The Bridge Between Nations
Unity in Diversity
I'm Israeli. I thought I couldn't go to Indonesia?
Israeli passports have always been allowed into Indonesia through a "calling visa" method. Israel has for many years been on an Indonesian visa blacklist along with a handful of other countries. It is the current stance of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry and the Indonesian Government that Indonesia will not open diplomatic channels with Israel until Palestine and Israel materialize peace. The calling visa is the visa that is designated by the Indonesian Government for citizens of countries that are on the Indonesian visa blacklist. The visa is approved on a "case-by-case" basis by the Indonesian Government. The "calling visa" varies in the number of days that it is valid for, and varies in restrictions and permissions that it grants to holders of the visa. All determinations on length of validity as well as permissions and restrictions are determined by the Indonesian Immigration on a "case-by-case" basis.
I'm Indonesian. I thought I couldn't go to Israel?
Israel is a country full of Jews, Muslims, Christians, people of all religious and cultural backgrounds. Likewise, Indonesia is home to the largest Muslim population in the world as well as 40 million Christians, tens of thousands of Jews, and people of all religious and cultural backgrounds. Currently the Israeli government restricts Indonesian travel to Israel to tour groups, student visas and business visas. The level of Indonesian tourism to Israel has been growing steadily over the past two decades. In 2017, over 40,000 Indonesian citizens traveled to Israel as tourists. Tourists to Israel from Indonesia also spend more money in Israel per day than any other nationality. The program called Taglit (Birthright Israel) now has fewer visitors to Israel annually than the number of tourists that visit Israel from Indonesia. Ironically, Taglit does not offer their trips to Jews living in Indonesia. Over 20,000 Jews are estimated to be living in Indonesia.