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Kenya in Indonesia’s list of visa-free travel targeting 20 million tourists

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Balinese dancers perform during a New Year celebration in Indonesia’s resort  island of Bali  whose culture  is one of the most diverse in the world.  PHOTO | AFP

Balinese dancers perform during a New Year celebration in Indonesia’s resort island of Bali whose culture is one of the most diverse in the world. PHOTO | AFP 

By BRIAN NGUGI bnjoroge@ke.nationmedia.com

Posted  Tuesday, January 10   2017 at  19:28

In Summary

  • Kenyans are free to travel to Indonesia without tourist visas.
  • So far, tourists from 174 countries no longer need visas to enter the Asian nation.
  • Visa-free travel will only be available through five international airports in Jakarta, Medan, Batam, Bali and Surabaya.

According to the Export Promotion Council, the bi-lateral trade between Kenya and Indonesia is heavily in favour of Indonesia, with the trade balance rising from $272.6 million in 2007 to $327.3 million in 2009 and $491.4 million in 2011.

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Kenya’s exports to Indonesia amounted to $24.9 million and accounted for only 0.4 per cent of Kenya’s total exports in 2011.

The exports to Indonesia fluctuated over the period between 2007 and 2011 and the export products included soda ash, black tea, tobacco and products, sheep skin leather and dried leguminous vegetables. Imports from Indonesia amounted to $516.3 million in 2011 and accounted for 3.4 per cent of Kenya’s total imports.

The main import products include crude palm oil, industrial chemicals, refrigerator, yarns, natural rubber and paper and paperboard.

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