BALI UPDATE #385 - 26
Short Guide to Visas
Bali Discovery Tours
Summary of the Ins and Outs of National Visa Policy.
A Short Guide To Indonesian Visas
Effective February 1, 2004, Indonesia will introduce
wide ranging changes in the national visa-free
and visa on arrival system. We've tried to summarize
those changes here for your convenience.
Visa Free on Arrival
In the past the nationals of 48 nations were given
a 60-day stay (visa free) upon arrival at an Indonesian
Under the new rules effective February 1, 2004:
Only 11 countries and territories will be eligible
for a "Visa Free" facility, they are: Thailand,
Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, Philippines,
Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, Chile, Morocco, Peru
Nationals of the aforementioned countries and
territories will be issued with a 30-day stay
permit without charge upon presentation of a valid
passport with 6 months remaining validity.
The Visa Free Facility is not extendable or
convertible into another type of visa.
Visa on Arrival
Beginning February 1, 2004, the nationals of 21
countries will be able to obtain a "Visa on Arrival"
processed at the gate of entry following the payment
of an official fee.
The citizens of 21 countries and territories
eligible to purchase visas on arrival are: the
United States, Australia, South Africa, Argentina,
Brazil, Denmark, United Arab Emirates, Finland,
Hungary, United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Germany,
Canada, South Korea, Norway, France, Poland, Switzerland,
New Zealand, and Taiwan.
The citizens of the aforementioned countries
must hold a passport with at least 6 months remaining
validity at the time of arrival, present a completed
embarkation/disembarkation card provided by the
airlines, be able to demonstrate they have sufficient
means to live during their stay in Indonesia,
not be listed on any official blacklist of individuals
prohibited from entering the country, and pay
the stipulated fee to obtain a visa.
The Visa on Arrival fee for citizens of eligible
countries is US$ 25 for a 30 day visa and US$
10 for a 3 day visa.
The Visa on Arrival is non-extendable and cannot
be converted into another class of visa.
Immigration authorities promise the visa purchasing
system will take no more than 3-5 minutes per
applicant. 6 payment counters, a bank and a money
changer have been set up to process payments.
Once payment is completed the tourist will proceed
to an immigration counter for final inspection
of documents and visa issuance.
Visa on Arrival at Limited Gateways
Initially, the visa on arrival facility will only
be available at the following international gateways:
Airports: Medan, Pekanbaru,
Padang, Jakarta, Surabaya, Bali and Manado.
Seaports: Batam, Tanjung Uban
(Bintan), Belawan (Medan), Sibolga (Sumatra),
Dumai, Teluk Bayar (Padang, Sumatra), Padang Bai
(Bali), and Jayapura (Papua).
Applying for Visas Before Arrival
Citizens of countries not included on a visa-free
or visa-on-arrival lists must apply for a visa
overseas before arriving in Indonesia. Citizens
of any country wishing to stay more than 30 days
must also apply for an appropriate visa at their
nearest Indonesian Embassy or Consulate before
traveling to Indonesia.
A certain number of special facilities are being
introduced in connection with the new visa policy,
Tour Agents are able to arrange express handling
for groups at no additional charge by presenting
the completed immigration cards, passports and
applicable visa fee.
Passengers who overstay their visa period for
a short period of time can be processed immediately
at the airport by paying US$ 20 for every day
they "overstayed" their 30 day visa.
Airlines that experience technical difficulties
or delayed flights can apply for their passengers
to be exempted from paying any "overstay" penalties.
At present their are six types of visas granted
to foreigners in Indonesia:
Temporary Resident Visas
Permanent Residence Visas
Special dispensations for Ships' crews
Free Visas on Arrival
Visas issued on arrival for a fee.
Within the category of Visitor Visa there are
4 classes of visitor visas:
Sosial Budaya Visas - literally
a Social-Cultural visa usually issued to visit
families and dependents, for individuals to visit
a social organization with which they have an
affiliation, and to those involved in cultural
exchanges of training programs.
Business Visas typically issued
to business people on short term work assignments,
negotiations, or training assignments.
Tourist Visas available to
nationals of countries not eligible for a free
visa on arrival or a visa issued on arrival for
a fee and issued to visit tourism sites or assist
in the facilitation of foreign tourists visiting
Visitor Visas for those on Government
Service issued to the employees of foreign
governments and international organizations on
assignment in Indonesia or private foreign contractors
employed by the Indonesian government.
