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Indonesia repatriates 39 human trafficking victims The Indonesian government has repatriated the second batch of 39 people, who had been trapped by human traffickers, from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Posted in Crime @ 03 December 2014 20:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali deports four foreigners for violating stay permit The Immigration Office of Bali province will deport four foreigners for violating their visa permits, Chief of Supervisory Unit at Balis Immigration Office Mohamad Soleh said here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 18 November 2014 20:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Health department: 'Postpone Umrah pilgrimage over MERS' West Sumatra Health Department issued an advice to postpone Umra pilgrimage for people above 60 years and those who are not in good health, following the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus outbreak.

Posted in Health @ 12 May 2014 19:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Australian journalists deported from Bali Two Australian journalists, who broke immigration permission laws, were deported by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights Regional Office of Bali Province. "They availed the visa on arrival facility but got caught while doing some news reporting in Bali," Chief of Ministry of Law and Human Rights Regional Office of Bali Province I Gusti Kompiang Adnyana stated here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 07 March 2014 14:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


China to provide free visa to Indonesian citizens In future, China will provide free visa to Indonesian citizens planning to visit the country, Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Liu Jianchao stated.

Posted in General @ 13 February 2014 19:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House writes to Saudi government on overstayers The House of Representatives (DPR) has written a letter to the Saudi government over Indonesians overstaying their residence visas in that country and were now being accommodated at shelters, stated House Speaker Marzuki Alie.

Posted in General @ 15 January 2014 23:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


600 Indonesian overstayers in Jeddah detention center A total of 596 Indonesians without valid visas remain in the immigration detention center at Tarhil, Shumaysi, Jeddah, according to official information. Based on a press release from the Indonesian Consulate General Jeddah received by ANTARA News here, on Friday, 400 Indonesian were deported by the Saudi Arabia government.

Posted in General @ 27 December 2013 15:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


19 Chinese men detained for invalid forestry use permit The Regional Police Department of West Kalimantan has detained 19 Chinese men after they failed to present a valid forestry use permit. "The 19 Chinese men were arrested on Friday, December 13, during a campaign by the Forestry Department to enforce the use of forestry permits," said West Kalimantans Head of Forestry Department Marius Marcellus, in Pontianak, on Monday.

Posted in Environment @ 16 December 2013 19:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


6000 overstaying Indonesians repatriated from Saudi Arabia The Indonesian government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has repatriated 6,017 Indonesians, who had exceeded their permitted length of stay in Saudi Arabia, while the remaining 4,757 were still lodged in the Shumaysi Immigration Shelter.

Posted in General @ 05 December 2013 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia wants visa on arrival facility for citizens visiting China Indonesia has called for the Chinese government to grant the visa on arrival facility for Indonesians traveling to the country, saying that Indonesia had already been doing the same for Chinese tourists visiting Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 27 November 2013 20:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to End Visa-on-Arrival for Iranians The Jakarta Globe reports that effective August 20, 2013, Indonesia will withdraw the visa-on-arrival facility currently extended to Iranian passport holders visiting Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 20 July 2013 04:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Japan eases off entry visa requirements for Indonesia The Japan government to ease off entry visa requirements for some ASEAN countries where Malaysia and Thailand nationals are exempted for visa while nationals from Indonesia gets extension of period of stays for those holding multiple entry visa, official said.

Posted in Travel @ 27 June 2013 19:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah opens 21 hours per day The Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, opens 21 hours a day to accelerate registration of workers wishing to obtain documents in lieu of passport (SPLP) from the Saudi government, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 18 June 2013 23:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian victims of human trafficking repatriated Eighty-two Indonesian migrant workers who had fallen victim to human trafficking have returned to their home country, accompanied by Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia Marshal Herman Prayitna.

Posted in Crime @ 30 January 2013 02:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali once again wants a part of VoA money Once again a movement has been launched in Bali to secure a share of the visa-on-arrival fees (VoA) paid by visiting tourists to Bali that is now entirely remitted to Jakarta.

Posted in Economy @ 22 December 2012 09:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sriwijaya Air opens route Pekanbaru - Batam Sriwijaya Air has commenced flights on the route Pekanbaru - Batam - Pekanbaru on November 20, 2012. This daily flight departs from Pekanbaru at 14:25 local time and from Batam at 15:50 local time. With this new daily flight, Sriwijaya Air realises it's desire to grow in short haul regional flights.

