Timor Visa Run - currently unreliable?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Nov 21, 2012 2:46 AM Last Post By: freegaynhappy
May 25, 2012 1:59 AM
Timor Visa Run - currently unreliable?Has anybody tried getting an Indonesian tourist visa in East Timor lately? Although it seems that travelers were having success with the Timor visa run last year, I'm hearing that the embassy in Dili no longer caters to travelers wanting tourist visas. Anybody out there with experience making this visa run in the past two months? Was hoping to make this run in the near future, but may need to drastically alter my plans asap if it's not a reliable option.
May 25, 2012 1:09 PM
May 26, 2012 1:43 AM
2I'm in Dili and know of many people still getting Tourist visas.
Everything about the process is still the same. i.e. Photo with red background, $45, typed letter stating reason for going, etc. A flight ticket is not required as most people who are applying for the Tourist visa here will be crossing by land into West Timor. If you fly from Dili to Bali, you can get a VOA.
I'd say that now the only thing that has changed is that it is less likely you will get a 60 day tourist visa. I know of a few people who have, but not everyone who has asked has been given one, some have been given 30 days and told to extend.
To guarantee a 60 day visa, you will need to bring a sponsorship letter from Indonesia and apply for a Sosial Budaya visa.
Both kinds of visas; Tourist and Sosial Budaya are processed in the normal processing time which depending on how you count it is about 2.5 working days. e.g. Put application in on a Monday morning, Collect visa on a Wednesday afternoon.
Of the 10 or so people I have met who have applied for tourist visas in the last month. Everyone of them got their visas in normal processing time. None of them asked for 60 days, so I can't give you an idea of your likelihood of getting 60 days, but I would not base plans on definitely getting it.
May 26, 2012 7:43 AM
3You can extend your 2 month visa up to 6 months total within Indonesia.
May 26, 2012 7:04 PM
Nov 21, 2012 2:46 AM
5In answer to Hurricanebertha, yes, to the best of my knowledge, if you have a tourist visa, that is, a 211 Visa Class, with nothing entered in the field called "Annotations" then you can basically just find an Indonesian sponsor and convert your tourist visa to a Social Visa which can then be extended to stay up to 6 months.
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