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Bali Expats To Face US $100 Fine And Deportation For Purposely Violating Health Protocols

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Bali authorities have agreed to be more firm in taking action towards expats who continue to violate preventive measures or mock officers during operations. 

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A meeting titled the ‘Enforcement of Prevention Protocols in Bali’ was attended by several government institutions including the Maritime and Investment Ministry, Bali Police Department, Immigration Officer, and Bali Vice Governor on Wednesday (24/2).

The officials arrived at the conclusion to strictly enforce health and safety protocols while being decisive in taking action, especially to those who intentionally violate the rules.

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Bali Vice Governor, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana (Cok Ace) admitted that most of the protocol offenders are expats.

“Apparently most of the expats underestimate the IDR 100,000 fine that will be given for the violators,” Cok Ace said.

Additionally, he will discuss revising the current regulation with related ministries to add more policies that will deport expats who intentionally neglect the rules and continue confronting the officers during the operation.

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“We will deport those who ignore the second warning from officers and to those who confront the officer while getting warned,” said the Deputy of Tourism and Creative Economic, Odo R.M. Manuhutu who attended the meeting and also proposed to raise the penalty for ex-pats.

“I personally proposed to raise the penalty from IDR 100,000 to IDR 1 million for expats to give a deterrent effect,” Manuhutu concluded.

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WAYAN BO

Friday 26th of February 2021

It’s against equality before the law.

ben

Friday 26th of February 2021

Deport AND ban for a few years, because if they don't get the second warning,it means they don't care + they give a bad image about expats. Thaïland isn't that far btw

Ellen

Friday 26th of February 2021

A lot of these expats have a Colonial attitude and therefore think they are entitled....i think they’re entitled to huge fines and deportation.

Paul W

Friday 26th of February 2021

Absolutely the right thing to do. It is a privilege to be a guest in another country. If people will not respect emergency workers and uphold local laws then deport them with a minimum one year ban. There are decent respectful foreigners who are right now really missing the beautiful country of Indonesia. Get rid of rule breakers and welcome back the grateful , respectful tourists .

Ellen

Saturday 27th of February 2021

@Paul W, absolutely correct.

J West

Friday 26th of February 2021

Any arrogant expats who treat Balinese as inferior should be subject to "same day" deportation. Imagine the village idiot from some garbage dump suburb on the outskirts of Moscow thinking a bit of drug money gives "influencer celebrity" and puts you above people in Bali. These ungrateful people should never have been granted the humanitarian visa extension that they clearly do not appreciate.

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