If you have an Indonesian passport that’s close to expiring, you’ll need to look into renewing it. It’s a good idea to do this sooner rather than later, but the crucial question is - can you renew your Indonesian passport in Singapore, or do you need to fly home?
The good news is that yes, you can apply at the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore for passport renewal.
In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know to renew your passport. This includes what documents you’ll need, how much it costs and how long it takes.
We’ll even throw in a handy tip for international travellers, which could help you save when sending money between Singapore and Indonesia. Open a free Wise multi-currency account and you can whizz money all over the world for tiny fees and the real, mid-market exchange rate. It could be much cheaper than using your bank.
But first, let’s get that passport renewal sorted for you.
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You can renew your passport at the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore, which is found at 7 Chatsworth Road, Singapore 249761¹. But at the moment, you can’t walk in directly - you’ll need to make an appointment first.
Follow these steps to start the process:
- Head to the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore website for full details of the requirements to apply for passport renewal
- Make an appointment using the Embassy’s online portal
- Download and complete the passport renewal application form
- Get all of your documents ready for your appointment - we’ll cover what you need in just a moment
- Attend your appointment, which may involve an interview and the taking of new photos and/or biometric data.
- Pay the passport renewal fee in cash
- Wait for your application to be processed
- Your new passport will be sent to you in the post.
You can book your appointment for passport renewal online, but you will still need to attend the Embassy in person - or attend an online appointment or interview.
The Embassy’s staff will need to verify your identity and take new photos or biometric data, which requires your physical presence. You’ll also need to hand over your old passport.
Here’s what you’ll need to have ready for your passport renewal appointment¹:
- Your current passport
- Your completed passport renewal application form
- A valid Singapore ID card - such as a Work Permit, Employment Pass, Student Pass or Long-term Visit Pass.
You should make sure you have a photocopy of each document, as well as the original.
Renewing a passport for someone else? Perhaps it’s your child whose passport is about to expire, or you need to know how to renew the passport of someone who works for you - either at your workplace or home.
If you’re renewing a passport for a child under the age of 18, they will need to supply additional documents¹. They’ll need a Singapore birth certificate or birth registration records from the Indonesian Embassy or Consulate, along with the parent’s ID Cards, passport, marriage or divorce certificate. Parents will also need to provide a letter of consent.
Need to find out how to renew an Indonesian maid passport in Singapore, or another employee’s passport? You’ll need all of the standard ID documents and the completed application form, plus as the employer, copies of your Singaporean Identity Card².
Once you’ve had your appointment and your application has been submitted, your new Indonesian passport should be issued within 3 working days¹.
You can also take advantage of the Express Same Day service¹ if you need your passport more urgently, although this costs more.
It’s recommended to start the process of renewing your passport when there’s 6 months’ validity remaining. Even though the process is pretty quick, it’s still a smart idea to get it sorted early.
Now, how much does it cost to renew your Indonesian passport in Singapore? If you go for the standard service, where your new passport is ready within 3 working days, the fee is S$35¹.
If you need your passport more urgently, you can pay S$100¹ for the Express Same Day service. All fees must be paid in cash.
If you need to send money to family or friends back home in Singapore, or cover your Singapore expenses while visiting Indonesia, you could save a small fortune using Wise.
Open a free Wise multi-currency account and you can send money all over the world for just tiny, transparent fees. Better still, you’ll get the fairest exchange rate around. It could work out as much as 7x cheaper than using a bank.
Just as useful is the Wise multi-currency-card, which you can use for convenient, contactless spending in 200+ countries worldwide. This means you don’t need separate cards for Singapore and Indonesia - as the international Wise card does it all.
So, that’s pretty much it - everything you need to know to renew your Indonesian passport in Singapore. Simply make an appointment online, get your documents ready and you should be all set - just remember not to leave it too late!
Sources used for this article:
Sources checked on 30 March 2021
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