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Record Number of Indonesian Requesting Schengen Visas European Travel

The number of Indonesian nationals seeking Schengen Visas to visit Europe has increased by 10,000 in 2018 when compared to 2017, with 210,468 Indonesians receiving type A and type C visas. This compares to 2017 when 199,353 Indonesians sought a Schengen Visa.

As reported by the State News Agency Antara, Ivan Ronaldo a “Free Visa Activist” said that in 2018 only 3,688 or 1.8%% of the Indonesians who applied for a Schengen Visa were refused, up slightly from the 1.4% refused a visa in 2017.

Despite the higher percentage of refused visa, a record number of Indonesian sought and obtained Schengen Visas in 2018.

Indonesia has repeatedly sought and failed to secure a Schengen-free facility for Indonesian passport holders that, if approved, would allow free travel access to Indonesians to the 26-member countries of the Schengen area.

In 2018, a total of 16,007,785 people applied for a Schengen Visa, some 1.4 million more than 2017.

In terms of refused Schengen Visas, Indonesia has one of the lowest levels of refused application at 1.4% when compared to the refusal levels for meighboring Thailand (3.3%) and the Philippines (8.2%).