Travel to Bali Updates

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Updated April 2024

I traveled solo to Bali in March 2023, with the family in June 2022 for 3 wonderful weeks, a fun-filled 8 nights in August 2023 and March 2024. Since Bali has opened up after the Covid pandemic the rules have lessened. The blog post discusses visa and customs requirements that you will need to understand before your next Bali family holiday.

Arriving in Bali in June 2022

Please note: Below are the current requirements to enter Bali as a tourist for a short stay of 1-2 months. The following information is best suited for you if you are traveling to Bali in the next few weeks and are traveling from Australia.

Quick Checklist for Visa On Arrival Tourists

Things to do before you travel to Bali

  • Check your passport expiry! Please allow enough time to apply for a new passport
  • Bali requires 6 months validity left on your passport’s expiry date from the day you intend to arrive in Bali. This is very important as you will not be able to board the plane to Bali if you don’t have it. Also, double-check your passport for any tears to the pages. Bali can be quite strict on passport damage so it’s best to check
  • Organise travel insurance. We use Covermore for our Bali holidays
  • Ensure that you have an outward flight booked from Bali and evidence to show the flight if requested. This is a requirement to enter Bali as a tourist and now forms part of the eVOA
  • Download WhatsApp. This is optional but is helpful when in Bali as a lot of drivers and nannies use WA
  • Fill out the online customs declaration, this can be done up to 72 hours before your flight. 1 declaration per family. Never pay for your customs declaration, there are many scam websites, only fill out the online customs form at the above link.
Customs form (eCD)
  • Mask rules have finally been lifted in Bali so are not required to be worn at airports or throughout Bali. You may still choose to wear a mask
  • Apply and pay for the new Tourist Tax Levy that commenced on 14th February 2024. I detail below how to do this and it is easy to do
  • You can apply online for the eVOA (electronic visa on arrival) click on this link to apply before you travel to Bali. Please see below for instructions on how to complete

Completing Tourist Tax Levy Fee

Introduced on 14th February 2024, the Tourist Tax Levy needs to be paid for everyone even babies.

  • It was super easy to complete and make payments on the website. I used a Mastercard Debit Card and payment was instant.
  • A passport number and email address are needed to fill out the paperwork.
  • You will need to fill out paperwork separately for each person travelling with you but you can use the one email address.
  • The price is 150,000 IDR each (approx. $15AUD)
  • You can purchase online before travel to Bali or cashless payment on arrival to Bali airport
Go to the website
Will cost approx. $15AUD each
Enter your details
Payment success with fees
Screenshot the download from the email with QR code

Completing eVOA

  • If you want to avoid lining up for VOA at the airport and use the new autogates you can complete the eVOA. I have completed the process for 3 different trips to Bali and found it easy
  • Using the eVOA is a great idea if you want to stay up to 60 days as it’s easy to extend your initial 30-day visa online.
  • You can also apply for a 60-day tourist visa on the website but the fee is 1,500,000IDR or $150AUD

Creating an account for eVOA

  • Register an account for the main person completing all visas, click on this link to create an account
  • I recommend clicking on Sign In and create an account first if you have never created one before
Page to create account
Log in or create account screen
Select foreigner
  • It will ask you to take a photo of the person and upload, you will also need your passport
  • An email is required, it will check if it has been used on a previous account. Email address will be sent a link to click through on to authorise. Must activate within 15 minutes
  • You will then login to the account

Applying for eVOA

  • Once logged into your account you can apply for a new visa
  • Have the following saved to your computer or phone: JPEG of Passport photo page, current photo of your face, PDF of your passport photo page and PDF of your return flight details
  • You will need the street address and postcode of the hotel/villa you are staying at on your first night
On the home tab press apply
Selections for 30 Day VOA. You can Also select a 60 day tourist visa
  • Make your selections then click Detail & Apply button
  • On the next page upload your passport photo and photo of your face (ensure to follow photo guidelines)
Upload passport photo
Upload a photo of your face (I just used a selfie photo I took with my phone)
  • Click next and it matches the details of the passport. On the next page ensure all details are correct, I had to adjust the date of issue as it was incorrect
Enter in details
With the address type in the street and postcode. It will then auto-populate the rest, you can’t manually add it so will need a Postal Code
  • On the next page select the check box on each section
  • I was able to use the same email address for the application for the kids. Press submit and it will bring you to this page
On this screen, you then need to press submit
  • You will then see the status change to waiting for payment
  • Apply for other family members by pressing home or if you are finished go to ‘MY APPLICATION’ and ‘BATCH APPLICATION’
All visas applied for in Batch Application
  • Click on the transaction number for each visa and it will take you to the payment page. You have around 67 hours to pay before the payment option expires. Click on payment at the bottom of the page
I used a Bankwest Mastercard with no issues
  • You can then choose to download or email the receipt then click return to the homepage
  • When I clicked return to the homepage it logged me out each time, just log back in and the VISA will be in MY APPLICATIONS under BATCH APPLICATIONS. The status will be approved
  • You will be emailed the VISA to screenshot to your phone or print out
Visa page to save on phone or print out
  • You need to enter and use the VISA within 3 months so don’t apply for a VISA too early
  • The cost for each VISA on 20th February 2024 was $51.01AUD

