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Bali Immigration Chief Promises to Fire Corrupt Officers

Accepting or Requesting an Illegal Levy May Spell the End of a Career for Errant Immigration Officers in Bali.

(6/9/2008) BisnisBali reports that Bali's immigration chief, Drs. I Nyoman Putra, has vowed to sack any immigration officers found to be accepting payments outside of the official tariff set for document processing.

Putra said that the official tariff for document processing is posted at all immigration offices and promised to fire any officials found to be charging "additional fees" for immigration services.

Separately, BisnisBali interviewed an unnamed woman who admitted that she regularly uses the services of non-official "go betweens" to save money and time when processing immigration matters.

The current official tariff for immigration services in Bali:

Issuance of a 48-page passport for an Indonesian citizen Rp. 200,000 (US$21.50)

Issuance of a 24-page passport for an Indonesian citizen Rp. 50,000 (US$5.40)

A travel letter for an Indonesian citizen Rp. 40,000 (US$4.40)

Immigrations documents should be completed within 3 working days after paying the official fee and the presentation of a photo copy of current identity card (KTP), a family card (Kartu Keluarga) and a birth certificate (akte lahir).