During this period of uncertainty, many people have been left completely baffled about what is the actual visa situation in Indonesia. Who can enter, how can they enter? What visa options are available? Why are agents so costly and when will all this end.
At LetsMoveIndonesia, we are constantly asked the same questions from confused expats. In this article Suri Mangiwa hopes to answer your most common questions and help clear up the current visa situation in Indonesia.
Emergency Permit Deadline
If you are still on an emergency visa the deadline to convert to another visa or leave the country is September 20th.
Single Entry Visa
If I am in Indonesia can I apply for a Single Entry Visa myself?
Yes, you can. Although please note it is extremely difficult at the moment and many people are left waiting for long periods of time and have their applications denied.
How much does it cost?
If you process it yourself the current cost is US$50 + IDR 200,000 (Plus a lot of your time)
Should I use an agent to do my Single Entry Visa
This is entirely up to you. If you want to have a stress-free life, then use an agent. Quicker, easier and will save you a lot of unnecessary hassle.
Please note, it is also challenging for agents at this time, so you need to give yourself plenty of time to get it processed. Don’t leave it to the last minute or you will most likely need to pay your agent more to expedite the process, which will probably more than double the cost.
How much does an agent cost to process my single entry visa?
At LetsMoveIndonesia we charge IDR 2,500,000 for self sponsored Single Entry Visas. This excludes the $50 mandatory visa fee.
How much should it cost to extend my Single Entry Visa using an agent?
The costs should be the same as their normal pricing structure which varies between companies. At LetsMoveIndonesia we charge 1,800,000.
My agent has quoted me a higher price than normal to extend my Single Entry Visa, why is this?
If they are trying to sell it for more, change agent. Some agents are not ethical unfortunately and will try to exploit the situation.
Please note, if time is extremely short, the price will increase to expedite the process.
Over Seas Single Entry Visa
Can I apply for a Single Visa if I am abroad?
Technically the answer is no; however, this is Indonesia. If you have a reliable agent that has good connections it is possible. To do so, you will need a letter signed by the head of immigration advising of mitigating circumstances that grant you access.
These letters do not come cheap, so if you want the impossible done, be prepared to pay the price.
How much should I pay for a Single Entry Visa if I am overseas?
I have seen agents doing this service for 20,000,000 IDR which is extremely pricy. Others are doing it for around 13,500,000. I agree 20,000,000 IDR is a rip off and I would advise not to pay that much. Please note, that these prices are not entirely down to greedy agents, but actual costs. (although some agents will take more profit margin than others)
If I am in Indonesia, what visa can I apply for?
What visas can be applied for if I am already in Indonesia?
If you are in Indonesia you can apply for KITAS, KITAP as well as the Single Entry Visa.
If I apply for a new KITAS and I am in Indonesia, do I need to go overseas to collect my TELEX?
Currently you do not need to go overseas to collect your TELEX. 20th September is the deadline, although this may change.
Can I extend my KITAS in Indonesia?
Yes, you can. Systems are working just fine. Agents should be charging their normal prices.
Oversea KITAS Applications
Can you obtain a new KITAS from overseas?
If you want to obtain a KITAS from overseas to enter Indonesia, the official answer is no. Many people feel very confused as there are rumours circulating it can still be done. To be perfectly honest, yes, it can still be done.
To obtain a KITAS outside of Indonesia you will need a connection within Immigration that can get the head of immigration to grant you access due to a variety of reasons; for example, compassionate grounds or as an Investor. You cannot do this yourself and you will need a good agent with connections to do this on your behalf.
How much should I expect to pay to obtain an overseas KITAS
This varies wildly depending on type of KITAS and agent. One thing for certain is that you will have to pay an inflated price. Once again, this is not down to agents, it is additional costs.
Online applications are not available for now, so processes must be done manually.
Can every agent obtain visas for foreigners overseas?
No. This comes down to what connections the agency has.
In fact, last week we tested 8 agents in Jakarta asking whether they could process a single-entry visa for foreigners overseas, 5 didn’t bother to reply, 3 replied no, 2 of which tried to sell other services.
Only the very best connected can achieve the impossible.
Why are agent costs so expensive?
Agents costs for general services within the confines of what is doable should remain the same, but if you ask for something outside of what is generally possible, agents have to pay additional costs.
At LetsMoveIndonesia we have tried to remain ethical throughout and have not exploited the situation outside our usual profit margins, other agencies; however, may have tried to exploit the situation for their own benefit.
When will people be able to enter Indonesia again?
The honest answer is we do not know. This is all down to the Indonesian government. Any guess now would be speculation.
Have a question that isn’t answered here?
If you have any extra questions you need assistance with, feel free to contact the LetsMoveIndonesia team for a free consultation. T: 021 300 297 27 E: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us in our office in Bellagio Mall, Mega Kuningan.