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We Get Mail - Visas

Leading Swiss Travel Operator Sounds Off on Proposed Changes to the Visa Policy.

(7/1/2002) Ms. Cheryl Gacic, ffdiffusion@swissonline.ch, The Owner and Manager of FF Diffusion Travel in Geneva, Switzerland, recently wrote to balidiscovery.com to share her concern over proposed visa fees and changes to the length of stay granted to arriving visitors:

A Message From Geneva

We are a tour operator based in Switzerland. We send many tourists to Asia, with a very big and special feeling for Indonesia. At the beginning of the year it was a great shock to suddenly see that the departure taxes from Indonesia had increased by DOUBLE! At a time when every country around the world was doing its best to regain confidence and persuade travelers to visit them this was the most inappropriate time to raise these taxes.

But now we are even more deeply worried when we hear about a visa changes and visa fees that could be introduced in Indonesia. Not only will there be a charge for the visa, but even a reduction in length of stays allowed in Indonesia, under changes now under consideration by your government.

What has happened? Do the authorities want to kill their country's tourism completely? Do they want to lose the foreign visitors and their investment of time and money they spend in so many sectors of the national economy to see this very beautiful country - with its great inhabitants, always smiling, always ready to help, to share. Do they want all this to stop?

If that is the case, then go ahead with the changes in policy now under consideration. Then, we, the professionals of tourism, with a broken heart, will have to send our customers elsewhere.

I apologize if I seem hard, but I feel very strongly that it is important to react before it is too late.

Please react and take this message into consideration. Please unite and continue to share your beautiful country with the rest of the world.

DON'T LET US TURN OUR BACK ON YOU.