If you intend to travel to Indonesia for 30 days or less, you can get a visa issued on arrival (depending on your nationality). If, however, you intend to stay longer, you will need to apply for a 60 day visa from the Indonesian consulate in your home country.
As I will be undertaking an English Teacher Training course in Indonesia, I needed to apply for the Social / Cultural 60-day visa rather than the Tourist visa. In principle, the process is easier – though, experiences are likely to vary on individual circumstances.
What you need:
1. 1 colour passport photo
2. A double-sided, completed copy of the Indonesian Visa application, downloadable from the Indonesian consulate website (it is essential that the application form is double-sided, otherwise they will not accept it)
3. Proof that a minimum of £1000 is available in your bank account (a bank statement, dated no longer than 1 month)
4. A letter from your sponsor/ school/ college/ affiliated organisation in Indonesia, explaining the reason and duration of your visit (this needs to include dates; the name and position of your sponsor within a particular organisation; their address and phone number).
5. A letter from an employer, partner, relative or teacher that is resident of the UK, including their position, address, phone number. The consulate needs to be able to contact someone in the UK in the unfortunate event that something happens to you during your visit to Indonesia.
6. A postal order or banker’s draft to the amount of £35 written in the name ‘Indonesian consulate’ (I chose to issue a postal order as it was nominally cheaper; I paid about a fiver for it).
7. Print-outs of your flight details into and exiting Indonesia.
It is important to have all of this information available in your application to avoid any delays. If all is well, you will have your 60 day visa in 3 working days! 🙂
Go to http://www.indonesianembassy.org.uk/consular/consular_visa.html for updated information.