“It’s been already 3 weeks since I came to Bali…I should start working on my visa extension maybe?
Wait. How do I extend my visa exactly?
I guess I need to visit Immigration Office in…Kuta, right?
Where in Kuta is it located?”
These questions suddenly came to my mind around midnight on April 1st.
Then, I asked Mr.Google.
If you have VOA (Visa On Arrival), you can extend your visa for another 30 days.
Yes. I already knew this.
I actually don’t need visa if I stay in Indonesia only for 30 days, but I got VOA when I arrived in Indonesia so that I can stay here for maximum of 60 days.
If you have VOA, you may apply for visa extension. You should complete your application at least 10 days before your visa expires. It takes at least 5 business days to process visa extension. If your visa expires within a week, your application of visa extension won’t be accepted.
10 days before…?
What’s the date today? April 1st.
When is my visa going to expire? …April 7th.
Today is Friday.
So it’s 5 business days before my visa expires.
Are they still going to accept my visa extension?!!
I decided to go VISA RUN in the morning.
I was looking up what I need for my visa to be extended and at the same time I was searching flight to get out of Indonesia in case I couldn’t make it.
The cheapest flight is of course to Kuala Lumpur by AirAsia…
But I’ve been there like three times already.
I haven’t visited Brunei…I’m interested…
Umm…but I miss Thai food so should I visit Thailand though I’ve been there already?
I am very worried about this visa extension but at the same time I kind of started being excited with this unexpected travel opportunity…yea, I’m an insanely optimistic person…
I left for Kuta in the morning with Tom, a Dutch guy who was staying at my next door.
Once we arrived in Kuta, we looked for a photocopy service to get photocopies of documents.
As of April, 2016, documents needed for visa extension is…
-Of your picture page
-Of entry stamp page just in case
-Photocopy of VOA just in case
-Photocopy of your flight information to leave Indonesia
I showed all these documents at the reception and I was given a form to complete.
It looked complicated at first and I wasted a form by making a mistake but it has English translation next to Indonesian so I managed to complete the form by myself.
Now I am ready for application! I got a ticket and waited for my number to be called. After about an hour, I submitted all the documents that I prepared worrying that he might not accept my application because it’s too late…then he asked:
“What’s your address in Indonesia?”
“Ubud? You are supposed to go to Denpasar. We cannot process your application here in Kuta.”
This is exactly how I was looked at this moment...
What I found out after wasting an hour at KUTA immigration office was I must go to Denpasar immigration office instead because I live in Ubud! Oh no…
I hailed a taxi and headed to Denpasar dragging Tom around. (I dragged him around Ubud the day before…looking for INDOCAFE, my favorite instant coffee. Poor guy…) We arrived at Denpasar immigration office in 30 minutes.
We found out the office was closed for lunch break so we went to eat at nearby warung (a local restaurant).
We came back to the immigration office before 1pm. The office started being filled with foreign tourists who came for visa extension just like me.
We knew it would take hours for my number to be called, so started watching “Porco Rosso” of Studio Ghibli…I never ever expected I would watch this Japanese movie with a Dutch in Indonesia! Life is a mystery!
After an hour or two, my number was called so I went to the counter. But they have another monitor showing a different number and I had to wait another 30 minutes. There was a pair of blond young girls who was insisting their visas got to be extended immediately, which won’t happen.
After I went through all these hassles, my application was processed!!
YAY!! I will come to pick my passport up next week and I’ll be done!!!
Now I don’t need to escape to Brunei nor Thailand! (a little bit sad!) I was released from all my anxiety. I enjoyed sushi in Kuta with Tom and we went for Gili islands next day.
And then I got a message from my mom.
“I’ve got a phone call from Japanese Embassy in Bali.
GIVE ME A CALL RIGHT NOW!”
….what???? Japanese Embassy????
I started feeling nervous again. That must be something to do with my visa.
I called my mom and she told me that somebody found my old passport, which was already voided, and it was delivered to Japanese Embassy.
Huh??? So it has nothing to do with my visa extension???
I do have my old passport with me just in case but did I lose it during my visa run??
I didn’t even realize that until now…
I looked for my old passport when I got back from Gili islands…yeah it’s gone.
Now I have to go to Japanese Embassy too to pick up my old passport , but luckily it’s just nearby Denpasar immigration office. I decided to drop by the embassy when I pick up my passport.
I’ve already got enough troubles for this visa thing…but this was not the end…