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Indonesian airline to offer visas onboard Dubai flights

Passengers will be able to buy ‘Visa on Arrival’ vouchers at check-in counters.

Indonesian airline to offer visas onboard Dubai flights
VISA RULES: Garuda Indonesia is to introduce an ‘Immigration on-Board’ service on its flights from Dubai. (Getty Images)

Garuda Indonesia is to introduce an ‘Immigration on-Board’ service on its flights from Dubai, the Indonesian national carrier has confirmed.

Passengers flying from Dubai and requiring visas to enter Indonesia will be able to buy ‘Visa on Arrival’ vouchers at Garuda Indonesia check-in counters.

During the flight, immigration officers on the aircraft will conduct passport checks and issue a card that must be returned to ground immigration officers before exiting the airport.

The service is due to be begin on routes to Jakarta, Bali or Bandung from Dubai and Europe from June 2.

The service was introduced on a trial basis on the Tokyo – Denpasar – Jakarta route in February this year and proved to be a success with passengers.

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Kaptain 9 years ago

..would allow the passengers to avoid the hassle at the counters.. Passengers who have passed out with jet - lag won't find it crunching anymore standing at the counters when such a country is a tourist spot and one can expect a lot of crowds at the entry and exit.. Nice work..!!

Mumeen Chowdhury 9 years ago

This is a very innovative and helpful idea. Wish this applies to all nationalities as nobody goes to Indonesia to find employment. Those who wish to go are for tourism or family/friends visit. So why not have uniform rules for all tourists (irrespective of natinality) and visitors to family/friends. Otherwise, current visa issuance rules (for those who are not eligible for VOA) are so cumbersome, most illogical and harrassing and seems almost impossible and frustrating to perform.