The announcement of the change had already been made, but didn’t actually come to fruition until 22 March. Australia had previously been included on a list of 45 countries to be granted free entry, but was left off at the last minute as the Australian government would not give reciprocal rights for Indonesian travellers, reports News.com.au. Australia later altered its rules to add a three-year multiple entry visa for Indonesians.
Indonesia’s president actually added the country to a list of 169 with visa exemptions, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, but the news is especially big in Australia, where more than one million travellers head to Indonesia each year – the vast majority of which head to the island of Bali.
The visa-free period is for 30 days and other countries added to the list include Brazil, Honduras, Mongolia, Kenya and more. Already on the list were countries like the UK, the US, China and Russia.