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Bali Isn’t Playing: Tourists Deported For Minor Mistakes

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The headlines in 2023 were capitalized by the bad bules of Bali; the unruly foreigners who were found to be breaking the rules of their visa, breaking Indonesian law, and disrespecting local culture.

This led to a sharp spike in deportations.

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Yet, at the beginning of 2024, things on the deportation front felt markedly quieter.

Bali Immigration has kicked out a number of international citizens who have either overstayed or committed serious crimes, but no more than average.

In the last few weeks, more foreigners have been expelled from the island, and it is clear that immigration is really focused on tourist visa violations.

Two foreigners have been deported from Bali in the last two weeks. One is for a small overstay, coupled with bad behavior, and another is for promoting business activities while on a tourist visa. 

Everyone in Bali on a tourist visa is reminded that they should only carry out tourism-related activities, such as social visits. Very limited business activities, like attending meetings, are permitted, too.

However, activities like helping out at a friend’s business, promoting the business of partners, family, or friends, and running events or workshops (whether income-generating or by donation) all break the conditions of a tourist visa. 

There are thousands of foreigners in Bali ‘living’ on the island on back-to-back tourist visas or longer-stay socio-cultural visas.

While it may not feel like the tourist experience anymore, this is not what immigration officials see. If you’re on a tourist visa, you should be conducing only tourist activities; period. 

On Tuesday 26th March an Australian man was deported from Bali after he was found to be carrying on promotional activities on behalf of his Indonesian girlfriend’s spa business.

The 31-year-old man was found to be promoting his partner’s spa in the Sanur resort area. 

The Head of TPI Singaraja Class II Immigration Office, Hendra Setiwan, told reporters, “The foreign national was deported because he was proven to have carried out activities that were not in accordance with his resident permit. Namely, the spa promotion has been going on since the beginning of last February.”

He explained, “The foreigner has been to Bali several times because he has a girlfriend in the Sanur area, Denpasar, who happens to be from Amed in Karangasem.”

Setiwan continued, “We don’t want the presence of foreign nationals, which should be beneficial, to create unrest or be detrimental to the local economy.”


In 2023, a Tourism Task Force was established to crack down on foreigners who broke the conditions of their visas.

While immigration officials often wanted to crack down on foreigners disrespecting local culture, the real issue was the increasing number of foreigners running or attempting to run businesses in Bali on tourist visas.

Many felt they were taking advantage of the grey areas created by the digital nomad lifestyle, but more options are now available for digital nomads and business investors in terms of visas, meaning that grey areas are no longer considered a fair excuse. 


On 13th March 2024, a French national was deported after overstaying his visa for 4 days; he was subsequently blacklisted from Indonesia after becoming aggressive and unwilling to pay the standard IDR 1,000,000 overstay fine.

He claimed that he was on a multiple-entry KITAS when, in fact, the stamp in his passport was a simple 30-day eVoA that had been extended for an additional 30 days. 

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An official from Bali Aiport told reporters, “During the examination, the person concerned admitted that he did not know that he had overstayed because, according to information from the travel agency that helped with processing his residence permit, he could still stay in Indonesia for a maximum of 60 days after his Vitas was issued. 

He added, “Apart from that, the person concerned admitted that his behavior at that time was emotional and that the night before, he had drunk beer and wine, so he became a little drunk.”

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Monday 1st of April 2024

You have to be computer savvy to navigate the Voa online from their secured website. An hour of patience can get you a VOA online and breeze through Immigration, save time as well. Several American friends did it and no complaints...can Aussie do the same or just easier to complain and give up. LOL

As a worldwide rule, a Visa is a privilege and NOT a right.

Mango Carafino

Saturday 30th of March 2024

Bali is a surfers paradise where beautiful beach babes abound. Magical sunsets and tasty foods, under the Southern night stars. Ubud for its spiritual retreats and hippie vibes is another lure of Bali has. Asia known for its arts is a breathtaking treat. Anything more than that and you are setting yourself of for headache, trouble and nonsense not worth your time. Indonesia regulation is not set up for foreigners to prevail. Anyone who disagrees, good luck.


Friday 29th of March 2024

Why would anyone want to spend their hard earned cash in this so called island of the gods, better described as hell on earth.


Sunday 31st of March 2024


Obviously there's a lot of sinners who enjoy the Balinese version of hell.

Wayan Bo

Saturday 30th of March 2024

@Bob, since IS is declaring war on Christian’s and Jews day before yesterday It can become very hellish.


Friday 29th of March 2024

As "defamation" now is is a criminal offence I will not publish my balanced view to this story. So much for free speech.


Friday 29th of March 2024

As an Asian, its shameless that westeners aren't allowed to work, while it would look like half of Asia works in the west in all the jobs where farangs are deported.

There are over 90k Indonesians living in Australia alone, how about applying the same rules as Indonesia does to Aussies. I don't understand why only westerners have to take high moral ground and play fair while rest of the world tries to scam them.

The more farangs work, the more diverse it becomes and more tourist come, the more tax government gets, farangs want to work not steal, let them do as they please.


Monday 1st of April 2024

@wendy, what a load of crap!! Blame the hard working immigrants. Are you jobless to feel that way in the West?? Get a job...


Monday 1st of April 2024

@Chris, what the hell are you talking about ?? Are you the same person claiming to be Indian talking none sense here. Apparently you have not work or live in Jakarta to know that there are many professional expats bringing expertise in the country. There are many Indian techies in Jakarta in the IT fields. Some expats may also be lazy that Indonesians have already questioned their professional knowledge. Young Indonesians are hard working people and able to speak English (At least interested to learn) than people in Thailand for example.

Indonesians (many of Chinese ethnicity) are living and working in Australia are legit.

Farangs want to work and NOT steal?? Seriously dude...


Monday 1st of April 2024

@Shorty, true dat


Sunday 31st of March 2024


RI is no different to Australia or the vast majority of countries.

Obtain the appropriate visa and you can work.

J West

Saturday 30th of March 2024

@wendy, And I thought the west was importing nothing but doctors and engineers.