The Atambua Immigration Office in Belu Regency, NTT has officially implemented a free visit visa (BVK) for foreign nationals from Timor Leste who enter Indonesia via NTT.
“This visit visa-free application will take effect on Monday 13 February 2023 and further evaluation will still be carried out,” said the Head of the Class IIA Immigration Office at the Atambua Immigration Checkpoint, KA Halim.
Halim explained, the determination of this policy was based on a circular letter from the Directorate General of Immigration at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights regarding immigration policies regarding electronic visit visa on arrival (E-VOA), visit visa on arrival (VOA) and visit visa free (BVK) services to support sustainable tourism during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Furthermore, to Semesta, he explained that the Indonesian government had increased the number of countries that were granted Visa Free Visit (BVK) facilities from 9 countries to 10 countries.
These countries include Timor Leste, Brunei Darussalam, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.
Thus, he said, citizens from Timor Leste who entered Indonesian territory through NTT would also receive BVK facilities.
This facility, he emphasized, is used to carry out activities which include tourist visits, government duties, business talks, purchasing goods, meeting visits, and transit.
“This visa-free visit has a maximum period of 30 days and cannot be extended,” he said.
The application of BVK facilities to foreign nationals also takes into account requirements such as a valid national passport and is valid for at least 6 months. In addition, a return ticket or canal ticket to continue the trip to another country.
Timor Leste citizens who will enter Indonesian territory, he said, can go through the Immigration Checkpoints which are in the work area of the Atambua Class Immigration Office, namely the Mota’ain Cross-border Post (PLBN) in Belu Regency, the Wini PLBN in North Central Timor Regency. , and PLBN Motamasin in Malacca District.
Halim added, with this policy it was hoped that it would increase foreign tourist visits to Indonesia so that it could stimulate the economies of regions including the Indonesia-Timor Leste border region.
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