Are you in a situation where your visa has expired but you haven’t left the country?
In this article we guide you through exactly what you should do if you have – either on purpose or unintentionally- overstayed your visa in Indonesia:
- What is Considered as an Overstay in Indonesia
- New Regulation For Overstaying Visa in Indonesia
- Avoid Getting Deported From Indonesia
- Indonesian Visas to Stay in the Country for Longer than 30 Days
What is Considered as an Overstay in Indonesia
Staying in Indonesia longer than your visa or entry permit allows is considered an overstay in Indonesia. There is a regulation in place and an opportunity to pay for the overstayed days. However, the purpose of the regulation is not to provide endless extension for your stay.
In fact, extending your stay in Indonesia at the expense of an overstay may have severe consequences, especially if you have overstayed for longer than 60 days.
Overstaying Visa in Indonesia for More Than 60 Days
The difference between the legal consequences to one who is overstaying less than 60 days and the one overstaying more than 60 days is simple. The one staying less is getting a daily fine. However, the one staying over for more than 60 days can face deporting and blacklisting.
Once you have overstayed the 60 days, officials will investigate as well as question you thoroughly. This also means you are no longer welcome in the country for re-entry for a certain time. This can be months as well as years, depending on the decision of the officials. If this is already the stage you are in, show regret about what has happened. Also be as kind and humble as you can towards the officials who are handling your case.
New Regulation For Overstaying Visa in Indonesia
Visitors can be held in detention or refused permission to leave the country until a fine of Rp. 300,000 (~US$25) per day is paid.
However, we strongly advise against using visa overstay as a way to stay longer in Indonesia. Besides the fact that you will be stuck in the immigration (for potentially hours) it can also affect your ability to get visas in the future. If you want to stay longer or visit the country frequently just get a Business Visa.
Also there are rumors that the Immigration office is planning to substantially increase the overstay fine. We will update this article as it happens.
Avoid Getting Deported From Indonesia
Deporting and blacklisting in Indonesia will follow once you fail to pay the fine while being in the country still less than 60 days. The same applies when you are in the country with a stay permit that is no longer valid and exceed 60 days. However, blacklisting and sending out of the country is something you can prevent.
Note that the Immigration officials in Indonesia are doing a good job at keeping their eye on any immigration related violations. In addition, it is often a case of receiving a tip from someone, which leads the officials to check upon the documents of expats and foreign businesses. Therefore, always make it a priority to have your documentation in line with country’s regulations.
Applying for the Right Visa in Indonesia
Various entry regulations apply to citizens of different countries. For short term stays you often do not need a visa at all (Presidential Decree No. 21 of 2016 for Visits Without Visa). However, in many cases these are the travellers who overstay their visit as well.
If you are amongst those citizens who are able to enter without a visa, yet wish to stay longer than 30 days, plan ahead. You cannot extend your stay, neither upgrade it into another type of stay permit. Thus, you must apply for a new visa in order to stay longer. Make sure to choose a visa that is most suitable for the purpose of your visit.
In fact, if you already know that the duration is going to be longer, it is probably wiser to apply for a visa allowing you to stay longer prior to entering Indonesia (rather than starting to process one on spot).
Indonesian Visas to Stay in the Country for Longer than 30 Days
Business Visa is convenient and highly used – applying for it before entering the country would be the best way to stay in Indonesia for longer than 30 days. Choose between a Single Entry or Multiple Entry Business Visa which have similar purposes but different durations. Also, one allows you to enter the country multiple times.
A Single Entry Business Visa grants a 60 days stay and is extendable for up to 4 times. It gives you the opportunity to both conduct business and study the market. A Multiple Entry Business Visa on the other hand has the same purpose but is valid for one full year since issuance and after that is not extendable.
Note that you can also get a Business Visa together with a local bank account. A benefit that saves you the trouble of constantly using an overseas bank account for expensive transactions in Indonesia. Emerhub created the package after long cooperation with several Indonesian banks – we will deliver your visa together with your new bank account.
Leave your contact details along with any unanswered questions below. Emerhub has offices in Jakarta and Bali, we are able to assist you regards to overstaying visa anywhere in Indonesia.