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Pimp of prostitutes from Uzbekistan arrested

Pimp of prostitutes from Uzbekistan arrested

Pimp foreign prostitutes arrested on Wednesday night 07/04/2021 after police received reports of a prostitution network operational in a Hotel  on the  Jl Teuka Umar in Denpasar. Denpasar Police  arrested the 42 year old man POLTAK P. Manihuruk alias Robby from North Sumatra  at him home located at Pemogan in  South Denpasar. The police visited the hotel and find in two rooms wo Indonesian women and one Uzbekistani citizen having sex with costumers. The Online prostitution transactions have been done with WhatsApp messages  on rates of Rp2.5 million / hour. From that amount transferred the suspect 1,5 million to the woman and kept 1 million from each date. The three foreigners from Uzbekistan who have been employed by the suspect as prostitutes and the other working ladies are Indonesian citizens . The three woman  from Uzbekistan have been in Bali since before the pandemic. They met the suspect in a nightclub in the Kuta area. According the police officer Jansen started the suspect to operate since the beginning of 2020.

Pimp foreign prostitutes arrested

Tourists still facing 5 days quarantine when arriving in Bali

Tourists still undergo quarantine when Bali reopens in July 2021 for first 5 days in hotels located in the designed green zones. Bali is preparing for the opening of foreign tourists planned for July 2021 with strict conditions for foreigners . Not only by presenting the vaccination certificate on arrival, The first 5 days will be required to stay in quarantine at one of the hotels witch have CHSE certificate.

Bali three green zones
Bali Green zones Ubud, Sanur and Nusa Dua

The Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office, I Putu Astawa said on Friday (09/04/2021 ) that this is not only required for foreigners, but also for Indonesian citizens who returned from abroad.  This step is a effort against the spread of covid-19 and also to target foreign tourists to stay for a long period in Bali.

Currently every foreigner who entering Indonesia must be for quarantined for 5 nights on his own costs  and not paid by the government according Putu Astawa.  The foreign tourists will be on arrival in Bali guided directly to the quarantined  hotels located  in the green zones. During the quarantine period, foreign tourists are still able to visit all destinations around their hotel. Only have to apply to the strict  regulations. 

Foreign tourists who will test positive for Covid-19 will be isolated to a hospital to be treated against the Covid-19 virus. This has been decided to avoid the spread of virus clusters from foreigners and to be able to react very fast said Putu Astawa

Bali announced new opening date July 6 2021

He stated that the new regulations in the world of tourism is a form of new normal life. The pre-pandemic regulations could not be applied during the Covid-19 pandemic. The strict regulations are made for the sake of everyone's interest and security and will be for the foreign tourists a bigger effort on a higher cost.

Bali domestic visitors already tripled in April 2021

Bali domestic tourists tripled after the COVID-19 vaccination and increased when compared at the end of March and early April with daily 6.000 to 8.000 passengers. The Tourism Office released this increase based on the arrival data of passengers at Denpasar Airport. Since the vaccination campaign started at the beginning of February 2021 the number of passenger arrivals at Denpasar Airport in the range of only 1.900 to 3.000 passengers and  went up to 8.000 / 9.000 passengers a day at the beginning of  April 2021. The increase of domestic  visitors to the Island of the Gods shows the confidence after the mass vaccination and due the offer of holiday promos. The vaccination has now been done massively. Especially the priority in the tourism sector and tourist attractions to build trust. Even with the increase of domestic tourists to Bali  has not been able to revive Bali's economy and 146.000  available hotel rooms  are still empty. It only fills 16.000 residential rooms or 15 percent and it has not had a significant impact on the hospitality in Bali. Only 60 percent of the hotels are open and 40 percent are still closed. Many hotel employees are laid off and some hotels are not able  to finance the operation and maintenance cost. from the 300.000 hotel employees  only  180 .000 employees returned to work

Bali domestic tourists tripled

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Singapore Airlines flying again to Bali from 3 th May 2021

Singapore Airlines flying again to Bali from 3 th May 2021

Singapore Airlines resuming flights directly to Bali from 4 May 2021, only  twice a week every Tuesday and Friday. SIA is deploying its 162-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft on the Bali route twice per week from 4th May 2021, an aircraft type recently introduced to the fleet as part of the merger of SilkAir into the mainline carrier.At this stage, flights remain restricted to those eligible to enter Indonesia, such as Indonesian nationals, those with a temporary or permanent residence visa (KITAS/KITAP) or an APEC Business Travel Card. A negative pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test is required within 72 hours of departure, with a second test and five days of quarantine imposed on arrival.

