8th December 2023 – (Jakarta) In an effort to attract more foreign visitors and boost its tourism industry, the Indonesian government has announced plans to impose a visa-free policy for tourists from 20 countries and regions, including China. The move, which is expected to be finalised in the coming weeks, is part of a broader strategy to promote Indonesia as a desirable tourist destination and increase the country’s economic value.
According to Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno, the decision to offer visa-free entry was based on several considerations, including the potential economic impact, the principle of reciprocity, and security aspects. Uno revealed that the government has been in talks with several countries and regions, including China, to negotiate visa-free travel arrangements.
“We will finalise the regulation one month ahead before officially enacting it,” Uno told reporters after a meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Jakarta.
Indonesia has set an ambitious target of welcoming 14 million foreign tourists in 2024, with the aim of generating an economic value of up to 200 trillion rupiahs. To achieve this goal, the government plans to focus on attracting high-spending tourists and improving the local economy.
“Hopefully we can increase the number of tourist arrivals to reach the value target, specifically by targeting high spenders, and improve the local economy,” Uno said.