possession passports with at least six months of validity and appropriate visas.
Visa application is carried out at the Indonesian Embassies or Consulates overseas nearest to the applicants' domicile. The application is made by filling out appropriate application forms - available from the Embassies or Consulates - and by enclosing 2 colour passport-size photographs and a valid passport, along with supporting documents depending on the types of visa to be applied.
Please note that the passport submitted has to have at least six (6) months of validity at the proposed date of entry into Indonesia.
A fee is payable in local currencies for the visa application, depending on the type of visa and the duration of stay. Please note that the fee should only be paid in cash or by postal order and is non-refundable. Queries regarding the amount of the visa fee should be referred to the Embassy/Consulate where the visa application is filed.
Decisions on many of the types of visa applications are normally made within 24 hours. Certain applications, such as those to work, study or live in Indonesia and other applications that need a special permit from the Immigration Office in Indonesia, need to be referred to Jakarta for approval. This process can take up to two months before a decision is made and the visa granted.
Visa that has been issued is valid for 90 days. If an applicant fails to enter Indonesia within the 90 days period after the visa is issued, the visa will be declared invalid.
Please note that possession of a visa does not guarantee entry into Indonesia. Permission to enter Indonesia is the authorization of the Immigration Officer at the point of entry.