Japan to Implement Free Visa for Indonesians: Marty

Japan will be implementing a free visa policy for Indonesians traveling to Japan starting January 2015, Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa reported on Tuesday after meeting with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Ishida in Jakarta.

“The free visa policy will likely be implemented starting January 2015. In response, the Indonesian government is also in the process of announcing free visa for Japanese citizens traveling to Indonesia. We hope the free visa policy will be implemented in synergy with the Japanese government,” remarked Marty.

The Japanese government on June 17 had announced that free visas will be provided to Indonesians traveling to Japan, starting with only those holding e-passport. The travelers will be allowed to stay for 15 days to a maximum of 30 days, but they will have to register with the Japanese Embassy in Indonesia before arriving in Japan. Up till now, Indonesians traveling to Japan have to apply for a tourist visa.

About 500,000 Japanese tourists visit Indonesia every year. Japanese people are among the majority of tourists visiting Indonesia. On the other hand, the number of Indonesian tourists visiting Japan has also increased. The implementation of free visa policy between Japan and Indonesia is expected to increase the number of tourists between the two countries.

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