Limited Stay Permits are given
to individuals holding limited validity entry
permits including children and dependent of foreigners
on temporary resident visas and the Indonesian-born
children of an Indonesian mother.
Permanent Stay/Residency Permits
are given to the Indonesian-born children of foreigners
holding permanent residency in Indonesia and foreigners
who successfully apply for permanent residency
Special Dispensation for Ship's Crews
A special category of stay permit for foreigners
employed as crews on foreign registered ships
and oil platforms.
The above information is only meant as a general
guide to visas available to foreigners in Indonesia.
Complete details on immigration requirements can
be obtained from the Consular Section of your
nearest Indonesian Embassy.
Visa Fee to Fund Terrorism Fight
Minister Pledges Fee Will Go When Situation Returns to 'Normal.'
Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for the Economic Affairs, Mr. Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti, told a meeting of tourism industry leaders that part of the funds collected from the unpopular pay-for-visa system to be introduced on February 1, 2004, would be used to help fund the Nation's battle on terrorism.
Quoted in the English-language Jakarta Post, the Minister also assured the tourism players that the visa program was only a temporary measure and would be dropped "when the situation is back to normal." According to the press report "normal" is defined by when terrorists cease to be a threat to national security.
Responding to the Minister's comments, Mr. Ben Sukma, Chairman of the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies (ASITA) insisted that funding the war on terror should not be the burden of the tourism sector and should, instead, be funded from the state budget.
Minister Ardika to
Review Visa on Arrival Policy
If Overall Effect
of Policy Hurts Tourism Government Pledges Fees
Will be Revoked.
Although the changes in the visa policy that will
see the nationals of many countries pay US$ 25
for a 30 day visa upon arrival in Indonesia seems
certain to go ahead on February 1, 2004, Indonesia's
Minister of Culture and Tourism, I Gede Ardika,
has promised that the Government will cancel the
charges if it is demonstrated that the visa policy
has hurt tourism.
Speaking to reporters in Jakarta, the Minister
said that following an initial six month introduction,
the policy and its effect on the tourism sector
would be reviewed.
Opposition from Industry Leaders Continues
The Chairman of the Association of Indonesian
Tour and Travel Agents (ASITA) Mr. Ben
Sukma, was quoted in the Indonesian-language Bisnis
Indonesia, saying, "there is certain
to be a downturn in tourism visitors. We are not
sure how many, but the government tourist arrival
targets for the year will not be met." Because
of this, Sukma has promised to continue to lobby
for a delay or repealing of the unpopular pay-for-visa-on-arrival
Government by Trial and Error
Bali's travel leaders continue to participate
in the chorus opposed to the immigration policy
change. Mr. Putu Agus Antara, Chairman of the
Bali Tourism Board and Mr. Agung
Prana, Chairman of the Bali chapter of ASITA
have termed the visa policy as government by
trial and error. While accepting that the
new policy is largely a fait accompli,
they have urged the government to waste no time
in repealing the measure if it is proven to adversely
reduce arrivals or if the Government fails to
deliver on its promise to process the purchased-visas
in 2-5 minutes per foreign visitor.
Figures that Don't Add Up
As reported in past articles at balidiscovery.com,
the economics of the new visa policy just don't
Consider the following:
The Government is targeting 5 million visitors
Assume that 2 million of that total come from
countries required to pay a US$ 25 visa fee on
arrival; the gross receipts of revenues collected
by the Government will total US$ 50 million.
Divide US$ 50 million by US$ 1,000, which is
the estimated average spend of a tourist visiting
the country. The resulting figure of 50,000 is
the number of tourist that must be lost from arrival
totals to result in a zero sum game between
visa fees collected and foreign exchange lost
through tourist spending.
Thus, a loss of anything more than 1% in total
tourist arrivals resulting from the new visa policy
means the national economy will come up a loser.
Avian Influenza Cases
Confirmed in Indonesia
Press Reports Cases
Confirmed in 9 Provinces.
According to reports in the English-language Jakarta
Post (26/1), the Director General for
Animal Husbandry has publicly admitted that cases
of avian influenza are present in Indonesia
since August 29. Avian influenza is a deadly
epidemic for poultry populations; it's variant
affecting human beings is commonly referred to
as bird flu.
