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Visa-on-arrival corruption

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Visa-on-arrival corruption

Well, now it seems as though the VOA guys have found another way of making money! According to the Justice and Human Rights Ministry (!) there are 'irregularities' between the issuance of VOA fees and the financial report of Denpasar Airport. The trick is to issue a visa for more than 7 days ($25) but payments are listed as only for a week ($10), so they make a clean $US15 profit each time they do it! According to the Jakarta Post, the head of Ngurah Rai Immigration office asked for an audit so it looks as though he was suspicious! They have the names of the officers who are responsible but don't know if they will discipline them internally or proceed with legal action. They believe there is U$292,000 discrepancy which is probably being optimistic!

You have to hand it to these guys - if there is a way of making money, they will find it!

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1. Re: Visa-on-arrival corruption

Ok, so do we pay $10USD or $25USD upon entering now?

Sanur Bali
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2. Re: Visa-on-arrival corruption

"They believe there is U$292,000 discrepancy which is probably being optimistic!"

You are spot on with that statement.

They have been trying to keep this story very quiet. It was headlines on a local television channel a few weeks back, however the story was never aired.

The original sum mentioned was much larger than the amount now being bantered around.

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3. Re: Visa-on-arrival corruption

The Visa on arrival prices havent changed. Still 2 types:

7 day visa US$10

30 day visa US$25

Ilab was just pointing out that some of the immagration staff have been charging the US$25 though only reporting back that they charged US$10. This would only rip off the traveler if they were only staying for 7 days or less and charging them for a 30 day visa. It would not effect anyone staying more than 7 days.

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yes a lot of travelers are being caught out. they have asked and paid for a $25 VOA but received a 7 day one instead. then when they depart they are being fined because they have 'overstayed' and forced to pay again despite arguing that they paid for a 30 day visa. this is just one scam. i have written many times about the scam where some of the officers are making money when tourists pay for their VOA in currencies other than USD. The whole VOA situation needs a major overhaul. imagine how much simpler it would be to abolish the VOA or include the VOA in the price of a plane ticket or pay it prior to departure.

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Apparently they are trying to implement an e-office system which will allow all immigration data to be integrated but are taking it in stages. The system so far only provides a database on the number of people arriving, who they are and what flight they arrived on. It has yet to accommodate the issuance of VOA or other short visit visa fees. I wonder how long that will take?

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6. Re: Visa-on-arrival corruption

How long is a piece of string?

Any changes would be gratefully received. They have to do something to help get us through the airport quicker. Paying for the Visa when purchasing our airline tickets would be a good idea and then the airline could pay our Visa electronically for us...the time waisted doing all this stuff is a nonsense.

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They should allow payments by credit card.

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There was a story in the UK media las week about Nepal's attempt to stop corruption among airport imigration/customs staff - the pockets have been taken out of their uniforms. The logic is that it's harder to take what you shouldn't if you don't have a handy pocket to slip it in.

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9. Re: Visa-on-arrival corruption

Ah, the holy countries. God rest the soul of Nepal.

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10. Re: Visa-on-arrival corruption

stop the corruption of immigration officials, good plan. Not so easy to put in place.

Ask the company to collect the VOA, guess who would be pocketing some...

Increase the Airport Fee or departure tax could be an option, except the exempt countries might not like it.

Might also want to get rid of the "Baggage Handlers" in the arrivals hall, some on the shop in Money changer lane before the door and I'm not even talking about departure....

As Gov Pastika wrote, Airport Operation need a major overhaul.