Indonesia mulls issuing visa on arrival for expatriates in Qatar

Indonesia Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno (centre) at the embassy.

Indonesia Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno (centre) at the embassy.

Indonesia is exploring the possibility of granting visa-on-arrival entry to expatriates in Doha to further attract visitors from Qatar, Indonesian Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno said. “There is an idea from the tour and travel community here (Doha) – we could issue visas on arrival to countries, basically citizens of other countries but with a Qatar ID… so we can tap into much wider potential markets because the Qatar has large expatriate communities,” the minister told reporters during his recent visit.
“And having direct flights to Indonesia, not just one destination but several destinations, would be a good way to tap into that potential,” he said, citing Indonesia’s strong tourism recovery post-Covid-19 pandemic. Indonesia’s Ministry of Investment has noted that the ’10 New Balis’ project, which consists of 10 destinations in Indonesia designated as the ‘next Bali’, is intended to attract a large number of visitors, including those from the Middle East.
The ’10 New Balis’ include Borobudur Temple (Central Java), Belitung (Sumatra), Mount Bromo (East Java), Labuan Bajo (East Nusa Tenggara), Lake Toba (North Sumatra), Thousand Islands (Jakarta), Mandalika (West ). Nusa Tenggara), Wakatobi (Southeast Sulawesi), Tanjung Lesung (Banten) and Morotai (North Maluku), according to the ministry.
“I am quite sure that we are segmenting the right market and we are very optimistic that we will be able to attract more tourist arrivals from Qatar, as well as expatriate communities living in Qatar,” said Uno, as he highlighted the key. Role that Qatar plays as a hub for tourists in Indonesia.
He also emphasized the importance of holding the Qatar-Indonesia Year of Culture in 2023, saying it will further strengthen the “already close bilateral relationship at all levels”, from people to people, business to business, communities to communities, and educational institutions .
This unique cultural initiative, said the minister, offers many opportunities between the two countries such as strengthening the tourism sector and creative economy. “We are very excited and we are preparing a series of events to commemorate this year of culture and hopefully we can benefit from it, both in Qatar and Indonesia.
“Especially for me, I want to look for more investment coming from Qatar in the field of tourism, because we see how hospitality has been transformed here and although we have the human capital, but I would say we are in a very serious need. to upgrade our facilities, accommodation, hotels, especially new destinations,” Uno said.

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