Authorities from the Law and Human Rights Ministry will deport expats who host new year’s eve parties in Bali.
The Head of the Bali Law and Human Rights Ministry, Jamaruli Manihuruk, stated that expats who host parties and light up fireworks during New Year’s Eve celebrations will potentially face deportation.
“Foreign nationals who violate our policy concerning new year’s eve celebrations in Bali will be penalized with deportation, ” Jamaruli said on Wednesday (29/12).
The central government and the Bali provincial government issued instructions wherein all public gatherings are banned on new year’s eve. This is to prevent a surge in Covid-19 transmission once the holiday season is over.
Jamaruli also reminds all expats staying in Bali during the pandemic to comply with prevention protocols. “We will act decisively towards expats who violate prevention protocols or intentionally create crowds by deporting them. This is especially true for those who have been warned before,” Jamaruli added.
Jamaruli admitted that the number of foreign nationals staying in Bali has decreased compared to the data 3 months ago.
“We had over 130,000 expats staying in Bali 3 months ago. Some of them decided to go home while others extended their visas due to difficulty returning to their home countries. Because of the pandemic, the travel policy of their origin countries are still restrictive,” Jamaruli concluded.
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