JAKARTA – The Directorate General of Immigration has completed the Electronic Visa on Arrival (eVoA) system and is currently testing the system, which includes payment through a payment gateway. Acting Director General of Immigration Widodo Ekatjahjana said that eVoA and payment gateway systems will be inaugurated on Wednesday, November 9th , 2022, before the momentum of the G20 Summit which will be held on November 15-16, 2022.
“Thanks God, the system has been completed by the Directorate of Information Systems and Technology and is also being tested by the Immigration Attaches at the Indonesian Representatives. Foreigners who are included in the eVoA trial will first arrive in Indonesia on Friday (11/04/2022) at 22:40 WIB at Soekarno-Hatta Airport. We hope that Electronic VoA can be used by foreigners starting next Wednesday. We are trying all efforts and coordination related to this system as best and as quickly as possible to support the G20 Summit and answer the needs of the world community who want to have vacation or hold business meetings in Indonesia,” Widodo explained in Surabaya on Thursday (03/11/2022).
He added, eVoA will greatly facilitate the world community to visit Indonesia. Foreigners can complete the eVoA application pre-departure or during transit before entering the territory of the Republic of Indonesia, as long as they are connected to the internet. They also can safe time and energy to exchange their cash into Rupiah or US Dollars.
The implementation of Electronic VoA is carried out gradually by prioritizing Visa on Arrival services at Soekarno-Hatta Airport and I Gusti Ngurah Rai Immigration Check Point. For the beginning, the eVoA can be accessed by Foreign Nationals from top 26 countries of VoA users. Foreigners using VoA are required to pay IDR 500,000 and will be allowed to stay in Indonesia for up to 30 days and can be extended once to get additional 30 days at the Immigration Office. Similar to eVisa, eVoA can be used no later than 90 days after payment is made. The transaction path available in the payment gateway is through a credit card or debit card that is included in the Visa or Master Card network.
” if it is God’s will, the launch of eVoA with a payment gateway system will also be attended and inaugurated by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs, Mr. Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan. This system will not only affect the tourism sector, but also the closing-deals in multinational business meetings that can encourage investment and create new job opportunities” he said.
In addition to eVoA, a payment system through a payment gateway will also be applied to the Visa Online web-based application (visa-online.imigration.go.id). The implementation of a comprehensive payment gateway in the visa system is intended to break down the bottle neck of billing code payments that foreigners often experience after making a visa application.