For most people, getting a visa for Indonesia is relatively straightforward and can be done at the airport. Sixty-four nationalities are eligible for a visa on arrival — a 30-day visa costs $25. Just bring proof of onward travel with you when you arrive. The 30-day visa can be extended for an additional 30 days once you are in Indonesia. Depending on where you apply for the extension, however, it may take a few days and you may be asked for a sponsor, which can be arranged through a travel agent.
If you’d like to stay longer, you can apply for a 60-day tourist visa in Phnom Penh. These cost $35 and can be extended four times for 30 days each time.
To apply for a 60-day visa you will need the following:
A 60-day tourist visa costs $45 and take three working days to process.
I received conflicting advice about the need for a sponsor letter — the embassy told me that if you are a resident in Cambodia and can show a long-term visa, you do not need a sponsorship letter to obtain a 60-day visa for Indonesia. However, those who are passing through Cambodia may be asked to provide one. Some people have reported having letters from an employer or school at home saying they are expected back on a certain date accepted by the consulate. I was told that a bank statement and hotel reservation are not needed. The rules at the embassy seem to change depending on with whom you speak, so your mileage may vary. Most embassy employees will push you to get a 30-day visa on arrival — whether or not that’s because it’s a better option or just less work for them is unclear.
The embassy also claims that you need permission from the Indonesian embassy in your home country in order to apply in Cambodia. However, it does not seem to require this in practice and one employee told me that they can contact your home country’s embassy to get the required permission for you. Going through a travel agent may be easier. Many of the agents I contacted in Phnom Penh were not familiar with Indonesia visa rules, but those that were said that they can supply a 60-day visa for $50.
The consular services office hours at the Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh are:
Visa applications: 8:30 – 11:00, Monday through Friday, except public holidays
Visa collections: 14:30 – 15:30, Monday through Friday, except public holidays
Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia #1 St 466 (corner of Norodom Blvd), Phnom Penh. T: (023) 217 934. www.kemlu.go.id/phnompenh
By Lina Goldberg
Last updated on 30th March, 2011.