I have three months to travel next summer and was first looking at Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos - then realised that the weather was not going to make this realistic, or at least as enjoyable as it might be if saved for another time. So I've bee looking at Indonesia... but I can only find details for 30 day or 60 day visas. Is it possible to get 90 day ones? If so, how? And if not, or if you think 3 months is too long (I'd also like to volunteer though, and spend some time diving and get my next 2 PADI levels), then where else would you suggest going from Indonesia? I have a very limited budget, which is one of the reasons I'm planning this far ahead - so I know if the trip I want is possible without getting a part time job between now and then.
To answer some of your questions.
To stay longer than 60 days you will have to have an invitation letter from an Indonesian citizen.
Then you can apply for a social visa at the Indonesian Embassy.
Working without a working permit is illegal.
In 3 months you can do a lot, diving In Bunaken , Sulawesi or Bali ,North and north east coast.
I wiil be glad to answer any other question.
Hey there Muddywellies,
I live in Indonesia and I confirmed what Renchbruns said.
And ya, working without a working permit is illegal.
I think 3 months is enough, and you can do lots of things to do in Indonesia.
But since Indonesia is quite a big country, you should plan where to visit first.
Whether you want to focus on mountains, or beaches, or lakes, or diving and snorkeling, or some rain forest trekking, or culture and art, or just some native's everyday lives.
Don't hesitate to ask for more info.
I think it's clear about your visa's need.
About diving, you can go to Bali - lots of choices for PADI clubs here; few other clubs also in Lombok island (just next to Bali).
3 months are okay but not too long for a big country like Indonesia.
Our sunny months usually start about June to September. If you plan to visit during July - August 2012, be well prepared for a hectic season as well. We have school holidays, Moslem's Ramadhan & Idul Fitri festives which should be falling around mid July to mid August.
Some popular places like Bali would be full with local tourists during Idul Fitri break, so make sure your itinerary first before actually arriving here.
Hope this helps a bit.
You can apply for a 60 day in your own country or at one of the Indonesian embassies in Singapore, and Penang.
You can try in KL, but there is never a guarantee there that you will get a 60 day visa.
Chech Lonely Planet Thorn Tree forum on Indonesia for updates on visas obtained in KL.
Once in Indonesia you can extend your 60 day visa up to 4 times at 30 days per time for 250,000 rupiah.
You will need an Indonesian person with up to date ID card to be able to be your sponsor ( no cost to them.)
This is a new initiative from the Govt that has been in force for the past couple of years, but not very well known throughout Indonesia as per the comments in the above posts.
Technically you are not allowed to do any volunteering in Indonesia without some Govt approval, but many of us do in short term situations.
Hope this has been of some help to you.
Feel free to contact me for more information if you wish.
Pamela who has been to Indonesia 9 times and hoping my 10th will be in 2012.