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Indonesia Embassy: Timor- Leste is not VoA country in Bali 

Indonesia Embassy: Timor- Leste is not VoA country in Bali 

The regulations for the opening of Visit Visa services on Arrival (Visa on Arrival or VoA) for tourists from 23 countries. Special image

DILI, 07 march 2022 (TATOLI)—Today the Government of Indonesia through the Directorate general of immigration of the Ministry of law and human rights issued the regulations for the opening of Visit Visa services on Arrival (Visa on Arrival or VoA) for tourists from 23 countries.

This rule takes effect on monday, march 7, 2022 and is only applied to the foreign tourists who will visit Bali. There are 23 countries whose citizens can enter Bali using VoA specifically for tourists, as Australia, the United States, the Netherlands, Brunei Darussalam, the Philippines, England, Italy, Japan, Germany, Cambodia, and Canada.

Then, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, France, Qatar, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.

Timor-Leste is very concerned about this being one of the countries that has visited Indonesia the most, especially Bali, which is not included in the list released today.

The Immigration Attache of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia (KBRI) in Timor–Leste (TL), Eben Rifqy Taufan explained that this decision was the result of a coordination meeting held by the Immigrant Headquarters in Indonesia where the meeting was initiated by the Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster and attended by the ministries related to Investment, Tourism, Foreign Affairs, Law and Human Rights.

The Immigration Attache of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia (KBRI) in Timor–Leste (TL), Eben Rifqy Taufan.

He explained that the implementation of the policy without the implementation and the VOA service for Overseas Travelers (PPL) is a trial in which further evaluation will be carried out.

“Visiting has been implemented, this is still a trial. The visit is only for a tourist visit in Bali, it should not be used for other activities, this is really a tourist visit. Why doesn’t TL come in, it’s actually nothing, like I was just doing a temporary trial which will then be built and hopefully not only for tourist visits but also for the business visits,” explained the Immigration Attache of the Indonesian Embassy in Dili to Tatoli exclusively, this monday.

Eben Rifqy Taufan said that the Indonesian Embassy in TL would try to encourage and propose that TL could be included in the data of countries that received VOA and make it easier for TL to go to Indonesia in the future.

According to data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) of Indonesia, the highest number of tourist visits in Indonesia came from TL where in 2019 it reached 1,178,381 and in 2020 it reached 994,590.

The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy also reported that based on nationality, the number of foreign tourist visits in December 2021 at all entrances recorded the highest number of visits, namely TL with 84,975 visits and the next highest number from Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, China and Russia.

“We, as Indonesian citizens who live here, hope that it will be easy for TL to travel to Indonesia. We know that in the statistics, TL is a very high country, maybe it ranks number one or two visits to Indonesia, hopefully in the future, we hope that after being evaluated, TL can enter, “he said.

Eben Rifqy Taufan ensures that students can still enter Indonesia by using an Electronic Visa that has been taken care of by the university or school concerned.

“This does not mean that TL does not enter Indonesia, TL can still enter only through having to have an electronic visa, we know that many school children or TL students who study in Indonesia enter Indonesia by using an electronic visa which is managed by the school. In addition, those with special needs can still enter, such as doing treatment, “he concluded.

Currently, the exit and entry process for Indonesia can still be passed at the Batugade Motain Border where the Indonesian side is open every day and Timor-Leste is open on every monday and wednesday, but must follow the health protocols and fulfill a three-day quarantine.

Journalist: Camilio de Sousa

Editor     : Rafy Belo

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