You will be entering Indonesia on a so-called “Visit Visa = Socio Cultural” visa (what used to be called a “Sosial Budaya” or social visa). You must apply for the visa in the US, at the embassy in the area of your residence. Your letter of invitation will be issued by Dr. Yanti from Atma Jaya University, a collaborator on our NSF project. It costs approximately US$50 in 2019 depending on where you apply, it allows you an initial stay of 60 days. The visa is valid only for an initial entry date of 90 days from the day it is issued, so you can not apply before April.
Please check online with the Indonesian embassy through which you’ll apply for current information. Different embassies sometimes have different application forms and slightly different requirements. Even when the process seems clear on the embassy website, try calling the embassy first to confirm that you understand exactly what you currently need.
For example the Indonesian embassy in NYC requires the following:
Social visit visa is single entry only.
- The Visa Application Form.docx which has been completed and signed by the applicant.
- The original passport with at least six (6) months of validity from the date of submission.
- The passport must also be valid for at least six (6) months from the date of entry into Indonesia.
- The passport must contain at least one (1) blank visa page. Amendment and endorsement pages cannot be used for visa purposes.
- Two recent color photographs (passport-size) on picture-quality paper.
- Copy of Airline tickets or copy of Itinerary.
- A letter of invitation (in duplicate) from the family or social organization, which describes the purpose of the visit and guarantees all transportation and living expenses that will incur in Indonesia.
- US$55 fee in money order (payable to the Indonesian Consulate).
Update: It is our understanding that as of now all applications are made via the so-called online e-consular services at:
You should apply as soon as your tickets are issued.