Journalist Visa


Schedule an appointment for your visa application

Introduction of mandatory appointment system

Taking into effect from 1 August 2019, it will be mandatory for all visa applicants to schedule an appointment for the submission of visa applications at the Indonesian Consulate General in Melbourne.

         Please click he​re to make an appointment.​​

 Instructions to schedule an appointment:

  1. Only ONE appointment can be booked per passport.
  2. If you are part of a family or a study group, each member of the family or study group must make an individual appointment. For example, if you are a family of 4 with 2 adults and 2 children, you must make 4 individual appointments.
  3. For large groups travelling together (group of minimum 10 applicants), please e-mail to make appointments.
  4. Please bring your appointment confirmation letter (or e-mail) with you at the scheduled date and time to show to the security or staff.
  5. If you miss your appointment on the scheduled day, you may reschedule or cancel for a new appointment​.
  6. Incomplete applications will not be accepted and processed.​​​

A Journalist Visa is issued to foreign journalists/reporters who intend to enter Indonesia for media coverage and filming purposes. This visa could be obtained at the Indonesian Embassy or missions at the country where the applicant resides, or, at the nearest country if none. Procedures to obtain Journalist Visa are as follows:
A. Journalists/foreign media should apply for journalist visa in Indonesian Mission.
B. Applicant should fill the visa application form provided at the Embassy/representative office and submit:

  1. Journalistic Visa Application Form
  2. Sponsor letter from his/her News Agency/Editor stating the purpose of journalist visit to Indonesia, places to be visited/covered, and the date/schedule of coverage;
  3. Company profile, crew list and their position;
  4. Copy of passport of every crew member (valid more than 6 months at time of scheduled entry in Indonesia);
  5. Synopsis or background information of the story/documentation;
  6. List of equipment (if any) brought by the applicant to Indonesia;
  7. List of informant who will be reference in film shooting;
  8. List of people you are going to interview, the place/venue and date of interview
  9. Signing a statement letter stating: Agree and obey all the regulations act in Indonesia, including District Regulation, especially the regulation in holly place and national park;
  10. The applicant will give one release copy of film shooting result to Directorate of Film, Directorate General of Culture Value, Art and Film, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, after finishing their tasks in Indonesia.


C. Application(s) will be processed in an interdepartmental-meeting every Thursday in Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

D. Applicant(s) will be further informed by the Embassy/representative office regarding the date and time to collect his/her
E. Upon arrival in Jakarta, the journalist require to do the following:

  1. To collect Temporary Press ID Card in Directorate of Information and Media Services, Ministry of Foreign Affairs by submitting copy of his/her passport and visa, two colored photographs (3x4 cm) and Letter of Notification provided by the Indonesian Embassy/Representative office where his/her visa was issued.

  2. To complete the shooting permit, the applicant should also report to Ministry of Culture and Tourism c.q. Directorate of Filming (especially for film shooting), Jl. M.T. Haryono kav.47-48 Jakarta Selatan to collect his/her shooting permit;

  3. Film shooting in conservation area is restricted; therefore the journalist/foreign media need a Permit Letter to Enter Conservation Area from Directorate General of Protection, Ministry of Forestry. 

    d. Filming under the sea must have permission from Marine Central Headquarter;

  4. To ensure the journalist/foreign media can carry out their duty properly in certain districts, the journalist/foreign media must involve Liaison Officer. (Ref. Minister for Culture and Tourism Decree, Number. KM.62/PW.204/MKP/2004 on October 19, 2004, Article 7).