Effective October 20, 2015 until December 31, 2015, foreign nationals who have entered Indonesia more than twice in a year, or who have stayed in Indonesia for more than four consecutive months, on a visa on arrival (VOA), a tourist visa or a visa-free short visit, are to be denied entry into Bali.

What Does This Mean?

At a meeting of government and tourism organizations on October 17, complaints were made about the increase in foreign nationals working illegally in Bali. Subsequently, the Immigration Bureau in Jakarta issued an instruction to the immigration authorities in Badung District in the southern part of Bali, tightening the rules for foreign nationals entering Indonesia through Bali with a visa on arrival, a tourist visa or a visa-free short visit (nationals of 75 countries may qualify for the latter).

Foreign nationals entering Bali from other parts of Indonesia do not normally need to go through immigration checks, but may still be investigated by immigration officers under the new stricter regime which aims to clamp down on foreign nationals working without the required authorization.

Note that nationals of the following countries can enter Indonesia visa-free for a short stay for business purposes, and may be affected by this new rule: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Philippines, Chile, Morocco, Peru, Vietnam, Ecuador, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Hong Kong and Macao. However, the change should not affect business visa holders or holders of temporary residence visas/permits.

Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.