Unlike Egypt that is going away even from visa-on-arrival for individual travelers in May (read more here), Indonesia is extending the visa free travel from 15 to 45 countries in April.
Currently passport holders from 15 countries don’t need visa or visa-on-arrival to visit Indonesia and the citizens from the following countries can obtain visa-on-arrival for 30 days costing $35:
Algeria, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Rep., Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and USA.
Current visa free countries:
Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Chile, Hong Kong, Macao, Morocco, Peru, and Turkey.
The 30 new countries whose citizens no longer have to pay the $35 fee include (from Kompas.com access here):
China, Japan, South Korea, United States, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, Russia, Britain, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman and South Africa.
Getting the $35 visa-on-arrival has been just a way for the Indonesian government to collect some extra cash from the tourists and make them sometimes to wait 30 to 60 minutes at the “sticker” line especially at the Bali airport.
This is welcomed change and makes it easier for many to visit Indonesia, although the $35 fee hasn’t been a deterrent for me.
Difficult to see, however, how they could hit the Thailand’s tourism numbers in 5 years that their plan is. Indonesia would need to triple the number of incoming tourists that is practically impossible considering how congested the Bali is (where most of the tourists go).