I just rang the sweden consulate general in Surabaya asking for conference visa arrangement, but they informed me that they didn’t serve sweden visa, and suggested me to contact the embassy (in Jakarta). After I called the embassy’s number ( I got that from the website) the front-man told me about the sweden visa’ requirements, and the point is the applicant must come to the embassy to be interviewed that is mean that I should go to Jakarta…oh nooooo
Finally I plan my trip to Jakarta on mid June, but fortunately, a few days before I left I called the embassy (again) to ensure everything was correct. I rang the embassy and the officer who picked up the phone was hanna, I told her that i will coming to Jakarta in the next few days for visa purposes, and she was surprised that I don’t have any appointment so she refused me, and suggested to come to the embassy a week later.
Appointment, for Indonesian people is not an important thing, people tend to come straight away. In some foreign countries that have motto ‘time is money’ always count to an appointment. You can imagine if you wanna go to the dentist, GP, consultation with your lecturer, and anything else, without making any appointment, yup, you will wasting your precious time. For instance, I always spent at least 2 hours for medical consultation, in fact that the consultation only runs for 15 mins. Back again to my visa application, lesson number two, don’t underestimate the power of official website, as you know, I love to surf and looking around something new especially INFORMATION.
The website, for almost 2 weeks I put my eyes on the sweden embassy site, to read the visa requirement and any important additional information. But, still in Jakarta there were some important requirements that I forget to fulfill. On the site stated that I should make a copy of first page of my passport, and I should payed in advance the visa application 720 thousands IDR and I should brought the receipt along with application forms.
I though I can pay it through the ATM on the 1st floor of the building, but the ATM was out of order (damn) and I should cross the street to the another building nearby (haha I forgot the name) I only found BCA and HSBC, I’m not sure that they can transferred money to ANZ bank, and that was right they can’t. Finally I came to the last bank, Panin bank, and they only received credit card for the transaction and I felt like dumb and dumber hihi and mumbling ‘why I left my cc, when my hubby ask me to brought it’. Then I went up to the embassy again, and hanna other applicants suggested me to pay directly to ANZ bank in Sudirman….
My interview was fine, and she suggested me to provide the payment receipt today if I want my visa to be processed in the same day. I can sent it either by fax or delivered it by mail or come directly, the first and second options were impossible, I choose the third one.
Special thanks to EF, you show me everything about Jakarta and patiently accompanying me getting around jakarta , I also experienced riding the split bus haha.
To joy and ninik, for the funny lunch, that was so much fun
To sri, thanks for the shelter heheh, I slept like dead right and for the delightful break fast ‘nasi uduk’ just remind me to my college time 13 years ago.
last but not least, thanks to blue bird, did’t count how many blue bird that we had ride (forgot), that a recommended public transport in Jakarta very efficient even though a bit expensive but worth ed.