Bali Discovery Tours: Homepage
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from
Home Bali Contact Bali Practicalities Bali News Bali Services Bali Transportation Bali Sports Bali Excursions Bali Villas Bali Hotels
Home · News · Jakarta Tourism Leaders Also Oppose Visa Change
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from
Bali Hotels
Bali Villas
Special Deals!
MICE Handling
Bali Excursions
Culinary - Dining
Guided Tour
Bali Spas
Bali Sports
Bali Transportation
Car Rental - Selft Drive
Private Jet Charter
Bali News
Bali Services
Bali Practicalities
Bali Contact
Bali Career
Bali Update
Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter!
PATA header
PATA Gold Award 2007
Bali Update
PATA Gold Award Winner 2007
Bali Contact
Bali Discovery Tours
Komplek Pertokoan
Sanur Raya No. 27
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai,
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

++62 361 286 283

++62 361 286 284

U.S.A. Fax:(toll free)

U.K. Fax:

Australian Fax:

++62 812 3819724

Bali Discovery

Bali News

Jakarta Tourism Leaders Also Oppose Visa Change

Jakarta Leaders Opposition Echo Bali Protests.

Bali News:
Click Image to Enlarge


Speaking in Jakarta on Tuesday, August 27, 2003, national tourism leaders joined the chorus of nation-wide protest against plans to change the visa-free-on-arrival facility expected to be introduced in September.

Pontjo Sutowo the Chairman of the Indonesian Tourism Think Tank (MPI) and the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (BPPI), warned that the Government's failure to heed the protests against the policy will only further cripple an already ailing national tourism industry.

Calling for a delay in any change until the condition of tourism improves and the technical procedures surrounding the policy can be clarified, Sutowo said "we think the Government's argumentation about the use of visas for illegal foreign workers and criminal misuse miss the mark.

Moreover, if the Government's consideration is solely one of reciprocity the change in visa policy does not benefit Indonesia. Whether or not citizens of the U.S.A. or China, for example, are extended visa-free visits in Indonesia, those countries will continue to require visas for visiting Indonesians."

Addressing Government claims for a need of closer control over foreign visitors, Sutowo suggested the policy change is misguided, saying, "only because there are an estimated 2,000 foreigners with unclear status in Indonesia, we are preparing to disrupt the activities of 5 million other genuine tourist visitors."

Meanwhile, Meity Robot, Chairman of the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agents (ASITA) supported Sutowo's statement, having already asked the Government to delay an implementation of the new policy until 2004. Robot warned that the current situation was chaotic with details still unclear on how large the fee will be, which countries will be affected, and when the policy change actually comes into effect.

© Bali Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced if attributed to


Bali News by Bali Update
Subscribe to the Bali Update
Receive the latest news from Bali by email!

Our [Privacy Statement] explains how we handle the data you are providing.

Bali News by Bali Update
Explore the Archive of the Bali Update
Find related articles in our news archive!

or try to use Google Search :

Home · Bali Hotels · Bali Villas · Bali Excursions · Bali Sports · Bali News · Site Map · RSS

Bali News: More News
Infrastructure First: Seaports and Airport
Transportation Minister Says Baliís Airports, Seaports, and Passenger Terminals Must be Enhanced to Support Growing Passenger Numbers
Another Renovation for Baliís Airport?
Minister of Transportation Wants Carrying Capacity of Baliís Airport Increased to 35 Million Passengers per Year
Move Underway to Trump Chinese Tourists?
DPR-RI Vice Chairman Seeks Repeal of Wide-Ranging Visa Free Status for Indonesian Visitors
Departure, No Return
Garuda Accused of Incorrect Procedures in Death of Passenger Flying from Jakarta to Melbourne
Infrastructure First!
New Hotel Projects Set for Nusa Penida in Dire Need of Water and Electricity Support
Bali Welcomes 3 Millionth Visitor
Bali by the Numbers: BPS Says 43.3% More Foreign Visitors to Bali in August 2016, Passing the Year-to-Date Mark of 3 Million
In Need of a Designated Driver
European Couple Die in Motorcycle Mishap After a Night of Partying on Pererenan Beach in Bali
Bad Smells from the Kitchens?
Drainage Ditch at Bali Airport Filled with Foul-Smelling Pollutants Suspected to Come for Airline Catering Building
Cherishing the Children
St. Regis Resort Bali and Laguna Resort & Spa Raises More than $20,000 for UNICEF at Lavish Beachside Moonlight Dinner
Itís a Bali Holiday
Official National Holidays and Shared Holidays in Indonesia for 2017
Me and My Guitar
West Bali Police Send Home 18 Punkers on a Personal Sojourn in Bali
Passport to a Clean Bureaucracy
Indonesian Immigration Service Joins the Anti-Corruption Campaign
All [News]!