Posted in Travel @ 26 November 2012 08:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Visa fee threathens tourism development' Bisnis.com reports that Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, has expressed her concern that the permanent imposition of the US$25 visa-on-arrival fee threatens the future development of tourism to Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 29 September 2012 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal expatriate workers in Bali Radar Bali reports that data from the Denpasar Manpower Department shows more than 500 foreign workers are currently registered with their office.

Posted in Economy @ 09 July 2012 05:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali sees 19.89 percent increase in VoA Bali province enjoyed an increase of 19.89 percent in visa on arrival (VoA) from foreign tourists during the first quarter of 2012, and its tourism revenue reached US$14.4 million, from US$14.3 million during the same period last year.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 July 2012 10:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


29 countries waive visa restrictions for Indonesia Twenty-nine countries have granted visa waivers to holders of official and diplomatic passports from Indonesia, according to a Foreign Ministry official.

Posted in General @ 27 June 2012 16:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Resident finds body of foreign tourist in Bali A Kutuh village resident, Badung district, Bali, found the body of a foreign tourist on Thursday. The remains of Mark Ovenden were discovered by I Wayan Suada on a footpath.

Posted in Crime @ 21 June 2012 15:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Increasing number of Indonesians make small hajj The number of Indonesians making the small hajj to Mecca has been increasing in the past two years, according to a source from a local travel agency.

Posted in Religion @ 08 May 2012 10:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three Chinese nationals to be deported soon Local immigration authorities will soon deport three Chinese nationals for abusing their stay permits, a spokesman said.

Posted in Economy @ 03 May 2012 20:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreigners checked for immigration documents on Bali The administration of Denpasar – Bali’s capital city, is taking steps to prevent terrorism and other criminal acts by conducting sweeping raids and inspections, checking the identity of the city’s residents.

Posted in General @ 17 April 2012 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda signs agreement to purchase 11 Airbus planes Garuda Indonesia signed an agreement with Airbus on Wednesday to purchase 11 A330-300 planes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 13 April 2012 12:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Berlin embassy implements one-hour visa service The Indonesian Embassy in Berlin has implemented a one-hour visa service for tourists wishing to visit the country, Ambassador Eddy Pratomo said here on Friday.

Posted in Tourism @ 12 February 2012 04:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians to get faster Schengen visa service Indonesians planning to travel to Schengen-visa countries in Europe are going to get faster visa application service, a press statement from the European Union office in Jakarta received here on Wednesday said.

Posted in Travel @ 25 January 2012 13:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali immigration checks foreigners' working permits Denpost, Nusa Bali and The Jakarta Post all confirm that an official operation is now underway in Bali seeking to identify foreigners living on the island lacking proper immigration and working permits.

Posted in Crime @ 29 October 2011 11:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace accused of illegal activities Lawmakers have called on the government to review the existence of Greenpeace in Indonesia following a series of incidents that they say were triggered by the organization's reluctance to comply with the country's laws.

Posted in Environment @ 27 October 2011 02:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Long delays for Lion Air flights from Singapore It was a normal Wednesday last week and still it seemed that something was completely wrong with Lion Air. After they had received a stern warning from the Department of Transport, the came with so-called 'own' improvements, but the airline does not seem capable of letting their many flights depart on schedule.

Posted in Travel @ 31 July 2011 06:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saudia Arabia suspends recruitment of Indonesian workers Saudi Arabian business leaders on Tuesday said they will be suspending the recruitment of Indonesian labor workers, local media reported.

Posted in Economy @ 16 February 2011 06:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Rights group: 'video shows Indonesian military torturing Papuans' Recent video footage from Indonesia's West Papua allegedly show the torture of indigenous Papuans by the Indonesian military, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) said on Monday.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 October 2010 01:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: More than 7 million visitors for 2010 Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, has stated he remains optimistic that national tourism arrivals for 2010 will surpass the declared target of 7 million. "I an convinced and optimistic that the target of 7 million foreign tourists will not only be achieved but also surpassed," said Wacik and quoted in Bisnis Bali.

