Foreign Photographers attempting to enter Bali, Indonesia carrying professional equipment may soon face extra scrutiny when passing though customs.
This comes from Jack Daniel's popular Bali Update website, posted March 2, 2013:
Bali is a country of eye-candy for both the visiting holiday snapshooter as well as the professional. On occasion, I too have entered the country on assignment without the required paperwork in place. More often, I turn up to shoot stock photography - a sort of grey-area when it comes to temorary work visas (KITAS) vs. tourist visas (VOA).
Even when arriving without tons of lighting & grip equipment, the sight of two or three camera bodies, multiple lenses and tripods alone is enough to pique the interest (and opportunity to solicit bribes) of wily customs officials who will wisk you away to a small adjacent room where the negotiating begins.
So... be advised. For more information on negotiating the quagmire that can be the Indonesian Visa process, click HERE.