If anyone is considering going to indonesia one of the best places to get the is in Kota Kinabalu, catch a taxi to the Indonesian Consulate from central KK should cost 12 ringgits. Speaking to other travellers, this seems to be the best place to apply for the visa. It will be done in a day head there before 12 they'll probably suggest to come back at about 5 and pick it up, head back about 4ish, you'll find that there are a few Indonesians applying for working visas to stay in Malaysia. They'll give you 60 days visa for 20 pounds (approx. US$40). Tell them you'll pay when you pick your passport up, shouldnt be a problem (a kind of incentive for them to get it done that same day). They dont seem to worry about onward tickets, we hadnt even booked the flight to indonesia when we went and applied for it. All we had was our ticket home gave them that they photocopied it and a few pages on the passport, straightforward enough. When we didnt they were so laid back they forgot to actually take the money for the visa (20 pounds) of us, hence we ended up getting it for free!
It is a fact that at present the 30 day visa does cost US$25 (approx 10 pounds), hence if you are travelling this is a good enough reason to head to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, East Malaysia and get the visa sorted there.
Think of it as an option anyway.
The Indonesian visa situation must have changed, because the last time I was there ... visa's were issued frre on arrival
I was in Indonesia last week and didn't need to do anything complicated. I got a visa on arrival, for which I had to pay depending on how long I wished to stay (3 / 30 days).
Yemi is right, these days it's a 25 dollar price. And, not only that, there is only a VERY select number of countries (11 or so) allowed to get this visa on arrival. A lot of citizens of countries that used to be able to get it now have to get it before leaving home or else they are deported. The Dutch are a good example, and yes, I am speaking from personal experience. They sent me to Darwin because neither the travel agent, nor the Qantas/BA rep at any of the places I checked in bothered to inform me of this. Given the rule regarding the Dutch had only been around for six months or so, but still I was pretty peeved that I wasn't allowed into the country and had to get a visa in Darwin plus buy a new ticket to return!
I wasn't the only one either, a Swedish girl on the same plane was also shipped off...
It's plain stupid of the Indonesian government if you ask me. The girl that was deported was only going to stay for 2 days and spend quite a nice sum of money in Indonesia but because of this she didn't.... Imagine the money they are missing out on as a country. Especially after the Bali bombing you would think they wanted to promote tourism and make it as easy as possible for most countries citizens to arrive
any idea what these select eleven countries are? and why?
Well, I know it doesn't include the Netherlands and Sweden
I tried for the life of me to figure out why only these countries are allowed and not countries like Sweden (the Netherlands might have been a pretty obvious one considering their past there... but I don't think that's the real reason) and the only reason I can think of is that it must be some kind of reciprocal thing, or else these countries have provided the Indonesian government with so much money that they more or less are obliged to
Anyway, I thought I would get the lowdown on this after your post and here is the detailed info (it wasn't 11 countries but 20 for example):
The Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) is required for nationals of 20 countries and one Administrative District:
The nationals of the United States of America, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Denmark, the United Arab Emirates, Finland, Hungary, United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Germany, Canada, South Korea, Norway, France, Poland, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Taiwan will be able to apply for a VoA valid for either 3 or 30 days upon arrival in Indonesia. A 3-day visa will cost $USD10 while a 30-day visa will cost $USD25.
The 11 countries that retain visa-free status and need not purchase a VoA are: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Macao, Chile, Morocco, Peru, and Vietnam.
Citizens of countries not on the VoA or Visa Free lists are required to apply for a visa at the nearest Indonesian embassy, consulate or foreign mission.