Posted in Tourism @ 12 October 2010 05:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


International payment methods added to ticketindonesia.info Making a reservation for domestic flights in Indonesia has once again become more easy now the website ticketindonesia.info offers additional payment methods. After making a reservation for your flight you can now pay with iDEAL, Moneybookers and a number of credit cards; among them MasterCard, Amex, Visa and JCB.

Posted in Travel @ 01 June 2010 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Singapore is just around the corner And that is something you notice when you have arrived on the island of Batam, at some 45 minutes by boat from Singapore. Jakarta is a western city already with a young population that is not that tight concerning the traditional adat in the country, but in Batam this is exaggerated even more.

Posted in Travel @ 01 June 2010 06:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A strange wish: three-year tourist visas A proposal from a group of Japanese tourist that the visa period beyond the current 2 months maximum to three years has received support from the Bali Chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) and the Bali Tourism Authority (Diparda). A sign that both organisations have lost their common sense in supporting ideas originating from the people in the street.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 May 2010 01:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New immigration checks revoked at Bali's airport After angry complaints from arriving tourists compelled to stand in line at Bali's airport for up to four or more hours, the border control management (BCM) procedures requiring fingerprints and photos of arriving passengers have been ditched on instructions from the Minister of Justice and Human Rights.

Posted in Tourism @ 09 May 2010 02:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Even longer queues at Indonesian immigration Virtually every local paper in Bali is carrying news of the long delays being experienced by arriving passengers at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport where new Board Control Management (BCM) requirements have made an already long customs and immigration process even longer.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 May 2010 14:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ten illegal Afghan immigrants arrested by police Makassar police have arrested 10 more immigrants from Afghanistan, who arrived in the South Sulawesi capital at night on Friday to avoid security check. The police have now arrested 16 illegal immigrants, mostly from Afghanistan, over the last three days.

Posted in General @ 25 April 2010 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Passengers now required to give finger prints at customs The Jakarta Globe carries the news that visitors to Bali can now expect yet another delay in the notoriously long lines at customs and immigration at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport with the introduction of a mandatory fingerprinting for tourist visitors.

Posted in Travel @ 20 April 2010 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia launches biometric verification for border control The Directorate General of Immigration at the Department of Law and Human Rights in Indonesia, locally known as imigrasi, today announced the rollout by SITA of a border control system that includes biometrics capture at 27 of the nation's air and sea ports.

Posted in General @ 08 April 2010 05:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali wants a share in visa on arrival fees Beritabali.com says that the provincial government of Bali is demanding a share of the income the national government collects through the sale of visa-on-arrivals purchased at the island's Ngurah Rai International Airport. At present all funds collected for visas are remitted to Jakarta.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 April 2010 05:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


The long wait for a visa on Bali airport Bisnis Bali reports that despite a total of 26 visa on arrival counters at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, long delays of as much as two hours are being encountered by those landing during peak traffic hours.

Posted in Travel @ 26 February 2010 03:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Magazine: 'Bali airport one of the ugliest' It will not come a surprise to anyone who has travelled through Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport that Travel and Leisure magazine has named it one of the "12 Ugliest Airports in the World". The magazine's Karrie Jacobs contends that Bali's air gateway has "gone out of its way to acquire the uncanny placelessness that typifies the modern airport”.

Posted in Travel @ 25 February 2010 01:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scrapping 7-day visa-on-arrival causes problems Resort developers and tour agents who market tour packages for Batam and Bintan islands are crying foul over Jakarta's sudden decision to change its visa rules. On Jan 25, the Law and Human Rights Ministry said it would scrap the option for a US$10 visa-on-arrival for visitors from non-Asean countries, like the United States and Australia, which would let them stay in Indonesia for seven days.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 February 2010 13:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Coffee, tea or a 30-day visa? After several false starts, Garuda Indonesia has formally introduced visa on board immigration processing on their flights from Japan, effective February 1, 2010. According to Beritabali.com, South Korean and Australia are being eyed as candidates for the new visa service.

Posted in Travel @ 08 February 2010 00:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Visa-on-arrival can be extended as of January 26 Good news for travelers to Indonesia that did not pick up a visa on beforehand. The immigration office in Indonesia has announced yesterday that foreigners can extend their visa-on-arrival starting today. Visitors from a number of countries across the world are granted a visa-on-arrival which used to be valid for only 30 days, without the option to extend this, thus being forced out of the country to get a new visa.

