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What to do when you have overstayed your visa in Bali

Another common immigration breach in Bali is overstaying one’s visa. Regardless of the reason, staying after your visa or stay permit expires, is a grave breach.

By doing so, you will risk fines, blacklisting, or deportation, like happened to the Czech tourist who had ‘such a good time on the island’ he did not notice he’d been overstaying for 60 days.

If you have stayed in Bali for longer than your visa allows, the consequences depend on how many days you have overstayed.

Note that as of May 3, 2019, visitors who overstay their visa in Indonesia will face a daily fine of IDR 1,000,000 (~USD 70), as per the Government Regulation No. 28 the Year 2019.

However, once your overstay in Bali reaches 60 days, the immigration will investigate you very thoroughly. Consequently, you will be deported from Bali and blacklisted from entering Indonesia for a certain period.

Keep in mind that if you have found yourself in this situation, it is crucial to stay humble and show your regret.

Any other kind of behavior will only get you into more trouble like happened to the infamous British woman who slapped an immigration officer in Bali after she was asked to pay a fine of US$ 4,000 for overstaying her visa for 160 days.

As a consequence, she was sentenced to prison for six months for assaulting the immigration officer.


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