Amid communicate approximately how the Indonesian passport is really powerless, it is easy to miss the good-sized number of countries that have dropped visa requirements for vacationers hailing from the archipelago over the years.
According to Passport Index, there are currently eighty-one countries that do not have visa necessities for Indonesian passport holders, marking a boom due to the fact February, whilst the number of visa-free international locations or territories sat at seventy-four.
However, it needs to be noted that while there are international locations that require no visa in any respect, on the listing are those that have unique requirements together with e-visa registration or visa on arrival.
Some countries additionally require that vacationers arrive at certain airports to be eligible for visa-unfastened access.
The seven contemporary international locations to waive visa requirements are Barbados (90 days visa-loose), Bolivia (90 days with visa on arrival/eVisa), Namibia (90 days visa-free), Nigeria (pre-visa on arrival), Pakistan (ninety days with visa on arrival/eVisa), Saint Kitts and Nevis (ninety days visa-unfastened) and Senegal (30 days with visa on arrival).
You see it all the time in Hollywood movies: Main characters nonchalantly get on a plane to fly someplace abroad, all of a sudden booking a ride to a foreign destination and effortlessly going after a golden possibility that lies in advance, anyplace it can be – without having to trouble with any visa requirements.
For residents of nations like the United States, the United Kingdom, South Korea, and Australia, such spontaneous acts are a truth. Not a lot for Indonesians like me.
I will by no means forget the first time I realized how powerless my Indonesian passport simply is.
In March 2011, my excellent pal and I gained a quick ride to London. However, we have been notified of our accurate luck just weeks previous to departure.
Being each first-timers to the UK, we did our research on a way to get a British visa and speedily contacted the organizers to ask them to send us a sponsorship letter.
Aside from us and others from Indonesia, the rest of the winners had been from Malaysia and the United Kingdom. Fortunately for the Malaysians, they did not want a visa to go into Britain, which additionally approaches they did no longer need to put together the complicated office work required to use for one at the time. Oh, how I envied them.
Unfortunately for us, the organizer, which turned into a Malaysian company, answered very slowly to our request for a sponsorship letter. They finally emailed it to us a trifling week prior to the ride. Also, like we didn’t have enough problems already, they didn’t ship us the go back tickets for the Kuala Lumpur-London flight and the London resort bookings on time, so we could not encompass them in our tourist visa programs.
With only 5 operating days left to use for a visa, we first of all deliberate to apply the offerings of a journey enterprise, hoping for a smoother manner. We contacted them and each without delay became us down, pronouncing that we’d need at the least weeks to apply, including that considering we had never visited any “large” countries just like the US and Japan or any European countries previous to this journey intended our risk of acquiring a UK visa on such short notice became very small. I’ve been on journeys abroad earlier than, inclusive of to ASEAN countries, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau, however seemingly none of these seemed to matter a good deal.
Determined to pursue our dream trip, we determined to use for the visa ourselves, which on the time became required to be done on line besides.
After filing the utility forms on-line, we revealed them to put up them offline thru a carrier company called PT VFS Services Indonesia (VFS) alongside other files, which protected vintage and new passports, copies of circle of relatives playing cards, start certificate and identity cards, employment verification letters, bank statements, flight bookings (we could simplest offer the return Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur tickets that we had bought ourselves), inn bookings (we could simplest encompass ones in Kuala Lumpur) and the sponsorship letter. We additionally blanketed a full itinerary of our everyday sports in London to reveal the United Kingdom Embassy that our sports there have been properly planned.
When we subsequently submitted the application to VFS on a Thursday afternoon, we asked it to be marked “URGENT”. I turned into then asked to put in writing a short word (a love letter, I knew as it) explaining the urgency of the problem, right in the front of the VFS employee.
The visa price turned into Rp 1.05 million (US$seventy four.44), plus a further Rp 25,000 charge for notification through SMS.
On the afternoon of the subsequent Monday, I received a call from a British Embassy officer who interviewed me regarding my visa utility: My cause in London, whether I knew every body there (I did not) and my planned activities for the duration of the journey. At the give up of the interview, I asked whether the visa will be issued through the imminent Wednesday. She stated it was as much as the embassy.
On Wednesday morning, the last day I should pick out up my passport, I referred to as VFS to research the status of my visa application. The operator said it became nevertheless being processed and such applications usually took two weeks to technique. I felt like any hope changed into misplaced (however I had already packed my suitcase simply in case).
A few hours after that name, I obtained an SMS notifying that my passport becomes to be had for select-up on the VFS workplace – a six-month more than one-access UK visa had been caught to one of the pages.
Needless to mention, that London ride became one in every of my maximum memorable ones, however, it changed into also a reminder of how low my international mobility became an Indonesian passport holder.