Passengers leave Pacific Eden cruise ship after the vessel docked at Benoa Port in Bali, making it the first cruise ship to do so at a local port. (JP/Hasyim Widhiarto)
The government has come up with easier regulations for cruise ships and yachts that wish to enter Indonesia, one of them is online registration.
“The permit for cruise ships that are planning to visit Indonesia can be obtained by filling in the online application,” explained deputy assistant of maritime services at the coordinating maritime ministry, Okto Irianto.
This deregulation certainly helps tourism ministry in achieving their target of 400 international cruise ships in 2017.
“Ever since the implementation of the online registration system, there have been 2000 yachts that have arrived in Indonesia this year. Previously, there were less than 1,000 yachts,” added Okto.
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Okto also promised to provide easier regulation for investors who are interested in investing in the tourism sector of Indonesia.
Meanwhile, the tourism ministry’s marine tourism acceleration department head Indriyono Soesilo mentioned about two government regulations on free visa and cruise ships.
“The presidential regulation (Perpres) [No.] 104 about free visa for 90 countries and easier regulation for cruise ships took one year [to be fully implemented],” said Indriyono.
There’s also Transportation Minister Regulation No. 121, year 2015 about easier regulation for tourists who takes on a foreign-flagged cruise ship. This policy allows foreign-flagged ships to board tourists from domestic ports for a tour.
The trip should begin from a domestic port, then travels to the designated destination and heads back to the departure port. (asw)