As many as 1,100 Japanese visitors, including businessmen, parliamentarians and government officials, have just arrived in Jakarta, as an evidence of cooperation on the visa-free policy between Indonesia and Japan.
The Japanese tourists are being led by the chairman of the Indonesia-Japan Parliamentary League, Toshihiro Nikai, Foreign Affairs Minister Retno LP Marsudi told ANTARA News here.
According to the minister, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) was scheduled to have a get together with these 1,100 Japanese tourists at a reception in Jakarta on Monday evening (Nov. 23).
The visit is aimed at increasing the people exchange programs between the two countries.
Indonesia has issued a policy which offers visa free facility to people in 75 countries for a short term visit to Indonesia.
Under the new policy, Indonesia offers a visa free facility for short term visits to those from South Africa, Algeria, the United States, Angola, Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, the Netherlands, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, Ghana, Hungary, India, Britain, Ireland, Island, Italy, Japan, and Germany.
Also, Canada, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Croatia, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Egypt, Monaco, Norway, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, France, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, China, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Seychelles, Cyprus, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Timor Leste, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vatican, Venezuela, Jordan, and Greece. (Antara)