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Minister Ardika Hints at Visa Changes

Minister of Culture and Tourism Sheds Light on Possible Changes in Visa Policy.

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In comments made to the Indonesian-language Bisnis Indonesia (11 April 2002), during his visit to an International Silk Exhibition in Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mr. I Gde Ardika, hinted at the changes that may be in store for Indonesia's tourist visa policy.

More Countries, But Most to Pay

Early indications are that the number of countries allowed to obtain entry permits or visa's on arrival in Indonesia will increase from the current number of 48 countries.

Visa Will Cost

However, under the new policy, those arriving at an international gateway will be levied a visa-charge for what will likely become a 30 day visa, shortened from the current 60 day stay permit issued to most international visitors. According to the Minister, the amount to be charged and currency to be used are still under discussion. There is also a possibility that the visa may be extendable for an additional 30 days by paying a similar fee as that charged on initial arrival.

Change To Be Introduced Gradually

The Minister also told the newspaper that the new policy continues to be discussed intensively at Cabinet level with the Government expected to announce the final form of the new policy soon. The new policy, in the form of a Presidential Decision, will most likely be gradually introduced over a 6 month period.

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