“We decided to apply the visa-free policy to 84 more countries starting this week,” Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Rizal Ramli said after a meeting at the ministry’s office in Jakarta on Monday, as quoted by news agency Antara.
Three foreign tourists attacked by road bandits with machetes in Lombok, in two separate locations. They are identified as Barbara Klar (German), Gina Schillings (German), and Brian John (USA).
In response to complaints from the Island’s tourism industry made to the Island’s House of Representatives (DPR-Bali) about illegal foreign workers, the head of the Ngurah Rai Immigration office has issued written instructions that will impact dramatically on frequent visitors to Bali.
Indonesia’s foreign tourist arrivals rose 9.84 percent in September from a year earlier, a quicker pace than August’s growth of 2.87 percent, the statistics bureau said on Thursday.
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has pledged to boost the promotion and development of “halal tourism”, which has largely remained untapped, after the country took home three trophies from an international halal tourism awards.
The Indonesian tourism ministry has observed that until October 2015, the governments visa-free policy has significantly boosted foreign tourist arrivals from 30 out of the total 47 countries being offered the facility.
Deputy of Foreign Tourism Marketing Development I Gde Pitana says Indonesian tourism has been adjusted to attract as many tourists as possible from those countries. “We noticed their favorite, holidays in each of those countries, and their habits while on vacation,” he said on Monday, October 26.
Tourism managers in Bali are calling on the government to increase the number of immigration inspection points in anticipation of the growing number of visitors resulting from liberalized visa policies and guests staying for extended periods who will not necessarily depart via Bali’s airport.
Indonesia will not compel foreign workers to take examinations to demonstrate proficiency in Bahasa, government officials said on Monday, denying media reports of plans for such a requirement to be introduced by the end of the year, quoted from Jakarta Globe.
The authoritative website www.indonesia.travel has confirmed that Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has signed Presidential Decree No. 104 of 2015 extending short stay visa free facilities to the citizens of 75 countries traveling to Indonesia