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1. Posted by kenofcork (Full Member 69 posts) 11y

Whats the craic ? Upon arrival or wha
Cheers

2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

For US citizens, and some European citizens you can get Visa on arrival.

3. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

on arrival for Irish citisens (I assume you are one) - otherwise 3 days waiting in Kuala Lumphur (they want to see return ticket)

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

From my own personal experience I can also say that if you don't have one.... and you're not on the countries listed to be able to get one on arrival, they will deport you. Spent 24 hours in Darwin last year thanks to that one!!!

There was a thread on this recently and Ireland was aparently included just a few months ago to the visa on arrival scheme. Check the details with the Indonesian embassy in Ireland before setting off though!!!

Here's the thread with press release from Indonesian government

5. Posted by kenofcork (Full Member 69 posts) 11y

cheers guys,
In KL can handle three exra days here, heading to embassy tomorrow, have no flights outa Indo though. This a problem ?

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

hmm, not sure really. The visa on arrival is only valid for 3 or 4 weeks so you'd have to make sure you're out of the country by then either way, but I can't remember if having an outgoing flight was a pre-requisite.

I'm sure the embassy will be able to help you out though!

7. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

ken - you can get visa on arrival.

if you are planning to stay for more than 30 days apply for a visa in KL. They need at least a valid ticket to Indonesia (to safe money - boats from Melaka depart 2 times every day).

You can always say you don't know exactly when you are coming back - so no return ticket. They will accept it.

don't forget about visa photos

8. Posted by emmarout (Inactive 5 posts) 11y

I'm travelling on an Irish passport and was refused entry when catching a flight there from KL. Apparently its the new regulations that Irish citizens need a visa, although this does not apply to British citizens - strange!

9. Posted by denorei (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

I was just on a visa place and irish citizens definately need to get a visa before arrival.

10. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Okay, aparently that other post was mostly intended with regards to upcoming plans, but they might not be official or finalized yet. This is an exerpt from the jakarta post from March 18th...

Quoting "Rendi A. Witular at The Jakarta Post"

March 18, 2005

Security concerns cited in new visa policy

The government is planning to revoke the visa-free service currently given to a handful of countries and regions outside the Association of the Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN), in addition to providing the visa-on-arrival for 16 new countries and extending the maximum stay period.

State Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik, who was unable to give an exact date for the changes, announced after a meeting with Vice President Jusuf Kalla on Thursday that the revocation of the visa-free service for "certain countries", from outside of ASEAN, was mainly due to "security reasons". "There have been some security concerns ... and it is at risk of being misused by terrorists," he said.

In the past three years, bomb blasts rocked several parts of Indonesia -- the October 2002 attacks in Bali that killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists, followed by the Marriott bombing in August 2003 in South Jakarta, which killed mostly Indonesians and another at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta last September, where all of the victims were Indonesians.

A presidential decree issued by then President Megawati Soekarnoputri on Feb. 1, 2004, granted a visa-free facility to citizens of Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Macao Special Administrative Region, Chile, Morocco, Peru and Vietnam.

That policy was part of the government's decision to revoke the visa-free service for 48 countries. Those that retained the visa-free status, did so as a result of reciprocity agreements. Jero said his office and the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights were discussing the review of the government's visa policy to enable more countries to benefit from the visa-on-arrival, which, over the last year cost US$25 for a 30-day visa.

"The new visa policy will include 16 more countries on the visa-on-arrival list and will extend the stay period from the current three days to one week (for a $10 visa) and from 30 days to 60 days (for a $25 visa)," he explained. Of the 16 countries, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Austria, Ireland, China, India, Kuwait and Egypt are included, which means those citizens do not have to go to an Indonesian Embassy in their home country to apply for a visa.
Currently, tourists who are nationals from the United States, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Denmark, the United Arab Emirates, Finland, Hungary, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Germany, Canada, South Korea, Norway, France and Taiwan are eligible for the visa-on-arrival.

To improve its service for the visa-on-arrival application, Jero said the government would soon install more booths to serve tourists following many complaints over the long lines to fill in the documentation and pay for the visas. Visa-on-arrivals are available at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Polonia Airport in Medan, Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar, Sam Ratulangi Airport in Manado, Tabing Airport in Padang and Juanda International Airport in Surabaya. They are also available at Batam; Belawan, Medan; Sibolga, North Sumatra; Tanjung Priok Port, Jakarta; Tanjung Perak Port, Surabaya; Benoa Port in Bali or Jayapura, Papua.

The country hopes to attract six million tourists, up from 5.33 million last year with Bali, Yogyakarta and Jakarta as the main tourist destinations. The government is also hoping for foreign currency proceeds from foreign visitors to reach some US$6 billion this year from an average spending of $1,000 per person per nine-day visit, up from $4.8 billion last year netted from an average expenditure of $901 per person per nine-day stay.