Posted in Tourism @ 26 January 2010 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Reducing immigration lines at Bali's airport On Sunday, November 15, 2009, Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, and the Minister of Law and Human Right, Patrialis Akbar, conducted a snap inspection of the visa-on-arrival (VOA) procedures at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport.

Posted in Travel @ 26 November 2009 01:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourism minister: 'Faster processing of visa-on-arrival' The minister for Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, has planned to cut short the processing time of visa on arrival services at airports and seaports in Indonesia within the first 100 days in office. He said the accelerating the service would certainly improve the image of Indonesia as a tourist destination which would lead to more foreigners visiting Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 24 October 2009 04:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A lunch in Singapore Singapore is just some 45 minutes away by fast ferry from Batam. An easy target for a day of shopping, a return trip 'new visa' or a lunch. From Singapore Batam is also seen as place to shop as prices are lower there while choice is still not that bad as well. Furthermore people can enjoy themselves with alcohol from early on the day until the early hours of the next morning.

Posted in Travel @ 07 October 2009 11:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia and 'visa-before-arrival' Inbound passengers to Bali on board Garuda Indonesia flights from Tokyo are seeing their waiting time at the airport of Bali reduced by virtue of a new on board immigration service now in operation. Explained by the manager of Garuda Indonesia in Denpasar, Bagus Siregar, passengers will have their passports processed by immigration officers during their flight from Tokyo and Bali.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 05 September 2009 14:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Demonstrate to get deported from Saudi Arabia! Indonesians that desperately want to find their way out from Saudi Arabia have found a new way to do so. A few hundred peaceful Indonesian demonstrators that organized a rally in front of the Indonesian consulate general in Jeddah were arrested for... well demonstrating peacefully and are now waiting to be deported. Most of the demonstrators stayed the country illegally after their haji or umroh or stayed there while their contract stopped in the hope of a better future there.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 22 August 2009 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors to pursue immigration corruption scandal? As reported on earlier, State Auditors recently uncovered the misappropriation of Rp. 3 billion (211,000 euro) in visa-on-arrival fees committed by 44 members of the immigration service assigned to Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 August 2009 06:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali immigration officers avoid criminal charges As reported on earlier, 44 immigration officers at Bali's main airport have been under investigation for embezzling an estimated Rp. 3 billion (210.000 euro) in visa-on-arrival fees between October 2008 and May 2009. Kompas reports that a decision has been made by the Immigration Department to limit punishments to only disciplinary and administrative sanctions.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 August 2009 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Corruption with visa-on-arrival at Bali airport DenPost reports that 44 immigration officials are now being examined by the Anti-Corruption Board (KPK) in connection with the suspected embezzlement of Rp. 3 billion (US$294,000) by immigration officials at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport. The alleged corruption reportedly occurred between the months of October 2008 and May 2009 in the under-reporting of funds received from visa on arrival sales.

Posted in Corruption @ 12 July 2009 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Welcome in Indonesia! Do you have chocolate? 'Welcome back in Indonesia' is what I first thought when I arrived from Kuala Lumpur with AirAsia flight AK 392. Before that I was in the air for another 12 hours on a flight from Amsterdam, but flying with KLM does not give me any sensation that I am actually flying towards Asia, that feeling only came when I walked out from the plane.

Posted in Travel @ 01 June 2009 03:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Time for something new; goodbye Jogja It has been three years this coming July that I left for Indonesia with a 'single trip' Singapore Airlines. You can not enter Indonesia officially when you only have a single trip indeed, but that was the feeling I had back them. Moving from the Netherlands to try and see whether I could spend three months in that country. Of course I assumed that everything would be fine, otherwise I would not just try it for.

Posted in General @ 30 May 2009 10:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 10 reactions


Indonesia frees Australians jailed in Papua Indonesia has freed five Australians who were jailed for illegally entering Papua after a higher court ruled that they had not breached immigration rules, their lawyer said on Tuesday. The five, who said that they were tourists, landed in Merauke, in the Indonesian half of the island of New Guinea, in September 2008 without a flight permit or visas.

Posted in Politics @ 11 March 2009 03:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia moves to protect workers abroad The delay in the recruitment of Indonesian housemaids and drivers has prompted Jakarta to set up a commission to look into the interests of Indonesian workers, including their overseas employment, training and health.

