First (And Only) Experience With Jakarta Visas
I enjoy living in Jakarta so far and overall it is very similar to the Philippines. It is nice to be somewhere new for a change and I would kind of like to stick around for awhile and see if things are better here then Phils.
They are very similar with a few key differences. So far I have actually been able to find hotter girls on average on dating sites like Indonesian Cupid, DIA and on Tinder and there aren’t many foreigners around which is great. It’s much harder to pick up girls in the malls here, but with the online options that is fine.
Big tits Jakarta girl
But my first experience doing a month extension in Jakarta is enough for me to be quite sure that I will never live here long term. First off even finding what visa office to go to was a major pain in the ass.
I had been talking to a guy who lived in Jakarta through pm’s and he had helped me out with a lot of stuff. When I asked him which visa office to go to he said the one near my sponsors home.
Previously he helped me get a letter from a sponsor to get a 6 month visa (which still would require the monthly visits, but is better than 2 months then a forced visa run) and I thought his reply was due to that. I told him I wasn’t doing the 6 month visa I just needed the office close to me and again he said it needed to be near my sponsor’s home. I had no idea you needed a sponsor for a normal 1 month extension but apparently you do.
So now I have to find out where her home is, where the nearest visa office is, and get the extra stuff that is needed with a sponsor. This is much harder then it sounds, when you Google stuff here it is all in Bahasa language, and when you put addresses into Google Maps they don’t always link up.
I hopped on an Indonesia forum and had people explaining the visa to me but never telling me the office I needed to go to. When one guy finally did I was told it was on Jalawawawa road where Jalawawawa turns into Jalawapapapa or something like that, but no address. How da fuq am I gonna find that?
I send all my sponsor’s info from her ID to the guy through the pm’s and he tells me to go to the North Jakarta immigration office, but when I talk to a visa fixer she says to go to a different one. The visa costs 250k rupiah ($18) and the visa fixers will handle everything for 1.35 million ($100).
I have never used a visa service before, when living in the Philippines people can do your visa for you really cheap but it is so easy to do it yourself there’s no point. Now I was getting very tempted to just pay the $75ish to have someone handle this for me.
Living in Jakarta my whole goal is to avoid going out in traffic. I really hate traffic and the only way to go anywhere is on a deathtrap motorbike. Since you have to take THREE trips to immigration to do this on 3 separate days I decide to use a visa service.
Voted world’s worst traffic
Until they tell me that I have to go up to immigration once to get fingerprinted and a picture taken. So basically I would be paying $75 to get out of 2 visits and for them to fill out 2 pieces of easy paperwork. I can’t bring myself to pay $75 so I am going. I tried to negotiate the price but they wouldn’t do it, but at least they told me the right office.
The dude through pm’s was just trying his best, if I had listened to him I woulda traveled 45 minutes on a motorbike in heavy traffic and been told I needed to go elsewhere.
Finally Get to Jakarta Immigration
After like 4 days of trying to figure out where the F I am supposed to go I finally think I know the right place. I still am not 100% sure, but I think so. I go get a motorbike and take the 25 minute ride (to travel less then 5 miles) in the brutal bumper to bumper traffic at 1:30 pm. I don’t understand why anyone would ever buy or take a car anywhere here.
If it takes that long to go on a bike that drives on the side of the road a car would have taken an hour and a half minimum. By the time my first ride to Jakarta Immigration is finished I am already pissed off and have fully decided I am never extending here again.
In Jakarta there are tons of potholes in the streets, random electrical wires, holes for construction. Not only is it not fun it is seriously risking life and limb, and you have to make the trek across the city 6 times.
So now I am semi pissed off over the whole thing and head in to get the paperwork and turn it in. It is a little before 2pm and while there are 20ish people sitting in chairs there is no one in line at any window.
150 kV underground cable sticking out
A guy tells me to go to counter 4 and I go up. I tell them I need to extend my visa on arrival and they ask where I live. I tell them and three of them start talking it over. One guy is reading through my entire passport, another guy is eyeing me up.
They don’t really know where I live (and neither do I to be honest) so I tell them the nearest mall and one guy nods and says I am at the right place. They hand me the paper work and say come back tomorrow.
I am like oh no its ok I can fill it out real quick and drop it off now. Sorry we are closed. After living in Asia this long I already know that there is no way that they are going to take this paperwork today but I have to try.
As badly as I want to scream WHAT THE F DO YOU MEAN YOU ARE CLOSED I politely say can you please take it now I can fill it out in 5 minutes. The guy then goes on to tell me that I need to bring it back tomorrow, come back the next day to pay, and come back the next day to pick it up.
Now my BS of a hassle of a 3 day trip has become a 4 day trip because they can’t reach out and grab a paper while they sit at their work desks saying they are closed. Even if they aren’t processing any more paperwork today (which its 2pm so why the F wouldn’t they be?) at the least they should take it and process it tomorrow saving me the trip.
Nope, ain’t gonna happen. This is similar to ‘requirements‘ in the Philippines. They have their dumb ass rules and once a decision is made that is the end of it.
I could seriously rant about this all day. How and why does this process take 3 (now 4) days? What is the point of forcing people to come back a second day to pay? I can somewhat be talked into they need a day to process things and release your passport. Other countries don’t need it, but if they want to argue it then OK.
But a third day? I can easily hand them the 250k payment when I give them my passport and paperwork. Or can give them the payment when they release my passport. I might just be in some conspiracy mode where they are out to get me but the only thing I can come up with is they are messing with me.
I really don’t understand how or why anyone puts up with this. Jakarta is cool, I enjoyed it there, but it definitely isn’t cool enough to put up with that.