60 day visa still easily obtainable in Penang, Malaysia
Replies: 31 - Last Post: Apr 22, 2013 12:02 PM Last Post By: dc1
Apr 3, 2013 4:05 PM
Apr 4, 2013 1:18 AM
16Couldn't find anyone in Uttarakhand to trek with so after a few days I went back to Delhi to take care of some business. Then came to Gangtok where it has been cool and very wet which has zapped my motivation to trek. Will head to Darjeeling soon to see if conditions are any better for Singalila.
Apr 4, 2013 1:20 AM
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Apr 15, 2013 8:26 PM
19On the Bangkok embassy's tourist visa application (on line copy) there are fields for sponsor's name and address. I thought sponsors were for social visas only.
I don't have a sponsor. What should I put in these fields?
This is not the same as "address in Indonesia" for which there is a separate entry.
Apr 20, 2013 12:17 PM
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Apr 21, 2013 5:24 AM
23Thanks, and for all the trip planning help too. Next issue will be where to get the second 60 day visa: KL, Singapore, Kuching, or KK.
Can follow on my blog if interested. Didn't there used to be a link for personal websites under user profiles?
Apr 21, 2013 1:00 PM
24Many things have changed since the re-organisation of TT Jon..... there were many links supplied by knowledgable tt users but they've all disappeared.
New 60 day visa? Why not just extend the existing one.... easy to do with some basic planning. Depends where you are though I guess when you need the extension.
Apr 21, 2013 4:37 PM
Apr 21, 2013 9:52 PM
26I thought only the 30 d VOA was extendable. No big deal as I was already planning on KL, Singapore, Borneo, and maybe some other places on Peninsular Malaysia. Still, probably could have planned it a bit better but at least I got the cheapest flights possible on Air Asia around all these places and I won't have to worry about dealing with a visa extension.
Apr 21, 2013 11:33 PM
27ANOOR. extending the 60 day visa was pretty easy - only ever extended that type of visa for two extra months (1st and 2nd extensions). I did my first extension in Maumere; pleasure to deal with the immigration there. Used a sponsor from the hotel i stayed at (he charged 200,000) for the use of his name; submitted the papers on the Friday morning, went to the beach for the weekend and returned on the Tuesday to collect my passport (The immigration officer called me on Monday afternoon to say my extension was ready for collection). They turned it from a tourist to a social so there was no need for me to show any outgoing airline tickets.
I then travelled east of Maumere onto Lembata and spent 3 weeks in Lamalera before returning to Maumere and extending again. The second extension had a slightly more in depth application to complete, but was pretty easy.
Speaking to the manager at that immigration office, he was very proud to mention that his staff were "corrupt free"; the whole building had anti-corruption banners on the inner and outer walls.
The second application I again submitted just before the weekend and again hit the beach area and waited for them to call me to tell me all was ready - which they did.
The guy from the hotel was neighbours with one of the immigration officers; he told me he could charge more money for his service but as far as he was concerned what he charged was enough for him as extra money. He was aware of the high sponsor fees set by other areas within Indonesia but his words were he was not a greedy man and liked to help travellers (at no time did he try to pass me onto friends for tours etc so it was all very chilled out).
I then had to exit into KL (from Bali) to collect a friend who was visiting Indonesia for a few weeks so I didn't have to extend for a third time.
Jon, had a look at your blog - a well travelled "traveller" I'll keep tabs on your Indo trip.
The 30 day VOA can be extended only once (so a maximum 60 days in total) before you have to leave the country.
If you enter on a 60 day tourist visa, you can extend that visa up to the maximum 180 days; monthly 30 day extensions will get you to the maximum 180 days. I believe the 3rd and 4th applications can be slightly more difficult; in that I have been informed that you're required to have an interview for maybe the 3rd, but definately the 4th extension..... but then again this would probably depend on where you are and who knows who!!!!
I agree Jon, some of my 60 day visas weren't extended; just because I was in certain areas of Indonesia that made it easier to leave than go through the hassles of certain immigration offices!!!! Being in Northern Sumatra at the end of one of my 60 day visits I flew into Penang; met some friends and used the really friendly Penang Embassy and within 3 days I was back in Northern Sumatra... or I could have spent the week in Medan!!!! Penang every day for me ;-)
Enjoy your travels JonMW.
Apr 22, 2013 12:15 AM
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