G20 delegate exempted from Visa payment

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The Minister of Justice and Human RightsYasonna H. Laoly, told NusaBali.com that all delegates coming to Bali for the G20 summit in November will receive free visas following the discovery of long queues at the Visa medallion on arrival at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport.

Acting director general of immigration, Widodo Ekatjahjana

NusaBali.com quoted Yasona on Friday, October 07, 2022, stating: “This is why the Director General of Immigration carried out a physical survey last night (at the airport) to verify preparations related to the G20. For the G20, we will give free visas to all delegates, eliminating the need to queue.

NusaBali.com reports that the free visa facility for G20 delegates confirmed by Yasonna is the result of an unannounced whirlwind inspection at the airport conducted by the interim director general of immigration, Widodo Ekatjahjana, noting that many immigration counters were unstaffed.

Immigration authorities are working with participating banks to ensure that arriving passengers who are customers of international banks can now pay in foreign currencies using EDC (Electronic Data Collection) methods.

“For those who have to pay visa on arrival, we will cooperate with BRI (Bank Rakyat Indonesia). We met with the Coordinating Minister to establish procedures to facilitate payments made from abroad. There is no need to pay in cash and you can use cashless payment methods,” explained Minister Yasonna.

As the visa fee payment system is under the control of the Minister of Finance, steps are being taken to change the regulations to eliminate traffic jams and long queues as the number of international arrivals in Bali continues to increase. Efforts are underway to allow arriving passengers to pay visa fees with credit cards, e-money or other cashless methods.

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