The airline's exclusive Immigration on Board (IOB) service was introduced on their Shanghai - Jakarta flight route mid 2013 and is proving to be an innovative time-saver and improvement to customer service. Previously available only on routes from Tokyo, Seoul and Sydney, us Shanghaier's can now take advantage of this nifty free service thanks to the Indonesian government's hopes to attract more mainland Chinese visitors as part of their 'Million Chinese Tourists by the end of 2014' plan.
Here's how it works:
- Non-Indonesian travelers purchase a Visa on Arrival voucher at the Garuda check-in counter at Pudong airport. A 30 day visa costs CNY155, the equivalent of USD25 - the same standard cost as when it is issued on the ground.
- Onboard your flight, the Garuda cabin crew will hand out the immigration forms for you to complete.
- Then while you sit back and enjoy the flight, 2 Indonesian immigration officials will go through the plane to process your immigration form, check and stamp your passport. They will give you a special pass card as proof you have already completed the immigration pre-clearance process.
- Upon arrival at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta airport, you'll be guided to a fast-track channel where you hand over your special pass card to the ground immigration officer, and you're done!
- Then simply follow the transfer signs to your respective departure gate for your domestic flight.
A good enough reason to choose to fly Garuda!