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How to get an Indonesian visa in Singapore

Whether you plan to grab one of the budget flights to Bali or attempt the overseas route to Java, Singapore is an obvious launching point for travel to the islands of Indonesia.

Most visitors (including citizens of USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China, and India) are eligible for an Indonesian visa on arrival. This visa costs US$35 allows for a stay of 30 days — you may be asked to show proof of an onward flight out of Indonesia (though in practice this rarely happens).

Welcome to Indonesia!

If you’re not eligible for the visa on arrival or in need of a different type of visa, you can apply at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore.

A single-entry visit visa (for tourism, business, or social visits) takes two days to process and cost S$65 (cash only). You will need a completed application form (download it here), one passport-sized photo, your original passport with at least 6 months remaining validity, and a return ticket (for a tourist visa) or a letter of invitation (for a business or social visa).

It’s also possible to obtain a working visa or multiple-entry visa (i.e. for long-term volunteer work or family visits), but you’ll need an approval letter from Indonesia’s immigration head office first – this requires a personal visit to Jakarta! More information can be found on the embassy’s website.

Visa application hours are from 09:00 to 12:00 and collection hours from 15:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday. The embassy is closed on weekends and both Singaporean and Indonesian public holidays.

The embassy is located at 7 Chatsworth Road, about a 15-minute walk from Orchard MRT. The embassy can be contacted by calling (65) 6737 7422 during office hours or completing the form on their website.

About the author:
Tanya Procyshyn is a Singapore-based freelance writer and photographer. With a passion for unusual destinations, she has camped alongside Komodo dragons and shook hands with soldiers in North Korea. She blogs at www.idreamofdurian.com.

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