How to extend a Visa on Arrival (VOA) in Indonesia

How to extend a Visa on Arrival (VOA) in Indonesia

How to extend a Visa on Arrival (VOA) in Indonesia

I recently extended my Indonesian Visa on Arrival (VOA) in Bali. It took about a week, three visits to the immigration office and 251,600 Rp, but it was much easier than leaving the country to get a new one.

Luckily for me, I live close to an immigration office (in Singaraja), so the whole process only took about an hour in total, including travel time. If your nearest office is further away, then you will need to decide if it is easier to make 3 trips or just one trip abroad instead.

In my case, I needed a sponsor, but I’ve heard of other people who don’t need one. When doing this for the first time, I suggest you take a suitable local with you just in case. They can always help with the translation and filling of the visa application forms.

Also, I didn’t need a photo, but I’ve heard of other people being asked to provide one, so it’s probably best to bring one just in case. It’s always a good idea to carry a few passport photos when you visit an immigration office, as you never know when they might ask for one. They should have a red background.

Since I used my wife as a sponsor for my visa, I had to provide a copy of our marriage certificate. It is assumed that if you are using someone else, this will not be necessary.

I had to fill out 3 forms. One of them is a sponsorship letter that my wife filled out. The others I filled out myself (with some help from my wife since one is entirely in Indonesian). One of the forms needs a “materai” (stamp) which costs Rp6,000. You stick the indicated box at the bottom of the form and you and your sponsor sign so that your signatures stand for it.

The second time I did, they asked me to bring my return ticket, presumably to prove I was leaving the country.

One small but important detail: make sure you fill out the forms in black ink and in capital letters, otherwise they may be rejected. Really! Oh, and it’s a good idea to dress reasonably well when you go to immigration, so cardigans, shorts and flip-flops are available, as are miniskirts and skimpy tops. You don’t need to wear a suit and tie, but at least long pants/skirts (jeans are fine) and a shirt or t-shirt.

You must also provide photocopies of your passport (showing your identity details and current visa), your sponsor’s identity card (KTP) and your marriage certificate (if your spouse is sponsoring you).

5 days after I dropped off the forms, I went back to the immigration office and paid Rp 250,000 (equivalent to US$25).

3 days after that I went back to get my visa. Oh, and I had to pay Rp1000 for them to photocopy my passport with the new visa stamp in it.

At first I was worried that since the whole process was going to take a week, I’d end up continuing with my original visa (which expired 2 days into the process), but that wasn’t a problem as I dropped off the forms before my visa expired. Ideally you should go a week before your visa expires, but even though I didn’t, they backdated the new visa to start from the day my original expired. OK!

Besides reducing the hassle of doing so (compared to leaving the country with a visa), there is another advantage: the visa stamp they use only takes up half a page in your passport compared to a full page for the standard VOA stamp.

I hope this helps clarify the process.

One last piece of advice: don’t listen to anything they tell you at Denpasar airport about this, as they are giving incorrect information there. For example, you may be told that there is an immigration office at the airport, which is not true. There are nearby, but not at the airport itself. They have also been known to tell people they can lengthen their voice while they wait, which is simply not true. I suggest you save your energy and avoid asking about it at the airport.

Good luck and have a nice trip!

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