Published: September 27th 2008September 27th 2008
I plan to go to Pontianak after Hari Raya so needed a visa to enter Indonesia at the Tebedu/Entikong border because they don't have Visa on Arrival facilities there. You need to obtain a pre-arranged visa from the consulate in Kuching. So I jumped on the 11.30am boat from Sibu to Kuching. Such a smooth trip downriver to Sarikei and Tanjung Manis and across the Sth China sea to Cat City. For once the water in the open sea was blue instead of the usual dirty grey. With a bit of imagination, you could be cruising the Med instead of charging over a calm tropic sea with the wind and the deck shadecloth providing a respite from the equatorial heat.
Visa day in Kuching was easy enough, though a bit too much red tape. The fee is 170 ringgit, about twice what you would pay for a Visa on Arrival. You need to complete the application in duplicate and provide copies of return tickets (bus tickets will do) and 2 photos. But in addition, you are required to provide a photocopy of your credit card and write a letter explaining where you are planning to travel. Its a bit messy
but the pleasantness of the staff make up for it and visa is available the following day.
So what to do in Kuching for a couple of nights. Wander along the waterfront in the evening and bar hop of course, observing the cats.
UPDATE Visa on Arrival is now available at the Tebedu/Entikong border crossing - $US25 for one month
There are more photos below