Indonesia to Grant Free Visas to Australia, Japan, South Korea, China and Russia in 2015. Private Yacht Visits Permit Process to be Simplified.
Detik.com reports that the Government will end the need to purchase visa-on-arrival for five leading source countries of foreign visitors to Indonesia. In a related move, the Government is also promising to simplify procedures for visiting yacht sailing in Indonesia.
Indonesia’s newly appointed Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, hosted a meeting at his office on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 with the Coordinating Maritime Minister, Indroyono Soesilo, to discuss visa policies and permit policies for visiting yachts.
As the result of the meeting hosted by the two Ministers, two important changes in tourism policy have been announced. Effective January 1, 2015, the Indonesia will grant free visas upon arrival to tourist visitors from Australia, Russia, China, Japan and South Korean.
Visitors from these countries currently pay US$35 upon landing in Indonesia for a 30-day tourist visa. The Indonesian government will also introduce a one-stop on-line service for foreign yachts wishing to visit Indonesia.
The Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Transportation and the Indonesian Armed Forces will jointly administer the new permit facility.
In announcing the new policy, Arief cited the changes as part of the “quick wins” being sought for Indonesian tourism that will substantially increase the number of tourism visitors at a minimal cost to the Government.
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