It is more convenient for Russians to apply for a visa upon arrival and pay for it in cash
Indonesia launched an online service for issuing e-visas for foreign tourists from 46 countries, including Russia, Antara reports.
“The Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights has officially launched the e-VoA visa on arrival service at molina.imigrasi.go.id to facilitate immigration services for foreign tourists visiting the country. Also, thanks to the updated system, travelers will no longer have to queue for visa payments,” the publication writes.
The new service is available to passport holders in 46 countries, including Australia, Austria, Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Turkey and others.
According to the Indonesian authorities, the launch of the service should stimulate the growth of inbound tourism to support the country's economy.
To obtain a visa, foreign citizens need to create an account on the site and register their visa application. In addition, they can pay immediately online with a Visa, Mastercard or JCB logo credit or debit card. After the payment is made, the data for e-VoA will be verified. If the application is approved, the eVisa will appear in the applicant's account.
The applicant can simply download the approved visa to their smartphone and present it at the checkpoint when entering Indonesia.
The only difference from the visa on arrival, which Russians are now applying for, is that an e-visa must be paid online with cards of international payment systems, recalled in VITO Russia.
The payment method is the main difficulty in obtaining this type of visa for Russians. After the departure of international payment systems from Russia, not every Russian has the opportunity to pay for services with cards of international systems.
Therefore, in any case, the new e-visa will not be relevant for most Russian tourists. They will continue, as before, to issue a visa upon arrival in Indonesia. You can pay $30 for it in cash.