Indonesia restricts free visa for radical ideology countries

Jakarta, Sep 14 (IANS) The Indonesian government on Monday said it will not provide free visa facility to any country having radical ideology or active drug business.

Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime Rizal Ramli made the remarks as the country announced its aim to expand the facilities to 47 countries by October aimed at reviving the tourism industry, Xinhua news agency reported.

Rizal said the government expects 20 millions tourists coming into the country annually within the next five years — double this year’s target.

Currently, passport holders from 45 countries and territories, including the US, Britain, Russia, Canada, China, Japan and France, are allowed to enter and remain in Indonesia without a visa for 30 days.

However, the facility does not allow the change into other permits or visa extension.

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