Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marty Natalegawar said recently that ASEAN countries are beginning to plan out common visa system for countries in the region.
This plan is going to be put into reality in 2015, together with the setup of the ASEAN Community. “There should be special efforts for this plan to become a reality because each country has different visa issuance regime”, said Mr Natalegawar.
ASEAN visa is to some extent similar to that of Europe, accordingly citizens from a country outside of the region who have ASEAN visa in hand could travel to any member country. For eg., a person who holds in hand Vietnam visa could travel to Thailand with this Vietnam visa without any hassle or trouble.
It would take time for ASEAN countries to adjust their visa issuance process before this common visa is put into reality. This plan is no longer an idea but has been put into discussion already.