Guardians at Bali’s Gate

Bali Immigration Keeps Tally of Foreign Nationals Refused Entry to Bali

During all of 2018, the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights in Bali conducted surveillance over 565 foreign nationals, intelligence operations aimed at 21 foreign nationals, and refused entry to 962 foreigners

Quoted by NusaBali, the head of the Law and Human Rights Office for Bali, Maryoto Sumadi, said on Friday, December 28, 2018, “The total number (of foreigners) equalled 1,548.”

Sumadi said there were a number of reasons why foreign nationals have been refused entry to Bali. Of the 962 refused entry in 2018, many failed to hold the proper visa, their passports had expired, or their names were listed on a blacklist banning their entry into the Republic.

Foreigners who arrive at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport in a clearly intoxicated state were also refused entry and sent back to their home countries.

1,118 law enforcement cases were handled by immigration in Bali in 2018. The immigration office conducted 5 investigations, 471 administrative cases, 166 cases of immigration detention, and 467 cases of preventing Indonesian nationals on a "no-go list" from leaving the country.

Meanwhile, immigration in Bali issued visitor visas to 1,161 people and visitor visa extension to 63,134 more. In all, there were a total of 85,949 visitor visas issued with most recipients coming from China, Australia, Russia, France, and Germany.

Sumadi said the Immigration Department is assisted in its work by a special Foreigners Supervision Bureau (Pora) drawn from several government agencies.