Following the October bombing in Bali, in addition to the well-publicized closer scrutiny of those entering Bali via the island's two major seaports, foreign nationals resident in Bali are also coming under closer observation from the local civil authorities.
While Indonesian nationals are expected to possess local security cards (KTP) and demonstrate gainful employment in Bali in order to be allowed to remain for extended periods on Bali, foreign nationals staying in private residences are also open to closer security checks surrounding their presence here.
According to Dewa Nyoman Oka, the Badung government official in charge of civil registration, foreign nationals residing temporarily in Bali must posses proof of their registration as temporary residents (Surat Keterangan Pendaftaran Penduduk Sementara - SKPPS) as well as a proof of domicile (Surat Keterangan Tempat Tinggal - SKTP).
Marking the commencement of the program of closer enforcement of existing civil registration rules, 12 foreign residents in the Tanjung Benoa area of South Bali were recently audited for proper registration, primarily the possession of Permanent Resident's Permits (KITAP) or Temporary Resident's Permits (KITAS).
Under Bali's Badung Regency's regulations issued in 1998, enforcement teams including members of the local community have been formed to control residency issues.
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