Do We Need One to Travel Indonesia?
Having a valid Indonesia Visa when you travel Indonesia is mandatory, except if you are a citizen of:
1. Brunei Darussalam
3. Hong Kong SAR
4. Macao SAR
If you are a passport holder of one of these eleven countries, you are eligible for a free visa for holiday, business, exhibition, tourism, and social culture. It means you do not need a visa to enter Indonesia, just show your passport and immigration card to the immigration officer upon your arrival. The maximum length of stay under this scheme is 30 days.
Various Types of Indonesia Visa
There are several types of visa based on the purpose of the visit:
- Tourist visa
In order to enjoy your Indonesia vacations, you need to apply for this
type of visa. Depending on your needs, you can apply for a single entry
or multiple entries. Single entry means you can only enter Indonesia
once for a maximum stay of 60 days, then your visa expires. Multiple
entry means the visa is valid for one year, hence, you can enter
Indonesia several times within a year, but the maximum stay for every
visit is 60 days.
- Business visa
Similar to tourist visa, you can apply for a single entry or multiple
entries. You should apply business visa if you intend to conduct
business in Indonesia. Specific requirement for this visa is that you
need a letter of intent from your employer or sponsor or business
partner in Indonesia describing the purpose of your visit and
guaranteeing all transportations and living expenses incurred during
your stay in Indonesia.
- Transit visa
This visa is a single entry visa. You apply it if you plan to transit in
Indonesia for a maximum of 14 days while you are on the way to other
destination. Hence, you need to show the copy of itinerary flight when
you apply it in the Indonesian embassy or round trip ticket if you apply
visa on arrival.
- Social/cultural visit visa
This visa can be used for:
Visiting your family/relatives in Indonesia. Then you need a
letter of intent from your family/relatives in Indonesia as well as copy
of their ID, either KIMS/KITAS (temporary stay permit from Indonesia
immigration) if they are expatriates or KTP (Indonesian ID card) if they
are Indonesian. Conducting cultural exchange. In this case you need a letter of
intent from your sponsor, such as the university or the social
organization, describing the purpose of your visit and guaranteeing all
transportations and living expenses incurred during your stay in
- Employment visa
This is a single entry visa for taking up employment in Indonesia. You
must be accepted as an employee by the sponsor company in Indonesia
before you can apply for this visa. You should contact Indonesia embassy
near you for detail information.
- Research visa
This is a single entry visa. First, you must write a letter to the State
Ministry of Research and Technology describing your research. Once the
Office approves your research then you can proceed to apply research
visa in the Indonesian embassy near you.
- Journalist visa
If you are a journalist intending to cover news in Indonesia, you apply
the visa by contacting Indonesian embassy directly. You can find the
contact information in their websites.
Where Can I Apply For An Indonesia Visa?
You can apply for an Indonesia visa in the Indonesia embassy in your country. Generally, each of them has a website where you can find detail information on the requirements, the applicable fees, as well as the opening hours. In some countries they also accept visa applications by mail.
Alternatively, if you plan to travel Indonesia for a short period, such as during transit or less than 30 days, either for leisure or business purpose, there is a chance that you can apply for an Indonesia visa when you landed in our international airports or seaports. For example, when you plan to explore Sunda, you can apply it in Soekarno Hatta international airport in Jakarta, Husein Sastranegara international airport in Bandung, and Tanjung Priok seaport in Jakarta.
However, it is only applicable for citizens of 63 countries listed below:
41. New Zealand
50. Saudi Arabia
53. South Africa
54. South Korea
59. Taiwan Territory
61. United Arab Emirates
62. United Kingdom
Although you are a citizen of these 63 countries, you can not use this facility if you are a foreigner or expatriate who is based or assigned in Indonesia. This condition also applies to your family.
General Requirement For Applying An Indonesia Visa:
- Your passport must be valid for the next 6 months when you request for a single entry visa or 1 year for a multiple entry visa.
- Your passport contains at least one blank visa page.
- A copy of round trip itinerary from your travel agent, confirming your purchase of tickets to Indonesia.
- You must fill in the application form. You can download it from the website of Indonesian embassy.
- Two recent color photographs (passport size) with clear background.
Last but not least, please remember that once your Indonesia visa
has been approved, you must use it, i.e. come to Indonesia within 90
days from the date of issuance. Otherwise, your visa expires.
I hope this information on Indonesia visa helps you preparing to travel Indonesia. Either for leisure or business purposes, you may also want to browse other pages in this site about places of interests in Sunda, who knows they match your interests.