20 December 2022
With visits by foreign nationals and tourists picking up as a consequence of an improved Covid-19 situation in Indonesia (due partly to the increase in vaccinations), the Indonesian Government is now facilitating immigration services for such visitors by offering a new system for visas on arrival (“VoA”). The new VoA system is regulated in Directorate General of Immigration Circular Letter No.IMI-0794.GR.01.01 of 2022 concerning the “Immigration Policy for Electronic Visa on Arrival (“e-VoA”), Visa on Arrival and Free Visa, to Support Sustainable Tourism amid the Corona Virus Disease 2019” (“New Circular Letter”).
To try out the new e-VoA system and payment methods through the relevant payment gateways, trials were held in early November 2022, after whichthe system and payment methods were implemented to start operation on10 November 2022. Through the New Circular Letter, the Government has provided more details on how to obtain an e-VoA and changes to the list of cross-border checkpoints for e-VoA holder arrivals. The New Circular Letter came into effect on 1 December 2022.