How then to visit Indonesia without having to run from one place to another, or give up seeing many places?
We entered in Indonesia with the Social Budaya Visa (Social Visit visa), a visa that allows you to stay in Indonesia for 60 days and is extendable up to a maximum of six months in total. That means you can get a 30 days extension up to four times.
This article explains how to get this type of Visa, if you need to know
how to extend a Social Visit (Social Budaya) Visa, everywhere in Indonesia, click here.
Social Budaya visa can be requested in every embassy and most of the consulates of the Republic of Indonesia.
We applied at the Indonesian Consulate in Kuching, in Malaysian Borneo. It happens to be one of the best places to do it, processing only takes half a day, meaning that you apply in the morning and get the visa in the afternoon, sweet ain't it?
Address: No 21, Lot 16557, Block 11, Jalan Stutong, MTLD, 93350 Kuching
Phone: +60 82-460734
http://www.kemlu.go.id/kuching Web site
Opening hours from 9 to 12 for the visa application and from 15 to 17 to collect.
From Monday to Friday
Once you have these pieces of paper go to the embassy or consulate of Indonesia and submit:
Invitation letter of your Sponsor
Photocopy of the ID of your Sponsor
A photocopy of your passport (the validity of which must be at least 6 months)
2 passport photos
They will make you fill out the application form:
from where you will enter, the address of your sponsor (that you can find in the invitation letter) and his phone number (don't forget to ask it). If you do not have the phone number just write a random one (be sure it has the right amount of digits), we realized that Indonesians like to have mountains of paper but no one really checks it. However if you have the correct information is always better.
Be aware that the payment must be made at the time of the application, so remember to bring enough cash with you!
Also, if the visa is rejected no money will be given back, fortunately this happens very rarely.
When you enter Indonesia check that the stamp in the passport states the correct date and that there is written VISIT VISA.
In our case on my passport they put the correct stamp but on Daniele's one they put the VISA EXEMPTION stamp! We didn't realized right away so we had some troubles at immigration office at the time of the extension, nothing serious but one more hour lost. So double check that the date and type of visa are correct.
In theory you should request an extension to the immigration office of the city from which your sponsor has invited you. If you have received a letter from Jakarta you should apply for the extension in Jakarta.
I say in theory because in practice it is not so. In the next article we will explain how to extend the Social Visit visa everywhere in Indonesia.
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