Indonesia to Offer Visa-Free for 30 Countries in April
Posted On 17 Mar 2015By : Leo Jegho2 CommentsTag: tourism, Visa
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Jakarta, GIVnews.com – Indonesia will offer visa-free short visit to citizens of 30 countries next month. This is in part aligned to the country’s target in welcoming 10 million tourists annually, from the nine million achieved in the past few years.
Currently, Indonesia has a visa-free policy for short term visit by tourists coming from 15 countries and regions. The policy applies to visitors staying in the country for 30 days or less.
Among the citizens that will be offered free visa are those originating from China, Japan, South Korea, United States, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, and south Africa, Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya said Monday, Kompas.com reported.
Meanwhile, the 15 countries and regions that are already offered visa-free short visit are Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Chile, Hongkong, Macau, Morocco, Peru, and Turkey.
Australia, which accounted for 12 percent of total number of foreigners visiting Indonesia in 2014, will not be offered the visa-free stay.
Minister Arief said that the visa policy will enable Indonesia to beat Malaysia and Thailand whose tourist arrivals at this time are 27 million and 26 million annually, respectively. That target can be achieved in five years, according to Arief.