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PRESS RELEASE Tuesday, December 11, 2012

United States Committed to Facilitating Travel and Tourism

U.S. Ambassador Scot Marciel hosted travel professionals, business leaders, government officials, and media on December 11 to raise awareness of the ease of traveling to the United States and the diversity of American attractions and destinations. Ambassador Marciel said, “We are already seeing an increase in the number of travelers to the U.S. for business and education, and now the Embassy has introduced new initiatives to help make it even easier for Indonesians to travel to the U.S. for tourism. The United States is filled with world class tourist destinations, from Hawaii, to Los Angeles, to New York, and destinations in between.”   

As part of the Embassy’s commitment to support private partnerships with Indonesia the Receptive Services Association of America (RSAA), an association representing companies supporting inbound travel to the United States, and the Association of the Indonesia Tour & Travel Agencies (ASITA) signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on educational, marketing and networking activities. In addition, the Embassy has formed a Visit USA Committee in Indonesia, with leading partners, including Chartis Insurance, Panorama Tours, Smailing Tour, Edupac, Sheraton Surabaya Hotel & Towers, Jakarta International College, American Education Consortium, EF International Academy, RSAA, and ASITA.

Recent visa initiatives make it even easier for Indonesians to travel to the United States. During this year nine out of ten visa applicants successfully received a visa and passports are now returned by courier. A new interview waiver program expedites visa re-issuance without a personal interview for qualified applicants.  This program allows many Indonesians who have a previously issued U.S. visa to save both the time and expense of appearing in person for a visa interview.  For those applicants that do not qualify for the interview waiver program the Embassy continues to streamline the visa interview process.  Interview appointments are typically available in less than five working days and current appointment availability is posted on the Embassy’s website (http://jakarta.usembassy.gov/). 

This effort is part of the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership inaugurated by Presidents Obama and Yudhoyono in November 2010, our governments made increasing travel between Indonesia and the United States, including for tourism, a key priority. 

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