Indonesia waives visa for 79 new countries
Great news for tourists planning to travel to Indonesia has emerged this week.
President Joko Widodo has signed a decree that will grant visa-free entry to tourists from 79 countries.
The Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, Armanatha Nasir, said that this decree will simplify the administrative process for international visitors who are planning to visit the country.
The Ministry for Maritime Affairs, which is in charge of tourism in the country, has confirmed the information and said that the decree will soon be made law. The new policy should become effective in the coming weeks.
Australia among the listed countries
Interestingly, Australia is on the list of countries that will benefit from the visa waiver. With an annual 1.1M visitors, Australia is the third largest source of tourism for Indonesia. A visa waiver for Australians was already expected last year, but reciprocal issues slowed down the process. Australian tourists currently have to pay a fee of US$35 (A$45) to receive their visas for Indonesia.
20 million tourists per year by 2019
In 2015, 10.41 million international tourists visited Indonesia. They spent an average of US$1,142 per person during their stay. Singaporeans constituted 1.7M of them, while Malaysians accounted for 1.4M.
The government has set a goal to attract 20 million foreign tourists annually by 2019.
The asterisks indicate the new entries.
Albania* Algeria Andorra* Angola Antigua and Barbuda* Argentina Armenia* Australia* Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas* Bahrain Bangladesh* Barbados* Belarus Belgium Belize* Benin* Bhutan* Bolivia* Bosnia and Herzegovina* Botswana* Brazil* Brunei Bulgaria Burkina Faso* Burundi* Cambodia Canada Cape Verde* Chad* Chile China Commonwealth of Dominica Comoros* Costa Rica* Cote D’Ivoire* Croatia Cuba* Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Dominican Republic* Ecuador Egypt alvador* England Estonia Fiji Finland France Gabon* Gambia* Georgia* Germany Ghana Greece Grenada* Guatemala* Guyana* Haiti* Honduras* Hong Kong SAR Hungary Iceland India Ireland Italy Jamaica* Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya* Kiribati* Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Latvia Lebanon Lesotho * Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macau SAR Macedonia * Madagascar* Malawi * Malaysia Maldives Mali* Malta Marshall Islands* Mauritania* Mauritius* Mexico Moldova* Monaco Mongolia* Morocco Mozambique* Myanmar Namibia* Nauru* Nepal* Netherlands New-Zealand Nicaragua* Norway Oman Palau* Palestine* Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay* Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Puerto Rico* Qatar Romania Russia Rwanda*
Samoa* San Marino Sao Tome and Principe* Saudi Arabia Senegal* Serbia Seychelles Singapore Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Island* South Africa South Korea Spain Sri Lanka * St Kitts and Nevis* St Lucia* St Vincent and Grenadines* Suriname Swaziland* Sweden Switzerland Taiwan Tajikistan* Tanzania Thailand Timor-Leste Togo* Tonga* Trinidad & Tobago * Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan* Tuvalu* Uganda* Ukraine* United Arab Emirates Uruguay*
USA Uzbekistan* Vanuatu* Vatican City Venezuela Vietnam Zambia* Zimbabwe*