Ready to get back to Bali? With the Single Entry B211 Tourism e-Visa, you can now travel to Indonesia and stay for longer with the help of a trusted visa agent.
When Bali’s borders closed back in April 2020 (only residents and KITAS holders could enter), the beaches were empty, the waterfalls returned to their most natural states, and that pesky Canggu traffic was a thing of the past. We’ll be honest: it was pure Bali bliss.
But then reality kicked in. Bali’s business owners began struggling beyond belief. Local families were unable to feed their own children, and rural villages were bursting at the seams after thousands of workers returned home from losing their jobs in the tourism industry. It became glaringly obvious that Bali needed its visitors back.
Thankfully, Bali reopened for tourism on 14th October 2021, and on February 3rd 2022, the first tourists landed on the island from Narita, Japan. Now, Bali has reinstated the Visa On Arrival for 72 nationalities (giving certain tourists a 30 day stay) and quarantine has been removed for fully vaccinated travellers.
But what if you’re not on the list of 72 nationalities? And what if you want to stay longer than 30 days? That’s where the B211 Tourism Visa comes in handy: a pre-arranged visa that allows any travellers of any nationality to spend up to six months in Indonesia. Here’s all you need to know…
SINGLE ENTRY B211 TOURISM e-VISA: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
Whether you want to holiday in beautiful Bali, or you’re an expat returning to Indonesia for a longer stay, anyone is eligible to apply for the Single Entry B211 Tourism e-Visa. It is currently the best option for non-residents and tourists to enter Indonesia and stay for an extended period of time, or for tourists of any nationality who are not eligible for the Visa On Arrival.
The Single Entry e-Visa is valid for 60 days and allows for 2x 60-day extensions, totalling a six month stay period. The visa is called a B211 Visit Visa, and when you apply for this visa you’ll need to state whether you require the “Business Visa” or the “Tourism Visa”.
Note: in order to obtain the B211 Tourism Visa, you must have a sponsor in Indonesia – a process that can be easily completed with the help of a visa agent in Bali (you can send us a DM on Instagram for our recommendations on tried-and-tested visa agents).
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE SINGLE ENTRY B211 TOURISM E-VISA
Single Entry B211 e-Visa applications can be submitted online by a visa agent (send us a DM on Instagram for our recommendations), which means you do not have to visit the Indonesian embassy in your home country, nor when you arrive in Indonesia. There are, however, some required documents in order to apply:
- You’ll need to supply a scanned copy of your passport.
- You’ll need proof of vaccination.
- If you are applying as a tourist, you’ll need proof of travel insurance with a minimum coverage of USD$25,000 for Coronavirus-related emergencies.
- And finally, you’ll need to show proof of the e-Visa payment to start the application process.
HOW MUCH DOES THE SINGLE ENTRY B211 VISIT E-VISA COST?
Depending on which visa agent you use, the price of the B211 Tourism Visa is approximately $300. This includes the agent fee, the visa fee, and other documentation that’s required, including sponsorship, a guarantee letter, and sometimes, the promise of an approved visa application within five working days if you require an Express Service.
Once you arrive in Indonesia, you can then choose to extend your e-Visa after your initial 60-day stay period. You can extend the visa two times, 60-days each, totalling a six-month stay. The price of each extension is approximately $150, and each extension application must be made two-weeks before the date of visa expiry. You should use the same agent for your extensions that you use for the initial application, since they will remain on your visa as your sponsor.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE B211 VISA
So, you want to get back to Bali but you’re unsure of all the requirements? Here, we’re answering the most frequently asked questions surrounding the B211 e-Visa, and everything else quarantine and Coronavirus-related.
1. Which agent is best to use to apply for the B211 visa?
There are plenty of legitimate visa agents here in Bali who can assist with the application of your visa, but not all visa agents are made equal, and unfortunately, there are lots of scammers out there. Send us a DM on Instagram for our recommendations on tried-and-tested visa agents.
2. Which nationalities are eligible for the Visa On Arrival?
Currently 72 nationalities are eligible for the Visa On Arrival. These countries are: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA and Vietnam.
**If your nationality is not on the list, then you will need the B211 Tourism e-Visa.
3. So can I fly direct to Bali?
Yes, you can now fly direct to Bali. Many airlines have reinstated their direct-to-Bali routes, including Singapore Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Emirates, JetStar, Scoot, Air Asia, KLM, Malaysia Airline, Turkish Airlines and Qatar. When booking your flight with a different airline, you may want to ensure your flight lands in Bali first, rather than flying via Jakarta or other Indonesian cities. The Visa On Arrival and the B211 Visas are both accepted in all international airports in Indonesia.
4. Do I need to have a Coronavirus test before arriving?
No. Fully vaccinated travellers no longer need to carry out pre-arrival testing (PCR or Antigen) before flying to Indonesia.
5. Do I need to be vaccinated to visit Indonesia?
Yes. Proof of complete vaccination is required for all foreign arrivals into Indonesia. Complete vaccination refers to either two doses (or one dose for Johnson & Johnson) OR a booster.
6. Do you have to quarantine to go to Bali?
No, quarantine is no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers (two doses or a booster) travelling into Indonesia. Once you pass immigration at the airport, you are free to travel around Bali and the entire country.
7. So what is the exact list of requirements to travel to Bali?
A valid visa (either the B211 Tourism Visa or the Visa On Arrival), proof of complete vaccination, and proof of travel insurance with Covid coverage of at least USD$25,000 (for tourists). Here’s our complete pre-flight checklist.
8. Which countries are banned from entering Indonesia?
Currently there are no bans on international arrivals – all nationalities may enter Indonesia with the correct visa.
9. Is Bali a safe place to be during the pandemic?
Just like any other country, Indonesia (and Bali) does still have active cases of Coronavirus, so we suggest you take all the necessary precautions that you would in any other country. Saying that, Bali is blessed with lots of outdoor spaces, breezy private villas and secluded beaches, so social distancing is just part of normal Bali life! So the simple answer is yes, Bali is still safe for those who are vaccinated, fit, healthy and following correct hygiene and social distancing procedures. And if you want to be extra precautious? Book your stay in a CHSE hotel or resort, all of which meet the ‘Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability’ protocols in Indonesia.
10. What is the current Coronavirus situation like in Bali?
The situation is changing daily, but you can track Indonesia-specific statistics here, and you can also follow the Bali Covid-19 Update Facebook group for daily (and accurate) updates. You can also read our full guide to Coronavirus in Bali here.
11. Do I need to collect my visa from an embassy?
No. You will receive your e-visa via email, so you no longer need to visit the Indonesian embassy in your country.
12. Can I book my flight before getting my B211 visa?
Yes, however, you’ll need to ensure that you have at least two weeks before flying to prepare all the required documents and to process your B211 visa. We recommend getting your visa first, just in case there are any delays. Once your B211 visa is approved, you’ll have 90 days to enter the country, meaning you have plenty of time to print your e-visa, arrange your flights, book your hotel and purchase health insurance, all before jumping on your flight to Indonesia. The only thing left to do? Pack your bags and dust off your passport!
See you in Bali soon!