Want to apply for a tourist visa? Need to extend? You can now do both online, immigration says

Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali. Photo: Bali Airport
Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali. Photo: Bali Airport

In an attempt to take the hassle out of visa applications and thus boost leisure and business activities in the country, Indonesia’s immigration authorities yesterday announced that travelers can now apply for tourist visas and their extensions online – which comes with digital payment options. 

In a statement sent to Coconuts, the country’s Director General of Immigration, Silmy Karim, said that in addition to applying for a Visitor Visa for Tourism and Pre-Investment, foreign nationals can extend their Electronic Visa on Arrival (e-VOA) through the Foreigners Exit-Entry Module (Molina) website.

“Payment can be made using a Visa, Mastercard, or JCB credit or debit card. That way, foreigners can complete their visa applications in one process,” Silmy said.

The online service was launched yesterday.

Before the introduction of the service, e-VOA holders were required to go to the immigration office in person to apply for an extension of their stay permit. 

Authorities hope the new service will boost tourism in the country, as travelers will now be able to sort out their permits conveniently online.

“Simply by using a smartphone and an internet network,” Silmy said.

The top official added that foreign nationals who want to apply for a Visitor Visa for Tourism and Pre-Investment can now do so without a sponsor. 

“This service is expected to encourage tourism and investment sector growth. Immigration makes it easy for global business people and investors to explore and review potential investments before investing in Indonesia,” said Silmy.

Foreign nationals who would like to apply for visas are required to register at the Molina website, where they will be required to fill out a form and submit all required documents. After paying the visa fees, the visa will be electronically sent to their email addresses.

“I hope that all our efforts will contribute to the nation’s progress and strengthen the country’s positive image from the forefront. We are also accelerating immigration services that pay attention to people’s needs through data-based analysis,” Silmy concluded.

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