panorama destination

panorama destination

Destination: Indonesia
30 April 2022 | Written by Chris Alexander

A Message from Panorama Destination Indonesia 

Greetings from Indonesia! 

We’re delighted to provide you with the latest updates from Indonesia, as there’s plenty of good news to share. 

First of all, there will be no more need for PCR tests upon arrival for travellers on international flights, while free visa on arrival (VoA) services have also just been confirmed for travellers from ASEAN countries. Tourists from other selected countries can now also apply for the VoA at major international airports in Jakarta, Bali, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Manado, Medan and Makassar. 

There have been loads of travel restrictions lifted recently, as tourism in Indonesia continues steadily returning to normal. For those of us who live here, it’s come at an opportune moment, as the annual Eid Mubarak celebrations mark both the end of Ramadhan and an opportunity to go back to our home villages (Mudik Lebaran) after 2 years of pandemic restrictions that have stopped us from doing so. 

Now that tourism is back up and running, the Indonesian government is focusing its attention and resources on five priority destinations: Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Borobudur Temple in Central Java, Bromo Volcano in East Java, Komodo Island in Flores and Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara. All are ready to receive international tourists, and each one offers a unique experience. 

At Panorama Destination Indonesia, we’ve been busy recently, with a number of last-minute bookings over the past month or so. We already have clients arriving in Bali from India, Holland, Poland, Denmark and Malaysia. Our first big groups will be arriving in May 2022, from Holland and France. We can’t wait to welcome them to Indonesia!  

Also this month, we are planning to attend a number of travel fairs and promotional events, where we’ll be sharing the latest products and special offers from around the archipelago.  You can catch up with us online at the ATM Dubai 2022 virtual conference from 17-18 May. We hope to e-meet you there! 

Bali remains a massive attraction for the many travellers returning to Indonesia at the moment. To welcome them back to the Island of the Gods, we’ve created our Wake up in Bali program and the Bali Round Trip – both of which offer a fantastic introduction to this most magical of holiday destinations. 

Whether travelling to Indonesia or meeting us online in the month ahead, we look forward to catching up with you soon. In the meantime, if you should have any special requests or would like any more info, please do get in touch. 

Ricky Setiawanto,  

Director of Business Development, Panorama Destination Indonesia.

Destination digest: Indonesia news in brief 

A few bitesize news stories and tourism developments making the headlines in Indonesia in recent weeks: 

Tourists can now enter Indonesia visa free 

The Indonesian government has officially granted visa-free visits and Visas on Arrival (VoA) for foreign travellers. Under the new regulations, which came into effect from 6 April 2022, citizens from nine ASEAN countries can enter with visa-free visits, while special VKSK tours are also provided to foreigners from 43 countries. To be eligible, travellers must show a valid nationality passport (with a minimum six months’ validity), a return/onward ticket, proof of payment for VoA (IDR 500,000), according to the rules of the Indonesian Covid-19 Task Force. 

(source: Ministry of Immigration

Indonesia relaxes regulations, lifts quarantine  

The Indonesian government has lifted various travel restrictions in Java and Bali and waived quarantine requirements for all fully vaccinated foreign arrivals. Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno has stated the new policy was expected to help revive the country’s tourism industry and create new economic opportunities for locals. “The quarantine-free international entry policy will be expanded throughout Indonesia, requiring only entry PCR tests,” said the minister during a weekly press briefing last month. 

(source: Jakarta Post

Indonesia records a 151% rise in tourist arrivals in February  

In February, Indonesia recorded 18,460 foreign tourist arrivals – an increase of 151.98% compared to the previous year. This was also a 21.91% improvement on the previous month. According to the Indonesian Bureau of Statistics (BPS) the number of foreign travellers coming to Indonesia in the first two months of 2022 reached 33,593. Tourists from China were the most numerous in February (16.13%), followed by Russians (6.77%) and South Koreans (6.35%). 

(source: Travel Daily

Large numbers of Australians return to Indonesia  

Since Indonesia reopened its borders to international arrivals, the majority of those who have returned are Australian, according to a recent statement by Santiago Uno in a press briefing on 12 April. The minister is targeting 1.4 million foreign tourists from Australia in 2022, with Bali the main attraction for those making the trip. He is also encouraging all related stakeholders in the tourism and creative economy sectors to work together and help the ministry in reaching these targets. 

(source: Antara

To get all the latest news and developments from Indonesia, don’t forget to follow Panorama Destination across our social media channels: 

Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | Twitter