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More Countries to Qualify for Visa on Arrival?

Minister Jero Wacik Says Number of Countries Eligible for VOA Under Government Review.

(10/30/2004) Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik and Minister of Justice and Human Rights Hamid Alawuddin have both confirmed that the Government will soon review the number of countries eligible for visas-on-arrival when entering Indonesia.

Under the new immigration policy introduced on February 1, 2004, the nationals of 21 countries can purchase a visa upon arrival (VOA) in Indonesia while the nationals of 11 other countries are allowed a visa-free facility. Nationals from all other countries not falling within these two groupings must apply for a visa in their home countries before arriving in Indonesia.

Indonesia's Visa Policy [ Summary details ]

Prior to the change in visa policy the nationals of 48 countries were granted visas on arrival for stays of 60 days. The new policy, championed by then Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Yusril Ihza Mahendra, applied a strict policy of reciprocity in deciding which countries would be granted easy access at Indonesian border check points.

Reflecting a possible thaw in this stance, Minister Hamid promised to review the political, legal and security implications of expanding the number of countries eligible to purchase visas on arrival. Reportedly urged on by the new Minister of Culture and Tourism, the Government is being asked to increase the number of countries enjoying the VOA facility in order to further increase tourism flows, particularly from lucrative European markets.