Lonely Planet Writer

Indonesia offers free visas to tourists to boost visitor numbers

Tourist travelling from Britain to Indonesia will under new rules be able to stay there visa-free for up to 30 days.

Free visas into Indonesia from next month
Free visas into Indonesia from next month. Image by Muse Rosli / CC BY 2.0

At present, the 220,000 annual UK visitors have to pay £23 upon entry into Indonesia.

The new legislation will be implemented next month and will be expanded to include 30 countries including Russian, Chinese and US citizens.

In a bid to boost overall tourist numbers from eight million in 2014 to 11 million this year, the Indonesian government has granted visa-free entry as part of its strategy for the current season. There will be entry points at five international airports in Medan, Surabaya, Jakarta, Batam and Bali.