Guest Author - Taisha Turner
Entry into Batam, Indonesia requires a passport and visa. A passport valid for six months with a blank page is necessary. A visa for a three day and a thirty day period is available upon docking on shore.
Batam, Indonesia will issue a visa on arrival (VOA). Citizens of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) do not have to pay a fee with their application. Americans and most other countries have to pay a fee when applying. It is US$10.00 for a three day visa. A thiry day visa is $US25.00. Some foreign nationals have to secure a visa from an Indonesia embassy before arrival on the island.
The process is simple with a valid passport and funds. Bring the exact US dollars because the exchange rates are poor. You will lose funds on the transaction.
Afterwards, you are free to explore the island of Batam, Indonesia for the period of the visa. Taxi cabs are on the quay to take you to your desination. There is a free, short video to orientate first time visitors.
There is a link in the upper right corner to the Indonesian Diplomatic and Consular Missions around the world. Also, there are links to previous Southeast Asia articles on Batam, Indonesia. They will inform you how to reach the island from Singapore and things to do on arrival.
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