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Indonesia: Rules for Foreign Cruise Ships Liberalized

(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.