Recently, Indonesia announced a new policy for issuing visas to Nigerians and other foreigners wishing to visit the country for any purpose. The Indonesian embassy in Nigeria will no longer be involved in visa processing; instead, will only collect applications for further processing.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, Harry Purwanto – Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria said:
“Nigerians seeking visas to Indonesia should know that the Indonesian government has introduced a new visa application and issuance policy.
Under the new policy, we as an Embassy in Nigeria have been withdrawn from processing visas. All we are now required to do is to collect visa applications and send them to Indonesia for processing. We now have to be taking authority from Jakarta.
We, therefore, want to tell Nigerians seeking visas to Indonesia to now begin their applications at least two weeks in advance, to enable us to send their applications on time to Jakarta.”
To avoid visa refusal from Jakarta, Nigerians are enjoined to always ensure that authentic information and documents are provided in their visa application forms.
According to the Ambassador, Indonesia is committed to issuing more visas to Nigerians, this year alone, about 1,000 visas were issued. The country also promises to continue to create the right environment for mutual trade relations and people-to-people interactions between genuine Nigerians and Indonesians.