Making good on PM Modi’s promise, India now offers free e-Visa for Indonesians

Indian PM Narendra Modi (left) shaking hands with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during the former’s state visit to Indonesia on May 30, 2018. Photo: Twitter/@Kemlu_RI
Indian PM Narendra Modi (left) shaking hands with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during the former’s state visit to Indonesia on May 30, 2018. Photo: Twitter/@Kemlu_RI

When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid Indonesia a visit last month, many Indonesian travelers were excited by his promise of free 30-day tourist visas for Indonesian citizens.

Well, it turns out we got something doubly better than that. Through the Embassy of India in Indonesia’s official website, it was announced that, effective June 18, 2018, Indonesian nationals are eligible for free e-Visas to enter India.

The e-Visa comes in three forms: for tourists, business, and medical. All are valid for 60 days with the first two categories allowing for double entry while the medical e-Visa allows for triple entry.

However, unlike “visa-free entry”, Indonesian travelers wishing to go to India must go through a whole online application process and receive the e-Visa, which is free of charge,  via email. The traveler’s passport must also be valid for at least six months upon entry to India.

For more information on India’s e-Visa and to apply, click here.

If Indonesian travelers still want to go the old-fashioned physical visa route, they must pay IDR1.32 million (US$94.80) for a six-month tourist visa.

Indian tourists have been eligible for free 30-day tourist visas to Indonesia since 2015, meaning that any application for a visa before arriving in Indonesia for a short visit is unnecessary.

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