I recently wrote about how to get an Indonesian Visa on arrival in Denpasar Airport in Bali, so I’d thought I’d also share my information on getting the visa on arrival in Jakarta – pretty similar of course, but worth posting for those coming into the country at Jakarta Airport. I first visited Indonesia in 2012, flying in to Jakarta. On that occasion myself and my Brazilian mate Rodrigo toured a load of the sites of Java and Bali and loved it.
On arrival at the airport in Jakarta, you will notice a sign for “Visa on Arrival” and “Non Visa on Arrival” as well as the Transit and Transfer section so I headed straight to the visa on arrival section.
I arrived off a flight from Singapore – as a tip make sure you get your visa forms on the flight and fill them in there – standard procedure for a long term backpacker to save time on my travels 😉
Filling in the visa Form
It’s very simple – name address, passport number, place of stay etc. Length of stay is also important – you get a maximum of 30 which you need to renew if you want to stay longer (or cross into Malaysia/East Timor overland if need be).
What Nationalities Need a Visa for Indonesia?
I actually found that most nationalities will require a visa to visit Indonesia, here’s a photo of the countries that need one, I’ve travelled there on an Irish and British passport and both require a visa:
How to get an Indonesian Visa on Arrival in Jakarta Airport, Java
OK it’s an easy one to get, so here’s a guide in step by step form on arrival in Jakarta:
1. Get off the plane (standard)
2. Head to Arrivals – Visas and Immigration
3. Pay $25 US at the first desk for the Visa – you will be issued with 2 receipts. You don’t have to pay in US Dollars – you can pay in any one of the currencies listed below in the photo:
4. Join the queue for immigration (it can be long on busy days – so if you haven’t filled in your immigration forms yet – just do it in the queue, always carry a pen). The form is very easy to fill in as I mentioned and similar to the Malaysia one (though Malaysia doesn’t require a visa or payment – you just get a stamp on an Irish/British passport).
5. Get your visa stamped on your passport
Once you get to the immigration counter, the official will check the details, take your payment receipt and stamp your visa onto your passport. You will be given your departure card back to keep and also one of the 2 payment slips you got.
You will need to keep these for leaving the country. I’ve been to Indonesia 3 times, in 2014 the visa is purple, in 2012 it was brown.
6. Customs Form
You should also pick up the customs form and fill it in ready to hand in to the next desk after getting your visa. They just take it off you, check your bags (put them through the scanner) and that’s it. You’re now in Indonesia!
What Next Once I’m Through Immigration?
Collect your baggage if you have any, and either get a bus to Gambir or get a Bluebird taxi to your hostel. Like I said before, I was in Jakarta and Bali during 2012 first of all, so here are some of the places I checked out on that trip:
On my recent trip through Indonesia, I had to get a visa on both my stop overs, both times it was in Bali. The first time I just spent 20 minutes in the airport on the visa, before boarding my flight to East Timor, on the second occasion I had about 6-7 hours in the country and made it out to Ubud. Bali can be manic, but it can also be rewarding. Bali can be touristy, but it can also be remote. It is worth a trip, even if I preferred touring Java and checking these places out:
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Good luck and safe travels!