While mentioning that cases of infection among
poultry populations have been confirmed in 9 provinces,
the Director General, Mr. Sofian Sudjarat, said
that there is no evidence of the disease having
spread to Indonesia's human population.
The latest statements from the Government are
at variance with earlier reports that have attributed
the death of millions of chickens in East Java
and Bali over the past three months to New
Castle Disease, which while deadly to poultry
is believed to pose no threat to human beings.
Because the disease has only affected bird populations,
officials are refusing to say bird flu
exists in Indonesia.
The Jakarta Post suggested a
possible cover up in official's handling of the
disease when they quoted Mr. Marthen Malole, a
researcher at the Bogor Institute of Agriculture,
who said the government had refused to make the
disease public following pressure from certain
multinational companies involved in the poultry
Mr. Marthen has been involved in bird flu
research in West Java since September.
Mr. Sofian Sudjarat has denied these charges,
saying that laboratory test results confirming
avian influenza only became available to
the Government on Thursday, January 22, 2004.
According to the Directorate cases of avian
influenza have been confirmed in 9 provinces
and 17 regencies across the country, including
Central Java, East Java, West Java, Yogyakarta,
Lampung, Bali, Banten, South Kalimantan, East
Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan.
No human infections of bird flu have been
identified in Indonesia, unlike Thailand and Vietnam
where a number of human patients have been diagnosed
and several victims have succumbed to the disease.
Bali's 9-1-1 Center
Response Center Now in Operation.
On Monday, January 19, 2004, Indonesia's Chief
of Police, General Da'I Bachtiar, traveled to
Bali to formally inaugurate the Bali Public
Safety Services 9-1-1 Emergency Response Center.
Housed in an impressive physical structure costing
Rp. 250 billion (approximately US$ 29.4 million)
the 3-storey facility has at its heart a command
center equipped with data screens, remote
camera monitoring systems, and the latest communications
Dial 112 Not 911
Modeled on similar systems in operation in the
U.S.A., Europe, and Australia - any resident of
Bali can now dial "112" (not "911," despite
the name) and operators/facilitators manage a
response by police, fire services and ambulances
promised to happen all within minutes.
GPS Positioning System
As part of the new capabilities for heightened
response by local police a total of 57 police
patrol cars are now outfitted with Global Positioning
Systems (GPS), allowing senior officers at
the Center to instantly know the exact location
of the nearest patrol car to an emergency scene.
According to local press reports, the GPS positioning
system is also linked to a special hand phone
carried by the Chief of Police for Bali, allowing
him to instantly monitor his officers' deployment
in the field.
Remote Surveillance Cameras
Police will also be able to monitor around the
clock a number of areas around the island through
the installation of remote cameras with real
time links to the Control Center. Initially
16 surveillance points are in operation including
the Ubung Bus terminal, Kuta Beach, Kuta Square,
Jalan Sudirman, Jalan Diponegoro, and the work
areas of various elements of the police force.
Funds to build the Emergency Call Center were
provided by Indonesia's Ministry of Social Welfare
as part of the response following the terrorist
attack of October 12, 2002.
Certification Program for Bali Restaurants
List of "Healthy Restaurants" to be Released to Public.
The Bali Tourism Authority (BTA) has launched a "Healthy Restaurant Campaign" in order to upgrade the hygiene and health standards of local restaurants and provide assurances to tourists visiting the island.
The voluntary system of screening will see dining establishments undergo inspections every three months of their ice and water supply; and food, equipment and staff health reviews every six months.
According to Dr. I Gde Pitana, the Chief of the BTA, of the 370 restaurants formally registered in Bali, 92 have already joined the certification program. Dr. Pitana also pointed out that restaurants in all star-rated hotels already hold health and hygiene certifications.
Those restaurants having passed the health certification process will have their names published in a directory published by the BTA and at the BTA's Website.
Counter Terrorism Meeting in Bali February 4-5
Ministers from 23 Regional Powers Expected to Attend.
Ministers from 23 Asia-Pacific countries, six international organizations, and representatives of the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Australia are all expected to attend a meeting on counter terrorism scheduled to be held in Bali February 4-5, 2004.
The meeting, co-sponsored by the Indonesian and Australian Governments, was agreed to by both governments just days after the July 29, 2003 bombing of the JW Marriott Hotel in Jakarta that left 12 dead and many others injured.
