In the spirit of wooing tourists to Indonesia, President Joko Widodo of Indonesia has recently signed Presidential Decree no. 104 of 2015, granting special short stay visa free facilities for tourists who are nationals of a total 75 countries, which will include India. Indians can now look forward to holidaying in Indonesia without the hassle of applying for visa. The 30 days visa free facility can be used for government duties, education, social-cultural purposes, tourism, business, family visits and on transit purposes only. The entry can be made only through the International Airports of Jakarta, Bali, Batam, Surabaya and Medan, as well as through four seaports on the island of Batam namely: Sekupang, Batam Center, Nongsa Terminal Bahari, Marina Teluk Senimba and Citra Tri Tunas.
The seaports are Nongsa , Sekupang, Batam Center, Harbor Bay, Marina Teluk Senimba, Batam; Bandar Bentan Telani, Bandar Seri Udana, and Tanjung Pinang on Bintan, Tg Balai Karimun; Dumai Riau; Teluk Nibung Tg. Balai Asahan; Bandar Sri Setia Raya Bengkalis; Belawan Medan; Kuala Langsa; Sibolga, Siak Seri Indrapura Riau; Padang; Bengkulu port; Benoa and Padang Bai Bali; Tg Priok Jakarta, Yos Sudarso Cirebon; Tg Mas Semarang, Surabaya, Makassar; Bitung port; Kupang Nunukan, Malundung Tarakan; Jayapura. Shelly Chandhok, Country Manager, Visit Indonesia Tourism Office (India) said “Visa Free facility will give boost to tourism and we are expecting a substantial growth in terms of Indian arrivals in Indonesia.’’