(Sept. 27, 2017) Regulations have come into effect this year in Indonesia that make it simpler for cruise ships and yachts to dock in the country’s ports; the changes include allowing them to register online. The purpose is to help the tourism industry and reach the Ministry of Tourism’s goal of 400 foreign cruise ships visiting the country in 2017. (Government Deregulates Several Policies for Foreign Cruise Ships, JAKARTA POST (Sept. 19, 2017).) Since the implementation of online registration, the number of private yachts arriving in the country has surpassed 2,000; in previous years the annual figure was under 1,000. (Id.)
In addition, according to Okto Irianto of the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs, regulations governing investment in tourism will be relaxed. These changes, he said, in conjunction with several 2015 regulations, have helped to increase tourism in Indonesia. (Id.)
2015 Tourism Regulations
Several regulations from 2015 have been key to boosting tourism, including by making it easier to visit many areas of Indonesia for those arriving by sea.
- Regulation of the President of the Republic of Indonesia Number 69, 2015, on Visa-Free Visits, Department of Transportation website (June 9, 2015), amended by Regulation of the President of the Republic of Indonesia Number 104, 2015 (Sept. 18, 2015) PERATURAN.GO.ID [government website with regulations] (click on pdf symbol to download) (both in Indonesian). The amendment added 75 countries to the list of nations whose citizens can enter Indonesia without a visa. The full implementation of these regulations took at least a year. (Government Deregulates Several Policies for Foreign Cruise Ships, supra; Constance Johnson, Indonesia: Plan to Extend Visa-Free Entry to More Foreigners, GLOBAL LEGAL MONITOR (Dec. 22, 2015).)
- A Ministry of Transportation regulation of 2015 was designed to facilitate tourism via foreign-flagged cruise ships. (Facilitating Tourism via Foreign-Flagged Cruise Ships (Aug. 19, 2015), Ministry of Transportation website (in Indonesian).) That regulation permits foreign passenger ships to take visitors on journeys within the country, stopping at major domestic ports, as part of an effort to boost tourism. The regulation does require that stops at domestic ports by foreign cruise ships be part of longer trips that both begin and end outside of Indonesia’s territorial waters. At the time the regulation was issued, it was also announced that at the major ports, ships carrying passengers would be given priority over those with cargo in being assigned berths. (Liberalizing Indonesia’s Cruise Sector, BALI DISCOVERY (Oct. 3, 2015).)