Laws of Indonesian Visa
Do Indian passport holders need an Indonesia Visa?
No, they do not. The visa regulations for Indians travelling to Indonesia have been simplified. 2016 saw Indonesia become a visa-free destination for Indian passport holders especially for tourism. To make it easier for you to understand the visa rule, NomadLawyer has curated a list of things you must do to get a visa for Indonesia.
Types of Visa to Indonesia
Short stay visa: This kind of visa allows you to stay up to 30 days in Indonesia at a time whether you are travelling to attend conferences, visiting friends and relatives or being a tourist only if you don’t engage in any form paid activities like business or work. This visa is free for Indian passport holders.
Visa on Arrival: Indians do not need to apply for an Indonesia visa abroad. You can just purchase the visa at the arrival hall once you’ve landed in Indonesia. With this visa, you can stay for more than 30 days but only up to 60 days from the date of arrival. This visa is valid for 30 days and can be extended once for another 30 days. You may have to pay for visa extension and visa agent fees if required.
Social and Cultural Visa B-211: Indians must apply for an Indonesia Visa if they plan to stay for a social and cultural visit. This Visa is valid for 60 days. This visa can be extended up to 4 times for a stay of 30 days each time. Getting a visa agent to help you will be easier. You need a sponsor’s letter to get this kind of visa.
Long stay visa: This kind of visa allows you to stay for more than 60 days in Indonesia at a time whether you wish to get a work permit, want to visit multiple times, study or engage in any form of paid activities like a business.
Local Laws and Custom
As a traveller one should be aware of the local laws and custom to ensure not to offend anyone.
Indonesia has zero tolerance for drugs. Don’t get involved with drugs, you may land up in a prison. Possession, trafficking or manufacture of any form of drugs is a serious offence.
If you are travelling during Ramadan ensure that you are wearing appropriate clothing. Especially if you are planning to visit any religious sites.
It’s illegal to buy, sell, kill or capture any protected wild animal or trade its parts without a license. Indonesia is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which includes bans on trade in ivory and tiger parts. If you’re caught purchasing or trafficking illegal goods you’ll be prosecuted and could receive a prison sentence and fine.
During Nyepi, Balineses New Year, local custom requires people to observe a day of silence by staying indoors and making no noise. Ngurah Rai international airport is closed for the entire day. Only emergency services like hospitals are operational.
Gambling is illegal in Indonesia.
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