Posted in General @ 01 September 2008 03:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia arrests five Indian nationals for overstaying Five Indian nationals, including a woman, have been arrested by Indonesian police for "overstaying". Immigration chief of Jayapura, Maman Budiman said that the five Indian nationals were arrested by police while they were in a hotel in Jayapura, the capital of Papuan province, yesterday. An investigation found that their visa had expired a month ago.

Posted in General @ 06 August 2008 05:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four airlines seeking traffic rights to Indonesia Four foreign airlines have declared their interest in commencing scheduled flight services to Indonesia: Shanghai Airlines (China), China Eastern (China), Aeroflot (Russia) and Mohan Air (Iran). A Director General of Civil Aviation, Tri S. Sunoko, confirmed to Bisnis Indonesia that his office has received formal applications for traffic rights in Indonesia by the afore mentioned airlines.

Posted in General @ 02 August 2008 09:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Balinese looking to take more money from tourists Efforts by Bali's provincial House of Representatives to impose a "donation" on tourists passing through Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport has been strongly rejected by Jakarta who saw the imposition of an additional financial burden on Bali's tourists as unacceptable.

Posted in Tourism @ 08 March 2008 09:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Visa-free facility proposed for ten countries Travel Trade Gazette's (TTG) Mimi Hudoyo reports that the Indonesian Department of Culture and Tourism is seeking agreement to change current visa regulations to permit visa-free short visits from 10 countries.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 January 2008 07:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia considers building its first casino on Bintan Politicians in Indonesia are planning on building it's first casino on the island of Bintan, close to wealthy Singapore. It would be a potentially lucrative but highly sensitive venture in mostly Muslim Indonesia. Gambling is not allowed according to Islam and over 80 percent is Muslim in the country. Earlier plans to build casinos in other locations have already failed because of opposition from Islamic activists.

Posted in Economy @ 11 November 2007 02:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia extends visa facility to 11 countries Indonesia has expanded the visa on arrival (VoA) facility to 11 more countries and is currently considering 11 more countries in an attempt to lure foreign tourists to the country. The 11 newly granted countries are Algeria, the Czech Republic, Fiji, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Panama, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Tunisia. The Directorate General of Immigration announced yesterday that based on a decree, citizens from a total of 63 countries are now able to enjoy a visa on arrival.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 June 2007 17:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asia rises while European arrivals seek past glory As reported on balidiscovery.com, total foreign arrivals during the first four months of 2007 totaled 472,082 - representing an improvement of +38.38% over the same four months in 2006 and the strongest start to any year on record. The graphics presented here in 'Bali by the Numbers' examining Bali's top four source markets for the first four months of each year from 2000 - 2007 show:

Posted in Tourism @ 28 May 2007 14:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia offers visa on arrival for Middle East tourists Indonesia's tourist industry is experiencing a boom as the nation has the highest number of foreign arrivals since 2001. This year around six million tourists are expected to visit the country. Thamrin Bachri, director-general of tourism at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, said that the government is focusing on visitors from the Middle East as well. 60.000 tourists from that region visited Indonesia last year, while this number is expected to grow to 100.000 this year and to 150.000 in 2008.

Posted in Tourism @ 12 May 2007 03:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Visa on arrival to Indonesia for 11 more countries The Indonesian government is preparing the visa on arrival facility for 11 more countries in a bid to increase revenues from the tourism industry, as local press reported earlier today. A senior official with the Foreign Affairs Ministry had named the 11 countries likely to receive the visa on arrival as being Algeria, Czech Republic, Fiji, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Panama, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Tunisia.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 April 2007 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tourism authority to arrest foreigners working as guides The Tourism Authority on Bali will continue conducting operations to catch foreigners working as a tourist guide in Bali, as was told by an official. "Foreigners who violate immigration regulations by working as tourist guides in Bali will be brought to court," said Made Suhadana, chairman of the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Guides Association (HPI).

