The Immigration office at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport has introduced an advanced Electronic Data Gathering and Monitoring System for Foreign Residents (PIDKOA).
Quoted by beritadewata.com, the head of the data infrastructure section for the Airport Immigration office, Danny Ariana, explained on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 that the PIDKOA system would soon be in full operation tracking the location and status of foreigners on the Island.
“We have programmed the PDIKOA electronic system. It is now being tested. Once it is in operation we hope the public will participate in controlling the activities of foreigners in Bali, wherever they may be,” Danny explained.
“When in full operation, the PDIKOA system will allow all hotels, villas and other accommodation providers in Bali to meet their legal obligation to report the presence of foreign visitors electronically.”
The new system will allow members of the public and accommodation providers to report the details of foreigner to immigration officials on line. Among the data to be reported are the foreigner’s name, sex, home country, destination and their intended length of stay in Indonesia.
The immigration spokesman confirmed that effective April 1, 2015 the Bali airport will no longer require foreign visitors to fill out embarkation and disembarkation cards.
The information will now be recorded by immigration officials and entered into a Border Control Management (BCM) system that is integrated with the PDIKOA system.