The Indonesian government is now looking to introduce by October 1st free visa on arrivals to Indian travellers in an effort to target a promising inbound travel market. Over the last five years, the total number of Indian travellers to Indonesia has grown from 159,373 in 2010 to 267,082 last year. This represents an increase of 67.6% over the period 2010-2014.
Granting free visa to Indian travellers should now be accompanied by the setting of non stop flights between India and Indonesia. No airline so far flies non-stop between both countries. Garuda Indonesia was planning to launch a flight between Jakarta and Mumbai last year but the airline suffered losses last year and decided to defer the launch of the new route. It just offers for now connections to India’s largest cities thanks to a code share service with Jet Airways in Singapore.
The Indonesian Government also hopes that the Indian government would allow a low cost carrier to serve the lucrative India-Bali market. Bali as a Hindu island is a popular destination for Indian travellers, particularly the wedding and honeymoon market.
Both combined initiatives -flights and free visa- could have an extremely positive effet: they would easily help total Indian arrivals to double to Indonesia in a time span of two to three years.