To further aid in tourists visiting, the Department of Immigration for Indonesia has launched a new visa system. Tourists can now apply for an e-VOA before they arrive in the country and acquire their visas on arrival.
Not only will this aid in growing the tourism sector in Bali, it will streamline the visitor experience and create a ‘very strategic policy’ according to Acting Director General of Immigration, Widodo Ekatjahjana.
The launch of the new e-VOA system on Thursday, November 10, will, “ease and speed of this immigration service can increase the enthusiasm of the world community to come to Indonesia,” said Ekatjahjana. The e-VOA system was first trialed from November 4-9 before its full implementation.
The simple process requires travelers to visit Indonesia’s Immigration website and proceed to apply, pay an IDR 500,000 fee (roughly $34). Once the payment has been processed, the form is submitted and, “the e-VoA system can be enjoyed by foreign citizens (WNA) who will come to Indonesia for tourism, business, or visiting purposes.” said Ekatjahjana.
Following verification, travelers can download their e-VOA to present on arrival and show it at the immigration checkpoint when entering Indonesian territory. This process removes a layer of stress and coordination for travelers.
While the e-VOA is an upgrade, many are still calling the government to scrap the processing fee as pre-pandemic, obtaining a visa on arrival was free for 30-days for most international visitors. Previously, payment only was made if travelers needed to extend their visa by a further 30-days.
I Putu Winastra, DPD of the Association of Indonesian Travel Companies in Bali, is also concerned over the fee as free visas increase visits to Bali.
“With this launch, immigration can make a real contribution to providing policies and facilities to support the world of tourism, increase foreign investment and create job opportunities by attracting tourists or the upper class from various foreign countries,” concluded Ekatjahjana.