Singapore Airlines resuming flights directly to Bali

The current Singapore Airlines schedule is confirmed through to 31st May 2021, after which the carrier’s normal full flight program  is published, pending further revision closer to the time. Similar twice-weekly flights will be confirmed for June 2021.

In January 2020, prior to COVID-19, there were 125 flights per week in each direction on the Singapore – Bali route, operated by the following carriers:

  • AirAsia: 28/wk
  • Garuda: 7/wk
  • Scoot: 21/wk
  • SilkAir: 7/wk
  • Jetstar: 27/wk
  • KLM: 7/wk
  • SIA: 28/wk

Unfortunately the Boeing 737-800s are a bit of a step-down from SIA’s wide-body aircraft, with recliner seats in Business Class and no seat-back entertainment system installed. Bali looks set to join the list of destinations opening up to tourism again in the second half of 2021, and these flights by Singapore Airlines from May mark the start of the carrier’s intent to be at the forefront of the plans.

Singapore Airlines resuming flights

Bali youths pictured with Russian pornstar

Bali youths pictured with Russian pornstar

Russian pornstar behavior disturbed Balinese authorities after she published  picture surrounded by group of Balinese man on her Instagram account. Eva Elfie greeted a number of fans without wearing a mask what can be considered to ignore the Covid-19 health protocols. The Head of the Bali Civil Police Unit (Satpol PP), I Dewa Nyoman Rai Dharmadi is concerned to see a number of youths who invited Eva Elfie in a group photo on Monday 12/04/2021. The Bali Government  is intensifying the implementation of health protocols during the preparations to open Bali to foreign tourists. We deeply regret this kind of behavior but realizing that this kind of things can happen at any time and can be done by anyone he said. When we are fighting against the COVID-19  it is the responsibility of all of us and not only from the government. He also reminded the public not to be negligent with the regulations and hopes we all realize that the importance of it.

Russian pornstar behavior disturbed Balinese authorities

Eva Elfie is still in Bali and her  various postings stories  can be viewed on his Instagram account. Eva visited many tourist destinations such as Ubud, The Elephant, Monkey Forest, White Sand Beach to Pandawa Beach.

Russian Pornstar behavior disturbed Balinese authorities

 

Bali deported two foreigners for working illegal

Bali deported two foreigners for working illegal

Bali deported two foreigners from Czech Republic who entered Bali on visitors visa while working as a diving instructor and marketing agent. The Singaraja Immigration Office in Bali deported on Saturday 20/03/2021 the 30 year old VZ  and on Wednesday 25/03/2021 the 35 year old J. H.  The two  Czeck Republic nationals are deported back to Praque ( Czeck Republic ) for alleged visa violations during their stay in Bali in two separated cases.

New upcoming visa regulations

JH was deported for committing an administrative violation by working in the marketing agentand as a representative of a travel agency in Indonesia. According Jamaruli Head of the Bali Office of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights,  he violated the immigration law Article 75 paragraph  of Law No. 6 of 2011 on immigration. He was deported on Thursday, March 25 at around 12.15 H. The Czech national  was flown to Jakarta and then continued his journey to Prague, Czech.

Dive Instructor in Tulamben

VZ , a female also from from the Czech Republic, allegedly worked as a diving instructor in the village of Tulamben in Karangasem Jamaruli Manihuruk, the Head of Ministry of Law and Human Rights Regional Office of Bali Province, said in a statement that VZ was deported for flouting immigration rules. She arrived in Indonesia with a visitor visa, but also worked as a freelance diving instructor in Tulamben, Karangasem, which was not allowed in her visitor permit, Jamaruli explained that during VZ’s stay in Indonesia, she used a B211A visitor visa, which expired on March 20, 2021. Officers detained VZ over allegations of working without the correct C311-320 temporary stay visa. Due to the mismatch between VZ’s visa and her activities on the island, she was deported back to Prague on a Turkish Airlines flight on Saturday evening. Along with the deportation, VZ was also recorded on the foreign national offender list and was banned from entering Indonesia for an unspecified amount of time.

