Seychelles is the sixth African country and 69th nation to obtain a ‘Visa on Arrival’ to the Republic of Indonesia.
This means that all Seychellois nationals travelling to Indonesia are now eligible to apply for Visa on Arrival (VOA), which can be obtained directly when one arrives regardless of the purpose of visit (business, tourist, social – cultural).
It is to be noted that the VOA cannot be extended or converted into another immigration permit. The maximum stay permitted is thirty (30) days.
The applicant’s passport must have a clean page for the VOA sticker: passengers having a passport without a clean page are routinely rejected. The applicant’s passport must also be valid for at least six months from the date of entry. The fee to receive the VOA is US $35 for a 30-day visa (day of entry and day of departure each count as one day).
The Minister for Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia, Yasona H.Laoly, noted that the provision of VOA facility for Seychellois was done on the principle of mutual benefit for economic, trade and social ties.
The honorary consul of Seychelles in Jakarta, Indonesia, Nico Barito, stated that the VOA will encourage the Seychellois people to travel to Indonesia and enhance greater people to people contact, trade and tourism between the two countries.
The existing relations between the archipelagos are based on mutual respect and will be further strengthened by the development of tourism, culture and trade exchanges with the visa facilitation.