Patrons are seen inside a coffee shop in Bali, Indonesia, March 2022. Photo by Reuters

The Indonesian government has permitted foreigners to apply for a visitor visa or extend their visa online as Southeast Asia’s largest economy seeks to bolster tourism recovery post pandemic.

Starting January 26, foreigners can apply for a tourist visa through the website without a sponsor, Director General of the Directorate General of Immigration Silmy Karim said, according to the Antara news agency.

Earlier, foreigners were required to have a local sponsor in Indonesia to apply for their e-visa.

Indonesia eyes 7.4 million international arrivals this year, double the number last year.

Vietnam is offering a 30-day single-entry e-visa service for citizens from 80 countries and territories, including major economies such as the United States and Australia.


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