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Day 240: Jakarta

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Jun - 24 - 2011

When I took the ferry from Singapore to Indonesia I got a one month visa on arrival. As I plan to stay longer I needed an extension. From reports I had read it should be possible to extend the visa at the “Imigrasi” office in Jakarta.

I found an address on the internet and also managed to find a bus going in the right direction. When I arrived at 10 in the morning the area looked more like a slum area than a place where it would be likely to find a government office. Sure enough, the street had the right name, but was in the wrong part of Jakarta. After another 1½ hours bus ride across the city I finally found the right office.

The process to extend your visa is not a simple one. You have to carry your passport and your documents around to a number of different offices in the building. I met a couple of other tourists from Holland and Germany. We all had a hard time to understand why 10 different persons had to look at the passport to make an extension.

It took 5 hours, but I’m now allowed to stay another month in Indonesia.

Categories: Indonesia
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2 Responses so far.

  1. Morten says:

    Hmmm, seems there is room for improvement… 🙂

  2. Marta says:

    jejejeee…not too bad! if you look at the scheme seems very clear. You just need to take full day walking around. 😉