Tuesday, March 31, 2009

At the end of the Road to Bali

I have arrived in Bali! You may follow my (almost) daily jottings on this blog.

Indonesia now offers a VOA (Visa-On-Arrival) to travellers from a whole host of countries, including Australia. Travellers from those countries must be in possession of a passport which is valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival and the completed embarkation/disembarkation card they received from their airline. They must also be able to prove they have sufficient funds for their stay in Indonesia.

Arriving travellers with Visa-On-Arrival status have to go first to one of the 'VOA Counters' to pay the appropriate fee and have their passports stamped with the VOA before proceeding to the Immigration Clearance Desk. An official bank is part of the VOA service counters. Payment of the visa fee can be made in all major currencies or by VISA or MASTERCARD. A 7-day visa costs US$10 and a 30-day visa costs US$25.

Visas-On-Arrival are non-extendable and non-convertible to another class of visa. Overstays are charged US$20 per day for overstays up to 60 days. Overstay violations over 60 days are liable to 5 years imprisonment or a fine of Rp. 25 million.

I'm off to Harris Hotel Tuban where a suite is waiting for me! Sweet dreams and welcome to Indonesia!