I hope that I don't sound like a total novice but have a question on getting visas while already overseas.
I am planning to go backpacking in a few months. Instead of planning out exactly which countries and when I'll be arriving there, I would like to go country by country- deciding where to go to next on the spot and after I've decided to move on from that country.
I would like to know is it possible as an Australian citizen to apply for a visa to another country while already being overseas? eg. to apply for a visa to Indonesia while already living in Singapore?
How would I go about doing that- would I have to go to the Indonesian consulate in Singapore and apply there?
Thank you for your help
It could likely depend on which country you're intending on visiting, and what type of visa (e.g. tourist, working holiday if available) you would be wanting.
As a general rule, this is not a problem. You don't have to be in your own country to apply for a tourist visa, you just have to go to the embassy or consulate (or travel agent) of the country you want to go to, no matter where you are. It's very rarely, if ever, a problem in Asia to get visas, and embassies all over the region are quiet used to handing out visas to travelers. I've traveled all through Southeast Asia, China, and India several times and haven't once applied for a visa back home in Canada.
Also, most countries (including Indonesia) will grant you a visa on arrival so you don't even have to arrange it beforehand. However, in some countries, the visa on arrival is for stays for less than a month. If you plan to stay a longer, than it can be advantageous to apply for a longer visa in advance through an embassy. But these are rules that are different for every country, so do some research on where you are going and the specific visa requirements.
Different consulates in different countries - different rules. It's got little to do with which country you're in, as long as you can apply for (and get) a visa to the country you wish to go to. For instance, if you're in Mongolia and want to apply for a visa for (say) Kenya - and you're nationality is Japanese, then a visit to the Kenya Consulate in Ulaanbaatar will probably be OK. However, if you're from GB and on holiday in Harare - and want a visa for North Korea, there may be a dalay for awhile!!
Speaking from my limited personal experience, visa application procedures in your home country tend to be MUCH more efficient than through a consulate abroad. That aside, I can only echo advice already given; do some research before leaving, and be ok with considerable processing time.
The 'Do some research before leaving' suggestion - is very sound advice.