Visa for Batam, Indonesia

by Mario
(SFO USA)

We had wanted to join a Malaysia day tour from Singapore.

The hotel tour staff informed us the tour to Johor Bahru was fully booked for the rest of October. They suggested we take a private tour which the hotel can arrange. Unfortunately, when they quoted the cost, we felt it maybe something we can do some other time.

One of the travel agencies we went to see at People's Park suggested we go on a one day tour of Batam Center Indonesia, a 45 minute ferry ride from Harborfront Centre.

It was a pleasant trip marred only by rudeness on the part of immigration staff that insisted we needed visas. We explained the U.S. State Department as well as the Indonesian Embassy in Washington circulars stated no visa is required for USA citizens visiting the country for up to 3 months.

It was a good thing you can get a visa right inside the immigration office, costing Singapore dollars 18.00 each. You can imagine if we were ordered to go back to Singapore and get a visa. It could have been a nightmare considering there were other tourists waiting for us to join them outside the terminal.

I hope others will know about this visa requirement to avoid what we experienced in that part of the world. Thank you.

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Oct 31, 2009
Indonesia Visa Requirements
by: Gabriel Tan

Hi Mario

thanks for a very helpful post. I'm sure your sharing will help other travellers to Batam, Indonesia.

The Indonesia Embassy UK website lists 11 countries whose passport holders do not need a visa to enter Indonesia as tourists:

1. Brunei Darussalam
2. Chile
3. Hong Kong SAR
4. Macao SAR
5. Malaysia
6. Morocco
7. Peru
8. Philippines
9. Singapore
10. Thailand
11. Vietnam

The exemption is also subject other travel requirements such as passport validity of at least 6 months, return/onward travel passage, etc.

Hope this will help travellers planning to visit Batam.

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