AUSTRALIAN tourists will get visa-free entry to Indonesia from January under a plan announced by the new Jokowi administration. The $US35 visa-on-arrival requirement now applying to visitors from Australia, Japan, China, South Korea and Russia will be waived to boost inbound tourism from those important markets, said Maritime Affairs Coordinating Minister Indroyono Soesilo.
Even better, thread title amended to reflect the update. Given its a Nov 6 announcement, it seems to have been under the radar a bit.Seems it's Indonesia, not just Bali. According to The Australian:
All the extra tourists coming to Bali (who wouldn't otherwise have come because of VOA) would more than cover the loss of the USD25 VOA fee, I suspect.That visa queue was horrendous. I wonder why the change? That is a great money spinner for Indonesia - we used to estimate the crowd each time and multiply by $25USD!
I imagine they have just increased the departure tax by the same amount (or more).That visa queue was horrendous. I wonder why the change? That is a great money spinner for Indonesia - we used to estimate the crowd each time and multiply by $25USD!
It's gone up since my visit then.it is actually US $35 at the moment.
You make a good point, I sometimes wonder how they estimate benefits like this. Maybe for a family or group it might just be the saving that they need to make the trip worthwhile, or if you happen to stumble across very cheap fares, it might make a quick/last minute trip easier to justify. Could also attract people to pass through or stop over on the way to somewhere else, or take a side trip out of somewhere like Singapore.Just because a marketing person predicts it will increase something doesn't make it so.
And for an Aussie a $25-35 fee for overseas travel to Bali is nothing in the scheme of travel costs given the savings you get when there.