Bali requests no visas-on-arrival for Russians, Ukrainians

Bali has requested that the central immigration agency cancels visa-on-arrival for Russian and Ukrainian nationals. The move comes after at least 4 Russian citizens have been deported this month for visa violations, and following repeated warnings from immigration authorities about working on tourist visas.
Governor I Wayan Koster requested the Ministry of Law and Human Rights to cancel the visa-on-arrival facility for Russian and Ukrainian residents particularly, due to a collection of violations.
“Because Unconditional are at war, so that they flocked to Bali, together with those that sought consolation or came to work right here.”
Bali has been a well-liked vacation spot for Russians and Ukrainians, with Russian nationals being among the largest demographic arriving in Indonesia. Koster mentioned that extra Russians and Ukrainians are breaking guidelines more typically and worse than folks from different countries although.
The governor didn’t present details on the violations, but latest incidents that got consideration online embody a person who allegedly hit a pedestrian whereas driving inebriated and a model offending many by posing naked at a sacred tree.
And three Russian ladies have been recently arrested in Bali and deported for intercourse work. The ladies came to Indonesia utilizing business and vacationer visas. Then authorities obtained a tip-off about “suspicious activities” at a villa in the Balinese city of Seminyak.
Three Indonesian and Russian couples had been found, and immigration confirmed the Russian ladies to be intercourse staff. The three had been deported on Friday and have been banned from returning to Indonesia. The destiny of the Indonesians involved is unconfirmed.
Just as Thailand has seen an inflow of Russians this yr, Bali has seen an enormous leap over even pre-pandemic numbers. Before Covid-19, about 88,0000 Russians arrived in Bali between September and January. But greater than 77,500 Russians arrived in Indonesia between September 2022 and January 2023. About 8,800 Ukrainian guests arrived between September 2022 and January 2023.
A spokesperson for Indonesia’s immigration agency declined to touch upon the request to cancel the visa-on-arrival coverage for Russian and Ukrainian nationals. The embassies of Russia and Ukraine in Jakarta had an identical lack of response..

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