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INDONESIA – Visa-Free Entry Extended to 79 More Nationalities; Now Applies to Business Visits

Effective 10 March 2016, visa-free entry to Indonesia for up to 30 days has been extended to 79 more nationalities, bringing the total number of qualifying countries to 169.

The new law also allows visa-free visits for business meetings for the first time for non-ASEAN nationalities.

Who Can Travel Visa Free?

On 21 December 2015, the Indonesian government announced that 84 additional countries will be added to the visa-free list. On 10 March 2016, visa-free entry was extended to only 79 of these countries, including Australia and Brazil, bringing the total to 169. The full list of countries whose nationals qualify for visa-free entry to Indonesia is provided here by our partner in Indonesia, PNB Immigration Law Firm.

A total of 154 countries have now been added to the visa-free list in the last year. In June 2015, 30 countries were added to the list, and in October 2015 another 45 countries were added.

Purpose of Travel

A major advantage for businesses in Indonesia, according to PNB Immigration Law Firm, is that the new Regulation now allows business meetings without the requirement to obtain a business visa in Indonesia.

However, it is important that a foreign national entering Indonesia visa-free only attends meetings, and does not participate in any activity which could be construed as "work", as this can lead to deportation.

Previously, most visa-free nationals could only visit Indonesia without a visa for tourism or other leisure purposes. Only nationals of ASEAN countries could visit Indonesia visa-free for other purposes, such as business meetings. Under the new law, the following purposes of visit are allowed for the 169 visa-free countries: 1. Leisure / tourism; 2. Family visits; 3. Social; 4. Art and cultural; 5. Government visits; 6. Giving lectures or attending seminars; 7. Meetings held by the Head Office or Representative Office; 8. Flight transfers.

Action Items

  • Note that nationals of the 169 countries listed here can now travel to Indonesia visa-free for business meetings as well as for tourism.
  • Note that any business activity which is not clearly a meeting is not allowed under this new law.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by PNB Immigration Law Firm.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.