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Indonesia proposes visa-free arrivals for 20 countries, including India

The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has announced visa-free entries for travellers from India and 19 other countries.

Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, Tourism Minister of Indonesia said that the move would boost domestic consumption, attract investment and support the development of the digital economy.

Making the announcement Uno said, “The Ministry proposed 20 countries with the highest (number of) foreign tourists, except for those with existing visa exemptions.”

“The provision is expected to increase foreign tourist visits which will generate a multiplier effect,” he added. According to him, the move would boost domestic consumption, attract investment and support the development of the digital economy.

“We are targeting quality tourists, especially those with longer stays and higher spending in the local economy,” he pointed out.

The 20 countries include Australia, China, India, South Korea, the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

From October this year, Indonesia has been witnessing a slight recovery, with the country receiving 9.49 million foreign footfalls, which is double than the 5.47 million people that visited the country last year.But this is still less than the more than the country’s pre-pandemic peak, however.

Indian tourists made up the second-largest group of arrivals to Bali, with 77.88 thousand arrivals.

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