The meeting will mark the opening of a counter
terrorism center in Indonesia funded by Australia
and Indonesia and is expected to explore ways
to increase cooperation in the war on terror among
law enforcement and intelligence agencies. The
meeting will also reportedly draft an agreement
for the establishment of a central forensic laboratory
and anti-terror training center.
APEC & Interpol Cooperate to Combat Terrorism
Bali Meeting Reviews Counter Terrorism Plan for the Region.
At an Interpol Executive Police Conference on Counter Terrorism just concluded in Bali, the Chair of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) outlined the region's plan to build capacity of regional economies to improve security.
Ambassador Makarim Wibisono told the meeting of senior police officers in Bali that APEC's counter terrorism programs start with identifying the needs of developing economies to build their capacity to counter the terrorist threat.
"The need to strengthen the institutional capacity of governments to combat terrorism is essential for protecting the people and economy of the Asia Pacific region," Ambassador Wibisono told the conference.
"These needs are being coordinated between the APEC Counter Terrorism Task Force and international organizations such as Interpol and the ADB to match each economy's unique situation.
"APEC's programs aim to strengthen security against terrorist threats while simultaneously boosting trade efficiency."
"APEC Member Economies have prepared individual Counter Terrorism Action Plans listing specific counter terrorism objectives. These plans are now being analyzed by APEC working groups to identify gaps in the region's counter terrorism capacity and to seek ways to strengthen security in these areas.
"APEC supports the efforts of law enforcement and other security officials by working with other international organizations and helping to build political will for the implementation of new security standards.
"APEC initiatives to protect critical infrastructure, track terrorist finances and prevent the movement of terrorists across borders is contributing to the work of law enforcement agencies. These measures are aiding governments in their efforts to apprehend terrorists and to prevent attacks from taking place."
APEC has 21 members - referred
to as "Member Economies" - which account for more
than 2.5 billion people, a combined GDP of 19
trillion US dollars and 47% of world trade. It
also represents one of the most economically dynamic
regions in the world having generated nearly 70%
of global economic growth over the past 10 years.
An Evening with Winemaker Sergio Carlei
Renowned Victoria, Australia, Winemaker in an Evening of Italian Food and Italian-Styled Wines at Bali's Amanusa Resort.
Sergio Carlei is a "new Australian" who emigrated with his wife, Mary, from Calabria and only recently began his commercial plunge into viticulture, starting from a simple mud-brick house he built next to his winery in Upper Beaconsfield, just east of Melbourne.
Sergio's path to wine-making fame has followed a most circuitous route. Although coming from a family with a wine-making tradition, his initial career in Australia was as a petro-chemist. Concerns regarding the health risk posed by toxins, caused him to later turn his talents to chiropractic medicine, nutrition, and small-scale winemaking.
In 1996, Sergio was diagnosed as suffering from cancer, causing him to embark on the battle of his lifetime to detoxify his body and his environment. With his cancer going into remission two years later, his battle was a seeming success with Sergio explaining, "chemicals in the vineyard are the problem, not what's done in the winery."
Understandably, The Green Vineyards approach to winemaking emphasizes organic wines and quality for, indeed, life is too short to drink bad wine. His vines are grown without artificial fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides and with a reliance on biodynamics - a process that uses nature's cycles to enhance a wine's flavor.
Producing under The Green Vineyards and The Carlei Estate labels, Sergio Carlei's wines are winning distinctions and honors unusual for wines that trace their roots to only 1997. The Carlei Estate 1998 Shiraz has won gold medals for two consecutive years at the Southern Victoria Wine Show and US Wine & Spirit Magazine judged the 1998 Green Vineyard Shiraz as the 3rd best Australian Shiraz.
An Evening of Italian Cuisine and Sergio Carlei's Wine
Amanusa Resort is presenting Sergio Carlei's Italian-style wines and selected wines from Primo Estate in concert with an Italian menu created by Chef Marcel on Wednesday, January 28, 2004.