Posted in Tourism @ 11 April 2007 04:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourists to get longer visas for Indonesia Indonesia has announced that foreign visitors will soon have the chance to apply for a longer visa than the current 30-day visa on arrival. Vice President Jusuf Kalla told AFP that foreigners visiting Indonesia will be able to apply for visas up to 120 days, longer than most other countries in the region.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 February 2007 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 33 reactions


Indonesia to reopen international tourism offices as arrivals sag In an attempt to boost the declining number of foreign visitors to Indonesia, the government will re-open a dozen international tourism offices this year, local media reports said Tuesday. Indonesia missed its tourist arrival target of 5.5 million in 2006, with only 4.8 million foreign visitors to the country, according to Tourism Minister Jero Wacik. Indonesia has set a target of 6 million foreign visitors for this year and 8 million in 2009.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 February 2007 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


The nowhere people Fitriyah was 14 when her mother left their Java village to work as a maid in Saudi Arabia. There were two letters from Sulastri after she arrived in Riyadh, and then a silence for seven years: no calls, no letters, and no money. When Fitriyah saw her mother again, she was dead. The autopsy stated that Sulastri had died from insect bites. But there was no explanation for the bruises covering the body when it was returned. "For seven years, I had no idea what had happened and why she didn't write. Now, at least, I can understand her silence," she whispers.

Posted in Culture @ 24 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to grab 60,000 jobs in South Korea Indonesia has a great opportunity to grab around 60,000 jobs offered by the South Korean government in the sectors of industry, manucfacturing, construction, agriculture, fishery and stock breeding. The placement of workers in South Korea is currently not done by Indonesian labour recruitment agencies, but directly by the manpower and transmigration ministries of the two countries as stipulated in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on October 29, 2006.

Posted in Economy @ 13 December 2006 02:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parliament drafting bill to ban cigarette advertising and sponsorship Indonesian lawmakers are drafting a bill that would ban tobacco companies from advertising or sponsoring sporting and entertainment events, local media reported Tuesday. The bill, which is sure to face opposition from Indonesia's powerful and wealthy tobacco lobby, also envisages doubling taxes on cigarettes to more than 60 percent in the country of 220 million people.

Posted in Politics @ 22 November 2006 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Visa Indonesia records 90 % surge in transactions Visa Indonesia has announced that the total value of transactions made by using Visa electronic cards grew by 89.7 percent in the 12 months up to the end of June 2006, with a total transaction value of 26.44 billion U.S. dollars. The record high reaffirms Visa's position as the market leader in the Indonesian card market, The Jakarta Post reported Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 01 October 2006 04:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A visit to the Indonesian embassy It has been a short while, but still I think about that one day that I was headed for the Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Because I had obtained a nice booklet of maps of the city, and I also bought a monthly card for the LRT (city trains), I would be able to drop in there to bring my paperwork. The embassy opened at nine o'clock in the morning, like usual, so if I would get up at around eight o'clock I would have enough time to prepare myself. That is what happened. Half past eight the alarm of my telephone went off and I took a short shower. The train station of Chinatown - that's the place where I found a nice little hotel for the week - was located at about 300 meters from the hotel. I waned to the central station of Kuala Lumpur (KL Sentral) because you can take the monorail from there. This route brought me in the direction of the Indonesian embassy, however I still had to walk quite some distance. With a bottle of water that should be possible however. I also got the chance to use the monorail trains, because waiting until the one in Jakarta is finished would mean I was able to go to Kuala Lumpur a few more times, because that one won't be ready for some time being, if I read the stories about that.

Posted in Travel @ 25 September 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


To Kuala Lumpur shortly It was about time for me to get a new visa. Because of regulations it's not possible to extend a certain kind of visa - tourist visa. Also you can't apply for a new visa when in Indonesia as well. You will have to go to an Indonesian embassy. Where that embassy is doesn't really matter, so there are a lot of options left to look around for a holiday-hobbyist. And so I got to plan my first 'visa trip' to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Someone I know from the internet lives around there as well, so I also created the opportunity to meet. That should not be a problem because I would stay there for one entire week. I wasn't in a hurry - I didn't have to go back to Indonesia the same day or so - so I could look around there while my passport would be updated with a new sticker which permits entry into Indonesia again.

Posted in Travel @ 15 September 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian TV crew due to leave after being detained An Australian television crew detained in Indonesia's strife-torn Papua province while trying to film a story was due to leave the country Thursday, a police official said. The five-person crew from Australia's Channel Seven, including presenter Naomi Robson, were stopped Tuesday upon arriving with television gear at the airport in the provincial capital, Jayapura, because they only had tourist visas.

