Im currently in Bali and having an awesome time, but unfortunatley my visa runs out in 8 days. I have noticed that a few of the travel agents in Kuta offer visa extension, where they take your passport to immigration and get a new stamp. The price is $150, a price I am willing to pay, but my question is whether this is likely to get me in trouble or if I will be ok? Because I have heard and read that it is not possible to extend the 30 day visa I have.
Also has anyone done an extension through one of these businesses?
here is a recent discussion of Lonely Planet Thorn tree forum but it dealt mainly with 60 day visa extensions. http://thorntree.lonelyplanet.com/messagepost.cfm?postaction=reply&catid=23&threadid=1409955&messid=12401740&iCountryId=95
Guess it is up to you. Personally I would leave and get a 60 day in Singapore at the Indonesian Embassy there.
I wouldn't take the risk- but that is me I love Indonesia and would never do anything that could get me banned.
Im affraid that it is a bad business. I live in the netherlands right now and just found the Indonesian embassy website here. Open the folowing link:
I hope all the best for you mate.....
[ Edit: Edited on Aug 9, 2007, at 7:53 AM by ferryardx ]
OK.. This is from Indonesian
It is correct that sometimes our immigration officer(s) were easily to be bribed with some cash, including in Bali. And only in Bali, where we can find non-officers/staffs/workers could stand beyond immigration line to "pick-up" guests.
If I were you, I will not jeopardize my chances to further stays in Bali by violating the rules. Also, I will not be part of individuals who support the corruption (and a corrupted system), even though there is some small benefit to get. Not to be forgotten is that I might be a scam target or even worse my passport will be stolen.
Please help us to improve our system
[ Edit: Edited on Aug 9, 2007, at 5:22 PM by gatotj ]
Another one from Indonesian...
What they offer sounds pretty suspicious--sounds familiar unfortunately First, they ask for a lot of money -- I think a 30-day visa costs only $25; I guess the rest ($125) will go into their and the Immigration officer's pockets. Second but most important, they want you to give them your passport. I'm sure you will agree not to give your passport to anyone, especially strangers.
I think pPamela's suggestion makes sense.
Don't support corrupt people, they are the cause of the many problems here, including why we can't afford enhancing our tourism.
I'm glad you're enjoying Indonesia