Bali Engages Villages to Monitor Foreign Tourists

Bali Engages Villages to Monitor Foreign Tourists

Foreigners Holidaying in Bali.

Denpasar – The Regional Office of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights (Kemenkumham) of Bali Province is developing a program to collaborate with village authorities in monitoring foreign nationals.

“Involving the villages will facilitate immigration in supervising foreign nationals,” said Pramella Yunidar Pasaribu, Head of the Bali Regional Office of Kemenkumham, in Denpasar on Tuesday.

She stated that the program would be integrated with the village legal and human rights service posts (posyankumhamdes), which are currently established in 327 villages across nine regencies/cities in Bali.

Pramella conveyed this initiative to the newly elected member of the Regional Representative Council (DPD) RI, Ni Luh Djelantik.

During the meeting, they discussed efforts to monitor foreign nationals, including follow-up on public complaints regarding foreigners who violate regulations.

“The Ministry of Law and Human Rights, and immigration are the pillars of hope for a safe and comfortable Bali. Foreign nationals coming to Bali should understand and adhere to the rules, with strict enforcement if there are violations,” said Ni Luh Djelantik.

As a prominent figure in Bali, the designer and politician often voices her concerns on her personal social media and receives complaints, including those regarding the disruptive actions of foreign nationals.

One recent incident involved a British national, Damon Anthony Alexander Hills, who brazenly hijacked a pottery transport truck, hit several riders, and crashed into the international departure terminal at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport on Sunday night (June 9).

The 50-year-old man is currently under further investigation at the North Kuta Police Station, Badung Regency.

As of Tuesday, immigration in Bali continues to deport problematic foreign nationals for violations ranging from misuse of residence permits and overstaying to involvement in legal cases.

According to data from the Bali Regional Office of Kemenkumham, around 142 foreign nationals were deported between January and May 2024.

In 2023, a total of 340 foreign nationals were deported, an increase from 188 deportations in 2022.

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