5+ hours immigration line Bali Airport

5+ hours immigration line Bali Airport on end of July 2022 is finally improving to normalize according authorities German blogger Sebastian Powell made reports of the worst situation regarding lineups he ever experienced anywhere in the world during his two decades .People waiting for several hours in the immigration line at Denpasar Bali Airport according Sebastian Powell. Bali Airport has always been pretty terrible when you arrive at the wrong time of day, and usually, the afternoon is the worst to get in. 2:00pm  appears to be among the worst time slots to arrive in Denpasar these days and keep in mind that with all airport experiences, wait times totally depend on arriving during peak/off-peak hours.

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Only every second counter was staffed by immigration officers, something that’s entirely unacceptable on behalf of the authorities. Where is the staff? Is it so difficult to get officers on the roster to stamp people’s passports? It was horrific. Someone needed medical attention, children and adults were crying, people hadn’t had anything to drink for hours, and suddenly a shouting match escalated into a brawl that had to be broken up by officers.  All of these are homemade problems. Indonesia and Bali reintroduced the Visa on Arrival that was previously discontinued for many nationalities. It now costs ~US$35 (500,000 IDR).

Bali Airport has become a complete nightmare. The organization and wait periods have gotten completely out of control and given today’s situation there’s no way I’d recommend anyone to visit Bali until things get more efficient. With or without the arrival concierge, this is not how a tourist destination should treat visitors. Forget the charade of the visa on arrival for a moment that was initially proclaimed to be a safety measure due to COVID, but Indonesia and Bali Airport, in particular, isn’t even able to streamline that process in an acceptable manner.

 

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Seminyak bar owner arrested

Seminyak bar owner arrested together with two assistants for organizing horses gambling event on Saturday 25/06/2022 only dayss after opening. The Australian national Michael Jerome Le Grand [47 ] and two local woman  are detained  by the Denpasar Criminal Investigation Unit  The two woman together with Gri Lestari 38 and Anggie Ayu Febbyan, 22, been  arrested along with evidence during a horse racing game at The Goat The Pub Of Seminyak, at Jalan Raya Kayu Aya A, No. 176, on Saturday  (25/6) at 14.30., The  raids were carried out after report been mad have been made o the police by locals. It was explained that a source within the Denpasar Police who was arrested was michael Jerome Le Grand, 47, born in Moonee Ponds on March 5, 1976 , owner the  of The Goat The new venue in Siminyak tht opended on monday 21/06/2022.

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The man, a resident of Jalan Pangkung Sari, No. 5, Kerobokan Kelot, Seminyak , was arrested with two  woman suspected of gamblimg. Gri Lestari 38, Born in Ngawi, East Java, May 15, 1983. And domiciled at Jalan Kresna, No. 99, Legian Kaja,  . Also, Anggie Ayu Febbyan, 22, Born in Cirebon, West Java, February 21, 1999. Domiciled at Jalan Raya Kerobokan, No. 140,  Michael Jerome Le Grand is secured with the two woman who are suspected of being personal assistants,” said the source, Tuesday (28/6). We have secured a number of evidences. Among them are 1 Asus laptop in purple color, 1 Sharp brand television screen, 1 bundle of betting manual recaps, and cash in the amount of Rp. 22,400,000,” this source added.


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Beach bars on Berawa demolished

Beach bars on Berawa coastline in the  Canggu area  demolished by local authorities just weeks  before opening of specious beach club owned by controversial Indonesian lawyer ” Paris Hotman “. Large number of bars and restaurants  located on the edge of Berawa Beach been demolished by joint officers from the Badung Satpol PP and North Kuta Police on Wednesday (18/5/2022). The local autorities reminded  the owners since February 2022 that  the deadline should have been on Sunday (15/5/2022).
Finally the demolition was completed days after the deadline. Since February 2022 ,

Arrangements have been already made  with the concerned owners according the  Police Chief I Gusti Agung Ketut Suryanegara . Apparently the destroyed local businesses  are located  in the  area where the popular night  Holywings will soon opening his doors. In total 30 bars and warungs [ local restaurants ) will be demolished  along the Berawa beach . Non of them has a operational license . Some owners agreed during a previous meeting on march 18 th 2022  to dismantle it themselves  from April 1 st until   May 15, 2022.


