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26 Jan, 2015

Indonesia drops Australia from visa-free policy

The plan to waive the visa requirement for visitors from Australia, previously aimed at attracting more foreign tourists, has been dropped amid concerns surrounding repeated turbulence over Jakarta-Canberra diplomatic ties.

The government had only proceeded with the visa-free policies for Chinese, Russian, South Korean and Japanese tourists, Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Indroyono Soesilo said on Thursday.

“We have confirmed the visa-free policy for Japanese citizens. Russia and South Korea will follow suit soon. For China, we have three months to finalize everything,” he said.

Tourists from these countries can currently visit Indonesia with a visa on arrival.

Read the rest: RI drops Oz from visa-free policy | The Jakarta Post.