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Extending Indonesia Visa on Arrival

I know, its daunting at times to understand the visa process of few countries.And, I agree Indonesia is one of them ! Until I did the process on my own , I was keen on just paying off an agent to do the job for me.So, i have listed in simple terms the process of Extending Indonesia Visa on Arrival below.


What is VOA ?

VOA or Visa On Arrival is a visa(permit to enter and stay in the country) you will get when you arrive at the airport, rather than getting one from your home country consulate.

Which Visa do you need ?

If you are planning to stay for 30 days or less, you can get VOA in airport and 169 countries have free VOA for Indonesia.

Check if you are eligible for free VOA :


If you intend on staying for more than 30 days, you will have to pay 35$ visa fees to get the VOA.

I repeat - you cannot extend free VOA, even if you are eligible for a free visa, please get the visa by paying the fees and save the receipt.

I hope you are reading this beforehand.

Requirements to get VOA:

  • Valid passport(minimum 6 months)
  • Return tickets with return dates within the 30 day/60 day period.
  • Or onward tickets if you are planning to fly on-ward.
  • Your stay details, hotel of homestay booking etc.
  • $35 or Rp.500.000 for paid visa

How long can i Stay after extending the VOA ?

You can extend your VOA only once, so you can stay a maximum of 60 days, in one stretch.

How to extend the VOA ?

You can extend VOA to stay for another 30 days in 2 ways:

  • Do a country exit before 30 days VOA expires, and when you come back you can get another VOA, but beware, you might be questioned by the immigration officers on why you are re-entering on such short duration, purpose of your stay etc.
  • Follow the below steps to extend your VOA.

Extending Indonesia Visa on Arrival :

Things u need for VOA renewal -

  1. Copy of return or onward tickets
  2. passport of the applicant
  3. entry stamp copy
  4. copy of the family member's visa/stay permit(if reason for stay is family visit or if a family member is applying on your behalf)
  5. black pen
  6. $35 or Rp.500.000 as visa extension fees


Find the nearest immigration office from the below list:



Involves 3 steps:

  1. Fill the application form for VOA extention and submit it to the Immigration office.
  2. Go to the office on given date for fingerprint and photo.
  3. Go to collect passport

The process can take around 7-10 days.


Your visa cannot expire when you are waiting for your extension

  • The immigration office will be open from 8AM, Monday - Friday, plan your visit accordingly


Be there before 8am to get token number and avoid crowd

  • Once you reach the immigration office, enquire for where you will get VOA extension forms.
  • You will be given a token number to submit the form, and a set of forms to fill.
  • Fill the form with details of the applicant, the forms are pretty straightforward, like the reason of stay, return ticket detail etc.
  • Do not worry if you do not have a black pen , borrow from the staff.If you do not have idea on where to get a photocopy of documents, you can get it done in the immigration office itself.
  • After you submit the form, you will be given a date to come back for fingerprint and photograph, usually 3-5 days later.
  • You will be asked to come in the afternoon for photograph and fingerprint, get a token like before.
  • After that, pay $35 or Rp.500.000 visa renewal fees.
  • Submit the receipt copy, to the officers who will give a date to come and collect the passport, usually 3-5 days later.


Only cash is accepted for renewal payment, but do not worry, there are ATM kiosk's in the immigration office to withdraw cash.

I started the process of renewal on the 7th October for my mother, and submitted the forms on 7th.We went to photograph and fingerprint on the 10th, and we got our passport back on 15th.

So, keep in mind it takes around 7-10 days for you to get your passport back after renewal.


  • If you are applying for VOA for your family, make sure to get some extra forms the first time, so you can fill them at home.
  • If you are doing it the first time, your family member will have to come to the office at-least 2 times.Once ,to submit the form as it needs signature, and for fingerprint and photograph.
  • But if you have the form in handy, you will have to take them only once.

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