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Yoga influencer from Russia facing 6 years jail

Yoga influencer from Russia facing 6 years jail after posing completely naked for a photo shoot under a sacred Balinese tree in Tabanan. Instagram star Alina Yoga shared pictures of her pushing her boobs up against the tree in Indonesia on her popular social media account. But the saucy snaps soon found their way to Balinese entrepreneur Niluh Djelantik who grassed her up and called on the local authorities to intervene. Djelantik said the Russian beauty had posed naked at the 700-year-old weeping paperbark tree, known locally as kayu putih. Now the bendy influencer – who has over 16,000 followers on Instagram – could face up to six years in jail if she’s found guilty under local porn laws. The photos show her perched on the trunk absolutely starkers as she looks cheekily over her shoulder.

The tree is located at Babakan Temple in Tabananm on the Indonesian paradise island of Bali. And because the giant tree is considered sacred to locals, the nude images sparked fury. Fuming Djelantik said immigration officials are now tracking down the naked Russian. Amid a backlash, Alina deleted the nude snaps from her account and posted a U-turn apology video on May 4.


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The new video – this time showing her fully clothed and praying at the base of the sacred tree – was accompanied by the message: “I apologise to all Balinese and Indonesian people, I regret my actions.” She went on: “I’m so embarrassed, I didn’t mean to offend you in any way, absolutely no knowledge of this place. I just prayed under a tree and went straight to the police station to explain this incident and apologize.” Tabanan Police spokesperson Ranefli Dian Candra confirmed that Alina had turned herself over to the authorities and that the case will continue to be processed. But they did not mention what punishment the naked Instagram star is likely to face. According to reports, Alina could be charged with spreading pornography under the country’s harsh Information and Electronic Transactions ActIf convicted of spreading pornography, she could face up to six years in prison or a fine of IDR 1 billion


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Vietjet resume flights to Bali

Vietjet resume flights to Bali direct five times a week  Ho Chi Minh  with connecting routes  to other  destinations within Vietnam. Low-cost carrier Vietjet has launched its newest international route from Ho Chi Minh City to Bali, connecting the largest city in Vietnam to one of the world’s most famous holiday destinations.The first and only airline to provide direct flights on this route, Vietjet expects this route will contribute to promoting tourism and trade across the region. Talking at the launch of the new route, Do Xuan Quang, vice president, Vietjet said, “With the route, passengers from Vietnam can now save more time and money when travelling to Bali without having to transit at other airports, and local people and travellers from Bali can now more easily discover the modern and vibrant Ho Chi Minh City and connect to other famous destinations within Vietnam and across the region, thanks to Vietjet’s expanding network.

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Rizky Handayani, deputy minister of tourism, Republic of Indonesia described the new route as a good start for Vietjet to connect more destinations in Vietnam to others in Indonesia and the region. The new route will further improve the relationship and help to increase the travel flow between the two countries, he said, adding that travellers can now enjoy low airfares, less travel time and comfortable trips.The flight departs Ho Chi Minh City at 8:05am and arrives in Bali at 1:05pm. The return flight takes off from Bali at 2:05pm and lands in HCM City at 5:05pm (all local time). Currently, the low-cost airline operates around 400 flights daily, carrying more than 80 million passengers to date, with 113 routes covering destinations across Vietnam and international destinations such as Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, mainland China, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia and Cambodia.


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Bali VOA increasing rates hoax says government officials

Bali VOA increasing rates from 35 US$ to 105 $ has been described as Hoax by the Head of the Regional Office of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights  Jamaruli Manihuruk .

“It’s still  IDR 500.000 IDR or 35 US$ for the moment said Jamaruli while visiting Serangan Harbor on Saturday, April 16 2022. The rules regarding VOA tariffs have been regulated by the  Government Regulation (PP), Number 28 during the year 2019 regarding the types of VOA rates.


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“It has been regulated by PP 28 of 2019. And until now there has been no change. So, there is no increase in VoA, it is still the old price. Changing government regulations is not that easy, I don’t know the issues that have been raised either. It’s a hoax,” he added. He appealed to the public not to believe all  rumors, Issues related to the arrival of foreign tourists can have a negative effect if the information that is spread It can be considered as  hoax or fake news. We have just started visiting foreigners, don’t spoil it with things like that. Don’t let there be information that misleads the public,” he said.

Hoax Bali VOA increasing rates

Previously, there were rumors that there was a three-fold increase in the visa on arrival rate to Rp. 1.5 million or 105 US$. Bali tourism actors who are members of the Indonesian Tourism Industry Association (GIPI) also reject the planned three-fold increase in VOA.


