The Jakarta Post
Indonesian citizens are now able to apply for Australian visas online and obtain an E-visa to visit the neighboring country, the Australian ambassador to Indonesia has said.
"The new e-visa will make it easier for Indonesian nationals to apply for an Australian visa without having to leave their homes," Australian ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson said in a statement on Tuesday.
Grigson said the e-visa will be useful for Indonesian citizens who want to visit Australia during the peak season, which follows the summer in Australia.
In December 2016, the number of Indonesian visitors to Australia increased by 40 percent from the same period in the previous year.
The number of Australian visa applications made by Indonesian citizens increased since the Australian government introduced the option of a three year multiple-entry visa for Indonesian visitors, Grigson said.
Most Indonesians wanted to visit Australia for the country's international culinary options, renowned coffee culture, shopping and outdoor activities, Grigson said.
Between 2016 and 2017, over 118,000 Indonesian citizens applied for visas to visit Australia, making Indonesia the third largest source of visa applications.
The Australian e-visa service is now available to more than 200 countries. (afr/ahw)