The government of Indonesia has announced that an online Indonesian visa will soon launch for citizens of a select number of countries, in order to simplify the visa application process and make it more efficient for travelers.
Another motive for the implementation of the new online system is to reduce the face-to-face contact currently required in the visa application process, in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Entry and transit though Indonesia has been prohibited to most foreign citizens since the beginning of April, with the exception of a few essential categories of travelers.
However, the Indonesian Directorate General of Immigration has begun to allow limited access to the country once again by making Travel Corridor / Reciprocal Green Lane arrangements with select governments around the world.
The launch of the Indonesia e-Visa is designed to support this reopening plan, as it will allow applicants to complete a visa application exclusively online, eliminating the need to collect a paper document in person, and reducing the risk of potential infection.
The online Indonesia visa application will first be available from October 15th, 2020 for travelers from select countries, but the system is expected to be implemented for a wider range of nationalities in 2021.
Who Can Apply for the Indonesia e-Visa?
For the time being, only citizens from countries that have travel corridor agreements with Indonesia can apply for a visa online. These currently include China, the United Arab Emirates, and South Korea. Singapore is also expected to be added to this list.
When it first launches, the e-Visa will only be available for business travelers from travel corridor countries who have a guarantor in Indonesia, as well as skilled workers, investors, and civil servants, in a bid to stimulate economic recovery.
To complete the online form, applicants will be required to provide basic personal and passport information and upload supporting documents. It will then be necessary to pay the Indonesia visa processing fee before receiving an approved e-Visa sent via email.
Once the full list of eligible countries has been announced, travelers will be able to check visa requirements for Indonesia on this page to see if they are able to submit an eVisa application.
Benefits of the Indonesia Online Visa
The introduction of the e-Visa for Indonesia means that the country will join a number of other nations in Southeast Asia that now have an easy online authorization system for international travelers, alongside Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam.
The online Indonesia visa application will eliminate the risk of direct interaction during the coronavirus pandemic that comes when applying from an embassy, which is expected to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
However, the efficient online system will also greatly expedite the process of applying for a number of different types of visa for Indonesia, from visit visas to limited stay visas.
The validity of the online Indonesian visa, the cost of the processing fee, and all of the eligible countries are expected to be announced in the coming days. Check the Indonesia visa policy page for updates as they are announced by the Indonesian government.