Through Circular Number IMI-0133.GR.01.01 of 2023 on Immigration Policies for Electronic Visa on Arrival (e-VOA), Visa on Arrival (VOA), and Free Visit Visa Services to Support Sustainable Tourism During the Corona Virus Disease 2019 Pandemic (Circular 133/2023), Directorate General of Immigration is making an effort to recover the tourism sector in Indonesia after being hit by the pandemic. Circular 133/2023 revokes and replaces Circular of the Directorate General of Immigration Number IMI-0076.GR.01.01 of 2023 (Circular 76/2023), and has been in force since 19 April 2023.
There are now 92 countries included in the list of countries whose tourists, administrative governments, and foreign entities are eligible to apply for e-VOA and VOA. As comparison, Circular 76/2023 did not include Panama, Guatemala, and Macau.
In order to obtain VOA, the relevant foreign citizens shall comply to the following provisions:
- Examinations and exemptions;
- Examinations of Return Permits (Izin Masuk Kembali) for foreign citizens who are the holders of Limited/Permanent Stay Permits (ITAS/ITAP);
- Visa examinations are conducted differently based on the location of issuance: visa issued abroad and visas issued on arrival.
Moreover, there several requirements to be met in order to apply for VOA for Tourism Purpose:
- National passport with a minimum remaining validity of six months;
- Return ticket/ongoing ticket to another country;
- Payment proof of Non-Tax State Revenue (PNBP) only for the application of VOA for Tourism Purpose.
The VOA validity period is 30 days and can be extended once for another 30 days through the immigration office of which the authority covers the residence of the applicant. Circular 133/2023 also mentions that VOA is not transferable.
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