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Indonesia Visas: How to Obtain a Social Visa in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

By Yindee Plus — last modified Aug 17, 2015 09:07 PM
We've just managed to get our Indonesian Visas done in Johor Bahru, Malaysia and thought the process might be very helpful to others as I couldn't find out anything about it beforehand (everyone told us it had to be done in either KL or Singapore).

Published: 2015-07-13 23:00:00
Countries: Indonesia , Malaysia

Getting Indonesian Social Visas in Johor Bahru: July 2015  (SY Yindee Plus)

CAIT

We arranged our CAIT for Indonesia with Lytha in Jakarta ("PT. Kartasa Jaya": email  cait@indo.net.id). It was superbly efficient and we received the documents by email within the 30 days she stated. The original CAIT was posted to us by courier and should have arrived 'next day' but took two, so pretty good.

Visas

Next on the list was the Indonesian Visas. We were assured by several people that it was possible to get them issued in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

There are at least two addresses for the Consulate on the internet, but this is the one you need for Social Visas:

Konsulat Jenderal Republik Indonesia,
No 46, Jalan Taat, off Jalan Tun Abdul Razak
Johor Bahru
Malaysia

The building is quite close to Danga City Mall. Taxi fare from Senibong Cove Marina was about 25 RM.

We were given contact details for the Consulate by the staff there, but haven't tried the email or phone numbers so don't know if they respond or not.

imigrasi.jb@gmail.com

Tel: +607 227 4188  or  +607 221 3241

Opening hours are:

Sunday to Thursday: 9am – 1pm

Dress Code

There is a strict dress code: Wear long pants or skirts; shirts should have collars and sleeves should cover shoulders; no thongs (flip-flops). Children under 12 years are exempt from this.

Items to take with you:

  • Passports
  • One photocopy of the photo page of each passport
  • One passport photo per applicant
  • One copy of CAIT plus sponsor letter and ID (Lytha provided this with the CAIT) for each applicant

We also took with us:

  • Boat papers
  • Bank statements
  • A boat stamp
  • And anything else we thought they might want, but were only asked for the above items. This could change in the future of course!

At the entrance you are asked to provide ID to leave with the guard, which will be returned when you leave the building. A driving license was fine

The process:

We were asked to go straight to the VISA desk, where we were given application forms to fill in. Apart from the normal passport-type questions, the form asked for any previous visa reference numbers. So if you have any in an expired passport, it might be a good idea to take that along.

We then went back to the official with the forms and the documents listed above. We were asked to attend another window to pay 190RM per person and then returned the receipts to the VISA window. We were given a receipt for each passport and asked to return after 10am the next day to collect the visas.

That whole process took about 45 minutes (mostly form-filling) and was friendly and efficient, in an air-conditioned waiting area.

One person can collect a group of passports the next day as long as they have all the receipts.

Susan Bright
SY Yindee Plus

http://www.yindeeplus.net/Yindee_Plus/Welcome.html
The Bright family on their cutter-rigged sloop Yindee Plus are in Indonesia at the time of posting, having begun their extended cruising from the UK in 2008. Their blog has lots of interesting reports and twin sons Sid and Wilf have their own blogs also. Put "Yindee Plus" into the noonsite "search" to see all the great reports that these cruisers have sent noonsite.

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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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