Indonesia goes ‘visa-free’ but ‘unclear’ terms highlighted

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Exceptions to new visa-free travel to Indonesia have been highlighted by a leading destination management company.

The UK was one of 30 countries added to a list for visa-free travel to the country last month.

However, travellers must enter and exit through designated airports and seaports only, Bangkok-based Destination Asia announced after requesting clarification on the regulations from government officials in Indonesia.

For example, travellers landing at Bali’s Ngurah Rai international airport but leaving via Lombok must pay a $35 visa on arrival fee at the airport when entering Indonesia.

“These regulations are not made clear or visible at many of the ports of entry in Indonesia,” Destination Asia said.

“If guests are unsure whether they are required to pay the visa fee, please contact immigration on arrival and present their travel documents.

“Travellers are not permitted to pay the visa fee on exiting the country.”

For foreign visitors to be eligible for visa-free travel, they must enter and exit through designated airports and seaports only.

The airports are:
 Jakarta – Soekarno Hatta; Bali – Ngurah Rai; Medan – Kualanamu; Surabaya – Juanda; and Batam – Hang Nadim. 

The ports are :
Bintan – Sri Bintan Harbour at Tanjung Pinang; Bintan – Tanjung Uban Harbour; Batam – Sekupang Harbour; and Batam – Batam Center Harbour.

“Travelers may be refused to leave if attempting to depart from a port not on the above list without a valid visa on arrival and having paid $35,” Destination Asia said.

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