Indonesia grants visa-free facility to Sri Lanka, other countries


Apr 04, 2016 (LBO) – Indonesia has granted visa-free facility to 169 countries including Sri Lanka under a new visa regulation.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has signed Presidential Regulation concerning Visit Visa Exemption early last month adding 79 countries to the list.

Indonesian immigration office said passport holders of these countries are exempt for having a visa to enter Indonesia.

“The visa exemption is valid only for 30 days, non-extendable or convertible into another kind of stay permit,” immigration office said.

“Foreigners from 169 countries can enter and exit Indonesian Territory through 124 Immigration Checkpoints in airports, seaports and land border.”

The visa exemption facility can be used for tourism, family visit, social visit, art and cultural, government duty, to deliver a speech or attend a seminar, international exhibition, meetings with head office or representative office in Indonesia, or transit.

If the 30 days of Visit Visa Exemption facility feels insufficient, visitor still can apply for Visa on Arrival (given for 30 days and extendable for another 30 days) or Visit Visa.

The 169 countries, special administrative regions of a country, and entities are:

Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Comoros, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Commonwealth of Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Holy See (Vatican City), Honduras, Hong Kong (SAR of China), Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR of China), Macedonia, Madagascar, Maldives, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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5 years ago

This should not be the way forward for other countries including Sri Lanka to follow. A country should obtain at least small contribution from those foreign visitors for the development and maintenance of infrastructure facilities as poor ordinary people can not solder the most. Unless of course this approach could find solutions for specific issues.

5 years ago
Reply to  Suneth

I wish to differ.

Free visa encourages budget travelers – these are the majority now a days. Though they do travel economically and stay away from expensive stuff, end of the day end up traveling more – often using public transport and budget accommodation.

The concept is a little alien to Sri Lanka as most Sri Lankans are use to the concept of luxury travelers who travel in tourist buses/hired vehicles and stay at luxury hotels. Though luxury travelers spend more at once at a few places, budget travelers are high in numbers and spend moderate amount at many places along the travel. So the revenue that can be generated is much higher when the volume is considered. Many countries including Maldives, Pacific Islands, Caribbean nations make use of this type of travelers well. Budget travelers are a huge market.

In return the budget travelers need reliability, cleanliness, security, reasonable cost (budget does not mean cheap) and the sense that they are not being cheated. None of these are present in Sri Lanka at the moment.

I being a budget traveler my self, as a matter of fact, I just do not like the hassle of going to an embassy and waiting to get a visa. I’d rather book a budget hotel, buy a ticket and get on with the travel. Therefore, most of my travels were to visa free countries.

To put the numbers in perspective, though I am a budget traveler, I typically spend USD 500 – 2500 per trip. Believe me, there are a lot like me in Sri Lanka; though the numbers are still small in Sri Lanka, that population is growing.

5 years ago
Reply to  babaBuba

lol MALDIVES uses BUDGET TRAVELERS !!! there ends the validity of this post.