During the 19th ASEAN Summit in Bali in November 2011, the ASEAN Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to continue and accelerate the easing of visa requirements for ASEAN nationals through the full implementation of the 2006 ASEAN Framework Agreement for Visa Exemption. The Leaders also noted the importance of the initiative to develop an ASEAN Common Visa for non-ASEAN nationals in the future to our ASEAN Community building process, as well as to ASEAN’s greater integration and contribution to the global community. The Leaders, therefore, tasked the relevant Ministers to undertake a comprehensive study to identify the necessary time line towards the establishment of an ASEAN common visa for submission to the 23rd ASEAN Summit for its consideration.
The 23rd ASEAN Summit held in Bandar Seri Begawan in October 2013 welcomed the continued efforts in considering the proposal for an ACV for non-ASEAN nationals and acknowledged that Indonesia has convened two regional workshops to explore this initiative. The Leaders, therefore, encouraged the relevant officials to further deliberate on ACV.At the 18th DGICM held in Bandar Seri Begawan in September 2014 on the feasibility on the establishment of an Ad Hoc Working Group under the auspices of the DGICM. Indonesia tabled a draft TOR of the Ad Hoc Working Group on ASEAN Common Visa (AHWG on ACV) for ASEAN Member States’ consideration.
The 20th DGICM held in Bali in September 2016 agreed on the establishment of the AHWG on ACV and the TOR of the AHWG on ACV was adopted ad referendum by the DGICM on 24 September 2016.
At the 3rd AHWG on ACV held back-to-back with the 22nd DGICM on 6 August 2018 in Kuala Lumpur agreed to defer the discussion on the development of the ACV to a later stage when all ASEAN Member States are ready to implement it. The AHWG on ACV would therefore be discontinued. However, the Meeting also welcomed Malaysia’s proposal for a Basic e-Visa Portal that may lay the groundwork for the future ACV development. The proposed name for this basic e-visa portal is THE ASEAN WINDOW. This portal would be equipped with the links that could redirect the visitors to the respective ASEAN Member States’ visa application websites.
This Concept Paper outlines the objectives, proposed contents, Access of Web Portal Issue of Ownership of Domain, Stages of Development, Accessibility, Administrator and Maintenance, Customer Care Module, Financial Cost
The objectives of the Basic Visa Portal is host basic information for individuals, who wishes to apply an entry visa into any of the ASEAN Member States, the Portal is expected to lay the foundation for developing an ACV in the future.