The Indonesian Tourism Ministry has decided to examine soon the free-visa policy implemented during 2016. Arief Yahya, Tourism Minister, expects that the assessment would be carried out in April.
Tempo.co. quotes him as saying on 13 January that the assessment was expected to begin in April, a year after the introduction of the free-visa policy.
It was decided to grant free visas to citizens from 169 countries by Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, President of Indonesia in 2016. Earlier, visas were provided to citizens of 90 countries.
According to Arief, after the free-visa policy was implemented the number of foreign tourist visitors has gone up by 18.87 percent.
Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister, was of the view that the free-visa policy should be assessed for the tourism sector if foreign nationals were found to be committing transgressions in Indonesia.
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