During an interview with CNA, Arief said Taiwan is a potential target of Indonesia’s efforts to promote international tourism to his country and is likely to become a member of the visa-waiver program.
He said negotiations between the tourism authorities of Indonesia and Taiwan have been very smooth.
A total of 90,000 Taiwanese nationals visited Indonesia in the first half of this year, and the minister expressed the hope that Taiwanese visitor arrivals to Indonesia will reach 200,000 for the whole year.
So far, citizens of 45 countries are allowed to travel to Indonesia visa free and may stay for up to 30 days.
Among the most recent 30 countries included in the visa waiver program in June were China, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and the United States.
(By Chou Yung-chieh and Y.F. Low)