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120-Day Visas for Indonesia?

Vice-President Indicates 4-Month Visas-on-Arrival May Soon be Available To Indonesia's Foreign Visitors.

(2/17/2007) Both the National news Agency Antara and Agence France-Presse have quoted Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla as promising that the current 30 day visa-on-arrival facility will be extended to 120-days in an effort to boost tourists numbers.

According to Agence France-Presse, Vice-President Jusuf Kalla said the visa facility for an extended 120-day stay. "It is now being processed, that tourists get four months," said the Vice President.

In recent weeks Vice-President Kalla has increasingly turned his attentions to the tourism sector, urging liberalization of visa policies, more funding for visa promotion and more ambitious arrival targets.

The shorter visa policy introduced on February 1, 2004, is largely seen to have added to the declining number of Indonesian arrivals while acting as a deterrent to travel to Indonesia's secondary destinations, formerly included on the extended itineraries of backpackers and retired travelers under the old 60-day visa free policy.

 

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