Bumper Earnings from VOA
Bank Indonesia revealed this week that earnings from tourist visas issued at entry points in Bali totalled US$28.1 million in the first six months of 2012.
Sunarto, an official at Bank Indonesia, the central bank, said that the figure was an increase on the $25.6 million takings in the same period last year.
The Visa on Arrival (VOA), which is available to citizens of select countries at Ngurah Rai International Airport, and Benoa Harbour, costs $25 and is valid for 30 days.
It was introduced in 2004 to replace an old system of free 60-day entry stamps, a system similar to that used in neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia.
Sunarto said that not all foreigners visiting Bali used the VOA system, as some were not eligible, or were travelling on various prearranged visas, but he added that VOA take-up generally mirrored overall tourism levels.
According to official statistics, a total of 917,950 people paid for a VOA in the first half of 2012. Bali Tourism Department figures show a total of 1.3 million foreigners entering Indonesia via Bali during the same period.Filed under: Headlines