With the Indian arrivals to Indonesia registering an increase of 16.23 percent growth rate in 2014, now Indonesia set to add India in its visa-free list countries.
As of now, Indonesia only offers visa on arrival to the visitors from India, the process to include India in free visa list is now ongoing, said saut siringoringo, consul general of the Republic of Indonesia.
India is the seventh largest tourism source market for tourists coming to Indonesia. With the inbound travelers increasing every year, it is expected to reach 250,000 Indian arrivals in 2015 from 234,000 arrivals in 2014, said Taufik Nurhidayat from the Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia. So far in this current year, total Indian arrivals registered at 107,933 tourists.
The average stay of Indian travelers in Indonesia is between 7 to 9 days, around 90 percent of them travelling to Bali, followed by Jakarta as many Hindu temples located in that city.
Since the older times, India and Indonesia share so many similarities, and both the countries are very tolerant. Tourism in India growing exponentially with the outbound tourists from India will be set to increase from the current 15 million tourists to 50 million tourists by 2020, added Sirigorigo.