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Indonesia Visas: How to Obtain a Social Visa in Dili, East Timor (Timor Leste)

By Val Ellis last modified Aug 17, 2015 09:07 PM
A useful report from Rebecca Childress of SV Brick House on how to obtain a social visa for Indonesia if you are in Dili, East Timor.

Published: 2015-04-19 23:00:00
Countries: East Timor (Timor Leste) , Indonesia

Procedure to get an Indonesian Social Visa in Dili, Timor Leste ( East Timor)

1. Fill out application that you get from them ( specially numbered  so one for each person not just copies or printed from online) in BLACK ink only
2. Red background passport pictures ( 1 each) obtainable at many places in town for 2$ US
3. Hand write a letter saying why you are going to Indonesia and for how long.
If you want more than the standard 30 days, then have your sponsor write a letter specifically requesting 60 days. Requesting this only in your own letter will not be sufficient and you will only be given 30 days.
4. 50$ per person

It takes 3 full working days to get. Example: submit on Friday morning, get back on Wednesday morning. Exact hours to pick up and drop off are posted on the door. Get there early - lines get long.
5. A sponsor's letter is only required if you want a visa for 60 days.

No CAIT required.

When you return, you are given a "Visit Visa"...which is their name for a "Social Visa". It is valid on entry for 30 days (or 60 days) and can be renewed 4 times. If you requested 60 days, then you will probably have an interview. You must enter Indonesia within 90 days of getting the visa.

You will know you have the right visa if it is returned with '211/30 days'  (or 211/60 days) three quarters of the way down the page on the left. The 211 means it is a social visa. Any other number is a bad sign...inquire. But everyone was getting 211...it may be the only thing they give except work and diplomat visas.

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Aug 17, 2015 09:07 PM

Posted on behalf of David, of Sail Indonesia:
There has been some misunderstandings re visas for Indonesia – the one most used is a Social Visa is Class 211 - BUT

There are two types of 211 Social Visas, a 211/60 visa and a 211/30 visa.

The difference between these two visas is that the 211/30 is usually given for conventions or meeting that are short term and the 211/60 is given for Social / Cultural purposes.

The Consular staff just issued a visa and the sailors in the past were not aware of these differences and left the Indonesian Consulate/Embassy with a problem down the road.

So make sure that sailors ask for a 211/60 visa which will enable them to stay in the country for the duration of their 3 month CAIT.

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