Trying to find information on obtaining a 60-day Indonesian tourist visa in Penang is like trying to find the Holy Grail. We couldn’t find any legitimate source, like a consulate website or working email address, and the only application form that we found online was for the embassy in KL. There were conflicting accounts about the visa requirements such as whether or not we needed to present an onward ticket and the background color of our photos (they used to require red background visa photos).
After scouring the interwebs for hours and not being able to find any solid information I walked over to Chulia Street to inquire with a travel agent. The woman said we didn’t need an onward ticket but we definitely needed a red background visa photo. She only served to confuse me more because this was the complete opposite of what I found on the interwebs!
We went to apply for our Russian tourist visa today. This is the first time in my adult life applying for a visa to visit another country. Luckily for me, I picked a country with a rather complex tourist visa application process, especially for a US citizen. They practically asked for a blood sample. It also cost me ¥10480, but I’m not sure if that’s because I’m applying for it in Japan or if that’s the cost in general for a US citizen. KS didn’t have to pay a dime. I hope we get it!
Waiting for our Russian visa…