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Taiwan expected to get visa-free treatment from Indonesia

Taiwan expected to get visa-free treatment from Indonesia

Jakarta, Sept. 2 (CNA) Taiwan is expected to be included among the 47 countries and regions that will be granted visa-free treatment by Indonesia next month pending the approval of Indonesian president. Arief Yahya, minister of Tourism, said after an inter-agency meeting Tuesday that some of the countries whose citizens are currently eligible for landing visas will be included in the new round of visa-free countries, according to a report on CNN Indonesia. Taiwanese citizens are among those allowed to enter Indonesia with a landing visa. The CNN Indonesia report also said that three countries that have contributed a great deal to foreign tourist arrivals -- namely Australia, India and Taiwan -- will be included on the new list. Arief said Taiwanese make 200,000 visits to Indonesia every year, while Indians make 300,000 visits and Australians 1 million visits per year. Meanwhile, Rizal Ramli, coordinating minister for Maritime Affairs, was cited as saying in the Jakarta Post Wednesday that Indonesia hopes to attract more tourists and create new job opportunities, and visa-free treatment is the fastest way to boost tourist arrivals. He said that Indonesia now provides visa-free treatment to 45 countries, including 30 countries that were granted the privilege beginning in June. The facility has helped boost foreign tourist arrivals in Indonesia by 15 percent since June. Indonesian hopes to achieve the goals of 20 million tourist arrivals and 100 percent growth in tourist revenues in the next five years, he said. (By Jay Chou and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-27 12:44 GMT+08:00