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Visa ahead of Time?

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Visa ahead of Time?

Hi ,

Does it save time at the airport to have a prepurchased visa? We have an 1 hour and 50 minutes at D.P. airport to make our Lombok(Lion) flight?

Ranger Bob Norway

Lombok, Indonesia
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1. Re: Visa ahead of Time?

Not really. The Visa on Arrival is very simple to buy when you arrive at Ngurah Rai Airport, Denpasar. It's best to have $25.00 U.S. per person with you and simply go to the Visa on Arrival window ( just follow all the Australians!) before your passport check. Make sure you keep your departure card, you will need it when you are leaving the country and it's 150,000rp international departure tax per person when you head home. You don't need a separate visa to come to Lombok, it's the same visa for all of Indonesia ( unless your going to West Papua or something?) but, you do pay a domestic departure tax of 40,000rp before you head to Lombok.

Selamat datang and enjoy Lombok.

Edited: 05 May 2012, 01:48
Lombok, Indonesia
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2. Re: Visa ahead of Time?

If you are planning to stay for more than 30 days (always count day of arrival and day of departure for your total days) then a VOA (visa on arrival) will be insufficient and require an extension.

This is not hard to do and only costs Rp250,000 but it can waste valuable holiday time and causes some people anxiety.

A standard (up to 60 day stay) Tourism visa is a good alternative in that situation, especially if you might be moving about on Bali or Lombok, or from island to island.

A pre-arranged Tourism visit visa will also assist your entry in that you do not have to purchase the VOA sticker before you get in line for immigration processing, and you enter through a different stream to the VOA bearing passengers.

Probably only save 5-10 minutes though, at best.

Lombok, Indonesia
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3. Re: Visa ahead of Time?

Don't waste any time if you can avoid it as you should check in well before the 45min pre-flight cut-off time for check-in procedures.

If your incoming flight to DPS is a bit late you may have some anxious moments getting to your domestic flight check-in.

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4. Re: Visa ahead of Time?

I recently had a domestic connection in Indonesia on my way to Lombok. Time was tight and we just spoke to one of the gate agents who escorted us to the Visa on Arrival area and through customs. It was really easy and fast. They will accommodate you so you won't miss you connection. If for some reason you do miss you connection, there are several daily flights from Bali to Lombok.

sydney australia
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5. Re: Visa ahead of Time?

Having the 60 day visa might speed you up ,if you can get into the line up for Indonesian Residents and Persons with Visas - but then there have been times when I had it and it did not.

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6. Re: Visa ahead of Time?

If you are arriving at a time when a lot of Indonesian's are returning home, the 'locals' line (which you use for the 60 day pre-arranged visa) can take longer than the standard foreigner lines. e.g. 2 weeks or so prior to the end of Ramadan and up to 2 weeks after, the local line can be very busy (this year that would be for most of month of August.

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7. Re: Visa ahead of Time?

001 is correct, it should be quicker, and normally is, but if the line gets held up by someone, maybe with a visa problem or a misunderstanding about something then it can all go in the wrong direction time wise.

The 60 day visa might be quicker though.

But it still is bit of a lucky dip really.

melbourne australia
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8. Re: Visa ahead of Time?

As an arriving australian , i presume i can pay with AUS dollars

at the Visa on arrival window...

or do they only accept US dollars.

if so do i change AUS to US in the airport... for this...

as i dont carry US dollars with me...

melbourne australia
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9. Re: Visa ahead of Time?

sorry, just read the VOA thread on the bali forum....

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