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Japanese Announce Visa-Free Policy for Indonesian Nationals; Indonesia Taking Steps to Reciprocate

(8/17/2014) Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa has confirmed that his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, used a recent visit to Jakarta to confirm that Indonesian passport holders will soon be allowed to visit Japan without first obtaining a visa.

“He (Kishida) formally advised that his government has taken a decision. He did not say when the change in visa policy would take place, but I heard January 2015,” said Natalegawa.

In response to the change in Japanese visa policy towards Indonesian passport holders, Indonesia will soon extend the same courtesy of not requiring a visa for Japanese nationals visiting Indonesia. Natalegawa added: “In accordance with the principle of reciprocity, we will take steps to allowing the Japanese visa-free visits to Indonesia.”

While the Indonesian Foreign Minister would not specify dates, he assured the necessary changes would take place quickly. “It would be best if this could be done in synchronization with the change in the Japanese change of visa policy,” he said.