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Changes in Visa Policy on the Horizon?

Local Press Suggest that 11 Countries to be Added to Visa on Arrival List. Announcement Expected by End of Month.

(2/20/2005) The Indonesian-language daily Bisnis Indonesia reported in its February 16, 2005 edition, that the Government is expected to soon announce additional countries to be added to the Visa-on-Arrival list. That announcement, anticipated before the end of February 2005, is expected to add 11 more countries to the current total of 21 nations eligible to purchase a 30 day visa upon arrival at any Indonesian international gateway city.

Current Eligibility

Currently, the following 21 countries are eligible to pay US$25 for a 30 day visa or US$10 for a 3 day visa upon landing in Indonesia: The United States, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Denmark, United Arab Emirates, Finland, Hungary, U.K., Italy, Japan, Germany, Canada, South Korea, Norway, France, Poland, Switzerland, New Zealand and Taiwan.

Visa Free Facility

Meanwhile only 11 countries and territories are eligible for a "Visa Free" facility, they are: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, Philippines, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, Chile, Morocco, Peru and Vietnam.

Countries Expected to be Added

Based on recommendations made to the Government by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the following 11 countries may be added to the list of nations able to arrange visas on arrival: The Netherlands, Sweden, Russian Federation, People's Republic of China, India, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Belgium, and Portugal.

Quoting Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, the recommendation from his department is already before the Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security with a final decision on the changes to the visa policy expected as soon the a coordination meeting between the relevant departments and ministries can be convened.