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Indonesia decided to remove Pakistan from a list of countries that requires special approval from Minister of Law and Human Rights or Calling Visa, but the official ministerial decree is yet to be issued

Recently Indonesia decided to remove Pakistan from a list of countries that requires special approval from Minister of Law and Human Rights or Calling Visa. Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Wiranto, confirmed the decision and said that the removal of Pakistan from Calling Visa list has been reviewed by a panel of visa reviewer comprising authorities in national intelligence, security, and concerned ministries.

After considering economic relations between Pakistan and Indonesia and low criminal involvement record by Pakistan citizens in Indonesia, the Calling Visa requirement for Pakistan is revoked. Hopefully with the ease of getting regular visa for Pakistan citizens, it will boost economic, social and cultural relations between the countries. Now, Pakistan citizen may apply visa to Indonesia through any Indonesian embassy or general consulate around the globe without the hassle of obtaining sponsor from Indonesia and waiting for Minister’s approval.

Previously, calling visa is a special visa that requires a special approval from Minister of Law and Human Rights through Directorate General of Immigration. Countries that are listed in Calling Visa list are considered as posing potential risks to Indonesia. The risks may be in the aspect of ideology, political, economic, social, cultural, defense and security as well as immigration aspect that may be a problem in Indonesia.

According to Directorate General of Immigration website, currently there are 10 (ten) countries listed on Calling Visa list, they are:

  1. Afghanistan;
  2. Guinea;
  3. Israel;
  4. North Korea;
  5. Cameroon;
  6. Liberia
  7. Niger;
  8. Nigeria:
  9. Pakistan; and
  10. Somalia.

Though Pakistan has been confirmed by Coordinating Minister Wiranto as has been removed from the list, the official ministerial decree is yet to be issued in order to implement the mentioned policy

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