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Carrying passport in Bali

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Carrying passport in Bali

Hi all

I read that under Indonesian law, you must carry identification (an Australian passport, Kartu Ijin Tinggal Sementara (KITAS) or Residents Stay Permit) at all times.

So does that mean on you at all times or just have it available, say in your room safe and be able to produce it if required?

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1. Re: Carrying passport in Bali

I just carry around a photo copy of my passport and have never had an issue.

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2. Re: Carrying passport in Bali

same here, no problems. Also use the photocopy for hotel check ins as well.

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3. Re: Carrying passport in Bali

I have a photocopy page with all the families passports on the one page so will just carry that.

Also i have read that if you are staying in a private residence (not a hotel), you are required to register with the local Rukun Tetangga (RT) Office and the local police when you arrive.

Does the villa owner normally do that?

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4. Re: Carrying passport in Bali

I'm probably like most tourists, I have never carried my passport/copy with me.

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The villa owner will register you. I also only carry a copy of my passport.

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"...with the local Rukun Tetangga (RT) Office and the local police when you arrive.Does the villa owner normally do that?"

When we checked in, the manager at the villa office took down the passport details of each member of our family and filled up form, one for each member and we had to sign on them. I guess he would have submitted them to the relevant authorities.

I avoid carrying original passports while sightseeing. If the hotel room has a safe, I keep the original passports inside the safe and only carry photocopy while sightseeing. Can be nothing worse than losing passport while in a foreign country.

Edited: 23 July 2013, 03:56
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7. Re: Carrying passport in Bali

I leave my passport at the hotel and have never even carried a copy - although reading this I'm starting to think maybe I should.

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8. Re: Carrying passport in Bali

Never carried my passport around with me, haven't had any problems.

If you want to, you can photocopy your passports and bring them with you like people above have suggested.

Would not recommend carrying your real passport around with you, if you are mugged / loose it you will run into a lot of problems.

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9. Re: Carrying passport in Bali

I don't carry my passport or a copy and have never had the need to and have never been asked to produce it - except on check In

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10. Re: Carrying passport in Bali

We have a photo of our passports on our mobile phones.Too easy.