On Arrival To Bali

  • On arriving in Bali you will exit the plane and then walk to the immigration hall
  • If you have not pre-organised an eVOA you line up in the VOA line to pay for VOA
  • If you have evidence/documentation of eVOA you can walk straight to the immigration line. On your phone is fine or you can print the eVOA
Immigration hall
  • Australia is on the list for Visa on Arrival and you can find the full list of visa arrangements for different countries here. For VOA it costs IDR 500,000 per person (approx. $52AUD) for all passengers including children. I usually find it best to use AUD cash to pay but also be aware that there have been instances recently when the card facilities weren’t working
  • This allows you a single entry into Bali and you can stay up to 30 days. It can be extended once for 30 days at Immigration (there will be a charge for this)
  • Payment can be done by Visa, Mastercard, debit card, or cash in IDR or foreign currency
  • Next, line up to be processed at Immigration. Lines to the right are for those under 5 years old, pregnant women, over 60 years, and disabled. Can be used if anyone in your family group falls under any category. We use it with Mason even though his disability is hidden (he was not wearing a sunflower lanyard last trip and we still used it)
  • Smart auto gates have been introduced and can be used if you have an electronic symbol on your passport and hold an electronic visa. ASEAN member nationals entitled to visa-free entry to Indonesia can use it but must register online on the e-visa website. A great way to make immigration quicker!
  • At customs, after you have collected your luggage, you show your e-CD QR code.
QR code to show at customs
  • If you have not completed the customs form before arriving there are QR codes to scan to take you to the link. Please note: there are no paper copies that you can complete so make sure your phone is charged
Baggage carousel area
Baggage carousel DPS

As you can see the requirements to enter Bali as a tourist are getting easier and easier! We found the whole process easy and had no trouble entering Bali. I would love to hear if you have or are planning a Bali holiday so join our Facebook Group and share your story.

Kate xx

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Comments

    • Matheus
    • March 25, 2022
    Reply

    Hi Kate!
    Thanks for this post. I’m from Rio de Janeiro and I’m going to Bali with my family in early May.
    I have a 1 year old daughter and I was worried about her arrival, because here in Brazil I was told that because she didn’t have a vaccine I would have to quarantine for 7 days.
    We are fully vaccinated but she is not old enough to vaccinate. Reading her post I was relieved to know that the quarantine will not be necessary right?

    • Vita
    • March 31, 2022
    Reply

    Hi Kate, thanks so much for the tips, certainly not an easy thing to travel these days πŸ™‚
    A helpful update: for pre departure PCR in Sydney you can now do supervised RAT test at Chemist Warehouse, on average $10 for test (you must purchase theirs) and $10 for supervision – so $20 per person instead of Histopath’s $79, which makes a difference for a family of four!
    The pharmacist will print out the Certificate for you. We have just travelled to Hawaii with 2 kids, and all went well with these Certificates πŸ™‚
    Our next trip is to Bali in June, fingers crossed!

      • Jacquie
      • November 30, 2023
      Reply

      Did you have to show permission from other parent to travel with children?

    • James
    • May 2, 2022
    Reply

    I was just registering the PeduliLindungi App. e-HAC says international travellers no longer need to complete as of 5th April 2022. You only need to complete your user profile in the PeduliLindungi App….. One less thing to do.

    • Mandy
    • May 24, 2022
    Reply

    Amazing, thankyou for this post, I will be following as we’re booked for the end of June I have always looked to your site for info since I had my wee one (she’s 4yo) and it’s helped me so much so thankyou for doing what you do! Do you mind sharing where you’ve chosen to stay this time? Mandy x

      • Kate
      • June 28, 2022
      Reply

      Hi, we just returned from an awesome 3 weeks in Bali. We stayed at Hard Rock, Westin Ubud, East Bali, Movenpick Jimbaran, Montigo Seminyak and Sanur πŸ™‚

    • Leah
    • July 28, 2022
    Reply

    Hi just wondering whether an online customs declaration to enter bali needs to be completed for (on behalf of) a child (under 4). Thanks

    • sophie
    • October 13, 2022
    Reply

    Hi there

    Do you know if children under the age of 2 are required to have a customs declaration form filled out? (Electronic Custom Declaration) ??

    Thanks!

      • Kate
      • October 30, 2022
      Reply

      You just fill out 1 customs declaration per family πŸ™‚

    • RA
    • December 31, 2022
    Reply

    Unfortunately, there is no info anywhere (been searching for hours) on how to apply for e-VOA for kids. Got my e-VOA approved to save myself the hassle on arrival, but after doing mine, I can’t see any option to add my kids in too.

