VISA & IMMIGRATION TO INDONESIA
Indonesia’s a great place to visit and it’s really not that difficult to get your Visa. We have compiled some information that will be useful.
The most important thing to remember and check, all travelers to Indonesia must have a Passport valid for at least six (6) months from the date of arrival, and have proof (tickets) of onward or return passage.
Indonesia as an open country provides the easy ways for you to visit and witness its beauties. There are 3 main visa options for tourist who wish to visit or stay in Indonesia for a short period.
TOURIST VISA FREE
Yes, for some countries, visa to enter Indonesia is free of charge!
To visit Indonesia under or up to 30 days, foreigners will need no visa to enter Indonesia. This visa exemption facility can be used for tourism, family visit, social visit, art and cultural, government duty, to deliver a speech or attend a seminar, international exhibition, meetings with head office or representative office in Indonesia, or transit.
Tourist Visa Free Facility is valid for citizens from 169 countries granted Visa Free Facilities for 30 days travel. However it is non-extendable and cannot be transferred into any other type of stay permit.
You check if your country origin is included in the list of Tourist Visa Free Countries and the list of permitted entrance through this link http://www.indonesia.travel/en/travel-guidance/visa-and-immigration .
If your country origin is not on the list or the 30 days of Tourist Visa Free facility feels insufficient, you still can apply for Visa on Arrival (given for 30 days and extendable for another 30 days) or Visit Visa.
The Indonesian Government extends Visa on Arrival (VoA) to citizens of 61 countries which can be obtained at designated entry airports and sea ports. Visa-on-Arrival is valid for 30 days and is extendable with another 30 days to be applied at Immigration offices in Indonesia. This visa costs US$35.
Please note that starting 26 January 2010, the 7-day Visa-on-Arrival has been discontinued. Exception to this is the Special Economic Zone in the Riau Islands province, where the 7-day Visa on Arrival (VoA) can still be obtained at the seaports on the islands of Batam, Bintan -including Tanjung Pinang and Bandar Bentan Telani – and Karimun. The7-Day VoA Visa fee is US$ 15.
Countries able to obtain Visa-on-Arrival facility are:
- Lao PDR
- New Zealand
- People’s Republic of China
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
If your country origin is not on the list above, you can still apply for a visa through the Visit Visa facility below.
Visitors from other countries (not from the 61 countries able to obtain Visa-on-Arrival facility) must apply for Visit Visa at Indonesia Embassies or Consulates in their home country. This visa cannot be replaced with any other immigration letters. It shall then be administered by the Visa Officer in the presence of the applicant concerned. You can check the address of Indonesia Embassies or Consulates nearby through this link http://www.kemlu.go.id/en/kedutaan/default.aspx .
Free entry visa is also provided to delegates registered in a conference that is officially convened. In addition, tourist visa can be obtained from every Indonesian Embassy or Consulate. You can visit Indonesia through certain means and gates. By air via Jakarta, Bali, Medan, Manado, Biak, Ambon, Surabaya and Batam. By sea via Semarang, Jakarta, Bali, Pontianak, Balikpapan, Tanjung Pinang and Kupang. Maximum stay in Indonesia is two months.
To further check the requirements and how to apply all kind of visa, including for VISIT VISA, check this link http://www.imigrasi.go.id/index.php/en/public-services/visit-visa#general-info .
ON ARRIVAL IN INDONESIA
You will need to complete a Passenger Arrival Card before passing through Customs Passport Control. A passenger arrival card will be given to you during your flight; if not, cards are available in the arrival area. After you’ve cleared passport control, you should collect your baggage and proceed through customs and bio security checks. In order to protect Indonesia and its environment, certain items are not allowed to be brought into the country, have restrictions for entry or must be declared if they are deemed to present a bio security risk. These include food, plants, animal products and outdoor recreational equipment.
Other info about immigration of Indonesia, check on http://www.imigrasi.go.id
Maximum items allowed by customs when you visit Indonesia:
- 1 liter of alcoholic beverages
- 200 cigarettes OR 50 cigars OR 100 grams of tobacco
- Reasonable amount of perfume per adult, meaning if you arrive drenched in perfume the customs probably will not mind you carrying loads of bottles.
- Cameras, video cameras, portable radios, cassette recorders, binoculars and sport equipment are admitted provided they are taken out on departure. They must be declared to Customs.
You are prohibited to carry:
- Narcotics drugs
- Pornography materials
- Chinese printing and medicines
- Transceivers and cordless telephone
- Films, pre-recorded video tapes, laser discs, VCDs, DVDs must be screened by Censor Board.
- Import or export of foreign currencies and travelers’ checks are allowed. However, the import and export of Indonesia currency, exceeding 100 million Rupiah is prohibited.
Further information on customs and taxes in Indonesia, check on www.beacukai.go.id
Have a happy vacation in Indonesia!