Indonesia plans free entry visas for Indian tourists by October

Indonesia is looking at more quality tourist arrivals - people who stay longer and spend more on the local economy
Indonesia plans free entry visas for Indian tourists by October
Anjali Raj / Jaano Junction

Soon, Indian tourists may be issued free entry visas in Indonesia. In an effort to boost tourist visits and stimulate the economy, Indonesia is planning to offer free entry visas to travellers from 20 countries, including India.

Indonesian Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno announced last week that the project to extend the visa exemption policy is on track. He assured reporters that Indonesia would finalise the policy “before the change of government in October 2024.”

Minister Uno stated that providing free entry visas to these 20 countries is expected to increase foreign tourist visits, generating a multiplier effect on the economy. This initiative aims to boost domestic consumption, attract investment, and support the development of the digital economy.

Before the pandemic, visitors spent about $900 (Rs 75,151) per person. Now, they spend approximately $1,600 (Rs 133,601). “So we’re looking at more quality tourist arrivals — people who stay longer and spend more on the local economy,” he added.

The 20 countries recommended for visa-free access to Indonesia include:

Australia

China (PRC)

India

South Korea

USA

UK

France

Germany

United Arab Emirates

Saudi Arabia

The Netherlands

Japan

Russia

Taiwan

New Zealand

Italy

Spain

Plus, two unspecified Middle Eastern countries

The nine ASEAN members currently eligible for visa-free entry to Indonesia are:

Brunei Darussalam

Cambodia

Laos PDR

Malaysia

Myanmar

Philippines

Singapore

Thailand

Vietnam

Types of visas for Indians travelling to Indonesia

Transit visa

A transit visa is available for those travelling to a different country via Indonesia. This visa is valid for 14 days from the date of arrival in Indonesia.

Visit visa

For travel, business, or socioeconomic exchanges, a visit visa is required. This temporary visa is valid for 60 days from arrival and can be extended on a case-by-case basis.

Visa for limited stay

This visa is for individuals visiting or staying in Indonesia for work, investment, family issues, or repatriation. Approval from the Directorate General of Immigration is required.

Diplomatic visa

Diplomatic visas are for individuals with diplomatic or service passports and require official letters. The tenure for this visa is six months.

Visa on arrival

India has friendly relations with Indonesia, allowing for visas on arrival. This visa is valid for a month and can be extended under specific conditions. It is applicable for purposes such as:

Travelling

Visiting family

Social or cultural exchange

Attending conferences or educational visits

Government meetings

Short-term stays with continuation of a further journey

Participation in meetings held by a parent company's office in Indonesia

Tourist visa options

Type B1 - 30 days

Stay: Up to 30 days (extendable for another 30 days)

Cost: Rp500,000 (Rs 2,557)

Activities: Tourism, visiting friends or family, attending meetings, conventions, exhibitions, yachting

Requirements: Passport valid for at least 6 months, outbound ticket from Indonesia

Type D1 (1 year) - 60 days

Stay: Up to 60 days per entry

Cost: IDR 3,000,000 or Rs 15,344 (1 year)

Activities: Meetings, conventions, tourism, visiting friends or family

Requirements: Passport valid for at least 6 months, proof of living expenses, recent colour photograph, supporting documents

Type D1 (2 years) - 60 days

Stay: Up to 60 days per entry

Cost: IDR 6,000,000 or Rs 30,689 (2 years)

Activities: Similar to Type D1 (1 Year)

Requirements: Similar to Type D1 (1 Year)

Type D1 (5 years) - 60 days

Stay: Up to 60 days per entry

Cost: IDR 15,000,000 or Rs 76,723 (5 years)

Activities: Similar to Type D1 (1 Year)

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Indonesia plans free entry visas for Indian tourists by October

Requirements: Similar to Type D1 (1 Year)

Source: Business Standard

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