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Obtaining a visa to travel to Indonesia is not a difficult task. Find out more about the formalities to be filled in this article.

Do you dream of traveling to Indonesia? You should definitely start by getting a tourist visa. In fact, most foreigners wishing to move to Indonesia will require a visa, but the most popular short stay visa is the tourist visa.

There are actually two types of tourist visas in Indonesia, the first being valid for 30 days and the second having a 60 days validity in case you wish to extend your stay. Note that you may either apply for the visa before traveling, that is at the Indonesian embassy or consulate in your home country or on the spot, that is on your arrival at the airport.

On the spot visa

You can apply for an on the spot visa at the immigration service if you have arrived in Indonesia at the following airports: Denpasar, Manado, Jakarta, Surabaya and Padang. The only document to be produced is your passport which should be valid for at least 6 months following your date of entry into the country. Fees of some US$ 30 apply.

 Important:

You will be authorized to stay for only 30 days on the Indonesian territory, but with possibility of extension. Note, however, that the request for extension should be made before the first visa's expiry date.

 Good to know:

You are advised to pay the exact amount of fees applied in dollars or euros. Note that the euro's exchange rate at the airport is relatively low compared to that of the dollar.

Applying for a visa before traveling

If you prefer to apply for a visa before traveling to Indonesia, the request has to be made at the Indonesian embassy or consulate in your home country. Note that you have to go there in person as visas are not likely to be issued by post. Procedures could take at least three days.

Documents to be produced are the following:

  • a duly filled and signed visa application form
  • two passport-size color photos
  • your passport which should be valid for at least 6 months following the scheduled return date
  • a photocopy of your travel ticket, a tour operator booking or other travel document.

Traveling to Papua

If you wish to visit Papua during your trip to Indonesia, consider requesting for the Surat Jalan from the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This special permit is issued in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital city. But you can also seek the help of a local specialized agency.

 Useful links:

Expat.com - Indonesia Forum
Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Indonesia representations worldwide www.kemlu.go.id
Embassy of Jakarta in the US jakarta.usembassy.gov
Embassy of Indonesia in the UK www.indonesianembassy.org.uk

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