Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Post
Video Weather icon 30°C
DKI Jakarta, Indonesia
weather-icon
30°C Partly Cloudy

Dry and mostly cloudy throughout the day.

  • weather-icon

    Wed

    26℃ - 32℃

  • weather-icon

    Thu

    25℃ - 32℃

  • weather-icon

    Fri

    25℃ - 31℃

  • weather-icon

    Sat

    26℃ - 30℃

More countries to be included on RI'€™s visa waiver recipient list: Kalla

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Batam | Sun, May 31, 2015 | 10:08 pm

Vice President Jusuf Kalla said on Sunday that the government would raise the number of countries whose citizens would receive visa waivers when coming to Indonesia for a vacation.

The visa waiver facilities were devised to maintain good relations between Indonesia and the recipient countries and to boost the tourist industry in Indonesia, he said.

'€œWith respect to the Riau Islands governor'€™s [Muhammad Sani] request that more countries be provided with visa-free facilities for visits to Indonesia, we have been having discussions in Cabinet meetings. Actually, there will be around 60 to 70 countries granted visa-free facilities,'€ said Kalla in his remarks during the inauguration of Lagoi Plaza in Lagoi, Bintan, Riau Islands, on Sunday.

'€œCurrently, we are waiting for a small change in a related law and then we will discuss it with the House of Representatives. The most important thing is that the country'€™s security still be guaranteed,'€ he went on.

In March, the government said it would waive visa requirements for 30 countries starting in April.

'€œWe hope the government can immediately realize its promise to give visa-free facilities to 30 countries so that tourist visits to Indonesia can increase,'€ he said.

The governor said Riau Islands ranked third on the list of provinces with the highest numbers of foreign tourists, after Bali and Jakarta, which reached 2 million people per year.

The implementation of the visa-free facilities has been hampered by legal issues; Law No.6/2011 on immigration stipulates that visa exemptions can only be made on a reciprocal basis.

The Tourism Ministry is currently proposing the elimination of the "reciprocity" clause as it may hamper the implementation of the visa-free facilities. (ebf)(+++)

Comments