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Evaluating Visas on Arrival

Government Undertaking 6-month Review of Controversial Visa–for-Pay Policy.

(9/6/2004) Representatives from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism visited Bali over the past week to meet with local tourism officials and industry leaders to gain data and input on the success or failure of the pay for visa policy (VOA) six months after its introduction on February 1, 2004.

According to the Indonesian-language DenPost, Hengy Hermantoro, the Assistant Deputy for Tourism Development from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism met with the Chief of the Bali Tourism Authority, Mr. Gede Nurjaya, and tourism industry representatives. During these meetings a number of technical problems connected to the visa policy were tabled. Among problems identified to the Ministry were difficulties encountered by visitors wishing to stay in Indonesia more than 30 days, and delays and inconvenience caused potential visitors by the lack of visa issuing offices overseas.

The Ministry is collecting data from tourism destinations nation-wide to form part of a final report to the Government on the sucess and future viability of the VOA policy.