Chase Sapphire Reserve℠

Americans No Longer Need Visas to Travel to Indonesia

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Increasingly popular with Americans, the gorgeous Southeast Asian country of Indonesia (which includes The Points Guy’s beloved island of Bali) has long required most visitors to obtain entry visas upon arrival. However, on June 9, 2015, Indonesian President Joko Widodo decreed that the citizens of 30 countries — including the United States — can now obtain free-of-charge visas on arrival in Indonesia that will be valid for a 30-day stay in the country.

Bali featured
Bali, one of Indonesia’s many islands, is increasingly popular with Americans — who can now travel there visa-free.

The following 30 countries are now eligible for visa-free status: The USA, Canada and Mexico; Great Britain, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, the People’s Republic of China, South Korea and Japan; Qatar, the U.A.E., Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman; New Zealand and South Africa.

They now join the following countries already granted with this status: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Singapore, Darussalam, Philippines, Chile, Morocco, Peru, Vietnam, Ecuador, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Hong Kong and Macau.

Visa free entry is granted only at the following gateways:

  • Soekarno-Hatta Airport (CGK) in Jakarta
  • Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS) in Denpasar, Bali
  • Kualu Namu Airport (KNO) in Medan, North Sumatra
  • Juanda Airport (SUB) in Surabaya, East Java
  • Hang Nadim Airport (BTH) in Batam
  • Port of Sekupang and Port of Batam Center, both in Batam
  • Port of Sri Bintan in Bintan
  • Port of Tanjung Uban in Riau

This is wonderful news for travelers, and there are some great deals to be found for those of you looking to travel to Indonesia this summer! Previously, only a few immigration lanes would open and the rest of the immigration officers would open a cash-only “express visa” service. Therefore, this change will make the process much easier and more efficient.

For more information on the country, check out these related posts:

What I Loved About Bali
Destination of the Week: Bali
Hotel Review: The St. Regis Bali Resort

HT: One Mile At A Time

Chase Freedom®

Apply Now
  • Earn a $150 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening
  • Earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases in bonus categories each quarter you activate
  • Unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases — it's automatic
  • 0% Intro APR for 15 months from account opening on purchases and balance transfers, then a variable APR of 14.24-23.24%. Balance transfer fee is 5% of the amount transferred, $5 minimum
  • Enjoy new 5% categories every 3 months like gas stations, restaurants, and wholesale clubs
  • Cash Back rewards do not expire as long as your account is open
  • No annual fee
Intro APR Regular APR Annual Fee Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Rating
0% for 15 months 14.24%-23.24% Variable $0 3.00% Excellent/Good