Lonely Planet Writer

Australians will no longer have to pay for a visa to see Indonesia’s amazing sights

It’s official – Australians will no longer have to pay a $46 Australian dollar visa fee to travel to Indonesia.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Water Temple, Bali.
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Water Temple, Bali. Image by toonman

The announcement of the change had already been made, but didn’t actually come to fruition until 22 March. Australia had previously been included on a list of 45 countries to be granted free entry, but was left off at the last minute as the Australian government would not give reciprocal rights for Indonesian travellers, reports News.com.au. Australia later altered its rules to add a three-year multiple entry visa for Indonesians.

Morning in Bromo, East Java.
Morning in Bromo, East Java. Image by Stefano Coltelli

Indonesia’s president actually added the country to a list of 169 with visa exemptions, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, but the news is especially big in Australia, where more than one million travellers head to Indonesia each year – the vast majority of which head to the island of Bali.

Barong Shaman, Indonesia.
Barong Shaman, Indonesia. Image by Fadza Ishak

The visa-free period is for 30 days and other countries added to the list include Brazil, Honduras, Mongolia, Kenya and more. Already on the list were countries like the UK, the US, China and Russia.

Overview of rice terraces north of Ubud.
Overview of rice terraces north of
Ubud. Image by Matt Munro