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Expats Violating Protocols Will Be Deported Says Bali Governor

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Bali Governor, I Wayan Koster has issued a new regulation to enforce prevention protocols to Bali residents, including expats who are residing on the island during the pandemic. Governor Koster said expats violating policies will first receive a higher fine and second-time offenders will be “immediately deported”.

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“The new Governor’s Policy Number 10 Year 2021 states that authorities will penalize expats who violate protocols with USD 70 (IDR 1 million) fines and if they are caught a second time, they will be immediately deported from Indonesia,” Koster said during a press conference on Tuesday (9/3).

This policy was initiated in an effort to reduce virus transmission on the island before the border finally reopens.

police handing out mask fine to tourist

“The implementation of this policy will be involving officers from the police, military and public civil service, in cooperation with related institutions such as the Law and Human Rights Ministry. We hold the authorization to deport any foreigner who ignores our policy,” Koster added.

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He also announced new adjustments to the new partial lockdown policy that was extended until the 22nd of March.The curfew for businesses was revised to 10:00 pm from the previous 9:00 pm.

“With longer operating hours, we want to extend opportunity to local businesses during the extended partial lockdown” Koster concluded. 

Meanwhile, religious ceremonies and cultural events are allowed to be held at 50 percent capacity under the condition that all participants are tested negative before the gathering.

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(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yaika)

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