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All Visa Changes on Hold

Foreign Minister Says No Change to Visa Policy Following Bali Tragedy.

(10/21/2002) Indonesia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hassan Wirayuda, has put to rest at least for the time being - concerns that a change in the current two month visa-free facility extended to 48 countries was imminent.

In a seeming response to the terrorist bombing of October 12th, the Foreign Affairs Minister and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the Coordinating Minister for Political and Social Affairs, have issued assurances that the changes lobbied for by Justice and Human Rights Minister, Yusril Ihza Mahendra, to the current visa policy are now on indefinite hold. Minister Mahendra had been leading a move to reduce the current stay permit from 60 to only 30 days and require visitors from most nations to obtain visas for their Indonesian visits.

The government will be increasing controls at the nation's gateways as a security precaution following the terror attack. These controls will include increased screening of foreigners considered potential threats to state security.