During a visit to Bali last week (28 October), Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mr. I Gde Ardika firmly denied that the Government was currently considering any change in the visa on arrival facility extended to the nationals of 48 countries. When asked by a local reporter to comment on the change in visa policy, Minister Ardika said, "There is not a single decision from the Government of that type. Please note. There is not a single decision from the Government like that."
The Minister's flat denial is in strict contrast to recent public statements made by Indonesia's Minister of Defense, Mr. Matori Abdul Djalil and widely reported in the national press and as reported in Bali Update (see link below).
Despite Minister Ardika's denial, concern that the Government might revoke or modify the current visa policy has caused widespread concern in tourism circles. The rumored change in policy was discussed and roundly criticized in a meeting of the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agents (AISTA) held in Lombok last week.
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