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Historic Surabaya.

Surabaya is an ancient city, with a rich history.  It is a tale that has been written in the blood, hopes and accomplishments of the amazing people who have lived here. From the rich tapestry of Javanese culture, to the vibrant Madurese impact, and on to the interweaving of Indian, Arabic and Chinese cultures … Surabaya has always been a meeting place for imagination and destiny. A major shipping center, a transit port, and an international gateway … Indonesia’s second-largest city, and the capital of East Java, has a rich history and an exciting present waiting to be discovered. From poets to princes; from revolutionaries to teachers; Surabaya is truly the City of heroes.

Surabaya is a port city, and has been a major shaper of events since the thirteenth century when the city came into it’s own. At a time when Madura and Kediri were kingdoms and Raden Wijaya had just repelled an invasion by the forces of the aged Kublai Khan, Surabaya became a center of trade.  The Majapahit Empire came into being. They were a military and economic powerhouse and largely shaped the physical reality of the Indonesia we know today.

Majapahit, and thus Surabaya, eventually fell to Mataram and then the Mataram to the Dutch. From within Surabaya the spirit of independence stayed strong and would flare again. From Orange Hotel(later renamed Majapahit) to Red Bridge(Jembatan Merah) Surabaya would be the stage for many of the pivotal moments of the struggle for independence.

Surabaya is a few hours from some of the most amazing beaches in the world, as well as near a thriving nightlife scene and plenty of restaurants, shops and other activities.

The capital of East Java, and a gateway to both Central Java and West Java, Surabaya is historically, culturally and economically important to the archipelago.

 

 

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Visa on Arrival

Visa Regulations for Visa on arrival Generally new visitors arrive at an international airport in Surabaya, Jakarta,  Denpasar or any of a handful of other Indonesian destinations. You will be able to purchase a visa on arrival at the airport. This is the basic 30 day visa required for entry into Indonesia. Please note that TEFL Indonesia can only offer tips and advice. We can not sponsor or intercede on your behalf. Pay-for-visa-on-arrival (VOA) is open for citizens from these nations: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, People’s  Republic of China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Surinam, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Timor Leste, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America. You can renew the visa without leaving the country, but will need to leave after 60 days. Please follow the link for detailed information: http://www.expat.or.id/info/docs.html To extend your Visa on Arrival requires a visit to the immigration office (2-4 visits are required). The extension application requires:

  • 2 forms (“Formulir untuk perpanjangan pertama visa Sosbud” and “Formulir Perubahan Data Orang Asing”) and a folder. Forms and folder should be free.
  • a Rp 6,000 meterai tax stamp (you can purchase from the post office), or you can use two Rp 3,000 stamps
  • a sponsor’s letter “Surat Permintaan dan Jaminan” saying that they’ll cover your expenses while you are in Indonesia (typed – but no translation is required)
  • copy of the sponsor’s KTP (identity) card
  • Photocopies of your outbound air ticket
  • your departure card (that you received on arrival)
  • original and photocopy of passport front/signature page, and original  visa page, and the pages of any subsequent extensions
  • black pen
  • Rp 250,000 to cover the official cost of the extension. This is paid for each extension. During the extension where you pay for the digital fingerprints and photo, the cost is Rp 265,000 (that time only). 

     

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