Indonesia warns of deportations for misusing tourist visas

By Hoang Vu   June 5, 2024 | 03:08 pm PT
Indonesia warns of deportations for misusing tourist visas
Surfers carry their board past chairs and umbrellas along Kuta Beach near Denpasar, Bali, on March 14, 2023. Photo by AFP
The Indonesian government threatened to deport any foreigners if they are found misusing tourist visas to illegally work in the country.

Foreign tourists are prohibited from working in Indonesia to protect local businesses and the labor force, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said as quoted by Jakarta Globe news site.

"Any violation of this regulation may result in immediate deportation and a repeat offender will be banned from entering Indonesia for a certain period," he added.

Last year, the government deported 300 foreign visitors for misusing or overstaying their visas, Jakarta Post reported.

Indonesia had recorded more than three million foreign tourist arrivals in the first quarter of this year, increasing by 25% compared to the same period last year.

Bali remained the top destination among international tourists as its Ngurah Rai Airport welcomed 44.5% of the total visitors to Indonesia.

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