Indonesia Implements e-Visa (Electronic Visa) – The Electronic Visa (e-Visa) has emerged as one of the most innovative services implemented in the area of freedom of movement and people-to-people contacts.
Indonesian immigration has issued new regulations regarding visas and residence permits. This regulation is contained in the Regulation of the Minister of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia Number 26 of 2020. In the regulation, one of the points is the Application of e-Visa (Electronic Visa).
E-Visa allows the management of the visa application process to take place entirely in a virtual environment. Everything is done with the help of the Internet. The visa application and supporting documents are submitted online, the payment is made online and the decision on the application is communicated online.
Online visa application is now an essential component of a modern, integrated visa management system. It is key to enhancing both security and convenience. For more below we explain the main things you need to know about this e-visa.
What is e-Visa?
e-visa is a new type of visa to visit Indonesia. The Indonesian government introduced this type of visa for the first time in October 2020. For foreign citizens who wish to travel to Indonesia, they can apply for an e-visa for the purposes of Tourism, Family, Social-Culture, Business, Government, Work, Study, Training and Research, Investment. , and / or a Humanitarian Mission (in the sense of “building sports, cultural, or technical / scientific relations / cooperation”). e- visa is also a change in form from an old visa in the form of a sticker affixed to the passport to an electronic visa that is sent to the applicant’s electronic message (email), which later does not need to take a visa sticker to the Indonesian Embassy or Consulate as assual.
What are The Benefits of an e-Visa?
Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of setting up an online e-Visa system.
1. Cost Savings
Because the whole process is online, logistics are simplified and streamlined. No more face-to-face appointments at a visa office, where a government employee manually inputs data onto the system and scans documents provided by the applicant.
Besides, once approval is granted, such a system eliminates the need to print a visa sticker and return the document to the holder. Providers also stand to make significant financial savings by doing away with visa stickers.
All applications can be processed online via the website: https://visa-online.imigrasi.go.id/
2. Time-saving Process
For applicants and government authorities alike, time and money are wasted on clumsy and frustrating paper-based systems. A traveller applying for a visa has to fill out the necessary paperwork and then either send it back by mail or physically take it to the destination state’s local embassy or consulate. The embassy or consulate will then process the request, review the documents provided and send the approved visa back to the applicant. With e-Visa, requests are submitted via a secure application portal which can be accessed. e-Visas will be sent by e-mail or to the applicant’s e-mail address.
Once your e-Visa is granted, you can directly travel to Indonesia.
4. How Long does The e-Visa Application Take?
Application for an Indonesian e-Visa takes approximately 5 working days.
Important Notice :
Visit Visa for the purpose of Tourism, Family, Social-Culture is still not open (because Indonesia is still in the Covid-19 Pandemic, the pandemic has not yet been declared an end) Indonesia opens Visa services for foreigners who will visit Indonesia during the Pandemic for business purposes.
Visit Visa which is opened for business purposes only for Single Entry Visit Visa, Multiple Visit Visa is still not open.
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