These scams have come to the attention of the Indonesian government who have warned travellers to only use its official website to organise visas.
“Beware of visa scamming and illicit websites that offer to provide electronic visa on arrival (e-VOA) to Indonesia. The official website for e-VOA is https://molina.imigrasi.go.id/” the government posted online.
The Australian government service Smartraveller has advice for those looking to obtain an Indonesian visa in advance,
“You can apply for an e-visa on arrival (e-VOA) no later than 48 hours prior to travelling to Indonesia, check the e-VOA requirements from Indonesian Immigration before applying,” it said.
“The e-VOA and VOA cost IDR 500,000 (approximately $A50), with the e-VOA charging a small online processing fee.”
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