Posted in General @ 14 September 2006 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia deports 5 Saudis in marriage scandal The Indonesian Immigration Office has deported five of seven Saudi Arabian nationals arrested on Monday for misusing their visas by entering into short-term marriages with local women, local media reported Thursday. The officials said the five held temporary visit visas but had married women in the Puncak resort in the Jakarta suburb of Bogor in a short-term arrangement.

Posted in General @ 03 August 2006 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia fully reopens border with Timor Leste The Indonesian Military (TNI) has fully reopened the land border in East Nusa Tenggara province to allow Indonesians entering Timor Leste as security situation in the neighbor has returned to normal, an officer said Thursday. "We have fully reopened the land border. Indonesians are allowed to go to Timor Leste and so Timor Leste people can enter Indonesia as long as they have necessary legal document," Major Infantry Aziz Mahmudi, spokesman of border patrol, was quoted by the national Antara news agency as saying.

Posted in Politics @ 14 July 2006 14:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


107 Sri Lankan illegal immigrants arrested in Bogor Indonesian officials Saturday said they have arrested more than 100 illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka in the latest crackdown on human trafficking. A total of 107 Sri Lankan men were detained when immigration officials raided two houses Thursday in the resort town of Cisarua, said Muhammad Indra, a director with Indonesia's immigration department.

Posted in General @ 11 June 2006 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RI envoy returns to Canberra, ties 'back on right track' Signs of a thaw in frosty Indonesia-Australia relations are apparent after Jakarta sent its ambassador back to Canberra ahead of a meeting between the countries' leaders later this month. Foreign Ministry spokesman Desra Percaya said Friday that T.M. Hamzah Thayeb, who was recalled on March 24 during a rancorous dispute over Papuan asylum seekers, would arrive back in the Australian capital this weekend.

Posted in Politics @ 10 June 2006 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia grants visa-on-arrival facility to the Netherlands On May 23rd, 2006, the Indonesian authorities confirmed that Dutch passport holders will be granted a so-called visa-on-arrival (VOA) upon their arrival in Indonesia. The passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months after the date of entry into Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 23 May 2006 19:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Second uni on black list in Indonesia A second Victorian university has fallen foul of the Indonesian Government over West Papuan independence, putting at risk a lucrative education market. Soon after Deakin University was effectively black-listed by Indonesia over the work of two academics, a spokeswoman for the Indonesian Ministry of National Education, Nur Samsiah, said it had also cut ties with RMIT University.

Posted in Politics @ 09 May 2006 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia's special envoy visits over Papua issue Australia's head of the Foreign Affairs and Trade Department Michael L'Estrange held meetings Friday with Indonesian officials to discuss the controversial issue of protection visas granted by Australia to 42 asylum seekers from Papua. Presidential spokesman Dino Patti Djalal said he met with the special envoy at an undisclosed location earlier in the day but declined to elaborate.

Posted in Politics @ 22 April 2006 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia sends envoy to repair Indonesia ties Australia's top diplomat will visit Jakarta this week to try and ease tensions with Indonesia caused by Australia's decision to grant refugee visas to 42 Papuans who fled Indonesia in an outrigger canoe. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said his country's relationship with Australia should be reviewed following the decision, but Prime Minister John Howard on Tuesday said Australia had no reason to apologise for its policies.

Posted in Politics @ 18 April 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Papuans prepared to 'risk lives' for asylum There are reports that groups of Papuan students in Jakarta may be preparing to storm the Australian Embassy in a mass attempt to demand asylum, in an effort to draw attention to their demands for independence. The reports come as an Indonesian business association announces a boycott of Australian goods.

Posted in Violence @ 06 April 2006 15:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Review cooperation with Canberra' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for a review of Indonesia's cooperation with Australia, as a row over Canberra's decision to accept asylum seekers from Papua deepens. 'Relations between Indonesia and Australia are entering a difficult time, full of challenges,' he said yesterday.

Posted in Politics @ 05 April 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fears cartoon could damage Australia - Indonesia relationship There are concerns that a cartoon in the Weekend Australian newspaper will damage the relationship between the Australian and Indonesian governments. The cartoon depicts an Indonesian man as a canine copulating with a West Papuan. A similar cartoon making fun of the prime minister John Howard and the foreign affairs minister Alexander Downer appeared in an Indonesian newpaper in recent days.

