Indonesia deports 47 foreigners for violating visa rules

A woman pushes luggage at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Indonesia, July 3, 2021. Photo by Reuters

The Indonesian authorities have deported 47 foreigners, including 13 Russians, for violating the terms of their visas and for using their tourist visas to work in the country.

The move is part of the government’s crackdown on foreign tourists misusing their visas to work on Bali, Bloomberg reported.

Bali is stepping up law enforcement against foreigners, even banning them from riding motorcycles following a string of deadly accidents.

Authorities in Indonesia’s popular holiday island of Bali earlier asked the central immigration agency to cancel a visa-on-arrival policy for Russian and Ukrainian nationals after tourists from these two countries were found working illegally on the island.

Known for its beautiful beaches, temples, waterfalls and nightlife, Bali drew 6.2 million foreign visitors in 2019, the year before the pandemic broke out.

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