Feature story: Visa-free entry to Indonesia for 90 countries

Written by AWI. Posted in Hotels Update

Visa-free entry to Indonesia for 90 countries

An additional 45 countries enjoy the visa waiver.

The Indonesian government has added 45 new countries to its visa-free facility with immediate effect, increasing the number to 90 countries whose nationals now require no visa when entering Indonesia.

Countries such as Taiwan and India have joined the list. However, Australia is still excluded from the visa-waiver.

The visa-free entry is for 30 days, which cannot be extended.

Entry points remain at the same five airports and nine seaports. However, the government has increased the number of immigration check points, which can provide the visa-free facility.

The government has also added more exit points, both airports and seaports, for travellers from the 90 visa-free countries. Travellers entering Indonesia can now leave the country from 19 airports and 29 seaports. Lombok is still not on the visa-free entry and exit list.

In another move to boost tourism the Indonesian government has lifted the cabotage rights for international cruise ships and yachts.

Arief Yahya, Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism, said the new regulation would allow international cruise liners to lift and disembark passengers in five Indonesian seaports.

The seaports are Tanjung Priok Jakarta, Tanjung Perak Surabaya, Belawan Medan, Soekarno-Hatta Makassar and Benoa Bali.

Before the introduction of the new regulation only Indonesian-flagged ships had the rights to lift and disembark passengers in Indonesian waters.

Yahya added that the regulation would also make it easier for foreign yacht owners to obtain permits in 18 seaports around the country. He hopes this latest move would boost yacht arrivals to Indonesia to reach 6,000 yachts by 2019, and contribute US$600 million in earnings.

AWI

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