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Villa invaders from Russia facing deportation

Villa invaders from Russia and Moldova been arrested in the Canggu area and moved to the detention center in Jimbaran to be deported . Two coupled with children from Russia and Moldova will be deported after entering without permission  a villa located on the Jalan Munduk Kedungu at Parerenan in the Canggu area on Saturday March 23  th 2022. The Head of the Intelligence Section and Immigration Enforcement Class I TPI Denpasar, Yudhistira Yudha Permana, said that the action against the six foreigners was based on a letter from the Head of the Immigration Office Class I TPI Denpasar Number: W.20.IMI.IMI.2-GR.03.06-254. In The warrant followed up on public reports regarding disturbing foreigners, so that five personnel backed up by police officers were deployed at the Red Salt Cafe, Villa and Huts in  Jalan Munduk Kedungu No 29, Pererenan . The community  complained after  the foreigners  forced their way into the villa belonging to a local resident. Villa invaders from Russia facing deportationThe local authorities  arrived on the location then secured the foreigners after receiving the statements of witnesses . It was reported  that the six foreigners entered the villa by breaking the door on Saturday (26/3) early in the morning.  The foreigners refused  to show passports and residence permits. They refused to answer all questions and even not give their country of origin, They stated that the villa was a gift from God, The Immigration team secured the six foreigners to the Denpasar Immigration office with their belongings. The foreigners waiting now  for the deportation process at  the Denpasar Immigration Detention Center in Jimbaran


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Putin still attends G20 in Bali

Putin still attends the G20 summit in October in Bali with world leaders but his presence at the Indonesia-hosted event will be boycott by other countries. The push to throw Russia out, reported by Reuters, comes as a former Indonesia foreign minister urged traditionally neutral Jakarta to take a tougher stand against Putin following his invasion of Ukraine. While Indonesia supported a United Nations General Assembly resolution condemning the invasion, President Joko Widodo and ministers in his government have refrained from directly criticising Russia for its aggression and have called for dialogue and negotiation rather than sanctions.What the world needs today is the third voice,” Marty Natalegawa, who was foreign minister in the presidency of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. We must use our independence to say for instance that we cannot accept the use of violence, that the Russian action is unacceptable.

Putin still attends G20 in Bali


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We have to start now. The entire year is a test of Indonesia’s leadership. Indonesia is facing pressure from Russia to exclude the war in Ukraine from the agenda of the G20 meeting and facing a possibility of boycotts from the West. It is under a spotlight over whether it will invite the Russian government to the summit and to accompanying ministerial-level forums. Russia’s ambassador to Indonesia, Lyudmila Vorobieva, told a news conference in Jakarta on Wednesday that Putin planned to attend the leaders’ conference in Bali and has argued that “inserting sensitive political issues into the agenda will be counterproductive”.She said the reaction of the West was “absolutely disproportional” and that “many organisations are trying to expel Russia”, not simply members of the G20. Russia has been invited,” she said. “We are very appreciative of the position of the Indonesian government which has adopted the presidency of G20 for this year,” she said. “Of course the G20 is not a forum to discuss or to solve this kind of crisis. Actually, it’s a forum to improve the economic situation and solve economic problems.

The Indonesian Foreign Ministry emphasized last week that the G20 has always been “a forum to discuss global economic issues”, pointing to arenas such as the UN General Assembly as the debate platform for subjects like the war in Europe. The flow-on effects of the Ukraine crisis such as food shortages and rising energy prices would fall into the global economic category but Natalegawa said there could be a “a deafening silence if leaders come to Bali for G20 and discuss everything under the sun except the issue that is right in front of us”. The G20 at the leadership level is one of the few processes where all the main countries sit together,” he said. You have Russia, you have the United States, you have China, you have the European economies and therefore, as a way to find a resolution to the ongoing conflict by multilateral means, it is extremely important for the G20 to address the issue.

Putin still attends G20 in Bali

everal nations had asked Indonesia not to invite Russia to the first G20 gathering since the invasion – a meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors in Washington next month.We hope all will be present. If Russia is present, all are expected to be present too,” said Edi Prio Pambudi, Indonesia’s Deputy Minister for Coordination of International Economic Cooperation. Muhadi Sugiono, an international relations lecturer at the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, said Indonesia was caught between a rock and a hard place. The US and the West do not want Russia to be there and Indonesia as the G20 chair is in a difficult position,” he said. “I personally think that Indonesia must invite Russia. If we don’t invite Russia it means the G20 spirit is dead. Asked whether US President Joe Biden would move to push Russia out of the G20 when he meets with allies in Brussels this week, national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters at the White House: “We believe that it cannot be business as usual for Russia in international institutions and in the international community.It is unlikely, however, that G20 members such as India, Brazil, South Africa and China, as well as Indonesia, would agree to remove Russia from the group.

