FREE VISA ON ARRIVAL ALL NONSENSE
According to reports recently published in The Beat Daily news the Russian Embassy in Indonesia has denied statements by local officials and in press articles that stated from 2015 Russian tourists, amongst others (including Australia), would not need visas to enter Indonesia.
In the only story on the subject we uncovered in the news, a Russian embassy spokesperson said, “Currently, the immigration regime at crossing points in Indonesia for Russians visiting the country as tourists remains the same, namely tourists get a Visa On Arrival (VOA) for a period of 30 days at a cost of USD$35 (with the possibility of subsequently extending the visa for an additional 30 days).” The spokesperson added that procedures for other types of Indonesian visas have not changed either.
In November 2014, several Indonesian ministers promised that starting from January 2015, tourists arriving in the country from Russia, Australia, China, South Korea and Japan would be able to get a free visa stamp allowing them to stay in Indonesia for 30 days. When TBD contacted immigration officials yesterday to ask what had happened in regard to the VOA and the five countries being exempted, an Immigration officer said that there had yet to be any official ruling from his department on the subject and as yet no change in the visa procedure had been set.
The official quoted a document from the department that was released on January 5th.