I came across multiple conflicting claims regarding visiting Bali short-term with an Australian passport,

  1. Visa-on-arrival is available for Australian citizens - costs US$35, and is valid for 30 days with a possible extension.

  2. Visa-on-arrival is available for Australian citizens, but the fee is waived for the Australian citizens.

  3. Australian citizens can enter Indonesia visa-free, if they intend to stay for less than 30 days. (my preferred option)

Obviously the best advice would be from the Indonesian government, but somehow their website appears to be down at the time of writing. And while $35 is no big deal, there seems to be a lot of conflicting information on whether it is due.

I wonder if Indonesia (Bali) still offers free visa-free entry for Australian citizens?

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As of October 2022, only ASEAN nationals are entitled to enter Indonesia without a visa. Everybody else has to queue up and fork out 500,000 rupiah (approx US$35) for a visa on arrival, or sort out a visa in advance. Source: Indonesian embassy to Switzerland, which defeats Indonesian bureaucracy through Swiss efficiency.

Indonesia used to have a much wider visa-free program, but these were all cancelled during COVID and have not been reinstated.

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    I'd also note that Indonesia still has a mask mandate, which might be a surprise for someone traveling from Australia.
    – JonathanReez
    Nov 8, 2022 at 12:33
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    @JonathanReez not only that, you also have to present the health app when entering malls and such. Nov 8, 2022 at 18:49
  • @NeanDerThal Both requirements are largely theoretical, I didn't even bother installing the app on my last Indo trip and it was checked precisely zero times. YMMV. Nov 9, 2022 at 0:03
  • Oh and masks are not enforced either? Then disregard my previous comment!
    – JonathanReez
    Nov 11, 2022 at 17:12
  • OP here, how ironic that I am now next to Switzerland and Lichtenstein, and the Indonesian mission to these countries cuts through bureaucracy as if it's cheese! Thanks
    – TAbdiukov
    Nov 13, 2022 at 8:25

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