Coal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2232 posts, RR: 6 Posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7621 times:
A TV ad here in Singapore as well as a full page ad on The Economist claims that GA have immigration on board on select long-haul flights arriving into CGK. I assume from the ads that this is a service only provided to C-class passengers.
This is a great idea because anyone who has every flown into Indonesia, especially Jakarta, would know it can take more than an hour to get a visa on arrival and a stamp (although nowadays paying for the visa, getting a receipt, getting the actual visa, and getting a stamp is all done by one person, which is better than before when one different person was assigned for each step in the process).
But how does it work? Do they have an official immigration officer on board on select flights? How do they check any no-fly lists or Interpol wanted lists?
Do any other airlines offer this service?
Nxt Flts: VA SYD-BNE-SYD | VA SYD-BNE-SYD | VA SYD-BNE-SYD | VA SYD-BNE-SYD... Sigh
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 27312 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 7013 times:
Did you look on the Garuda website?
Here is what it says for the service which initially launched on the Tokyo route:
To enjoy the Immigration on Board service, foreign travelers (Japanese citizens) are requested to purchase “Visa on Arrival’ vouchers available at Garuda Indonesia check-in counters at Narita Airport, Tokyo.
During flight, two immigration officers on board will conduct passport checks and issue “Visa on Arrival” and a special card that must be returned to ground immigration officers upon arrival (in Bali or Jakarta) before exiting the airport.
Thanks to this new service, passengers will save time and enjoy hassle-free travel, without having to wait long queues at the immigration counters.