The Free VOA (Visa on arrival) Option in the 9 Indonesian Immigration Clearance Checkpoints as listed below (Manado is not one of these checkpoints) are posing some problems to cities that are not in these 9 Free VOA Checkpoints.

We had a chat with MDC (Manado Airport)  Immigration today and some of our passengers in MDC face a problem exiting MDC as they have entered through JKT (Jakarta Airport) on the Free VOA. Once they choose the Free VOA option in JKT or any of the 9 ports as below, they are unable to exit from another Indonesian city without the Free VOA Option.

The workaround this is to buy the normal USD 35 VOA at CGK/DPS/KNO/SUB/BTH and with that VOA, they will be able to exit another Indonesian city without the Free VOA Option.

If they have an open jaw ticket (entry via CGK/DPS/KNO/SUB/BTH and exit via another Indonesian Point NOT CGK/DPS/KNO/SUB/BTH), they would NEED to choose to purchase the USD 35 VOA Option at CGK/DPS/KNO/SUB/BTH to be able to depart via another Indonesian city without the Free VOA Option. If they choose the Free VOA Option, they will be made to return by domestic flight to the city, which they arrive in to depart Indonesia.

With this knowledge, pax will avoid the hassle of buying a domestic ticket to go back to CGK/DPS/KNO/SUB/BTH to exit as most pax only know about this policy when they arrive in MDC for example.

Free VOA:

For or 30 countries,  namely People’s Republic of China, Russia, South Korea, Japan, United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, England, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Finland , Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and South Africa, can visit for the purpose of Tourist ONLY.  Above countries can ONLY enter and exit from Indonesia through the following nine (9) Indonesia Immigration Clearance ONLY at ;

Airport Immigration Check Point

                1) Soekarno-Hatta Jakarta ( CGK )

                2) Ngurah Rai – Bali (DPS)

                3) Kualanamu, Medan (KNO)

                4) Juanda – Surabaya (SUB)

                5) Hang Nadim – Batam (BTH)

 Seaport Immigration Check Point

                1) Sri Bintan Pura at Tanjung Pinang

                2) Batam Center at Batam

                3) Sekupang at Batam

                4) Tanjung Uban at Tanjung Uban