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Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum: Who Goes There?

Indonesian Immigration Authorities Creating Nation-wide Border Control System and Hiring More Staff to Enhance Border Control.

(10/9/2010) Travel Trade Gazette (TTG) reports that people traveling in and out of Indonesia can soon expect a more sophisticated level of border controls.

Slated to be fully operational by 2011, the new system will be in operation at 129 entry points allowing coordinated monitoring of travelers' movements both through borders and at major venues frequented by visitors.

The new system also promises to eliminate long delays at Indonesia's major airports. TTG quotes the Director General of Immigration Mohammad Indra, saying: "At the same time, the system will allow us to process travel documents quickly, taking only 36 seconds per person, eliminating the long queues at the airport, which the tourism sector has been complaining about."

Also in response to severe and widespread criticism of poor service at immigration desks at major airports, Indonesia's immigration service is currently hiring and training 200 new officers and providing visa-on-board service on selected Garuda flights to Bali from Tokyo and Sydney. Garuda will also soon introduce visa-on-board services on flights from Dubai and from China.