THE Directorate General of Immigration, Ministry of Law and Human Rights (Kemenkumham) of the Republic of Indonesia has started to implement an electronic payment policy for Visa on Arrival (e-VoA) and online e-Visa (payment gateway).

“Payment gateways are a joint effort to provide convenience for immigration services and to support the national investment climate,” said Acting Director General of Immigration at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, Widodo Ekatjahjana, recently.

This policy is in line with the issuance of Regulation No. 157/PMK.02/2022 by the Ministry of Finance which regulates the payment of Visa Non-Tax State Revenue (PNBP) within the Ministry of Law and Human Rights and is effective since November 4, 2022.

Widodo conveyed that this regulation inaugurated a payment gateway as a visa payment method, both e-VoA and e-Visa, after previously payments could only be made through billing codes and cash for VoA.

A payment gateway is a mechanism that reads and transfers payment information from the customer to the provider’s bank account. The system will capture data, ensure funds are available, and make payments.

“This payment gateway is specifically for visa payments. Currently it is possible to make payments via credit cards and debit mastercards, visas and JCB,” he said.

He is optimistic that this system will open up tourism and economic potential widely in Indonesia as well as become a milestone for the Directorate General of Immigration’s public service innovation.

Finally, the policy is believed to have an impact on the economy in the tourism sector, including facilitating multinational business agreements and having implications for the creation of new job opportunities.

“The application of the payment gateway in the visa system is intended to break the queue for visa-on-arrival payments at the bank counter,” he concluded. [sources/photo special]