Foreign deportations in Bali on the rise

By Hoang Phong   August 9, 2023 | 03:50 pm PT
Foreign deportations in Bali on the rise
A man emerges from the surf at Kuta beach on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Photo by AFP
Indonesia's resort island Bali has deported 198 foreigners in the first seven months of this year, higher than the 2022 figure of 188, immigration authorities have reported.

The three primary nationalities subjected to deportation were from Russia, the U.S. and the U.K., said Anggiat Napitupulu, head of Bali Ministry of Law and Human Rights, according to CNN Indonesia.

The most common violation was overstaying visas, followed by illegal work.

Southeast Asia's largest economy has recently stepped up efforts to promote high-quality tourism and reduce the number of low-spending tourists on Bali.

Indonesia just launched a new task force in Bali to crack down on badly-behaved foreigners on the island to restore its tourism reputation.

The country recently suspended its visa-free entry policy for citizens of 159 countries and territories outside ASEAN, amid concerns about the "disruption of public order and potential transmission of diseases."

Since 2016 Indonesia has waived visa requirements for travelers from 169 countries, including 10 ASEAN member countries.

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