How to fulfil the Indonesian visa requirement for a ticket out of Indonesia, with minimal expense.
To get an Indonesian tourist visa (a.k.a. visa on arrival), everybody knows you must have a passport valid for at least six months and $US25 cash.
However, what many visitors don’t realise is they must also have a ticket to leave Indonesia, scheduled to depart less than 30 days after they arrive. (Indonesian immigration officials confusingly describe this as a “return ticket”). Even if the visitor plans to extend their visa to 60 days, this requirement still applies.
Failure to have a ticket can result in the visitor being refused entry and deported, or forced to buy a (very expensive) ticket on the spot. In fact, wise airlines probably wouldn’t let you board the plane in your home country, as officially they have to pick up the tab for your deportation.
Here is a guide for those who want to fulfil this immmigration requirement as cheaply as possible.
To help you make a suitable choice, consider these 3 questions:
If the answer to Q1 is ‘no’, the cheapest flight route is usually one of the following:
Jakarta to Singapore has the most frequent flights, while Tarakan to Tawau is the shortest flight – a 30-minute hop across the Indonesia/Malaysia border.
If the answer to Q1 is ‘yes’ but you are not in the right place to get one of the above flights, a cheap alternative is to fly to Singapore or Kuala Lumpur from one of the following cities:
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|Surabaya (East Java)
Semarang (Central Java)
Bandung (West Java)
Balikpapan (East Kalimantan)
Medan (North Sumatra)
Banda Aceh (Aceh)
Please see here for a more comprehensive list.
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