Bali Discovery Tours: Homepage
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from
Home Bali Contact Bali Practicalities Bali News Bali Services Bali Transportation Bali Sports Bali Excursions Bali Villas Bali Hotels
Home · News · Removing the Toll Booth at Indonesian Gateways
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from
Bali Hotels
Bali Villas
Special Deals!
MICE Handling
Bali Excursions
Culinary - Dining
Guided Tour
Bali Spas
Bali Sports
Bali Transportation
Car Rental - Selft Drive
Private Jet Charter
Bali News
Bali Services
Bali Practicalities
Bali Contact
Bali Career
Bali Update
Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter!
PATA header
PATA Gold Award 2007
Bali Update
PATA Gold Award Winner 2007
Bali Contact
Bali Discovery Tours
Jln. By Pass Ida Bagus Mantra,
Jln. Pucuk 1 No. 70X
Denpasar, Bali

+62 (0)812 3819724
+62 (0)361 464 032, +62 (0)361 471 0242

Bali Discovery

Bali News

Removing the Toll Booth at Indonesian Gateways

Indonesian Tourism Minister Urges Abolishment of US$25 Visa-on-Arrival Fee

Bali News: Indonesia, Mari Elka Pangestu, Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, visa-on-arrival fees, Jungko Kikuma, JATA, Nia Niscaya
Click Image to Enlarge

(9/28/2012) reports that Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, has expressed her concern that the permanent imposition of the US$25 visa-on-arrival fee threatens the future development of tourism to Indonesia.

Pangestu said the government has received many complaints from Japanese travel operator who are members of the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) regarding the US$25 charged to arriving tourists in exchange for a 30-day visa.

She said that Japanese travel professionals in urging Indonesia to end its vis fee point to other destinations, such as Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines who do not charge a visa fee and make obtaining a visa hassle free.

“I will recommend to the Minister of Finance that the imposition of the visa fee become an agenda item in future discussions. Hopefully, we can find the best solution,” said Pangestu while attending the Indonesian stand at the JATA Tourism Forum and Travel Showcase in Japan, September 20-23, 2012.

The Japan travel fair was attended by nationals from 156 countries. Also attending the were 20 Bali tourism professionals who were members of Rasa Sayang – a consortium of travel agents focused on the Japanese market.

Nia Niscaya, the director of marketing for overseas markets from the Ministry said the cost of obtaining the visa applies to most foreign tourist coming to Indonesia. She insisted abolishing the visa fee would be a relatively easy matter for the related ministries accomplish.

“If the fee is abolished it would have a positive effect on increasing tourist visitors that in turn would increase revenues in all supporting sectors, such as hotels, resorts and shopping for handicrafts,” Nia explained.

Minister Pangestu also shared that the chairperson of JATA, Jungko Kikuma many had also expressed concerns over safety and security in Indonesia, citing several incidents that have affected public order and security.

The Indonesian Tourism Minister also reports that JATA members had urged her to lobby Japan Airlines to reopen flights between Tokyo and Denpasar.

© Bali Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced if attributed to


Bali News by Bali Update
Subscribe to the Bali Update
Receive the latest news from Bali by email!

Our [Privacy Statement] explains how we handle the data you are providing.

Bali News by Bali Update
Explore the Archive of the Bali Update
Find related articles in our news archive!

or try to use Google Search :

Home · Bali Hotels · Bali Villas · Bali Excursions · Bali Sports · Bali News · Site Map · RSS

Bali News: More News
Weather Warning for Bali
Meteorologists Warn of Potential for High Winds and High Waves in Bali Until March 25th from Tropical Cyclone Marcus
Airspace Over Bali No Longer Empty
Bali Airport Reopens After 24-Hour Closure for Nyepi New Year Observances
Business is Sky High
Indonesia’s Aviation Industry Booming with More than 100 Million Passengers Flown in 2017
Chinese Returning in Droves to Bali
Badung Regency Official Says Chinese Travelers are Bullish on Bali
New Ubud Gallery Opens with Two-Man Exhibition
Paintings by John van der Sterren and Ketut Gede Susana Exhibiting Through July at NKRI Art at The Ayung Resort, Ubud
Bali before the Balinese
Tenganan Village Fights to Preserve its ‘Pre-Balinese’ Ancient Traditions in a Rapidly Changing World
A Rest Area on a 12-Km Toll Road
Bali Toll Road Seeks to Increase Revenues by Moving Ahead with Plans to Build a Rest Area
Proud List of Past Achievements for the People of Bali
In the Midst of IMF-World Bank Conference Preparations, Bali Governor Pastika Reflects on What his Administration has Achieved on Behalf of the People of Bali
Diplomatic Reassignment
British Consulate-General’s New Address in Bali
When Anneke Goes Coasting
Dutch Woman Undetakes Annual Marathon Swim in North Bali to Protect the Environment
Short Shrift to Trash that Drifts
Indonesia Government Frames Formal Response to Video Showing Plastic Trash Inundation at Manta Point, Nusa Penida
To the Visitor, Goes the Spa
Harper Bazaar Singles Out 8 Spas for ‘Star Spa’ Status in Bali
All [News]!