Indonesia latest in Southeast Asia to launch e-visa for foreign visitors

“Faster and easier” visa process for travelers

Indonesia has become the latest Southeast Asian nation to launch e-visas for foreign citizens wishing to enter the country without visiting an embassy ahead of their trip. While the move it not expected to boost tourism arrivals under current pandemic conditions, it could benefit the country in the long-term, observers say.

The country’s law and human rights ministry came forward with the new service and introduced a website where potential visitors can lodge an application for a visitor visa for both tourists and business people. If granted, they will receive an approval letter by e-mail. Law and human rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said the e-visa sought to create a “faster, easier and more transparent entry permit service.”

The website states that the visa is granted within five business days after application, but the daily quota is currently limited to 600 applications.

Yasonna said that this was a sign that Indonesia has made bureaucratic reforms and was ready to become a destination for foreign investment. He added that he hoped the new policy would help the country’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic by creating jobs through foreign investment and international tourism.

Easier application process, while data security granted

Government officials emphasised that, while the new electronic service would make the visa application process easier, it would not neglect data protection or border security.

Apart from the new e-visa, the law and human rights ministry has also launched the so-called Law and Human Rights Research Information System (Sipkumham) application. The system claims to be the first legal and human rights database in the country that utilises artificial intelligence, combining technology and machine learning from online media platforms of about 80 working units within the ministry. Yasonna said the application would serve as a database to help officials address legal and human rights issues more quickly.

Other countries in Southeast Asia which in the recent past have introduced e-visas for visitors were Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, while Vietnam has already been successfully running the service for a couple of years.



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"Faster and easier" visa process for travelers Indonesia has become the latest Southeast Asian nation to launch e-visas for foreign citizens wishing to enter the country without visiting an embassy ahead of their trip. While the move it not expected to boost tourism arrivals under current pandemic conditions, it could benefit the country in the long-term, observers say. The country’s law and human rights ministry came forward with the new service and introduced a website where potential visitors can lodge an application for a visitor visa for both tourists and business people. If granted, they will receive an approval letter...

“Faster and easier” visa process for travelers

Indonesia has become the latest Southeast Asian nation to launch e-visas for foreign citizens wishing to enter the country without visiting an embassy ahead of their trip. While the move it not expected to boost tourism arrivals under current pandemic conditions, it could benefit the country in the long-term, observers say.

The country’s law and human rights ministry came forward with the new service and introduced a website where potential visitors can lodge an application for a visitor visa for both tourists and business people. If granted, they will receive an approval letter by e-mail. Law and human rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said the e-visa sought to create a “faster, easier and more transparent entry permit service.”

The website states that the visa is granted within five business days after application, but the daily quota is currently limited to 600 applications.

Yasonna said that this was a sign that Indonesia has made bureaucratic reforms and was ready to become a destination for foreign investment. He added that he hoped the new policy would help the country’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic by creating jobs through foreign investment and international tourism.

Easier application process, while data security granted

Government officials emphasised that, while the new electronic service would make the visa application process easier, it would not neglect data protection or border security.

Apart from the new e-visa, the law and human rights ministry has also launched the so-called Law and Human Rights Research Information System (Sipkumham) application. The system claims to be the first legal and human rights database in the country that utilises artificial intelligence, combining technology and machine learning from online media platforms of about 80 working units within the ministry. Yasonna said the application would serve as a database to help officials address legal and human rights issues more quickly.

Other countries in Southeast Asia which in the recent past have introduced e-visas for visitors were Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, while Vietnam has already been successfully running the service for a couple of years.



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