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Help! w/ VOA Indonesia, I'm officially an idiot

Help! w/ VOA Indonesia, I'm officially an idiot

Old Oct 4th, 2009, 10:12 PM
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Help! w/ VOA Indonesia, I'm officially an idiot

I leave for Bali in 10 days ( if all Bear's blood is good and he can have a procedure this week, poor thing has been sick ) fingers crossed all goes well. I'm to be there for 36 days and just realized this minute I think VOA are only good for 30 days. OMG, what to do? I need smart Fodorite insight please, now I'm stressing out!
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Old Oct 4th, 2009, 11:26 PM
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A 'visa run' is a good option.Not sure if its worth it for a few days more.
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Old Oct 4th, 2009, 11:29 PM
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http://www.nomad4ever.com/2006/12/15...-does-it-work/

and this from another site:
http://www.balispirit.com/travel/bali_visa.html

Passengers who overstay their visa period for a short period of time can be processed immediately at the airport by paying US$ 20 for every day they "overstayed" their 30-day or 6-month visa.

If you are delayed from leaving Indonesia because of drastic medical circumstances or because your airline cancelled its flight, you will be able to ask for an exemption for the fees mentioned above. Not sure if you'll get it, but it's worth trying!

If you have an extendable visa, you must go to the Immigration Office in your area at least 7 days before your visa/last visa extension expires, in order to wait on line for hours, if not days on end, in the stifling heat to get your passport stamped by the appropriate official.

To avoid the above you may purchase the services of one of the many passport agents (many to be found in Bali, Yogyakarta and Jakarta) who will do the dance for you for a 'fee'. The fee will range from cost-effective to exorbitant, depending who you work with — good luck!
If your visa has expired, it is not recommended to 'just hang about' without any official visa. It has been done, and there are only expensive ways out of this incriminating scenario.

There are 'escape routes' from Indonesia to nearby countries (for example, from South to North Borneo or from West Irian Jaya to East Papua New Guinea) but the risks are crazy.

Number one is the guaranteed payment of very high fees (read: bribes) to immigration officials, the risk of imprisonment, and even becoming blacklisted, at which point you can never enter Indonesia again. DON'T TAKE SUCH RISKS, IT'S NOT WORTH IT.

For more information on Indonesian Visas you can look at the website of the Indonesian consulate in your country... my favorite website about this subject is from the Netherlands — here goes: www.indonesia.nl. You can also see the very informative Indonesia Expat Forum: www.expat.or.id/info/docs.html
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Old Oct 4th, 2009, 11:32 PM
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[all the above is copied from the balispirit site - I forgot the quotation marks. I can't vouch for the info, but it looks good to me]
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Old Oct 5th, 2009, 12:19 AM
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Well, first, thanks so much dogster and inquest. I wonder if you are in Indonesia on a 30 day VOA and take a weekend in Singapore or someplace, if then you get a new VOA coming back.
Most economic would be to just pay the 20 bucks a day overage for 6 days.
BTW cool site that nomad is
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Old Oct 5th, 2009, 12:38 AM
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laartista, I wouldn't do that. You may be placing yourself in a very dodgy situation. Don't assume for one milli-second that the immigration officials will behave the way you expect them to. Everything is business and, if ever there was somebody without an option, it would be you. Would you like me to paint the possible scenario? lol.

But yup, a weekend in Singapore or wherever, should get you another VOA. That's my understanding, anyway.
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Old Oct 5th, 2009, 12:44 AM
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Well now that's scary, I don't want to end up like that movie Brokedown palace!! You know, I'm gonna email my production ouse there and ask if they know a service on the ground that can take care of it for a fee. Nothing like the last minute.
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laartista, I've never over-stayed a visa so this is hearsay only, but I'm told that a one week over-stay is fairly common occurence and the going rate to set things right is something like $US25 a day payable to the immigration officer (no receipt).

If this kind of pseudo-legal maneuvering will make you worry the whole time you're traveling, then the best option is to plan a quick roundtrip to Singapore and back so that you will have two visas, each less than 30 days.

I would also call the Indonesian embassy or consulate wherever you are and ask if you could get a 60 day business visa. I understand that these can be granted in some circumstances.
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Old Oct 5th, 2009, 07:57 AM
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I thought you were planning a short trip to somewhere while you are in Bali - was it VN? As mentioned, such a trip would make you eligible for another 30 day VOA.
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Old Oct 5th, 2009, 08:54 AM
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any trip to another country should work....just fly out on air asia and return: K/L, singapore, etc
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Old Oct 5th, 2009, 10:38 AM
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Thanks all you guys! Kathie: I was planning a trip to Vietnam , but over the past few weeks I had found out my babycat Bear was slowly being poisoned by his Thyroid meds for the past 2 years, Nice? right? It's been a horror show, anyway between an endocrinologist specialist and the procedure he is going to need, a few thousand dollars, which leaves no budget for vietnam.

I'm going to contact the Indonesian embassy in L.A. and see what I can do, otherwise rhkkmk- that is what i'll do KL, never been there either
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Old Oct 8th, 2009, 06:26 PM
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Well, problem solved, I pushed my trip back 3 weeks because of my cats health procedure. When I rescheduled I did so I am only on ground in Bali for 30 days. Thanks for all the suggestions and links that are helpful for future.
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