And then some Lankan hawks (yes! they have got hawks too!) think that the favour is unjust especially when fellow consulates don’t reciprocate and require their countrymen to go through the strenuous visa processes.
This beautiful country used to issue Pakistanis with the on-arrival visa; however, the policy has changed now, except for transit purposes.
Visa handling charges are Rs. 1,000 per visa which covers scrutiny of documents, submission to the Consulate General, and onward return to the applicant. However, you might be paying Rs. 200-500 per visa to your travel agent on top of this as service charges!
Unfortunately, Pakistan is not among those 65 countries which are eligible for on-arrival visa to Indonesia. More unfortunately, the visa process is quite opposite to those mentioned for the above countries; a whole lot of formalities and expensive. No surprise why lots of Pakistani, heading to South East Asia, don’t visit the archipelago country and instead prefer Thailand!
Anyway, here goes the list of documents one needed to apply for Indonesian visa (Holiday or tourism)
2. Three colour passport-size photographs;
I guess requirement # 9 is a bit weird, but that is what they say on their website!
To my surprise, the hotel name is mentioned on the actual visa and there is a strong probability that the immigration officer at Bali airport would like to confirm that. A friend reported that one of his colleagues had been deported from Jakarta as the immigration officer could not get the positive confirmation!
Indonesian Consulate is located near Park Towers and can be found conveniently while heading towards duo-talwar (Two-Swords). Visa counter is located on the outside corner facing the main road and one does not need to go inside the embassy so no lengthy security checks. The lady on the counter, Ms. Zehra, is frank and helpful, and one can easily approach her on the below given phone numbers for information. In case of emergency photocopying, driving license branch is the nearest resort. Visa form are accepted from 9 to 12 (Monday to Thursday) and 9 to 11 (Friday).
Fax: (92-21) 5874483
If you know someone personally who lives in Singapore as a resident and can do you a favour, then Singapore visa is just an email away. Luckily my university friend, Khalid, decided to pursue his career in Singapore and I would like to see him there!
So that's it! Now I have to move to start refining the itinerary. Will get back soon...