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How to obtain and extend an Indonesian Visa on Arrival 2024

1. How to obtain my Indonesian Visa on arrival?

- What you need, what it costs and how long it lasts.

2. How to extend my Indonesian Visa on arrival?

- What you need, when and where to go, how to pay.

3. How to obtain an Indonesian eVisa?

- What you need, where to apply, how to apply.

1. How to obtain my Indonesian Visa on arrival?

 

In order to obtain your Indonesian visa on arrival VOA, once you have arrived at an Indonesian airport or seaport you must present:

 

a. Passport (diplomatic/official/ordinary) that is valid for a minimum of 6 (six) months,

b. A return ticket or a pass to continue the trip to another country,

c. 500,000 IDR per person in CASH to pay for the B213.

Some guests have reported they were accompanied to another area of the airport in order to withdraw cash; others were refused this service. Some guests have reported they were able to pay at the kiosk with a VISA card; others were refused this service. As it appears the rules change daily, best bet is to have 500.000IDR prepared in cash!

 

We have received some reports that travellers now have to input their data (passport number, name, date of birth, home address, address whilst in Sumatra, flight number, departing flight date and time etc.) into a computer system once they pass through immigration. For this reason please make sure you have our address and phone number saved:

 

Ishako Ranto Simanjuntak (owner) +62 812 6572 5207

 

Sumatra Expedition Lodge.

Sampe Raya,

Bohorok,

Langkat Regency,

North Sumatra 20852

 

Remember, your VOA lasts 30 days, no more, no less.

 

If you overstay your visa you will be fined 1.000.000 per day, so it’s very important you are aware of the date shown on your entry stamp and therefore the day you must exit Indonesia.

 
 

How to extend my Indonesian Visa on arrival?

 

You can extend your Indonesian visa on arrival VOA for an additional 30 days at the Immigration Office in the area where you are staying. You must do this extension in person, you cannot send someone else in your place.

 

The extension costs an additional 500.000, and you should start the extension process at least 1 week before your current visa expires. We suggest going on the morning of your second last Monday of your current Visa, to give yourself and the immigration office time to process your extension.

 

Let’s say your 30 day VOA ends on Tuesday 30th April 2024.

The example process would be:

 

Monday 22nd April:

Hand in passport and visa extension application at immigration centre. You must hand in your docs AND pay for the extension before midday. You CANNOT pay for the extension at the immigration centre, because that would be far too easy. Oh no, you have to go to one of the banks they stipulate. So get to the immigration office for 0900 to give yourself enough time!

 

Wednesday 24th:

Return to immigration centre for biometrics, again before midday.

 

Friday 26th:

Collect your (hopefully) completed Visa extension AFTER 1300/1400.

 

Please remember, there is a strict dress code (for foreigners!) and you could be turned away if you do not follow it. Again, this depends on the security guard on the day, but to save yourself time and stress dress correctly. This means:

 

Men

-       T-shirt or shirt.

-       Long trousers.

-       Proper shoes, no sandals or flip flops.

Woman

-       T-shirt, shirt or blouse which at the very least COVERS SHOULDERS.

-       Long trousers.

-       Proper shoes, no sandals or flip flops.

 

I repeat, if you overstay your visa you will be fined 1.000.000 per day, so it’s very important you are aware of the date shown on your entry stamp and therefore the day you must exit Indonesia.

 

Important Note: Visit Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival holder cannot be converted to another type of visit visa or stay permit visa.

 

How to obtain an Indonesian eVisa?


In order to obtain an Indonesian visitor eVisa, you must first decide which visa you are applying for. There are two visitor visa’s available for application electronically. These are:

 

1. 30 days eVOA: Rp 500.000, extension 1x30 days Rp 500.000

2. 60 days eVOA: Rp 1.500.000, not extendable


Requirements
  1. As with the VOA an Official national passport with a minimum validity of 6 months from the entry date. Bearers of any type of travel document other than a regular national passport must arrange an eVisa prior to their journey

  2. Copy of a return ticket, or ticket continuing the journey to another country

  3. Currently the Indonesian online embassy still lists Covid-19 documents as a requirement to the online process. We are not sure if this is still the case, but better have your COVID injections certifications in an online format just in case.

How to apply for Electronic Visa on Arrival (e-VOA)
  1. Access the application through molina.imigrasi.go.id. Click the login menu and click Register to create an Account. If you already have an account, enter your user name and password then click Submit button

  2. Complete your personal and passport information then click Submit button

  3. Check your email notification, click Activate to activate your account, then continue to log in using your username and password

  4.  Go to Home menu then click Apply button (or go to Application menu) to apply your e-VOA

  5. Complete your visa application form, click submit button to continue, then process the payment

  6. Click Make a payment to process, complete your credit card data, then click Pay Now. Online payments with Visa, Mastercard, and JCB logos are acceptable

  7. Complete and check your payment. Once the payment is successful, e-VOA will be processed. You will receive email notification after your e-VOA is ready. Click Download to get your e-VOA

  8. Please show your soft copy or printed of approved e-VOA to the officers at the Immigration Checkpoints.

I would definitely have a hard copy of the eVISA printed out, along with an online version saved to my phone just to be safe.

 

So, there you have it, hopefully a comprehensive and honest guide on how to get yourself a VOA, an eVOA along with how to do an onshore extension.


As the exact process seems to change fleetingly (e.g. being allowed to pay by card/withdraw cash/ have to input data manually onto the immigrations system on arrival) it would be great to get some feedback from travellers about their experience.


Either which way, we hope this article helped you prepare for your Indonesian arrival and that you sailed through immigration like a happy little camper on cloud nine!

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