DISCLAIMER: As of March 2014, the Kuala Lumpur Embassy reportedly no longer gives out 60 day Visas. Other options are a 30 day visa or a VOA (Visa on Arrival). Some have reported 60 day visas can be obtained in Penang (confirmed June 2014), Kota Kinabalu or Tawau, but I can’t give anymore information on this. Please read the most recent comments for updates. Good luck everyone!
This sort of gives it away, so I’ll just say it. My next stop is the many islands of Indonesia. What many people don’t realize is just how huge this country is. For one, its the fourth most populous country in the world. That alone is crazy, but then you hear that its made up of over 17 thousand islands (WHAT?!) and your head really starts spinning.
Most travelers get a Visa on Arrival when traveling to Indonesia, which is offered at numerous air and sea ports. Problem is, these only give you 30 days, which, according to my calculation puts me at a rate of 566 islands per day to see them all. Needless to say, that’s not happening, but even still, I like to linger in places for around a week at a time and 30 days just doesn’t cut it. There is also the option of getting a one-time 30-day extenstion, but I don’t know where I’ll be when the need for that comes up. Fortunately, 60 day visas are available at many embassies and even more lucky for myself, I happened to be in Kuala Lumpur a few weeks before I decided to head Indo direction. The process was surprisingly hiccup free. Here’s how I did it and what you’ll need if you also decide to go for 60.
Location of Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur
The Indonesian Embassy isn’t located near any LRT stop, the nearest being the Bukit Bintang Monorail Station. That being said, taxis in Kuala Lumpur are relatively cheap. A cab from the popular backpacker area of Chinatown should only run you 6-10 RM. If you’re brave, you can walk from the Bukit Bintang district, but you’ll most likely arrive drenched in sweat especially considering the clothing requirements…
Before you go, be sure to:
- Wear shoes and pants – shorts and sandals are supposedly not allowed, although I did see a few not adhering to this.
- Passport – Surprising, I know
- 2 passport photos – These can also be obtained just outside and to the right of the entrance, but it’s probably cheaper to bring your own
- A photo copy of (1) your passport and (2) the page with your Malaysian entry stamp – These are 50 cents at the same spot as above
- Flight Itinerary (optional) – I only had a flight into Indonesia as my plan was to leave via ferry and I didn’t bring a print out of the ticket. They told me to bring it upon pickup, but ended up not asking for it the next day
The embassy opens at 9am and only the first 120 people are able to submit their applications. Grab a number for the queue and fill in your visa application. It’s also possible to print out the application (found here) and have it filled in already. Once you submit your papers and pay for the visa (170 RM), they give you a receipt and a time to return on the following day for pickup. In all, the process took under and hour. Pickup time is usually between 2 and 4 pm and shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes.
That’s it. Hopefully you didn’t run into any trouble and now have twice the number of days to explore Indonesia as you would have had with a VOA.