Mind Your Manner Bali Billboards Planned

Bali’s Deputy-Govenor, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Cok Ace), is requesting that immigration authorities in Bali publicize data and other information related to the deportation of foreign tourists from Bali. As reported by Kompas.com, Cok Ace suggests the requested information be posted on roadside billboards along major thoroughfares in Bali.

Being Shown the Door through Deportation

In support of his recommendation, the Deputy-Governor says publication of the misbehavior of deported foreigners would reduce such incidents on the Island of Bali. Adding via a written statement issued on Tuesday, 09 May 2023: “If it is possible and does not violate human rights, we should display information in strategic locations relating the number foreign nationals who are deported for their violations.”

The Head of the Bali office of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, Anggiat Napitulu, said on Monday, 08 May 2023, he welcomed Cok Ace’s recommendation as proof of a shared desire to make public information available in a transparent manner and would be launched in the middle of May. 

Napitulu said that numbers on the total number of foreigners deported would be published on Videotron Billboards at major intersections known to be frequented by tourists. The immigration chief explained that the publicity campaign would not frighten foreign visitors but only remind them of the consequences of acting in a disorderly way. The immigration office would not list the names, nationalities, and identities of deported tourists on the billboards, but only data on the actual number deported. Napitulu said these measures would demonstrate to foreign tourists that deportation is a real consequence (of misbehavior) and is not meant to frighten them. 

Earlier, official data compiled through 25 March 2023 reported the deportation of 101 foreign nationals from 31 countries. From that total, Russians represented the largest group, with 27 deported, followed by UK nationals at 8, Nigerians at 7, and Australians at 6. Most people deported from Bali had overstayed their visa period, and were misusing their visas by working illegally or outraging the norms of Balinese culture.

Tourism officials are also considering distributing fliers and pamphlets containing guidelines and tips for Island visitors.

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