Aparently, after this article, there was another confirming that Ireland is going to be one of the countries that will have the visa on arrival, but NO DATES ARE CONFIRMED for this policy change.... isn't that just wonderful.
And I read on another forum that the reason for the Dutch not getting the visa is: "Dutch authorities refused entry to a certain gentleman about 20 years ago to visit the Netherlands. That gentleman is now very high in charge of immigration policy...... you gather what you sow."
Well, yipikayee.... what happens if I get pissed off with them not allowing me in and get a high position in the Dutch government in 20 years (ok, slim chance but still )!!! I hate corruption!
[ Edit: Boldened dates comment... ]
here's an article from traveldailynews.com (below). It says that from the first of august 14 additional countries (36 countries in total) can obtain a visa on arrival...including ireland. So looks like we could be in luck!
I did however ring the indonesian embassy in london and they said that the visa on arrival will be available for the 14 additional countries but did not know when. I think they know well and are playing it dumb to sell more visas but who knows, i'll be ringing them again on the 1st of august!
Indonesia eases visas from first of August
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
It is now confirmed that the 14 additional countries slated for visa on arrival facility in Indonesia (TTG Asia, July 8 issue) will be able to do so from August 1. This brings to 36 the number of countries eligible for the facility.
The 14 countries are: Austria, Belgium, India, Ireland, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Maldives, Egypt, Portugal, Qatar, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Spain.
While the cost of visa remains at US$10 and US$25, the validity is now seven and 30 days.
At a press conference last weekend, Minister of Law and Human Rights, Mr Hamid Awaluddin, said the move was to boost tourism to Indonesia.
Theodore Koumelis - Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Be careful with visa on arrival - some ports aren't set up to issue the new visas which are processed electronically. The Indonesian embassy in Singapore told us we'd be able to get a visa on arrival at Tanjung Pinang, turns out they hadn't go the gear set up so we had to go to the Bintan Island Resort and pay for a taxi to go almost the entire length of Bintan. grrrrr....
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.
Meaning our Malaysians do not need to appply for VISA, is it?
it's now official on the indonesian embassy website, the additional 14 countries have been approved for visa on arrival. They also have a list of all airports and seaports that have the VOA facilities.
here's the link: