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    My intention is spend 4 months in Indonesia (mid Feb-mid June).

    How is this for a strategy?

    * 60 day SOCIAL CULTURAL visa ($50) in advance at a consulate in my home country with a sponsorship letter from a visa agency in Bali (extra $20). Then extend the visa for an extra 2 extensions ($50/extension via agency) for a total of 4 months in Indonesia (until mid-June). Total price for this option is $170 in visa costs after 4 months.

    The only problem is I don't want to leave my passport behind at the agency in Bali as I travel overland through Java and then Sumatra. This trip is focused on 3 islands, Bali, Java and Sumatra (4 months total: 2 weeks in Bali, 2 weeks in Java, and a final month in North Sumatra).

    Do I need to do the first extension in Yogyakarta? or other secondary cities in Java (I am skipping the largest cities) and focusing more on the southern half of Java and probably the second extension somewhere in Sumatra, Banda Aceh (also my exit point). My plan is to fly to Banda Aceh from Java, and do a loop around Aceh, including Weh, Toba, Bukit Lawang, Ketambe, and back to Banda Aceh to fly out.

    So my question is how do I do these extensions on my own if I have a different sponsor per extension since it is in different cities? 1 sponsor in Bali (original), another in Java, and a third and final sponsor in Banda Aceh.

    And also can I find visa agencies in Banda Aceh? Or that more a commonality in places like Bali?

    Do they have them in Yogya?

    And if I use one agency in Yogya to be my sponsor? Won't that be a problem since it was an agency from Bali that wrote my original sponsorship letter?

    And then again a third agency in Sumatra to sponsor me again? How will it work out?

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    Originally posted by atoopishai View Post
    (1) ... with a sponsorship letter from a visa agency in Bali (extra $20) ... $50/extension via agency ...

    (2) The only problem is I don't want to leave my passport behind at the agency in Bali ... Do I need to do the first extension in Yogyakarta? or other secondary cities ... the second extension somewhere in Sumatra, ... and back to Banda Aceh to fly out.
    So my question is how do I do these extensions on my own if I have a different sponsor per extension since it is in different cities? ... Won't that be a problem since it was an agency from Bali that wrote my original sponsorship letter?

    (3) And also can I find visa agencies in Banda Aceh? ...

    (1) I think you are being too optimistic . Are you sure about these cheap costs ? It is difficult to belive because the official extension fee charged by Immigration is Rp500'000 (or even Rp555'000) .

    (2) I don't know how it is now , but when I extended some 10 years ago :
    - you could not change the sponsor in my city (although few people did it in other places) ;
    - you had to extend in a city where the sponsor lived .
    So , I think your plan is too risk . I would opt for a 60 days Tourist Visa + a paid Visa-on-arrival or 2 paid Visa-on-arrival (30 days + 1 extension , exit Indonesia , come back for a 2nd Visa-on-arrival - no sponsor required) .

    (3) I guess you can find an agent anywhere where there is a Immigration office .
    Last edited by marcus; 16-12-19, 11:30.

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      Thanks

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