Chicken liver crostini, grilled asparagus, buffalo mozzarella and garlic, chili marinated olives
2003 Primo Estate 'la biondina' Colombard
Zuppa di peperoni con camperi all' olio di basilico
Roasted garlic, yellow capsicum soup with sautéed prawns and basil oil
Caramella pasta di porcini e ricotta all' olio di tartuffo biancoFilled pasta with ricotta, porcini mushrooms served with white truffle oil
2001 Carlei 'Green Vineyards' Chardonnay
Saltimbocca di pollo con risotto milanese
Chicken saltimbocca with parma ham, sage and saffron risotto
2000 Carlei 'Green Vineyards' Shiraz
Semifreddo di noci con salsa a caffè
Slice of hazelnut and pistachio nut parfait served with coffee anglaise
Coffee or tea
Soft almond and lemon biscotti
Bookings and Reservations
Bookings for this culinary event are available at Rp. 550,000 (approximately US$ 65) per person all inclusive. Reservations or more information can be requested via the e-mail link below or by calling the Amanusa Resort at ++62-(0)361-772333 (extension 702).
Aperitifs in the bar commencing from 7 p.m. with dinner in The Restaurant at 8 p.m.
Potential Electrical Crisis Looms
Power Supplies Under Critical Strain for Java-Bali Through April 2004.
Officials at the State Power Company (PLN) are on tenterhooks, praying no major breakdowns in the Java-Bali power grid before the introduction of new power-producing capacity comes on line in April 2004.
Power Demand at a Maximum
Current power demand levels of 800 megawatts are threatening the stated reserves of only 600 megawatts. PLN officials are confident that they can distribute power and avoid blackouts providing no major failures occur in their power production infrastructure.
PLN is asking consumers and the commercial sector to conserve power use wherever possible to reduce the overall strain on the power grid.
More Power Available in April 2004
A new gas-powered electricity generation plant is currently being built by Siemens at Muara Tawar on Java. That plant, expected to commence operation in April 2004 will bring much needed additional 800 megawatts of reserve power for Java-Bali.
The Search For Power
At present some 2.5 million potential new customers for power hook-ups are on a waiting list nationwide. Once these customers are connected to PLN an anticipated 500 megawatts will be needed to those living on Java and Bali.
Bali Industry Prepares for ITB Berlin
Tourism Players Encouraged to Attend Major Travel Show in Germany March 12-16, 2004.
With the assistance of the Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Bali Tourism Authority and Bali Village, representatives of the Nation's tourism hotels and tour companies are endeavoring to make a strong showing at the Internationale Tourismus-Börse (ITB) 2004 to be held in Berlin, March 12-16, 2004.
Indonesia will have its own pavilion in Hall 26 (Stand 209) at the show and has adopted a Central Java theme featuring the ancient Borobudur temple in an exhibition area covering 690 square meters.
Representatives from Lombok, Sumbawa, Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, North Sumatra, Sulawesi and Bali have already registered to participate in the stand available to Indonesian tourism players at Euro 1,100 for Company's wishing to have a private table and only Euro 750 for those prepared to share.
Strong Bali Showing Expected
While registration is still open via the Bali Village Office, some 28 Bali travel organizations have already registered to take part, including: Sol Melia Indonesia, White Rose Hotel & Spa, Tour East Indonesia, Accor Hotels Bali Lombok, Balihai Resorts & Spa, Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Bagus Discovery Bali, Pacto Tours, Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel & Villas, Keraton Jimbaran Resort Bali, Limbunan Tours & Travel Service, Le Meridien Nirwana Golf & Spa Resort Bali, Panorama Tours DMC, Marintur, Legian Beach Hotel, Sheraton Laguna Nusa Dua, Hilton International in Indonesia, Alila Hotels and Resorts, Inna Hotel Group, Resort Seminyak, Harris Resort Kuta, Bali Niksoma Boutique Beach Resort, Go Vacations Indonesia, Hard Rock Bali, Villa Lumbung, Nikko Bali Resort & Spa, Archipelago Resort, Camplung Sari Hotel.
Participants in the Indonesian booth at ITB will also be featured in a Travel Mart and Exhibition and on-air live broadcast with Jazz Radio Berlin; an Indonesian Press Conference scheduled for Friday, March 12, 2004; a business breakfast (tentative) on Monday, March 12, 2004; and a cocktail gathering at the Indonesian pavilion on Monday, March 15, 2004.
Registration Still Open
Bali travel operators wishing to participate in the Indonesian Pavilion should contact Bali Village at the e-mail link provided below or by calling ++62-(0)361-2888878 or facsimile ++62-(0)361-289427.