"This one is also inaccurate ?"
Actually yes, there is an error in that as well. It says, “Penalties for such immigration/visa violations may include a prison sentence of up to 5 years and a fine of Rupiah 25 million.”
The fine is up to $50,000 US dollars, not 25 million rupiah.
“The other way round, where is it stated that foreigners can volunteer (paid or unpaid) on VoA, Tourist Visa ?”
Good grief, I feel like I’m talking to a gecko!
Nowhere in the law is anything specifically stated about unpaid volunteer work.
If you’ve been following and reading this whole discussion then you should have already read this from one of my earlier posts:
<<It isn't the law that matters here...rather it's how it's regulated.
There are plenty of examples of this here in Indonesia. For example, according to the anti pornography law, it is not allowed to wear bikini swim wear even at the beach. Have you noted any tourists (or locals) in Bali arrested for wearing bikinis?
Under that same law it is also forbidden to paint nude pictures of women…yet the very best Indonesian artists of nudes are Muslim, and they mostly reside in Java. None of them have been arrested either.
Laws in Indonesia are purposely written in a vague manner which is subject to interpretation by the regulatory bodies.>>
And by the way, back to that article you linked to, did you read any of the comments that follow the article?
If so then you’ll see that the author of that article herself is not really clear when challenged by others who have been doing volunteer work here in Indonesia.
Tom, I take it as safe for me to assume that you yourself have had no experience working with a licensed Yayasan or NGO here in Indonesia, nor have you been arranging folks from your home countries to come over to volunteer with any such organizations. I have, and for a long time.
For one last time, never have I ever encountered or heard of anyone coming into Bali to do unpaid volunteer work at a legitimate organization running afoul of immigration. Moreover, my wife's uncle who has been an immigration officer here for all the years I've lived here supports what I am saying regarding how this is treated by immigration.
Are we done now with this discussion?