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New immigration checks revoked at Bali's airport DENPASAR - After angry complaints from arriving tourists compelled to stand in line at Bali's airport for up to four or more hours, the border control management (BCM) procedures requiring fingerprints and photos of arriving passengers have been ditched on instructions from the Minister of Justice and Human Rights.

In operation for only a week, the additional layer of bureaucracy of photographing and fingerprinting arriving tourist was added to the tasks of immigration officers already overwhelmed with administering a multi-step visa-on-arrival process. During peak traffic times at Bali's airports delays exceeding 4 hours were reported after the introduction of the new procedures.

On Monday, May 3, 2010, the fingerprinting and photography requirements were suspended until further notice reducing waiting time more normal parameters, but a still intolerable 2 hour period during peak traffic periods. The government has promised not to reintroduce the system until an adequate amount of equipment and personnel can be put in place to facilitate the smooth flow-through of arriving passengers.

Despite the hasty retreat by immigration authorities, criticism of the poor level of service provided to Bali's inbound visitors persists. Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya, the Chairman of the Bali Tourism Board, quoted in Radar Bali, said the short-lived BCM measures did damage to Bali's tourism industry. Wijaya said the now-abandoned police had little use and was just the latest in a list of "sloppy" actions performed by the agency in charge of guarding the nation's gateways.


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Posted in Tourism @ 09 May 2010 02:12 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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