No matter which country you are going to, applying for a visa is nerve-wracking, and the same applies to applying for a visa in Bali.
Therefore, in order to make life easier and avoid all the visa application bureaucracy, most foreigners will opt for a visa agent without doing much research.
Engaging a visa agent in Bali is a perfect idea, but not doing enough due diligence is definitely a big mistake.
Many authentic and fake visa agents have been showing up around this beautiful island and this trend is actually expected. Why? Because of the thriving number of tourists and some foreigners even love that island so much that they decide to work and live on the island, creating the lifestyle that they want or being with their family.
While we encourage you to use a reliable visa agent such as Cekindo for your visa application, we also want to warn you of the common problems brought forth by the fake visa agents, as these problems can lead to bigger issues such as penalty and deportation due to the highly strict immigration law in Bali.
This is by far considered as one of the top mistakes made by amateur visa agents with insufficient visa and immigration knowledge. These people are often inexperienced and unfamiliar with the Indonesian immigration law, particularly in Bali. Thus they are not able to differentiate which type of visa works for your visit purpose.
One common case that happens frequently is many of these crooked visa agents are unable to distinguish between a Visa on Arrival (VoA) and a free visa. As a result, if a foreigner would like to stay in Bali for more than 30 days and the deceptive visa agent applies a free visa for them, and they will be forced to leave the country because a free visa is not extendable after 30 days, whereas a VoA allows foreigners to extend after 30 days of stay.
An unfit visa agent will cause a disaster, especially when it comes to VoA application. Cekindo has clients that previously used some online dubious visa agents and this is another common problem they encountered as well.
After you have applied for your VoA with these so-called visa agents online before you arrive in Bali, they will not be able to provide you with further information related to obtaining your visa.
This is serious because if the airport in which you arrive at does not issue VoA, chances are you will be refused to enter the country.
On a side note, you may think a free visa is an alternative if you are not able to receive your VoA in Bali – you need to also make your country is one of the 169 countries in the world that is eligible for a free visa in Indonesia.
Cekindo will always return the passports to clients once the visa application is done and deemed successful. While most visa agents will do the same like us, it is highly possible that you may never be able to retrieve your passport if you let a fake agent take care of your visa application.
Even worse, some of them will just disappear after you have paid them the visa application fee. Now you have lost both your hard-earned money and passport. Passports stolen by these crooks are usually sold and used for illegal purposes.
Visa sponsorship is required when you extend your social-cultural visa. A reliable and trustworthy visa consultant will be able to offer the sponsorship assistance without any problem.
But, if you are engaging a bogus visa agent, their lack of knowledge in the details of immigration law pertaining to visa sponsorship may be the reason they do not provide such sponsorship service.
Important note: ensure to take note of the validity of your visa once you get it. If you overstay, daily hefty fine awaits. There has been a significant increase of the fine.
It is clear that you need to make sure of the credentials of your chosen visa agent before deciding to use their service for your Bali visa application.
If you are not 100% sure, you can always approach Cekindo. Our team of visa consultants will be happy to answer your questions and apply for your visa on your behalf.
We also offer Indonesia business visa application online for a quick and hassle-free process.
Get in touch with us by filling in the form below. Or, visit our office in Badung. You can also come to our other offices in Jakarta and Semarang.