The Effects of Visa on Arrival in Indonesia

Traditionally, foreign tourists can obtain an Indonesian visa by processing it at the Indonesian Embassy in their country of origin. To resurrect the tourism industry after the Covid-19 pandemic, the Indonesian government introduced the Visa on Arrival (VOA).

As we have elaborated in our previous article,  Visa on Arrival (VoA) is a type of visa that can be obtained instantly upon the foreign traveler’s arrival in Indonesia. Since its introduction, the VoA has now been available to use for travelers from 75 countries all around the world. As it transpired, it has proven to be a huge success.

The Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno reported the latest update regarding tourism numbers in Indonesia. In July 2022, a sum of 476.970 foreign tourists were recorded to visit the country. This is the highest number recorded since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Minister said that the incomes were mostly dominated by tourists from five countries, which are Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, India, and the United States with a rise in numbers of about 40 percent.

In total, a sum of 1,2 million visits were recorded between January and July of 2022. According to the Minister, these huge spikes in numbers were largely contributed by the implementation of Visa on Arrival (VoA), especially in Bali, which recorded an amount of 246.504 visitors in July 2022. 

As we all know, Bali is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in Indonesia. The income of the people largely depends on the tourism industry itself. With the introduction of VoA, it makes Bali an even more enticing destination for holidays and business visits. 

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As the tourism industry strives to fully recover from the effects of the pandemic, the Indonesian government has also granted exemption of visiting visa to neighboring countries like the Philippines, Brunei, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

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