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Garuda On Board Immigration - How Does It Work?

Sat Aug 13, 2011 11:37 am

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?

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RE: Garuda On Board Immigration - How Does It Work

Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:14 pm

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
How do they check any no-fly lists or Interpol wanted lists?

I assume that will be done at check-in. No reason to take a person on the no-fly list onboard.
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RE: Garuda On Board Immigration - How Does It Work

Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:52 pm

I know many Gulf Carriers do it on their flights to CAI.
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RE: Garuda On Board Immigration - How Does It Work

Sat Aug 13, 2011 11:10 pm

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.
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RE: Garuda On Board Immigration - How Does It Work

Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:18 pm

I found this video of the process of a Visa on Arrival on a flight from I assume Japan. Seems very interesting.
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