The Jakarta Post
There were 199,353 applications for Schengen visa types A and C in Indonesia, with 2,760 rejected. In Southeast Asia, Indonesia was the country with the lowest number of visa-application rejections (Shutterstock/Oleg Golovnev)
The European Commission has revealed the statistics for Schengen visa issuance in 2017.
Some 16.1 million applications were lodged last year, marking a 6.3 percent increase compared to the previous year.
There were 199,353 applications for Schengen visa types A and C in Indonesia, with 2,760 rejected, as reported by Ivan Ronaldo from BebasVisa to Antara on Thursday.
BebasVisa is a website with information on passport and visa regulations for Indonesian citizens.
According to Ivan, the rate of Schengen visa rejection for Indonesia in 2017 was 1.4 percent. This is an increase compared to 2016, with 1.1 percent rejections, or 1,893 out of 172,045 applications.
“With this increase, we hope it does not affect the Foreign Ministry’s negotiations on a visa waiver for short visits to Schengen member states in Europe for Indonesian citizens,” Ivan said.
He went on to say that the visas counted in the statistics were “uniform visas”, which were types A and C. The type A Schengen visa is for transit needs, while type C is used for short visits, such as traveling and family visits.
Ivan added that in Southeast Asia, Indonesia was the country with the lowest number of visa-application rejections.
Russia accounted for the largest number of Schengen visa applications (3.88 million), while China was the second largest.
Other than Schengen visas, the European Commission also revealed the statistics for Bulgarian, Croatian and Romanian visa applications in Indonesia. The rejection rate for Bulgaria was 0 percent, 1.2 percent for Croatia and 5.8 percent for Romania. (wng)