Is your stay permit in Indonesia going to expire? Or you are still in Indonesia but have only just realised that your visa had already expired for quite some time? What will happen if your visa has already expired?
Make sure to get your visa documentation in order as soon as possible as Indonesia has significantly raised the daily penalty for overstaying a visa in Indonesia.
New regulations for overstaying visas in Indonesia
Effective May 2019 the visa holder will be fined Rp 1,000,000* per day (approx. US70) and may be detained for questioning too. The fine is not a bribe, but is a legal part of the settlement of an overstay. Plan on paying the official fine in full at the immigration office. See Government Regulation No. 28, Year 2019 for the official regulation.
This is an increase from the previous fine of Rp 300,000/day.
Overstaying your Visa for more than 60 Days
With an overstay of more than 60 days, the law says that you will be deported and blacklisted. Surprisingly, you will not have to pay a fine!
Again, you should go to the airport really early with your ticket to exit Indonesia.
Don’t display any expensive watches, jewelry, electronics, or other signs of wealth. Do not bring large amounts of cash. If this is found, officials may pressure you to buy your way out of the situation.
Be ready for questions that officials may ask. Stay calm and gracious, don’t raise your voice. Don’t argue and don’t quote the law at them.
Make sure you can explain the circumstances of your overstay. Especially how you managed financially while staying in Indonesia. Important: Working illegally will make your situation much worse, as that is a criminal offense.
Be remorseful and apologetic. Agree that you have made a mistake and that you are willing to face the consequences.
Prepare yourself for the possibility that officials may try to goad or insult you. They may also threaten you with punishment, possibly citing Article 124. Don’t let this scare you, as that article applies mostly to employers who knowingly hire illegal workers.
If you have an Indonesian spouse, have them go with you. Officials may want to talk to them as well. Be sure that your companion is ready: don’t display any signs of wealth, stay calm, and have an explanation. In addition, you and your companion should both make it clear that s/he had no prior knowledge of the overstay.
Unless officials become suspicious that some other crime has been committed, you will likely be deported on the same day. However they can legally detain you while they conduct an investigation.
Avoid getting deported from Indonesia
Deporting and blacklisting in Indonesia will follow once you fail to pay the fine while being in the country still less than 60 days. The same applies when you are in the country with a stay permit that is no longer valid and exceeds 60 days. However, blacklisting and sending out of the country is something you can prevent.
Note that the Immigration officials in Indonesia are doing an excellent job at keeping their eye on any immigration-related violations. Besides, it is often a case of receiving a tip from someone, which leads the officials to check upon the documents of expats and foreign businesses.
Therefore, always make it a priority to have your documentation in line with the country’s regulations.
What if my overstay was due to an emergency?
If you know that you are going to overstay due to an emergency, you should extend your visa before it expires. At your local immigration office you can ask for an Izin Tinggal Keadaan Terpaksa (Emergency Stay Permit). This stay permit is available for among others, humanitarian reasons and natural disasters. For humanitarian reasons you should include supporting proof, such as medical records or doctor’s recommendation.
The emergency stay permit is valid for 30 days. You can then apply to extend it for an additional 30 days each time.
The relevant statute for the emergency stay permit is Justice and Human Rights Ministerial Decree no 27, 2014.
You Must Apply for the Right Visa in Indonesia
Indonesia has different regulations for nationals from different countries. In general, for most countries a visa is not required (or a free visa will be given) in Indonesia for the purpose of a short visit. Even with a free visa, some foreigners happen to overstay as well.
Therefore, even when you can enter the Indonesia territory without a visa and want to stay longer than 30 days, we advise you to choose the right visa for a longer stay in the country.
This is because a free visa is not extendable. You cannot upgrade your free visa to another type of visa either.
Advice from our visa experts? Always plan ahead and know what your purpose of visit so that you will be able to choose the right visa for the length of period you want to stay in Indonesia.