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Indonesian Visa on Arrival: A simple how-to guide

Indonesian Visa on Arrival: A simple how-to guide

Entering Indonesia for business purposes requires careful consideration of visa regulations. Understanding the intricacies of the Indonesian Visa on Arrival (VOA) program is crucial to ensure a smooth and efficient entry for your upcoming business trip.

This comprehensive guide simplifies the VOA in Indonesia process for business travelers, outlining eligibility requirements, application steps, and essential details to navigate a successful application.

What is an Indonesian Visa on Arrival (VOA)?

The Indonesian Visa on Arrival (VOA) is a visa type that permits foreigners to stay in Indonesia without needing to arrange a visa beforehand.

It is issued upon arrival at Indonesia’s international airports and is intended for foreigners wishing to stay there for up to 30 days without undergoing an extended visa application process.

How long is a VOA valid, and can it be extended?

Understanding a VOA in Indonesia’s validity and extension options is essential for planning your business trip to Indonesia. Here’s what you need to know about the validity and extension options for the Indonesian Visa on Arrival:

  • Initial validity: VOA grants foreign nationals an initial stay of 30 days in the country.
  • Extension option: Fortunately, the VOA allows for a single extension, enabling you to apply for an additional 30 days and extend your trip to a maximum of 60 days.

Can you get the Indonesian Visa on Arrival at the airport?

Yes, you may be eligible to get a Visa on Arrival (VOA) in Indonesia upon arrival at the airport, but it depends on a few factors:

  • Your nationality: Indonesia offers VOA to citizens of specific countries. A list of eligible countries is on the official Indonesian government website (https://molina.imigrasi.go.id/).
  • Purpose of visit: VOA is typically issued for tourism, social visits, business meetings, or attending conferences.
  • Airport of entry: VOA is not available at all Indonesian airports. Ensure the airport you’re flying into is a designated entry point for VOA.
  • Meeting the requirements: Even if your nationality qualifies, you’ll still need to meet specific requirements like having a valid passport with enough remaining validity, a return or onward ticket, and proof of sufficient funds.

Before your trip, it is best to consult the Indonesian embassy or consulate in your home country to clarify your eligibility for obtaining the Indonesian Visa on Arrival.

Read more: How to apply for an Indonesian tourist visa

Who is eligible for a VOA in Indonesia?

Indonesian Visa on Arrival: A comprehensive guide

The Indonesian Visa on Arrival is currently accessible to citizens from a comprehensive list of 97 countries and territories, as shown in the table below:

Visa exemption

Visa Exemption is granted by the Indonesian government to citizens of selected countries, allowing entry into Indonesia without needing a paid visa for up to 30 days. As of February 2023, the countries eligible for this exemption include:

  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Timor Leste

For travelers from these countries using the free visa, please note that it can be extended up to the initial 30 days. If your travel plans require a more extended stay, you must apply for a paid Indonesian Visa on Arrival.

What are the requirements for obtaining the VOA?

Several visa application requirements must be met before applying for the Indonesian Visa on Arrival. Here are the requirements for applying for VOA in Indonesia:

  • Possess a valid passport with at least 6 months of validity for a single-entry visa with a maximum stay of 60 days.
  • Have a return or onward ticket to continue travel to another country, except for crew members joining their ship for a journey to another country.
  • Letter of sponsorship or event organizer in Indonesia (supporting requirement).
  • Ensure the color photographs are recent and taken within the last 6 months.
  • Email address.
  • Active MasterCard, Visa, or JCB card.

How much is the cost of obtaining a VOA?

To apply for an Indonesian Visa on Arrival, you should prepare approximately IDR 500,000 or around USD 32.37, as outlined in Government Regulation Number 28 of 2019. The VOA application fee can be paid using debit or credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, or JCB.

How to apply for VOA in Indonesia

Foreign nationals can apply for an Indonesian Visa on Arrival at specific Immigration Checkpoints (TPI), either directly or beforehand, through online channels. Here’s how to apply for Visa on Arrival in Indonesia:

Applying for VOA directly

  • Immigration officers will verify the completeness of the foreign national’s documents.
  • Fill out the data in the provided form.
  • Receive a payment code after the document requirements are deemed complete.
  • Pay the immigration fee as specified.
  • Immigration officers will create a profile and verify the data.
  • Upon completion, immigration officers will affix the VOA sticker to the travel document.

Applying for VOA online

  • Prepare the required documents for the VOA application.
  • Open molina.imigrasi.go.id on a laptop or smartphone browser.
  • Fill out the available form with personal data accordingly.
  • If the information is correct, proceed to the payment stage.
  • Complete the payment form details and make the payment as instructed.
  • Await the verification process; the e-VOA will be sent to the registered email address.
  • Download and print the VOA before traveling to Indonesia.
  • Officers will scan the QR code on the e-VOA for verification, and you will be provided with a VOA sticker to be affixed to the passport.

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InCorp streamlines your VOA process

Obtaining the Indonesian Visa on Arrival can be a smooth process with the proper guidance. However, there are specific requirements you need to meet.

InCorp specializes in assisting clients with navigating Indonesia’s VOA application process. Here’s what InCorp can do to help:

  • VOA eligibility guidance: Not all nationalities qualify for VOA. InCorp can confirm your eligibility and advise on alternative visa options if needed.
  • Documentation assistance: We’ll provide a clear checklist of required documents.
  • Application support: We can guide you through the VOA application process and answer any questions.
  • Latest updates: InCorp stays informed on VOA requirements and fee changes, ensuring you have the most up-to-date information.

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