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Aussies being caught out with ‘damaged’ passports

Bali-bound travellers beware

If you have a damaged passport, or even if it’s just well used, it might be time to order a new one. 


One of Australians’ most popular overseas destinations is cracking down on passports that are in bad condition, with the region’s tourism authority warning Aussies that their documents must be in good condition or face rejection.


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According to the West Australian, the Bali Tourism Board has warned Australian travellers that the Indonesian National Law Ministry was getting tough on damaged passports in an attempt to deter illegal visitors.  


“This national law is not targeted at Australians specifically,” Bali Tourism Board head of secretariat Gilda Lim Sagrado told the paper.


“We can feel the anxiety of Australian families and we are also feeling anxious.


“Australians remain our favourite visitors due to a long-standing warm relationship over many years.


“Australia contributes 20 per cent of Bali’s economy and definitely 100 per cent on the Balinese heart.”


Speaking to PerthNow, one traveller said her husband had not been able to board a Batik Air flight at Perth Airport because his passport was “slightly damaged”. 


According to the passenger, airline staff had told her that “Denpasar is enforcing a policy whereby if a passenger has the slightest imperfection with their passport, they will fine the airline $5000 and send the passenger home”. 


“They told me that in response that they had stopped 20 passengers with damaged passports from flying to Bali in the past month,” she remarked.


Indonesia Institute chief Ross Taylor said the crackdown could ultimately aid Australia, with foreigners seeking to gain illegal entry into Indonesia potentially also looking to cross into Australia.


Have you ever experienced difficulties due to a ‘damaged’ passport?


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 7 January 2019

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