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seriously?

Hi,

gozell, this is new since January this year or how is that? I contacted multiple embassys along my way in the last 12 months and they always said the maximum is a 2 month visa, not extendable under any circumstances. Now last month a friend of mine told me about a change in laws this January, that most embassys don't even know of yet. That's that? So I just apply in say Kuala Lumpur for the 2 months and you're sure it'll work with the extensions?

The point is if I google that stuf I get extremely different answers, even from official adresses.


How major do you mean by major?


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It depends on luck. I just read a story somewhere (I think it was on HUBB) by a guy who got the run-around by the immigration office, incl. having to pay lots of money while another person at the same office the day before got his/hers without problems.

Don't wait till the last minute when organising it, you may have to go to another city or even leave the country. In any case, if you enter and leave you can get a new 2 month visa. That's what we did, twice.
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Some more ferries here: www.dluonline.co.id

Java to Sulawesi and god knows where else they go. Unfortunately, online translation doesn't work well with this site.
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It depends on luck. I just read a story somewhere (I think it was on HUBB) by a guy who got the run-around by the immigration office, incl. having to pay lots of money while another person at the same office the day before got his/hers without problems.
Yeah, we were screwed over in Jakarta for a one month extension, possibly due to luck, but probably more likely due to bad timing and the fact we tried to do it ourselves. We've been offered this service by locals at other times and while they'll usually want a commission, one lady even offered to do it for nothing. Can't remember the actual cost of the visa, but if you're quoted any more than a few hundred thousand rupiah, the rest is going into someone's pocket.

Like everything else in Indonesia, each embassy will tell you a different story, but the extension thing has been current policy since at least mid-last year.
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I would say leaving Indonesia to apply for a new visa rarther then to apply for extension seems like overkill to me. That money is better spend on petrol... lol Apply for a 2 Months Visa (Visa index 211) and im positive thats extendable for another month each up to a maximum stay of 6 months for a cost of 250000Rp/each extension (official price). Ive been through this process several times myself in Indonesia, if you are seeking official confirmation however try contacting the embassy in Kuala Lumpur or Australia.
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Nice post! I haven't had the time to compare / read through everything. But I posted some ferry info on my website as well... (see link below in the signature).
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I just wanted to check, if somebody has had some recent experience with the visa extension of the type 211 Visa in Indonesia, Jakarta in my case. I'm over the first month already an haven't even made it over the equator so this will be an issue over and over for me.

I generally am not too optimistic as all I hear from people in Sumatra so far is depressing at best.

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Hi I started on a 60 day 4 months ago my last extension was in Singapore I flew in and flew out 2 days later with another 60 days . I found if you do it in the local immigration office you lose to much time for a week you can not move and I found it expensive In Singapore it cost me Sing $65 back on the road in 3 days with 60 not 30 days. BTW if travelling through Indonesia do yourself a favour and go through Sulewesi unreal unless it is flooded out.
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Ferry to Sulawesi leaves from the Surabaya Port in the north and takes 2 nights . you will need earplugs as the Karaoke starts at 8.00 am. But fun just the same.
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You got a price quote from the Sulawesi ferry for me plus bike? I was thinking about it a lot lately.

Also, do you know, is there a ferry from the northern end (Suwawa or Pinolosin) back to Java/Bali/Lombok?

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I'm over the first month already an haven't even made it over the equator so this will be an issue over and over for me.
In any case try not to overstay your visa because they charge steeply. I do not know how it is now but back in the beginning of this year it was USD 20 per day of overstay. We met a guy with a bicycle who had entered the country on the 5th of November and was leaving on the 5th of January, thinking he was just in time, but he had not calculated the days and thus had overstayed 2 days, resulting in 40 USD fine!
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Hey All,
Just rode across Indonesia in August and September, all info on ferries is still correct.
Only difference is Flores to Kupang, there are 3 car ferries per week but the days are not confirmed. The 3 ports from Flores when I crossed were:
- Aimere on Friday morning
- Ende on Saturday
- Larantuka on Monday

It is well worth the ride to Larantuka, good roads, spectacular views and shortest ferry time - 16 hours.
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We'd second that. Larantuka is lovely, and travelling the length of Flores is very worthwhile. We've ridden from E Timor to W Sumatra so far and Flores was one of the highlights. The Kupang Larantuka ferry was 18 Hrs in reality, and interesting if you like cockroaches and rats. They did have bike racing on the tv most of the way though.....

We found that the ferries either end of Java are quick, but there are so many of them in competition that we waited 3 Hrs to dock on the way to Sumatra (1 Hr ferry) and 1 Hr from Bali (3 1/2 Hr ferry). Worth bearing in mind when working out timing.

The onion boat to take bikes/cars from Medan(Sumatra) to Georgetown(Malaysia) is still running by the way. Thanks to Panomoto.com for the info. which is still up to date.

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Hi all,

Picking up on the shortly mentioned Sulawesie issue up there.

I'm not sure if it's of use to anyone, but as it's not the exactly easy to get the info, in the end it took me 4 hours and multiple pelni offices, officers and a translator I'll throw it up here. Also i just noticed that the boat doesn't even show up at all on the Pelni site.

To Get to Sulawesi with the bike there is only one Pelni Boat that operates as a kind of RoRo service. For all other ships you officially need to crate the bike and get an agent and bla.

The Ship is called Km. Dobonsolo it docks 3 times on Java, Priok(Jakarta) - Semarang - Surabaya, before heading over to Sulawesi. First port of call is Makassar, then a few smaller ones and last one on Sulawesi is Bitung.

The boat then goes on to make a complete round over to Papua, the Spice Islands and so on before calling on Makassar once more before heading back to Java. So the most senseful thing, at least I think, as I don't want to spend a week doing the circle on the boat, is to Take the boat up to Bitung first and go north to south. The Price is around 940.000 Rp for the bike and me (economy) and takes 3 days. It's not exaclty cheap.


During the next two months the ferry will leave Surabaya at 12:18 (as if) on following days:

9. November
23.November
7.December
21.December


The boat should dock in Makassar for the second time 10 days after leaving Surabaya, meaning leaving Makassar for Java on those dates:

19.November
1. December
17.December
31.December

But if even the Pelni office says they are sometime late this is vague.


I'm pretty sure I'll be on the one on the 23rd of November. Maybe see you there. If someone wants the complete list of ports with the times say so as I got a printout.


May the Karaoke begin.
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Ferries Surabaya to Sulewesi

I found the ferry pretty good apart from the pickpockets on the dock which forced another 3 weeks in Surabaya waiting for replacement ATM cards(panas) hot town. It leaves late generally around 2.00 am and the quarters were good for around Rp600,000 and private room and a bike over 500cc R1200GSA 2nights travel and a really good karaoke at 8.00am. They ask you to lash down your bike yourself and everything is chained down. Meals were provided but not sure when as it was Ramadan when I crossed but problem was coming back as there was no ferry for nearly 3 weeks because of Leberan Day the end of the Buasa
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