Indonesia looks to blast airport queues

INDONESIA is gearing up to launch a new electronic visa on arrival system for tourists, the country's latest bid to incentivise travellers to visit and cut down on lengthy queues plaguing its airports.

THE move follows a successful testing phase of the new technology, offering travellers the option of using a payment gateway before stepping foot on the ground.

Similar to online systems Aussie travellers would be familiar with, such as eVisa, eVoA, the option can be used no later than 90 days after a payment is made, with the transaction available via a payment gateway using credit cards or debit cards in the Visa or Mastercard network.

Eligible travellers under the system need to pay around A$50 to obtain the electronic visa, sanctioning arrivals to stay in Indonesia for up to 30 days, which can be extended once for an additional 30 days at the country’s Immigration Office.

Acting Indonesian Director General of Immigration Widodo Ekatjahjana said the new system was crucial for the country in being able to resurrect its struggling tourism sector, as well as key travel segments needed to bolster its economy.

“This system will not only affect the tourism sector, but also the
closing-deals in multinational business meetings that can encourage investment and create new job opportunities,” he said.

Purposes of the visit valid for the new e-visa on arrival system includes tourism, government visits, and business meetings.

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