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Social Visa in Indonesia

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A social visa is a favourite choice of foreigners coming to Indonesia

Foreign nationals who opt to stay in Indonesia for more than 30 days, and thus exceed the maximum allowed visa-free period, should consider applying for a social-cultural visa.

As opposed to most of the Indonesian visas, a social visa (visa sosial budaya) does not require much preparation and its conditions are easily met.

Eligible Applicants for a Social Visa

The purpose of a social-cultural visa is to visit friends or relatives or to participate in a social, cultural or educational exchange. Its holders are not allowed to conduct any business activities in Indonesia.

Foreigners with a social visa are granted a single entry visit of up to 60 days which can be extended monthly for a total of 180 days. After its expiration, holders must leave the country and apply for a new visa abroad.

Requirements for Social Visa Application in Indonesia

The requirements for an Indonesia social visa are simple and easy to meet. All you need to do is prepare the following required documents:

  • A valid passport with a minimum validity of 12 months from the date of entry into Indonesia
  • A completed visa application form
  • A bank statement or other evidence showing enough fund to cover travel expenses in Indonesia
  • A coloured photograph (passport size)
  • Travel itinerary
  • Evidence of obligation in the applicant’s country of permanent residence (can be written by an employer, a school, etc.)

Social Visa & Cekindo

Local Sponsor

An applicant is obliged to present several documents during the application process at one of the Indonesian embassies abroad. An invitation letter is an essential part of the application dossier.

The invitation letter must be prepared and signed by an Indonesian sponsor. The sponsor, either an Indonesian citizen or a local company, is legally responsible for the incomer during his or her stay in Indonesia.

Cekindo, as a local company in Indonesia, is permissible to invite foreigners to the country and become their sponsor.

To request a sponsorship letter from us, please provide the following documents and details:

  • Details about your travel in Indonesia (date of arrival, travel period, place of stay, etc.)
  • An overseas embassy in which you will collect your visa
  • Your details, including home address
  • A scanned copy of your passport with validity of at least 12 months
  • Emergency contact

Visa Agent

Cekindo can act as a visa agent and manage the extension of a social visa. In this case, foreigners do not need to come to the immigration office two or three times every month but hand their passport to Cekindo only.

Social Visa Application through Cekindo

If you choose to use our service to help apply for a social visa on your behalf, the following simple steps are to be undertaken:

  1. Provide us with all your details and necessary documents
  2. We will check and verify if all information is correct
  3. If required, we will issue a sponsorship letter
  4. We will then apply on your behalf
  5. You wait for the TELEX, which is issued within approximately 1 week
  6. Collect the TELEX from an embassy of your choice abroad and use it for your social visa application
  7. You will need to travel to Indonesia within 6 months

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Frequently Asked Questions

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My sponsor is in another city in Indonesia. Can Cekindo help extend my Social Visa in Jakarta and become my sponsor?

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