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Jakarta Post

Indonesia to remove countries with fewest visits from free-visa list

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 12, 2017   /   11:47 am
Indonesia to remove countries with fewest visitsĀ from free-visa list Indonesia will eliminate countries with the fewest visits from the free-visa list. (Shutterstock/File)

The government's ongoing evaluation of its policy granting free tourist visas to citizens from 169 nations might affect those countries that sent the fewest number of visitors to Indonesia in recent years.

According to data the immigration authority shared with The Jakarta Post, 35 states sent few visitors to Indonesia. For example, in 2016 Afghanistan only sent nine and North Korea 23.

According to the data, several countries, such as the Aland Islands,  Aruba, Congo and Liberia, only sent one each last year.

“The number of tourists is just one of the indicators [used to review the free-visa policy],” a spokesman of the ministry's Directorate General of Immigration, Agung Sampurno, told the Post on Tuesday. 

Other indicators used are national security issues and public perception, he added.

(Read also: Indonesia to remove some countries from free-visa list)

Immigration Ministry director general Ronny F. Sompie recently said that to review the system, cooperation is needed between the relevant institutions and ministries.

“This policy evaluation must be done comprehensively and synergically; we cannot do it alone,” Ronny said.

The government is evaluating the benefits of the free-visa policy that has been in effect since 2015, since the country stands to potentially lose about Rp 1 trillion (US$75.4 million) in non-tax revenues from it. (hol/dan)