Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno and Minister of Justice and Human Rights Jasonna Laoli discuss the possibility of introducing 5-year visas for stay in Indonesia.
“This is a long-term visa or ‘long-term second home visa’ valid for five years. It will require a deposit of Rs 2 billion [approx. US $ 143,000]. For families, Rs 2.5 billion [approx. 179 thousand US dollars] “, – said in a statement by the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy.
The five-year visa offered by him implies the possibility of multiple entries and renewal after five years.
According to him, the country’s tourism sector will be able to benefit from the enormous monetary potential of one billion of the world’s citizens aged 60 and over, whose combined income exceeds $ 15 trillion. Foreign tourists from this group are likely to spend more on shopping and travel, he said.
The minister also expressed the hope that such a long-term visa will be useful for digital travelers who have made Indonesia their “home” away from home.
At the same time, the government is preparing to open a “travel bubble” and a “travel corridor” for the ASEAN countries. Bali, Batam and Bintan will become the gates for the arrival of future tourists.
Sandiaga Uno hopes that the plan to open doors to foreign tourists through this cooperation will be implemented in the next few weeks.
“Consideration of granting special treatment to ASEAN countries that already have a travel arrangement or travel agreement is based on the principle of reciprocity. These countries are also exempted from visas for Indonesian citizens,” Sandiaga explained.
In parallel, the ministry will also collect big data on foreign tourists in order to target the market for long-term visits.
Sandiaga Uno also asked the immigration officials to prepare to make a first friendly and warm impression of Indonesian culture.