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Stranded In Bali With Your Visa About To Expire?

When Bali's Mount Agung began erupting on Saturday November 27th 2017 after a number of months of siesmic activity Indonesian government authorities announced the evacuation of more than 100,000 residents from the exclusion zone.

The National Disaster Management Authority raised the alert to Level 4 - the highest level possible, triggering the cancellation of all flights in and out of Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport and its subsequent closure leaving many thousands of international travellers stranded on the island.

At the time, Mark Tingay, a geologist at the University of Adelaide Australia stated:

"The volcanic eruption has now moved on to the next more severe, magmatic eruption phes, where highly viscous lava can trap gases under pressure, potentially leading to an explosion".

While many are watching the events unfolding in Bali from around the world, for those who remain questions are beginning to surface in their minds including:

  • What Can I Do If My Visa Expires?
  • Will I Risk A Fine?
  • Will I Be Jailed As A Result Of An Expired Visa?
  • Who Do I Contact For Visa Advice?

When disaster strikes we do our best to rely on the advice and instructions of the Government of the day. This includes advice around safety and security for both Nationals and international visitors alike. Always obey the instructions of officials and remain in touch with loved ones to advise them of your location at all times. Remain indoors where possible and avoid going outside.

Visitors should begin to plan for the possibility that they will not be able to depart Bali on their scheduled flight.

So in the first instance travellers in the area should:

  • Contact their accommodation provider to ensure the availability of their accommodation ongoing and to investigate what contingency measures they have in place in the event of an extended stay.
  • Ensure you have access to sufficient funds to accommodate an extended stay in Bali. Transfer any monies into your account and access cash funds as soon as possible.
  • Source and store sufficient water for each person around 3 - 4 litres per day per person.
  • Source and store sufficient food which does not require refrigeration.
  • Supplies for food and water should be enough for each person for a 7 day period.
  • Consider your personal needs in consideration of necessities beyond your original date of departure from Bali.

Visa Expiring? Here's What To Do

All international visitors stranded in Bali are responsible for ensuring they meet the conditions of their visa, volcano event or otherwise. If you have concerns about overstaying do not delay in contacting the Indonesian immigration authorities.

"Visa Free" Short Visit For Tourist Visa

Since 2016 visitors to Indonesia holding passports from the following 169 countries are able to visit Indonesia without a visa for a period of 30 days. This exemption is limited to those entering Indonesia to undertake activities including tourism.

Visitors utilizing the visa-free facility are in normal circumstances unable to extend their stay or convert it into any other type of visa. This visa is only valid for the following types of activity.

  • Leisure
  • Tourism
  • Family
  • Social
  • Art and cultural
  • Government visit
  • Giving Lecture or attend seminar
  • Attend a meeting held by head office or Representative office in Indonesia
  • Continue journey to another country

The following countries DO NOT require a visa to enter Indonesia for a short visit of up to 30 (thirty) days:

  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Comoros
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Commonwealth of Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • East Timor
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Holy See (Vatican City)
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong (SAR of China)
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Republic of Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau (SAR of China)
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Maldives
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Netherlands
  • Nicaragua,
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Palau
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Visa On Arrival (VoA)

Nationals of certain countries in possession of an Visa on Arrival (VoA) should know that this visa allows for a maximum visit of 30 days. This visa can be extended at a number of designated Airports/Seaports for another 30 days, or at the local Immigration Office (see below for contact and address details in Kuta.).

Foreign visitors from the countries listed below can extend their VoA for an additional 30 days by visiting the Immigration Office.

Extension For Visa On Arrival (VoA)

Extensions can only be granted by the Head of the Immigration Office whose jurisdiction covers the residence/place of stay of the following applicants;

  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Australia
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxemburg
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Norway
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Korea
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan

International visitors with visas due to expire in the near future contact:

Kantor Imigrasi Ngurah Rai (Ngurah Rai Immigration Office)

  • Jl. Perum Taman Jimbaran No.1 Mubul, Kuta Selaton, Bali.
  • Tel: +62-361-9351038
  • Email: wasdakngr@gmail.com

Additionally travellers should contact their local embassy representative in Bali. For Australians currently in Bali, the details are:

Australian Consulate-General Bali

Australian Consulate-General Makassar

Check the website of the Embassy or Consulates-General for information about opening hours and temporary closures that may affect service provision.

For Australians in a consular emergency, if you're unable to contact the Embassy contact the 24-hour Australian Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305, or 1300 555 135 within Australia.