How to Get an Indonesia Visa Extension in Bali and Stay up to Six Months

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Yes, it is possible to stay in Bali for up to six months on one visa! We just finished our second five-month stay and spent our entire time in Bali without having to do any annoying visa runs.

Here’s how to get your Indonesia visa extension in Bali:

1) Get an Indonesian Tourist Visa in Advance

Before you arrive in Bali, you need to apply for a 60-day Indonesian tourist visa from an Indonesian embassy in your home country or a neighbouring country like Singapore or Malaysia.

Here’s how we got an Indonesian visa in Singapore and London. Applying in Asia is easier as there are fewer requirements (you’ll still need an onward ticket though). Flights from Bali to Singapore are cheap, so it’s easy to stop there for a few days on your way to Indonesia.

Some people think it’s necessary to apply for an Indonesian social visa but a tourist visa works just as well, and you don’t need a local sponsor.

Once you enter Indonesia with your new visa, you’ll be able to stay for 60 days.

If you choose not to get a visa in advance, you can pay for the 30-day Visa on Arrival at the airport, which can be extended for an extra 30 days but only once, so you’d need to leave the country after 60 days. The free 30-day visa waiver is not extendable.

As for most countries, make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after your arrival date.

2) Find a Bali Visa Extension Agent

You could get your Bali visa extension yourself, but it’s a real hassle and involves three separate trips to the immigration office in Denpasar every month. Chances are you’re in Bali to relax on the beach or do yoga in Ubud, so you don’t want to be spending so much time in Denpasar (an hour’s drive from Ubud).

Instead, you want to find a Bali visa extension agent who will take care of it all for you. We paid 650,000 IDR ($49) each, but it was worth it for the time and stress saved.

There are many visa agents in Bali, but you want to choose someone reliable—a personal recommendation is best.

We get our visa extensions in Ubud. On our first trip we used Elizabeth who is based near the Alchemy restaurant in Penestanan. She was rather terse and not the best at communication, but she was efficient and reliable. You can call her on 0813 3842 4617 or ask for directions to her office in Alchemy.

On our second visit we used Bali Viza, who will conveniently collect and deliver your passport from your house or hotel. I communicated with Nika on Facebook (search for Nika Baleva) and she always responded quickly and we never had any problems. Bali Viza operates over most of Bali and can collect and deliver passports for free in south Bali and Ubud.

You can also look for agent recommendations in the Ubud Community Facebook group

Getting an Indonesia visa extension in Ubud - sunrise volcano view.

The sunrise view from our house in Ubud

3) Start the Process Two Weeks Before Your Visa Expires

After you’ve been in Bali about six weeks, you’ll need to start your visa extension process. Your agent will advise you on the best time to start taking into account public holidays that can close the immigration office and delay the process.

Our first visa expired during Eid when the office was closed for over a week, so we handed over our passports to Bali Viza 2.5 weeks before our visas expired.

Remove any passport covers before you send them to immigration as ours returned without them.

4) Visit the Denpasar Immigration Office for the First Extension

Unfortunately, you do have to visit the Denpasar Immigration Office on one occasion, but it’s only for your first extension to get your fingerprints and photo taken.

We went to the office about a week after we handed over our passports. It took us 50 minutes to drive there on a motorbike from Ubud—look for Immigration Office Class 1 on Google Maps.

We arrived at 10 am and it took us 1.5 hours because the photo machine broke and they were busy before the holiday. Last time we were only there for 15 minutes. The agent meets you and takes care of everything. They give you a queue number and you just have to wait for your number to be called.

Usually, your passport and new visa extension will be delivered three or four days after fingerprinting. For us, it was delayed because of the holiday and our passports were away for over three weeks. Make sure you keep a copy of your passport.

5) Extend Up to Four Times

60-day tourist visas can be extended four times for 30 days each time for a total stay of 180 days. Note that 30 days is not a full calendar month. We also ended up losing one day for some reason on our first extension.

Subsequent extensions are easier. You don’t need to go to Denpasar and can start the process a week or so before the expiry date. You should expect to be without your passport for 10–14 days a month though.

If this is too much time, you can pay extra for an express extension. Bali Viza charges 1,000,000 IDR ($75) and it takes 2–3 working days.

6) Enjoy Bali!

Enjoy your extended stay on this beautiful island!

If you are looking for some ideas, see our favourite things to do in Ubud, our yoga in Ubud guide, a digital nomad guide to Ubud, and a fantastic off the beaten track Bali road trip.

Let us know if you have any questions and share your experiences with getting a visa extension in Bali.

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45 Comments (2 pingbacks)

  1. Good article but in one thing you are wrong, you need a sponsor also for the tourist visa. I make the extension several times alone already because where I stay (Manado) we don’t have visa agents.. I guess in Bali the agent acts as your sponsor. If you want to make it by yourself you have to bring a local as a sponsor. And just for the first extension you have to go to the immigration 3 times because of the Finger prints, after that it’s twice a month just for give the passport, pay and pick up.


  2. Thank you so much for this guide – it was very helpful!
    Have you heard of any who did the six months left the country and did it all over again?


  3. Thanks for this! This feels like a dumb question, but once a person has stayed the 6 months, can they then leave the country and come back and repeat this process again to stay indefinitely? Thanks!



  4. Hi, my name is Nichole. I am traveling to Bali on August 29th, and I appreciate any help you can give me for my stay and options. I am now booking a flight to Singapore from Denpasar for Oct 29th, because I am getting the 30 day visa and $26 for the extension for another 30 days upon arrival. I originally saved up money for a Yoga Teacher Training in Nusa Lembongan, but my gofund me did not raise enough money, and I had other financial obligations that came up between April and now…..right when I am flying there. It has been quite the journey ;P Anyway, I decided to get all the details and just get to Bali, then figure things out while I have the 60 days. I have a heart of service and am an Intuitive Life Coach as well as a Spirtual Healer and passionate with Yoga and Holistic living, so I want to connect with other likeminded people there in Ubud that I can either do volunteer work, under the table, or some kind of trade for housing/food. As I have a few hundred USD after all of my travelers insurance, expenses, flights, and passport renewals, ect……I am ready for this next chapter though and trust the universe for open opportunities where I can receive, and also give more while staying in alignment with my core desires. I will give you my personal email, and stay connected as I travel.

    This is the very first time going outside of the country, so this is an adventure :) Looking forward to learning and growing….

    Oceans of love and light!



  5. When your six months is up, can you leave the country for a day and then start the process all over again? If so, is there a limit as to how many times you can do that?



    • Yes technically you can do that and many people do. There is always the chance that immigration could refuse you the visa though. There’s no official limit.


  6. Is it still possible to get a tourist visa that can be extended to 180 days without a sponsor (for a Dutch citizen)? I’ve read somewhere that I need a sponsor and somewhere else that it’s only extendable 3 times. Very useful information on this website by the way!


  7. Hey guys, I’m about to extend my visa on arrival but just wanted to be reassured about the trustworthiness of Nina and Nika of BALIVIZA! Thanks!!


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