Posted in Politics @ 02 April 2006 10:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Indonesia not to cut ties with Australia: Spokesman The Indonesian government said Monday bilateral relations with Australia are on the test but breaking off ties is neither realistic nor an option. "This (breaking off ties) is not realistic and certainly not our option," said Dino Patti Djalal, spokesman for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Posted in Politics @ 27 March 2006 14:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia grants visa privilege for Swedish visitors The Indonesian government has granted visa-on-arrival facility for Swedish visitors to increase tourist visits from the European country, an official said here Wednesday. "The facility aims to increase international visitors and strengthen bilateral ties," immigration office spokesman Soepriatna Anwar said.

Posted in Tourism @ 22 March 2006 02:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Back to Bali: Bombs, cocktails and surfers I managed to hop over to Bali for a few days last week in order to both soothe my metro madness and also to see how the old island was faring after the recent bombings. Lion Air did the honors for about Rp 900,000 return, which is pretty good value, I guess, although anyone hovering around the six-foot-tall mark will have a few comfort issues to deal with when trying to squeeze into their cattle-class seats. After 90 minutes with my knees around my chin we touched down at Ngurah Rai airport in the rain and a taxi whisked me down to Legian.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freedom of speech showing strain in the new Indonesia When 76-year-old Professor Winarno Surachmad shuffled before 30,000 of his former teaching colleagues to pour out his poem about the woes of the education system, he drew the wrath of Indonesia's Vice-President, Jusuf Kalla. Mr Kalla scowled at lines, among them: "When rhinos and komodo are protected, teachers are just neglected."

Posted in Human rights @ 29 November 2005 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Visa-on-arrival in Indonesia harbinger of closer cooperation Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s appreciation of Indonesia’s adoption of a visa-on-arrival policy for Indian nationals during the visit of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Wednesday set the tone for a whole range of MoUs to be signed between the two countries. Both countries agreed to work together to improve connectivity and people-to-people contacts between their countries through enhanced tourism, civil aviation and shipping links.

Posted in General @ 24 November 2005 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Visa required for Malaysians not on social visit Malaysians travelling to Indonesia for any reason other than a social visit are required to obtain a visa , the Malaysian Immigration Department said. It said in a statement that this was to avoid any legal action against them by any of the Indonesian authorities for abuse of the social visit pass. The visa can be obtained at the Indonesian embassy or consular offices in the country.

Posted in Tourism @ 12 September 2005 17:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


S'pore, Indonesia hope to attract more Chinese tourists by joint promotion Singapore and Indonesia have joined hands in launching the first ever tourist promotion scheme in China in a bid to attract more Chinese tourists. According to the scheme, Chinese tourists will be able to appreciate the beautiful scenery in Singapore and Indonesia, such as the Sentosa island in Singapore and Bali island in Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 August 2005 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia eases visas from first of August It is now confirmed that the 14 additional countries slated for visa on arrival facility in Indonesia (TTG Asia, July 8 issue) will be able to do so from August 1. This brings to 36 the number of countries eligible for the facility.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 July 2005 18:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia offers visa-on-arrival to India Indonesia on Tuesday offered visa-on-arrival facility to 13 countries including India in a bid to boost tourist arrivals into the country, reports Xinhua. "Thirteen countries including China and India have been agreed on for getting visa-on-arrival facility," Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Culture Jero Wacik said.

Posted in Politics @ 15 June 2005 12:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tries to dispel aid corruption charges Indonesia on Tuesday moved to dispel charges that corrupt officials were siphoning off aid earmarked for tsunami-battered Aceh province, as Southeast Asian nations sought to lure back foreign tourists scared off by the disaster. Indonesia’s Health Ministry, meanwhile, significantly changed the way it tallies deaths due to last month’s waves, saying it would only count victims who have been buried and that the missing would retain that status for a full year.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Reaction to U.S. aid in Indonesia mixed In the world's most populous Muslim nation, not everyone is entirely happy to see Americans in helicopters handing out food and water to the hungry victims of last week's tsunami. Though Secretary of State Colin Powell on Tuesday expressed hope that the sight of U.S. soldiers passing out aid would help ease anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world, many Muslims say they cannot ignore that the same U.S. military that invaded Iraq and Afghanistan is now engaged in its largest operation in South Asia since the Vietnam War.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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