Turkey has officially imposed visa-free visas for tourists from Indonesia. In an official release on the website of the Turkish Embassy in Indonesia, the policy has officially been in effect since December 24, 2021.
“Considering the centuries-old brotherly relationship between Turkish citizens and Indonesians, as well as a form of strategic partnership between the two countries, Turkey has decided to revoke the visa requirements for Indonesian citizens traveling to Turkey,” the embassy statement said, quoted Friday (12/31). /2021).
The decision was based on Presidential Decree No. 4930 published on December 22, 2021 in the State Gazette of the Republic of Turkey. Under the regulation, Indonesian passport holders are exempt from visa requirements when visiting Turkey for vacation and transit.
Indonesian tourists are allowed to stay in Turkey for a maximum of 30 days under the regulation. “We believe that this friendly step taken by Turkey will enhance the brotherly ties that exist between our countries, and will help promote interpersonal relations and business relations,” the statement continued.
Previously, Turkey imposed an electronic visa for Indonesian citizens who wanted to travel to Turkey. Indonesian citizens who wish to obtain one must present a valid passport with a maximum expiration of 60 days prior to arrival, prepare an email address, register a debit and credit card to pay the visa fee, and show proof of accommodation bookings and round-trip tickets.
Indonesian citizens can also apply for a visa on arrival. However, the process is more complicated and time consuming.
One of the tourist destinations in Turkey that most attracts the attention of Indonesians is Cappadocia. The rock cliff area has been in the spotlight after being referred to as the dream destination of Kinan’s character in the Disconnected Kites series.
Quoted from the Global Liputan6.com channel, the name Cappadocia comes from the Persian word, Katpatuka, which means Beautiful Horse Country. Ancient sources mention gifts or tributes of horses from the region that were offered to the kings of ancient Assyria and Persia.
When Cappadocia was under Persian rule, horses were part of the tax paid. Locals today still value horses, which sometimes offer visitors an alternative mode of transportation.
The region of Cappadocia was formed during the tertiary period about 60 million years ago after a series of volcanic eruptions hit Central Anatolia. The eruption formed what are now known as fairy chimneys and others. The stunning scenery of the famous Cappadocia formed by volcanic erosion.
The volcanic eruptions that formed Cappadocia rained ash across the region. Over time, the ash hardens into tuff, which is covered by basalt. However, the soft, porous tuff fades over time and forms 130-foot pillars. His current appearance was like a mushroom-shaped hat on top of each pillar.
Apart from Cappadocia, Turkey also has the Hagia Sophia which was re-functioned as a mosque in July 2020. So far, this beautiful building has functioned as a museum.
“The reopening of Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia to a place of worship will not lose its identity, because it will always be a world historical heritage,” said Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin, as quoted by the Hurriyet Daily News, Friday, July 10, 2020.
Even though it is a place of worship, tourists can still visit it because Turkey still preserves the Christian icon there. “All our main mosques such as the Blue Mosque, Fatih Mosque and Suleymaniye, they are open to visitors and congregations,” Kalin said.
Kalin also cites examples of France’s iconic Notre Dame Cathedral and the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur, world-famous churches that are open to both tourists and congregants. “Opening the Hagia Sophia for worship does not stop local or foreign tourists from visiting this site,” said Kalın. “So, the loss of world heritage is unquestionable,” he added.