As more and more travelers arrive on the Island of the Gods since its gradual reopening for international visitors, Bali tourism officials have suggested adding 18 more nationalities to be eligible for visas on arrival (VOA), such as tourists from China and India.
Other countries included on the list are Russia and Ukraine (yes, despite the war), Spain, Switzerland, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Poland, Morocco, Tunisia, Denmark, Belgium, and Hungary.
Passport holders for Taiwan and Hong Kong are also included in the recommendation.
“Naturally, we want visas on arrival for all nationalities, but it has to be done gradually,” said Bali Tourism Agency’s acting chief Tjok Bagus Pemayun yesterday.
Tourists from China and India, according to the Agency’s data, are traditionally among the top holidaymakers in Bali.
As of March 13, 595 foreign tourists have entered Bali with, Tjok Bagus added.
As previously reported, Indonesia this month reactivated its VOA program for travelers from 23 countries who want to visit Bali. Indonesia suspended VOA and visa-free entry at the onset of the pandemic two years ago.
As of now, travelers from Australia, the US, Netherlands, Brunei, Philippines, the UK, Italy, Japan, Germany, Cambodia, Canada, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, France, Qatar, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam, are eligible to enter Bali with a VOA.
Local outlets reported that Australian nationals make up the majority of VOA applicants in Bali, followed by travelers from Singapore, the US, Netherlands, and Malaysia.
Coincidentally, Jetstar Australia landed its first airline from Melbourne to Bali earlier this week carrying 271 passengers.