Indonesia Directorate General of Immigration, Ministry of Law and Human Rights, will launch the Electronic Visa-on-Arrival (eVoA) system, which includes payment through a payment gateway, on November 9.
This will help ease the long queues travellers often experienced when processing the Visa-on-Arrival at the airports.
Acting director general of immigration Widodo Ekatjahjana in a statement said: “(The system) is also being tested by the immigration attachés at the Indonesian Representatives (overseas).
“Foreigners who are eligible for the eVoA trial will first arrive in Indonesia on Friday (November 4) at 22.40 at Soekarno-Hatta Airport Jakarta.”
He hopes that international travellers can start using the eVoA by November 9. To do so, they have to complete the eVoA application pre-departure or during transit before entering Indonesia.
He also advised that they do the currency exchange – Indonesian rupiah or US dollars – beforehand to save time.
Eligible for travellers from the top 26 countries with VoA facilities, the eVoA will only be available initially for entry at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport of Jakarta and I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport.
The 30-day visa tariff is 500,000 rupiah (US$31) and expires 90 days after payment is made. Payment modes accepted for the tariff and Visa Online web-based application include credit/debit cards in the Visa or Mastercard network.