Hello murid-murid Naga!
Only a short time before you set off for Indonesia and the start of the program. If you haven’t spoken to an instructor on the phone yet, a call will be coming in the next day or two. But please email or post a Yak if you have any questions.
As for your arrival in Jakarta, there are a few things you need to know and a few you need to write down.
First, you will be asked to fill out a customs declaration card that you will show the immigration officer upon arriving. Please fill in the address of our first hotel in Jakarta, Hotel Amaris, jl. Husein Sastranegara no.1 Benda, Tangerang Banten, for your “address in Indonesia.” Phone number for the hotel is: +62212302966. When asked for reason of visit, make sure to mark tourism or holiday.
Next, when you go to show your passport and customs card to the immigration officer, it’s very important that you open your passport to the visa page and make sure he or she sees the visa (Lila and Anna disregard this as you are both getting a Visa On Arrival – please make sure you head to the line that says Visa On Arrival (VOA) where you will pay the $35 USD fee) . If you don’t, the officer may stamp your passport with a visa exemption stamp, which is for 30 days and can’t be extended as opposed to your 60 day visa. It’s costly and time consuming to correct this mistake later.
After that, you’ll collect your bags and leave the secure area, where you’ll see us–Rita, Keshet, and Colin–dressed in our Dragons shirts and waiting for you! After some quick introductions we’ll head to Amaris hotel airport. The next day, early in the morning, we’ll leave Jakarta and take a train to Central Java to our program orientation site.
On the topic of visas, it’s important that each student bring around $200 USD (or the equivalent amount in IDR from an ATM machine) for our visa renewal run. This money will be collected and held by instructors early in the program. Students’ 60 day visas will expire in early November, meaning we will need to leave the country at that time and return with a visa on arrival in order to finish out the course. Student are responsible for the associated renewal costs. We’ll let you know the exact plan for this a bit later, but we’ll all be doing the renewal as a group.
One last thing you should write down is Rita’s local number +62-821-3825-5367.
Bring a sweater and water on the plane and have a safe flight. We’re so excited to see you.
-Keshet, Rita and Colin