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What to Do When You Are Having Visa Problems in Bali

  • What are the consequences of visa problems in Bali?

  • How does the Immigration know who work without a KITAS?

  • What to do when the Indonesian Immigration holds your passport to investigate a visa violation

  • What to do when you have overstayed your visa in Bali

In 2017, Joseph (43, Canada) and Hald (29, Denmark) were working as diving instructors in Singaraja, Northern Bali.

Their tropical dream job got an abrupt end when the couple was arrested for violating their residence permits (KITAS) and were soon after deported from Indonesia.

According to the local officials, the two expats had work permits for being a president director and a sales manager when in reality, they were working as diving instructors.

There are thousands of stories like Joseph and Hald’s. We at VIVO ASIA want to make sure that expats can enjoy living and doing business in Bali without having to be afraid of problems with the Immigration.

However, if you are already experiencing visa troubles in Bali, VIVO ASIA can help you.

What are the consequences of visa problems in Bali?


In the case of tourist visa overstays in Bali, deportation, and fines are likely. While some may consider these penalties manageable, overstaying could affect your future chances of re-entering the country.

For work law violations, however, the official penalty is five years of imprisonment or a fine of IDR 500 million (~US$ 35,000).

How does the Immigration know who work without a KITAS?


Local immigration officers perform regular site inspections and passport checks all over the island.

However, in many cases, the Immigration authorities already know about the KITAS violations because their competitors have reported them.

What to do when the Indonesian Immigration holds your passport to investigate a visa violation


The most common reasons why foreigners in Bali fall under investigation is because they are:

  • Earning income from Indonesia without a work permit

  • Freelancing in Bali while holding a tourist visa

  • Renting out property in Bali without a company or a KITAS

  • Holding a different position than listed in their KITAS

  • Working in multiple companies with a work permit from only one company

Keep in mind that if the Immigration wants to penalize a foreigner for any of these reasons, they have to take the case to court. In the case of work permit violations, it may prompt more investigation into company licenses, which could have a knock-on effect on the entire organization.

Whatever the case, remember that VIVO ASIA can help with your immigration problems in Bali. We will meet the immigration officials on your behalf to:

  • find out what your violation is

  • negotiate the fine

  • help you settle the situation before it escalates into a lawsuit

Not sure whether you are staying and working in Bali legally? We can check your documentation and help you avoid visa problems in Bali. Reach out to us via vivoasiamanagement@gmail.com for a complimentary consultation.

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