      • Jessie
      • March 14, 2023
      Reply

      Did you find a way to complete it for your kids? Going through the same problem.

        • Kate
        • April 10, 2023
        Reply

        Unfortunately you will need a seperate email address for each child. People have been using work email adresses as a work around, as long as you can access to click through to the link.

      • Rich
      • March 25, 2023
      Reply

      DId you ever find an answer to this I am also stuck with this?

    • Vicki
    • June 20, 2023
    Reply

    Was the immigration queue for families with small children on the left or right hand side of hall? Is it sign posted?

    1. Reply

      Currently it is on the left hand side and is sign posted. They have been known to move it to the right side though so best to look out for it or ask.

    • Gbass
    • July 6, 2023
    Reply

    Hi,
    We are going to Bali for 12 days as a family. which visa do we pick?
    There is one option for tourist visa 60days or
    Visa on arrivals 30 days? Not sure which one is the right on to choose?

    1. Reply

      The Visa on Arrival will be the correct one

    • Elise Smith
    • October 4, 2023
    Reply

    I cannot get the visa for my daughter to work. When I click on batch application in my account as suggested in this post there is no add other option. I have been trying for weeks. Any suggestions??

      • Kate
      • October 4, 2023
      Reply

      Hi, I am not sure, I was able to complete 10 applications. Best way to go will be getting visa on arrival, the line up is usually pretty quick.

    • Jessica
    • December 4, 2023
    Reply

    Hi
    Thank you for this information. The only person I’ve seen who explains the eVOA process.
    Unfortunately, at the time of writing this, the batch application does not work. No option to add another family member so had to create another account for my husband.

      • Kate
      • December 5, 2023
      Reply

      Hi Jessica, sorry to hear it wouldn’t work for you. I just checked my account and the BATCH APPLICATION tab was still available but I’m unsure if it is because I have done batch applications previously. Thanks Kate

    • Pavitra
    • December 30, 2023
    Reply

    Hey Kate
    Just wondering how long it took for your visa to be approved online?
    We are travelling in 2 days & hesitating between starting an online voa now (but might not get approved on time?) or just do it on arrival.

    Thanks

      • Kate
      • December 30, 2023
      Reply

      Hi, it didn’t take me too long to do the visa on line but I have heard of people having issues since we visited. It is easy to get a visa on arrival as long as you have a passport from a country on the list. Thanks

    • Vicky
    • February 22, 2024
    Reply

    Hi, am traveling alone with my daughter to Bali in July and wanted to know what the visa requirements would be for her and also if I will be required to submit travel approval letter from Dad for her to enter Bali with me and not the both of us

      • Kate
      • March 11, 2024
      Reply

      Hi, all details are in the post about current visa requirements, it could change by July but I will update the post if it does change. I have travelled multiple times to Bali without my husband and just the kids. However, we do not have any court arrangements that you may have so I would check with the Australia government for further info.

    • Selina
    • March 1, 2024
    Reply

    Hi Kate,

    Thank you for updating the Bali travel post- this will come very handy when I travel with my two little ones in a few weeks from now.

      • Kate
      • March 11, 2024
      Reply

      Thanks for your feedback πŸ™‚

    • Vicki
    • March 2, 2024
    Reply

    Hi Kate
    We are intending to travel to Bali in March 2024 and have been reading that the VOA has been abolished as of December 2023. Reading on Google we found this:
    Aussies will once again be able to travel to the island of Bali visa free in 2024 after the Indonesian government back flipped on a decision to scrap visa-free travel to the holiday hot spot.

    Can you please tell us anything further to this as we are becomming a little confused with it all.

      • Kate
      • March 11, 2024
      Reply

      Hi Vicki, The VOA has not been abolished, there is now the extra $15AUD to pay for the tourist tax too. All details in the post πŸ™‚

    • Andrea
    • April 16, 2024
    Reply

    Hi Kate, your site is really helpful for many time Bali traveller out of NZ but first time online EVOA. Doing just under 2 months this so going to need to extend my 30 days visa but I can’t find anywhere that tells me when, once in Bali, I can do that or does it not matter? Do you happen to know?

      • Kate
      • April 25, 2024
      Reply

      Hi Andrea, Just select the Tourist Single Entry Visitor Visa 60 Days then there is no need to extend. Thanks Kate

    • Nicole
    • April 17, 2024
    Reply

    Hi, I am having trouble uploading my passport photo and photo applying for the VOA, I have tried multiple different photos with no luck. Any suggestions??

      • Kate
      • April 25, 2024
      Reply

      Sorry Nicole, I didn’t have any troubles. You are just taking a selfie of your face for the visa as suggested in the post? You don’t need to upload a passport photo. Just convert to PDF and it works fine. Thanks Kate

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