Featured story: Indonesia grants visa free for 45 countries

Written by AWI. Posted in Asia World Indonesia Updates

Visa Free Entry Into Indonesia

Indonesia hopes the new facility will boost arrivals to the country.

Indonesia has officially granted visa-free entry to citizens of an additional 30 countries, increasing the number to 45.

Before this addition Indonesia only allows tourists from 15 countries, mostly in South-East Asia, to visit without a visa.

President Joko Widodo signed a Presidential Regulation on 9 June, which was followed by a formal announcement posted on the State Secretariat website on June 13, stating that visa-free arrivals are valid for 30 days with no extensions allowed. 

The 30 countries added to the list include China, Japan, South Korea, the US, the UK, Qatar, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman and South Africa.

The new visa-free facility is applicable to visitors entering the country on government service, educational activities, socio-cultural affairs, tourism, business, family visits, journalistic duties or transits. 

Effective 13 June the nationals from the countries listed below are exempted from paying visa fees on entry to Indonesia.

Austria Hungary Philippines
Bahrain Italy Poland
Belgium Japan Qatar
Brunei Darussalam Kuwait Russia
Cambodia Laos Singapore
Canada Macau South Africa
Chile Malaysia South Korea
China Morocco Spain
Czech Republic Mexico Sweden
Denmark Myanmar Switzerland
Ecuador Netherlands Thailand
Finland New Zealand United Arab Emirates
France Norway United Kingdom
Germany Oman United States of America
Hong Kong Peru Vietnam

Passport holders from the countries above will no longer need a visa when entering through five airports and four ports in Indonesia.

The five airports are:

  1. Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta
  2. Ngurah RaiI International Airport, Bali
  3. Kualanamu International Airport, Medan
  4. Hang Nadim International Airport, Batam
  5. Juanda International Airport, Surabaya

The four ports are:

  1. Sri Bintan Pura International Port, Bintan Island
  2. Tanjung Uban International Port, Bintan Island
  3. Sekupang International Port, Batam Island
  4. Batam Center International Port, Batam Island

With more countries on the visa-free entry list, some of which are the world’s biggest outbound travel markets, Indonesia is targeting 10 million tourists to Bali by 2019.


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