The government on Saturday barred new foreign missionaries, saying the country has enough religious workers.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Religious Affairs said the action exempts foreign theologians who would train Indonesians.Foreign missionaries working in Indonesia for the last 10 years will be allowed to stay another year, the spokesman added.
"If they decide to stay, the opportunity will be opened to them to become Indonesian citizens through naturalization," he said.
About 700 foreign missionaries now work in Indonesia, down from 1,000 in 1982. About 78 percent of Indonesians are Moslem; 11 percent are Christian and smaller percentages are Buddhist and Hindu.