How to Apply for a Visit Visa for Bali

Find out how you can apply for a business visa or social visa for Bali while you are outside Indonesia during COVID.


Travel restrictions imposed by the Indonesian government has meant that foreign nationals have been unable to enter Bali since the start of the pandemic. But as infection numbers drop, the Indonesian government has loosened its borders and there are now visa options available for expats wishing to return to the blissful beaches of Bali. 

There are however conditions that need to be met, including the need for a sponsor in Indonesia. 

Read on for the steps and requirements to getting a business or social visa for entry to Bali. 

Who can apply for a visa for Bali?

To apply for a visit visa for Bali, you must have an Indonesian sponsor which can either be a person or company that has at least USD10,000 in their bank account. Additionally, you must be able to provide a bank statement under your name with a balance of at least USD 1,500.

You must also have a reason to travel to Bali which will be required in the application. 

  • For business visa: business activities such as investment or meetings
  • For social visa: humanitarian, family, or social reasons

Many companies offer visa sponsorships. Note, however, immigration may request information regarding your relationship with your sponsor. As such, you need to be careful when choosing a company to be your visa sponsor.

Emerhub is a consulting company that advises foreigners on investing in Indonesia. We can sponsor your visa as you explore options for doing business in Bali which is a prerequisite for business visa approval. Having a consulting company as your sponsor shows immigration authorities that you intend to do business in Bali.

Emerhub can also act as a sponsor for social visa applications, which are now being made more available to foreigners as Indonesia’s control of COVID continues to improve. 

Steps to apply for a visa for Bali

  1. Choose the visa type relevant to your needs or situation.
    You can choose between a social visa or a business visa.
  2. Get your telex visa.
    Currently, the telex visa is electronic so there is no need to claim it in person at an Indonesian embassy.
  3. Enter Indonesia from any Indonesian airport
    Until recently, Jakarta Airport was the only possible way in. Now all airports are open to receive international travellers.

Emerhub can assist in every step of the process. From advising on the most suitable visa type to processing your visa application. Fill out the form below and our consultants will get in touch with you.

Traveling to Bali with your Business or Social Visa

Denpasar Airport in Bali along with other major Indonesian airports are now open to receiving foreigners on international flights. 

Foreigners must submit the following documents upon arrival to Indonesia:

  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. The test must not be older than 7 days at the time of entry to Indonesia.
  • Health certificate. You must present a health certificate from your country of origin.

If you are unable to complete the above, you must undergo self-isolation as mandated by the Indonesian government.

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Changing residency status in Bali

You can also change your residency status in Bali. For example, holders of a social visa can apply for a temporary stay permit (KITAS). Furthermore, those with KITAS can apply for a permanent stay permit (KITAP).

However, applicants must meet conditions relevant to the stay permit of their choice. Get in touch with our consultants to find out about the options available to you.

Frequently Asked Questions about Getting a Visit Visa in Bali

If I have a business visa, do I need to leave Indonesia 60 days after entry?

No. The business visa is currently single-entry. Leaving Indonesia will cancel the visa.

Business visas are initially valid for 60 days. You can extend the visa by 30 days up to 4 times. However, while emergency status remains in Indonesia, you can extend your stay for an unlimited number of times. You must apply for the extension before the initial 60 days ends.

Get in touch with Emerhub and we can help you extend your business visa.

Should I choose a business visa or a social visa?

The visa you choose depends on your specific needs. For business-related reasons like starting a business or investing in real estate, you should apply for a business visa. For social or family-related reasons, apply for a social visa.

Should I choose a business visa, social visa, or a temporary stay permit (KITAS)?

A temporary stay permit (KITAS) grants residency status. Residents can leave and enter Indonesia even if there are travel restrictions. As such, we suggest applying for a KITAS if the option is available to you. Get in touch with our consultants to find out how to apply for a KITAS.

Fill out the form below to get in touch with Emerhub’s experts. We will be happy to help facilitate your visa application. You can also reach us by sending an email to [email protected].

Is quarantine required upon arriving in Indonesia? 

Quarantine is not required unless authorities detect symptoms of covid when you arrive. They may test you and establish mandatory quarantine in one of the government determined hotels. You must cover the expenses for that. When you have a SWAB test that is not older than 7 days when entering Indonesia and no symptoms of COVID, the quarantine is not required.

Do I need to book the flight tickets prior to applying for the visa?

Yes, at least a booking confirmation is required in order to apply for the visa. 

Do I need to take a SWAB/PRC test when applying for the visa?


Can I use the same test when I enter Indonesia? 

Usually not because the test cannot be older than 7 days when entering Indonesia. However, the application process takes 5-15 working days. Thus, the test that you used for the application is usually expired by the time you enter and you’d need another test for the entry. 

Can children apply for a business visa?


How long does the business visa process take? 

5-15 business days with a normal processing time. However, if you expedite it through Emerhub, it can take 1-3 days. 

Can I apply for a business visa myself without using an agent? 

No, a business visa requires an Indonesian sponsor. Thus, you cannot apply for it yourself unless you have a sponsor who will grant you the access to their online visa application system. The sponsor must have funds in their bank account that amount to a minimum of USD 10,000 to be able to sponsor the visa.

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