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Immigration, Custom & Visa

Immigration

The Directorate General of Immigration, with more than eighty offices throughout the country, including international airports and seaports, is managed by professionally trained officials who serve the interests of the incoming and outgoing traffic of people. The numerous and various aspects of Immigration services are concerned with the case, convenience, and speed of people entering and leaving the territory of Indonesia, and include the regulating of Visa exemptions for citizens of certain foreign countries. The various types of Immigration services are of national importance, especially because all Immigration facilities available to foreign nationals are an integral part of the application of the reciprocity principle, a principle which enables Indonesian citizens to receive similar facilities from those countries whose citizens have received Immigration facilities in Indonesia. In relation to foreign nationals staying in Indonesia, service, supervision and control in matters of Immigration are carried out based on a Selective Policy principle. Based on this principle, only those foreign nationals who are beneficial to the general welfare, the people, and the country shall be allowed to enter the territory of Indonesia. For certain reasons, an attitude of opposition to the people and the state of the Republic of Indonesia, a foreign national may be temporarily refused entrance into the country. Basically, any foreign national who intends to visit Indonesia is required to possess a valid passport, or a legal travel document, and a valid visa. They may enter the territory of Indonesia after obtaining an admission permit from Immigration officials at the Immigration Cheek Points.

For many nations it is not necessary to have a visa to enter Indonesia if you enter the country at one of the airports or seaports. These countries are:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, The Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the USA and Venezuela. To get more information about visa contact the local embassy or consulate in your country. Beside of your passport it is a good habit on every journey to make copies of it and keep those separated from your passport. Losing your passport in Indonesia means big trouble because you'll have to make at least a trip to your embassy in Jakarta. We advise to make also copies of travelers cheque, health insurance, driver's license, credit cards and bills of photo and video equipment. In case of loss it can help you at the police station and later on to get anything replaced.

Official Points of Entry and Departure

Entikong in West Kalimantan is the only land gateway into Indonesia. Official air and sea entry points into the country change frequently. Only the following are officially designated as international ports of entry and departure by air:
Medan, North Sumatra: Polonia Airport 
Padang, West Sumatra: Tabing Airport 
Pekanbaru, East Sumatra: Simpang Tiga Airport 
Riau, East Sumatra: Hang Nadim (Batam); Batubesar Airport 
Jakarta: Soekarno-Hatta Airport 
Badung, West Java: Husein Sastrangegara Airport 
Surabaya, West Java: Juanda Airport 
Bali: Ngurah Rai Airport 
Lombok: Mataram's Selaparang Airport 
Timor: Kupang's Eltari Airport 
Sulawesi: Manado's Sam Ratulangi Airport 
Kalimantan: Balikpapan's Sepinggan Airport; Pontianak's Supadio Airport 
Maluku: Ambon's Pattimura Airport 
Irian Jaya: Frans Kaisiepo Airport, Biak 
Arrivals and departures by sea must be through the following seaports: 
Medan, North Sumatra: port of Belawan 
Bengkulu, Bengkulu Province: port of Padangbai 
Riau, East Sumatra: Batam Island's ports of Batu Ampar and Sekupang; Bintan Island's port of Tanjung Pinang 
Jakarta: port of Tanjung Priok 
Semarang, Central Java: port of Tanjung Mas 
Surabaya, East Java: port of Tanjung Perak 
Bali: Benoa (south Bali); Padangbai (east Bali) 
Manado, North Sulawesi: port of Bitung (east of Manado) 
Ambon, Central Maluku: Yos Sudarso (Ambon Harbor). 
If you enter Indonesia at any point not listed above, you're required to have a proper visa obtained beforehand, and you will be permitted to remain in the country for just 30 days.

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Custom

Customs allow on entry a maximum of two liters of alcoholic beverages 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 gram of tobacco and a reasonable amount of perfume per adult. Carrying narcotics, arm and ammunition. TV sets, radio/radio cassettes recorders, pornographic objects/publications, printed matter in Chinese characters, and Chinese medicines are prohibited. There is no restriction on import and export of foreign currencies in cash, traveler’s cheque and other banknotes, which are fully convertible to Rupiahs and vice versa. However the import or export of Indonesian currency exceeding Rp 5million is prohibited.

Please check with your local Indonesian consular. A list about Foreign Consulates  could be found here 

Department of Foreign Affaires

Visa Information

Visas of the Republic of Indonesia are categorized into the following types: 

Visitation Visa

Single Visit Visa

Single Visit Visa is valid for up to sixty (60) days visit and is given for visits with the following purposes:

1. Holiday or tourism

This visa is applicable for nationals of countries not included in the list of 49 countries that are eligible for Visa Free Short Term Visit. Apart from for the purpose of holiday and visiting tourist attractions in Indonesia, it is also valid for exploring the possibility for cooperation in developing tourism industry in Indonesia and for handling foreign tourist to Indonesia.

2. Social or cultural

This visa is valid for visits that are social, cultural, religious, or medical in nature. This includes visiting family/relatives and social organizations, and exchange visits between academic, art, or sports institutions.

3. Business

This visa is valid for the purposes of doing business activities in Indonesia, which do not involve taking up employment or acquiring money for payments of services. It is valid for conducting a temporary business assignment, i.e. inspecting company subsidiaries and carrying out emergency/urgent works. It is also valid for attending international conferences and seminars and carrying out journalistic visits.

Together with the completed visa application forms, two color passport-size photographs and the original passport, the following documents should be submitted to support the application for a Single Visit Visa:

1. Proof of identity of the passport bearer.

2. Letter of recommendation from the sponsor in the country of origin or the sponsor in Indonesia.

3. Guarantee of the availability of funds to cover living expenses while in Indonesia.

4. Proof of availability of a return ticket or ticket for forward journey.

Multiple Visit Visa

Multiple Visit Visa is valid for up to one year with the period of visit each time not exceeding sixty days. Multiple Visit Visa is valid for the purpose of business but not valid for the purpose of working temporarily in Indonesia.

Please note that for Multiple Visit Visa passports need to have at least 18 months of validity.

Together with the completed visa application forms, two color passport-size photographs and the original passport, the following documents should be submitted to support the application for a Multiple Visit Visa:

1. Proof of identity of the passport bearer.

2. Letter of recommendation from the sponsor in the country of origin or the sponsor in Indonesia.

3. Guarantee of the availability of funds to cover living expenses while in Indonesia.

Collective Visit Visa

Collective Visit Visa is valid for up to sixty days for the purpose of holiday/tourism and social or cultural activities.

To acquire Collective Visit Visa, there should be at least 5 persons and at the most 25 persons in the list of those applying for the visa. The one responsible for the group signs the application forms and two color passport-size photographs of each member of the group are enclosed.

Each person should have with him/her his/her own passport and they have to enter and exit the territory of Indonesia as a group at the same time.

Together with the completed visa application forms, color passport-size photographs and the original passports, the following documents should be submitted to support the application for a Collective Visit Visa:

1. Proof of identity of each of the passport bearer.

2. Letter of recommendation from the sponsor in the country of origin or the sponsor in Indonesia.

3. Proof of the availability of return tickets or tickets for forward journey.

Visitation Visa on Arrival

Visitation Visas on Arrival are valid for a maximum of 30 (thirty) days, and are given to citizens from countries that do not require visas to visit Indonesia for the purpose of holiday, but have done so without entering through the predetermined ports of entry.

Please note that the applicant should hold a passport that is valid for at least 6 months, be able to provide proof of availability of living expenses while in Indonesia and has a return ticket or ticket for forward journey.

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