The Regional Office of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights in Bali has warned that foreign nationals (WNA) who do not comply with (Covid-19) health protocols can be deported. This has been put in place because many foreigners in Bali have caught violating health protocols.

Head of the Immigration Division of Bali’s Ministry of Law and Human Rights Regional Office, Eko Budianto, said the sanctions were put in place to provide shock therapy to foreigners who violated health protocols. Eko said that the deportation sanction will be enforced when a foreigner repeatedly violates health protocols.

“The connection with the health program is that we are involved as a team. In principle, we are in the second layer as a supporting unit and this is related to health violations, not immigration. But it is also partly shock therapy for the initial stage; the Covid-19 task force shall apply a fine to foreigners (who violate the health protocols) then the data is provided to us. If then they happen to repeat the violation again, yes, don’t rule out the possibility that we will enforce deportation” said Eko.

According to Eko, foreigners who do not comply with health protocols can be deported in accordance with Article 75 of Law Number 6 Year 2011 concerning immigration. Eko said that in the general, foreigners who violate the laws and regulations of Indonesia can be subject to sanctions.

“When it is clear they violate (health protocols) and legislation, they can be sent home or deported, that’s just part of the shock therapy” he continued.

Furthermore, Eko explained that the sanctions enforced on foreigners who violate health protocols for the first time include being asked to perform push-ups by the Covid-19 Task Force and paying a fine. Violators will be entered into immigration records. If in the future they violate again, immigration authorities will take firm action by deporting the foreigner.

To date, the Immigration Office of the Bali Ministry of Law and Human Rights has not deported foreigners who have violated health protocols. Data continues to be collected on foreigners violating health protocols.

Author: HL

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