Monday, January 25, 2010

Foreign tourists to be able to extend visa-on-arrival

Foreign tourists visiting Indonesia can now extend their visas-on-arrival for another 30 days, as of Jan. 26, the Indonesian immigration office announced Monday.

Prior to this, foreign tourists were not allowed to extend their visas-on-arrival. They had to leave the country to get a new visa.

In the new ruling, the immigration office has decided to scrap the seven-day visa-on-arrival. The office will now only issue visas for a 30-day stay at the rate of US$25, extendable for another 30 days.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very good,
but will you have to claim an extension at the airport or later during your trip? If this is the case, this is a waste of time, because we all knoq it takes precious time when dealing with all bureaucrats in the world.

Anonymous said...

Why not give option of 60 days on Arrival for $50? Much more welcoming and easier than having to visit Immigration office to extend. Can the extension be given within 1 hour, or does the tourist have to return another day to collect the Passport? Waste of 2 days...

Anonymous said...

I have sent emails to consular services (in the US, UK and France) but they did not reply ...
It sounds like the whole process is a waste of time and that no one at the embassy on consulate wants to anwser simple questions, beside just doing what they get paid for : their job.

Anonymous said...

It makes sense if they can do it up to 60 days for $50 at once at the airport than wasting time extending it later. I'd rather go to Singapore or Malaysia and come back to Indonesia than dealing with the immigration.

Andrew Blane said...

I have recently extended my Indonesian visa on arrival in Bali.

It took about a week, three visits to the immigration office, and Rp251,600, but it was quite smooth and easy.

I can confirm that you definitely need a sponsor, which is a reputable local person who knows you and has a valid identity card (KTP). Since I used my wife, I had to provide a copy of our wedding certificate. Presumably, if you use someone else, this won't be necessary.

In my case, I went to the immigration office in Singaraja, north Bali, as that's the nearest one for me, but I imagine the procedure is the same in all immigration offices in Indonesia. I don't think you can do this in the airport.

You have to fill in 3 forms. One of these is a sponsor's letter, which my wife completed. The others I completed myself (with some help from my wife as one is entirely in Indonesian). One of the forms needs a "materai" (stamp) which costs Rp6,000. You stick in on the indicated square at the bottom of the form and both you and your sponsor sign so that your signatures overlap it.

You also need to provide photocopies of your passport (showing my identity details and current visa), your sponsor's identity card (KTP), and your marriage certificate (if your spouse is sponsoring you).

5 days after dropping the forms off, I returned to the immigration office and paid Rp250,000 (equivalent to 25 US dollars)

3 days later, I returned to pick up my visa. Oh, and I had to pay Rp1,000 for them to photocopy my passport with the new visa stamp in it.

I was initially concerned that, since the whole process was going to take a week, I would end up overstaying on my original visa (which ran out 2 days into the process), but this wasn't a problem as I started the process before my visa expired. Ideally, you should go in one week before your visa expires but, even though I didn't do that, they back-dated the new visa to start from the day my original one ran out. Nice!

Apart from the reduced hassle of doing this (compared to leaving the country on a visa run), there's another advantage: the visa stamp they use only takes up half a page in your passport compared to a full page for the standard VOA stamp.

I hope this helps clarify the process for you.

Rowly & Lici said...

Was planning on staying in indo for 6-8 weeks. But will now only stay 4 weeks because of the hassle in extending my visa.

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