 


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Russian tourist in Bali facing cash redraw difficulties

Russian tourist in Bali facing difficulties  to withdraw cash have been forced to search for cash or resort to digital currency transactions to continue vacationing or return home. The unprecedented sanctions imposed on Russian banks due to the invasion of Ukraine have affected its citizens abroad, . This created a huge problem for us. They left us completely empty of our finances, as if they were completely frozen and we can’t use them at all here, Ivanov, 27, said he may have to look for a job in Indonesia.

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The Russian embassy in the capital, Jakarta, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Bali is a popular holiday destination among Russian tourists who flocked to the island in the tens of thousands before the pandemic and were among the first to return when the borders were partially reopened last year. About 1,150 Russians entered Indonesia in January 2022, according to statistics office data. Rifki Saldi Yanto, a local coffee shop manager, said he’s noticed a drop in Russian customers in recent days, with many now paying with cash instead of a credit card.

More than 7,000 Russians are stranded in Thailand, another popular beach destination, due to canceled flights, free-falling ruble and payment problems. The Russian economy is facing its most serious crisis since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, after Western countries have moved in recent days to… isolated from the global financial system.


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Russians and Ukrainians demonstrating in Bali

Russians and Ukrainians demonstrating together for peace in Denpasar  on March 1 st 2022  could face deportation says Jamaruli Manihuruk,

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Hundreds of Ukrainian and Russian nationals in Bali took to the streets for a peaceful protest to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. A peaceful protest took place at the Consulate General of Ukraine, Jalan Octopus in Denpasar, on Tuesday 01/03/2022. According to one of the participants, Chevganiuk Olga, this action is one of the efforts to encourage the world to protect Ukraine and its people. It is hoped that this peaceful demonstration will be able to encourage the world to take to the streets and call for the war to be stopped.

Russians and Ukrainians demonstrating in Bali

The head of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights of Bali Province counted on February 25, 2022, 464 Ukrainians and 2,542 Russians who are currently  in Bali with Permanent Stay Permit (Itap) and Limited Stay Permit (ITAS) visas. No Ukrainians or Russians  applied to return to their home country according Jamaruli .He also reminded that foreign  citizens who participating in demonstrations could be deported in Bali  in accordance with the legislation No. 6 of 2011 on Immigration,

Russians and Ukrainians demonstrating together

Dima Kazantcev [ on left side above ) said he was very disappointed and couldn’t sleep, not only our Ukrainian neighbors from our hearts we didn’t want this war either,” he said on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

Dima Kazantev (35) strongly condemned the war. He was disappointed with Putin’s decision.
Me and other Russians are very disappointed with what happened, when it all started, I couldn’t sleep, he said during a protest at the Consulate General of Ukraine in Denpasar, Tuesday (1/3/2022). Dima even shed tears over this incident. This is because many casualties from both Russia and Ukraine were injured and killed as a result of the war. We also don’t want this war from our hearts,” he said.
Russians and Ukrainians demonstrating in Bali
For Putin maybe he has his own opinion, but I hate war, I hear Russians calling for peace, taking to the streets being detained by the police for 10 to 15 days. Honestly I want to support everyone for peace, not just people Ukraine and Russia, but people all over the world,” Dima says. I don’t know what to do, but what I do know is that Putin is crazy, he thinks the ex-Soviet country is his country too, but not so they are sovereign

Russians and Ukrainians demonstrating in Bali Russian and Ukrainian Tourists Can Still Travel to Indonesia

Sandiagi Minister of Tourism said that tourists from Russia and Ukraine can still travel to Bali, even though the war between two countries . The Indonesian government is now continuing to revive tourism. Flights transporting of foreign tourists  to Indonesia is still under control and not disturbed by the war between Russia and Ukraine. According to Sandiaga, Russia and Ukraine are very potential markets for tourism in Indonesia Tuesday (1/3/2022). Sandiaga acknowledged that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine would affect the schedule, as well as the certainty and security of tourists from the two countries. Sandiaga said his party will continue to coordinate with various parties, especially regarding flights from Moscow to Bali because most tourists from Russia and Ukraine come to the Island of the Gods.