Sensibility on Arrival

The current visa arrangements are unfair on foreign visitors because they are restrictive. Many foreigners arriving in the country do so on a 30-visa that they get upon arrival at a point of entry; it costs $25. For those wishing to travel around the country’s extraordinary collection of unique islands, in terms of their culture and landscape, 30 days is just not enough.

It is therefore welcome news that the central government is considering a one-year tourist visa that could be used by more elderly visitors to our shores who need more time to get about, and indeed have more of it to spend than their younger counterparts.

It is a start, at any rate. But any proposed change should not just be limited to one demographic; it should be open to all, as there are many foreign tourists who travel from far-flung areas such as western Europe and need ample time to wander about our country.

The Bali authorities and the central government have enjoyed the benefits of the droves of foreigners visiting Indonesia for several decades but in recent years tourism policies have hindered rather than helped those who come here.

And indeed, compared to our neighbours, notably Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, Indonesia’s share of the global tourism market has far from reached its potential. A large part of that is due to a lack of effective marketing, but let us devise schemes and supportive rules that actually boost the fledgling market that is there.

With expected positive gains in Indonesia’s infrastructure in the coming years, a touted development that is desperately required as the country enjoys robust economic times, the central government must make it far easier for tourists to come to Indonesia and to stay here for much longer periods.

That would be doing everyone a favour.

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3 Responses to “Sensibility on Arrival”

  1. Franco Giovanardi Says:

    As a lover of Indonesia (and not just Bali) I got really disapointed when the tourist visa on entry was restricted from 60 to 30 days, RI is such a big and rich and diverse country that would require a long time to be visited and discovered in its counless beauties and places of interest. I visited RI many times when visa was 60 days and even then I had to fly to Singapore or Davao to be able to come back and get a new 60 days stay. I hope sooner or later that a long stay visa will be available for european visitors, 6 months would be a fair solution, India has always given 6 months tourist visas with no counter effect whatsoever.

  2. Ralph Klemp Says:

    I love Bali. I even built my own villa in Seminyak, But as much as I would love to stay there for 3 month a time, I have to leave the country.
    I am a writer, I am not doing anything illegal, only spending my hard earned money in Bali benefiting this wonderful country, yet for some unfathomable reason I am forced to leave.
    the visa renewal for another 30 days is the worst nightmare I ever endured, the office is terribly bad organizes, closed on any public holiday in the world, Functionaries are stricter than the Swiss, no flexibility at all. It tajes 2-3 days of your life to process the renewal of the tourist visa!

  3. steve Says:

    you can stay for 60 days and it doesent take 3 days to organise you a dreaming, the process much easyer now. 1 month on arrival then a week before it expires go immagration at opening time do the forms takes 15 minutes leave your passport pay 25 dollars and pick it up in a week .if you want it that day you pay more up to you not them. dont deal with the touts deal directly with uniformed staff at it dps,singaraja i do it too,after 60 days a no frills flight singapore or darwin is peanuts come back next flight