Indonesia – Visa
Applying for a student visa
In Indonesia, a student visa belongs to the Social-Cultural visa category. The Indonesian Embassy grants single entry Social-Cultural visas to study in Indonesia.
The maximum length of a stay in Indonesia with a Social-Cultural visa is 60 days. The visa must be extended at the destination according to the instructions given by the host university. The visa can be extended for one month at a time and the cost is around 50 USD (5/2017).
NB! Not all embassies issue Social-Cultural visas for study purposes (e.g., the Indonesian embassy in France). In these cases, we will advise the students about the visa process individually.
- A valid passport with at least one empty page for the visa (the passport must be valid for at least 6 months after leaving Indonesia)
- A copy of the identification page of your passport
- A filled out the application form
- Two passport photos in color, 4 x 6 cm
- A copy of your airline ticket or an electronic ticket
- The official acceptance letter from the host university
- A receipt or a copy of the receipt for the paid visa fee
- Embassy Letter (AE sends this to the embassy)
Embassy Letters, prepared by the host university, confirm that a certain student needs a Social Visit visa. An Embassy Letter is always addressed to the Indonesian embassy or consulate of a certain country: by default, this will be the student’s home country. If you’re studying or doing an internship in a country that’s not your home country before the semester starts, you must request the embassy letter addressed to the Indonesian embassy in that country. Read more under the following link.
The Indonesian embassies require students to present a copy of an airline ticket that proves that they will leave the country after the semester abroad. The flight has to be from Indonesia to another country, which can be any country. Typically flights dated after the study abroad semester have been accepted. The exit flight from Indonesia does not have to be back to your home country if you travel to Asia after the semester. Air Asia offers the best deals for flights within Asia.
A copy of the airline ticket is required for the renewals of the Social Visit Visa as well.
The Indonesian embassy recommends applying for a visa at least 14 days before leaving for Indonesia. The processing time depends on the embassy (e.g., it may take 4-6 weeks even in Germany). We recommend applying for a visa immediately after receiving the official acceptance letter. If your visa application is insufficient, the embassy will contact you and ask for the missing information. Ensure that your application has the required information and documents, especially if you’re in a hurry to get your application processed.
You must arrive in Indonesia within 90 days from the day the visa was issued on.
If you wish to send your visa application by mail, send it as a registered letter. Remember to include the postage for the return envelope (enough postage for a registered letter), so the embassy can mail the visa back to you. Also, remember to enclose your passport as the visa will be attached to it. The embassy does not accept liability for lost letters if the letters have not been sent as registered. Alternatively, you can visit the embassy in person.
A Social-Cultural Visa costs approximately 50 EUR. The payment must be finalized before applying for the visa and the receipt of the payment must be attached to the visa application.
Make sure your visa has the following information.
- Period of validity of the visa and the number of days of stay
- The correct spelling of your surname and name
- Series and number of the passport
- Correct spelling of the sponsor’s name / inviting company
- Availability of a consulate stamp
Please see the full instructions on how to read an Indonesian visa.
Currently, Indonesia enforced several travel restrictions due to the COVID pandemic. Therefore, it is impossible to apply for the correct student visa for the spring semester of 2021 in Bali. However, it may be possible to enter the country on a so-called “Limited Stay – Business Visa”. Our partner Universities in Bali enable students to apply but may visit Bali in these unfortunate times.
The visa can only be obtained with the help of a visa agent will cost roughly 300-400€. The following Visa Agents have been working well in recent times.
Please reach out to the above-mentioned agents directly to discuss your opportunities, the application process, and costs.
Asia Exchange recommends applying for countries officially allowing international students such as Korea, Thailand and Costa Rica, or European destinations like Portugal or Sardinia. If you decide to change the destination due to COVID restrictions, you can get a 200€ discount.
DISCLAIMER: Neither Asia Exchange nor our host universities recommend or support this method and assume no liability of any kind. Students are solely responsible for their visa applications.