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To confirm - visas now required for travel to Indonesia?

Old Feb 22nd, 2006, 05:08 AM
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To confirm - visas now required for travel to Indonesia?

Hi all,

We are US citizens preparing for our upcoming trip to Java. The consulate website is a bit confusing, but from what I can tell, it appears that we now need a visa to enter Indonesia as tourists. This will require us to complete the necessary paperwork ahead of time and pay a fee of $35.

We should not, however, need a visa for Singapore.

Is this correct as far as you all know?

Thanks!
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Old Feb 22nd, 2006, 05:51 AM
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You do need a visa for Indonesia. You do not need it in advance as long as you are entering through an airport that issues visas on arrival. What is your port of entry? Of course, you can always get your visa in advance through the consulate in the US. When I last entered Indonesia, there were only four people getting a visa on arrival and it was very quick, but those who already had their visas took much longer, as they carefully inspected each of the visas!

You are correct, you do not need a visa for Singapore.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2006, 08:37 AM
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Hi Kathie,

We'll be coming from Singapore into the airport at Solo City.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2006, 09:12 AM
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Ericka, you can check the consulate website for places that are visa on arrival airports. I checked into the status of Solo about a year and a half ago, and at that point it was not a visa on arrival facility. However, they have added some airports since then.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2006, 04:55 PM
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Cheaper to get a visa on arrival. If memory serves, it's currently only $10 for a 15 day visa.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2006, 05:33 PM
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Michael, it's $10 for a 3 day visa. A 30 day visa on arrival is $25 last I was there and may have gone up in the last year and a half. There is a longer visa available in advance. The real question for Ericka will be whether Solo is now a visa on arrival airport. If it is not and she doesn't have a visa in advance, she will not be allowed on the plane in SIngapore... a very costly mistake.
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Old Feb 23rd, 2006, 04:04 AM
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OK - Solo is now one of the airports that show "visa-on-arrival", however further research indicates that tourists are complaining about how long it takes to get through the visa-on-arrival stations in Indonesia. I suppose it is all luck as to whether you get a short or long line, but a part of me thinks we may want to have the visa ahead of time just to be safe.

Kathie's costs are correct - $25 for on-arrival. But if we get the visas ahead of time it would be about $35.

Thanks everyone for the additional input! Now we just have to think a bit.
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Old Feb 23rd, 2006, 04:11 AM
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Ericka, when will you be in Java? We'll be there May 20-27.
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Old Feb 23rd, 2006, 06:10 AM
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Hi Laurico,

Singapore: 6/30-7/1
Java: 7/1-7/8

Looks like you'll have a trip report written before we even leave!
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Old Feb 23rd, 2006, 04:08 PM
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Erika,
I greatly appreciate this post. I've just booked a last minute trip to Bali and Borobodur (March 9-20)and having visited Bali before I presumed obtaining the visa at the airport would be no problem.

As we're flying into Solo (before Bali) I appreciate this discussion drawing my attention to the differences between different Indonesian entry points.

Thanks!
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Old Feb 23rd, 2006, 04:13 PM
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Kathie, they changed the visa times since it was first introduced. You now get a much longer visa for $10, since 3 days was kind of rediculous. I can't say for certain how long it is now, but it's at least a week.

Unless they've changed it again since I was last there in December. I'm going again in mid-March, so I guess I'll find out.
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Old Feb 23rd, 2006, 04:27 PM
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Actually, it's my understanding that the most recent changes to the visa on arrival is $10 for 7 days, $25 for 30 days for citizens of selected countries.
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Old Feb 23rd, 2006, 05:37 PM
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http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_p.../cis_2052.html
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Old Feb 23rd, 2006, 05:40 PM
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I just noticed that the travel.state.gov does state how current the info is on their website. It is current as of time now:

"This information is current as of today, Thu Feb 23 18:36:00 2006."
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Old Feb 23rd, 2006, 05:53 PM
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http://www.indonesianembassy.org.uk/...e_arrival.html

The VOA rules changed August 1, 2005. 7 days short visit "transit" is $10.00. 30 day tourist visa on arrival is $25.00. Many websites, including the US govt's and some of the Indonesian Embassy's even have the old VOA informatioin.
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And I know people who have gone to Bali for a 6 day/5 night stay and have gotten the $10.00/7 day VOA.
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Just one more because I was starting to doubt the 7 day one because so many places still list 3 days. I thought maybe it changed back. The Indonesian Immigration site confirms it though...7 days and 30 days.
http://www.budpar.go.id/news.html?id_news=1008050003
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Old Feb 24th, 2006, 04:35 AM
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Of course, we will be in Indonesia for 8 days. :-S
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Now that I think about it, it doesn't make sense for the state.gov to say that their info is current as of a second ago, and then updating the currency every second.

The webpage dates the info 12/28/05 and refers the reader to www.embassyofindonesia.org for current info.
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It is confusing, as the introduction of the visa process in Indonesia was rather chaotic. with changing details again and again before it started, and many changes since. The Indonesian websites are often not updated, and some have info that is simply incorrect. With the exchange of bits and pieces of info here, I think we finally have the latest info!
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