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The Imminent Imposition of a US$ 30-35 Visa Fee for Visitors from Most Nations Remains the Favorite Topic in our Current Mail Bag.

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The Visa Polemic

Olive Hickey, an Irish reader of the Bali Update wrote:

"I will arrive in Bali on the 24th of this month, will I be extended the usual 60 day visa or will it be reduced to 30 days by then?

I usually visit Bali twice a year for at least 50 days, as it's such a long distance to travel it would seem pointless for me to go for only 30 days plus the flight costs just the same. I sincerely hope your Government sees the error of their ways. I travel to Bali for health reasons as you've the ideal climatic conditions for my problem, however, if these new visa laws are introduced I would have to change my plans.

I would like to point out that I would have no problem in paying for a visa it just seems ludicrous to alter the amount of days one can stay."

Another reader added:

"This new legislation is an insult to intelligence and will only have as an immediate consequence to kill the hen laying the golden eggs. What would be a better way to once more make Indonesian legislation look ridiculous in the eyes of the rest of the world? Just feel sorry for those who in the country are really working hard and will soon be laid off because of inconsiderate decision making and sheer stupidity."

A reader in Australia, Michael Morrissey had this to say on the subject:

"This attitude is commonly called 'cutting off your nose to spite your face'. After the Bali bomb and recent Jakarta bombs, any reasonable Tourism Minister and his Department, in fact any reasonable bureaucrat, or politician, would be running a public relations exercise to attract more spending tourists to assist the balance of trade. Indonesia displays a remarkable lack of common sense and logic over the issue of visas. They don't want our patronage; ok their wish will come true very soon!! If fools run your foreign policy on this issue then the tourists you attract will only be fools, and they don't have much money. Good luck to the fools, bad luck for your friends and your tourist industry."

The Chairman of the Australia-Indonesia Business Council in Western Australia, Ross Taylor suggested:

"This levy (it is NOT a visa) will harm travel and tourism to Indonesia badly and it is not appropriate to apply this additional cost at this time.

For a standard family of four people, the levy will increase the holiday cost to a family by A$ 215.00 which we believe will harm inbound tourism to Bali dramatically."

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