AmCham Indonesia hosted a virtual discussion on US Visa Applications and American Citizen Services with the Consular Section, US Embassy Jakarta on June 8, discussing current visa trends and the visa application process, including how to request an expedited visa.
Consular Officer Sulaiman Toghral said the current visa wait time is 50 days for Jakarta, therefore travelers are advised to plan their travel accordingly and apply early.
The application steps remain unchanged, but the Business Visa Program (BVP), previously designed for firms operating within Indonesia to reserve appointment times, is no longer available. The BVP has been replaced with an expedited appointment service, which is available for those who have unforeseen travel needs such as urgent business travel, medical needs, funerals/deaths and other qualifications.
The following services are also available for American citizens: passport renewal, citizenship documentation and notarial services to include affidavits, and acknowledgment of signature and power of attorney.
US citizens living abroad are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP – https://step.state.gov/), which enables them to receive information from the Embassy about safety conditions in their destination country, helping to make informed decisions about travel plans. STEP also helps the US Embassy make contact in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.