KOMPAS.com – Visa on arrival for tourism is now available to foreign tourists from 23 countries who will enter Indonesia via Bali checkpoints starting from March 7.
The decision was taken to promote the country’s economy that has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and in consideration of the decline of coronavirus infections.
A statement from the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Immigration Directorate General said that currently, the visa on arrival program -- which is valid for 30 days and can be extended to one time only -- will only be issued upon arrival at the I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali.
“However, the holders of visas on arrival for tourism can leave the territory of Indonesia from any checkpoints, not only from Bali,” said Achmad Nur Saleh, a spokesperson for the Immigration Directorate General over the weekend.
He went on to add that upon arrival foreign tourists are required to provide their six-month passport rule, proof of a return ticket or onward tickets to another country, and other documents that follow the health protocols set by the Covid-19 Task Force.
“Violations against the use of tourist visas will be subject to immigration sanctions. Besides, if they are proven to have violated the health protocols and public order, they will also be subject to sanctions under the laws and regulations,” said Achmad.
The non-tax revenue (PNBP) tariff for the visa on arrival for tourism costs 500,000 Indonesian rupiahs ($35).
Here’s the list of the 23 countries whose citizens can apply for the visa on arrival in Bali:
2. The United States
3. The Netherlands
4. Brunei Darussalam
5. The Philippines
6. The United Kingdom
12. South Korea
18. New Zealand
22. The United Arab Emirates
Meanwhile, Bali Governor Wayan Koster previously said that international travelers, both Indonesians, and foreigners, are no longer required to undergo a mandatory quarantine.
“The implementation of mandatory quarantine will be exempted for international travelers who enter Indonesia via Bali airport or seaport only,” said Koster as quoted by state news agency Antara on Saturday, March 5.
Here are the requirements for international travelers who intend to enter Indonesia via Bali:
1. Foreign travelers must provide proof of paid hotel reservation with a minimum stay of four days, while Indonesian citizens must provide their domicile address in Bali;
2. To proof of full vaccination or booster vaccine;
3. To undergo PCR test upon arrival and wait for the results at the hotel;
4. The travelers will be allowed to conduct their activities in public once the negative result is released and strictly follow the health protocols;
5. International travelers must undergo another PCR test at their hotels;
6. An antigen test is required to be taken daily by participants of international events.
“Self-isolation must be done at the hotel if the test result is positive. For elderly with comorbidities must be immediately hospitalized,” said Koster.
(Writer: Luthfia Ayu Azanella | Editor: Rendika Ferri Kurniawan)
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