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RI to waive visa requirements for 5 countries

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Wed, November 5, 2014 | 06:25 pm

The government will waive visa requirements for the citizens of several countries in a bid to attract 20 million tourists by 2020.

'€œBased on the coordination meeting result, there will be five countries; Australia, China, Japan, Russia and South Korea, which are to be granted visa-free access by the government,'€ Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Indroyono Soesilo said in Jakarta on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.

Through the program, he said the government expected to see additional 500,000 tourist arrivals in a year.

The government needed to spend around US$11.5 million on the plan. The minister said, however, that with projected additional tourist arrivals and spending potential, the government would receive minimum revenue of $540 million per year, on the assumption that every tourist spent around $1,200 per visit to Indonesia.

In addition, the government plans to facilitate the permit process for yachts and international cruise ships wanting to enter the country'€™s ports.

'€œWe will strengthen the online system set up by the Foreign Ministry,'€ he said, adding that the government had set a target to finalize such permits in a day.

With easier permit issuance, he expected leaders in the regions to promote their regions so that Indonesia could attract many tourists. (ask/nfo)(+++)