Bali deported two foreigners from Czech Republic

April new travel regulations to travel to Bali

April new travel regulations to travel to Bali

April new travel regulations for domestic visitors of Bali where foreign tourist will  be  from  July 2021  only allowed to visit certain areas and not leaving the  green zone . Government Spokesperson for Handling Covid-19 Wiku Adisasmito announced the new travel regulations  for domestic travelers  during the Covid-19 Pandemic starting from Thursday 01/03/2021

Below the new domestic travel conditions for Bali.

1. By air

a. RT-PCR maximum 2x24 hours before departure

b. Antigen maximum 2x24 hours

c. GeNose test at the airport

2. By Sea and Land 

a. RT-PCR or antigen 2x24 hours before departure

b. GeNose test at the port or terminal

April new travel regulations to travel to Bali

Foreign tourist not allowed to leave green zone

The Head of the Bali Tourism Office, Putu Astawa, confirmed President Joko Widodo's statement, which indicated that Bali tourism would be opened to foreign tourists from July 2021. However, he stated on Sunday 28/03/2021 that foreign tourist will be not allowed to travel outside  the green zone , Sanur , Ubud and Nusa Dua.  According to him, the movement of foreign tourists will be limited so that Bali remains safe to guarantee that  foreign tourists come and leave Bali in good health, We have to be careful as first start a trial first says Putu.  The Green Zone are currently in vaccination process  since Monday (22/03/2021 ).

Bali three green zones

April new travel regulations to travel to Bali

Seminyak spa worker refused threesome

Seminyak spa worker refused threesome

Video Seminyak therapist slapped by unknow foreigner after happy ending refusal on Sunday 28/03/2021. Bali citizens are  angered by a video went viral  of a foreigner assaulting  a local woman who uploaded the video the Instagram account  The commotion allegedly took place at the residence of the foreigner on Jalan Kayu Aya in  Seminyak  on Sunday, March 28, 2021. The half naked foreigner  wearing shorts drove the therapist away and shouted "You go !! Then the foreigner hit the therapist twice until his cellphone fell. "You go from my place," said the unknow foreigner . The therapist answered him  "How come you kicked me out?". With an arrogant attitude, the foreigner kept expelling the woman and then entered the house while closing the gate.

Video Seminyak therapist slapped by foreignerIn the video  it is revealed that the foreigner went berserk because he was rejected when he asked for a plus-plus massage service but the woman therapist only gives massage. "The foreigner asked the spa employee to be naked and asked forcibly to be served with intercourse, the spa employee refused to be naked and the foreigner was getting angry and hit the spa employee . The spa employee ," wrote her story on her @niluhdjelantik account.

 

 

Seminyak Spa employee slapped


Russian beggar in Pecuta received final warning

Russian beggar in Pecuta received final warning

Russian beggar in Pecuta received final warning was stopped by police and released after final warning to face  deportation if he will continue . On Tuesday 30/03/2021. A video went viral on social media for begging in the Pecatu area and a  foreigner was found by officers in South Kuta. These foreigners shouldn't  beg to  residents and we  even could  deport him says I Gusti Agung Ketut Suryanegara .

The Russian national is recorded by members if the immigration services and there is also data by the  immigration, when the visa extension can be summoned or process of the Russian national . He has been warned not to not repeat his actions as its  forbidden not to beg  says Suryanegara.

Russian beggar in Pecuta received final warning

The foreigner begged by stretching out his hands to a resident who was in his car who was parked at a minimarket and the event was recorded by traders until it finally went viral on social media.

Russian beggar in Pecuta

Bali stay and work visa new regulations

Bali stay and work visa new regulations

Bali stay and work latest updated information to obtain the legit permit for any activity without getting into trouble.

The single-entry visit visas of Indonesia below

B211A - among others: urgent and necessary work, social, family, tourism, non-competitive sport, short training course, business talks, to join with a a ship or aircraft in Indonesia, purchase goods, give lecture or attend seminar, international exhibition, attend a meeting in an office of your company in Indonesia, art and culture. Issued directly by Indonesian embassy or consulate without special approval.

B211B - among others: industrial process improvement for Indonesian companies, quality control, candidate for foreign employee. Plus everything allowed under B211A.

B211C - among others: for working as a journalist/film maker no work permit is required. Allows also activities in B211A

New upcoming visa regulations

Then there is the single-entry visit visa on arrival (paid visa on arrival, not the visa waiver): B213 - identical activities to B211A

Then D212, which is the multiple-entry visit visa, which, is similar to B211A/B213, except it excludes: tourism, urgent work, non-competitive sport, join with ship/aircraft, training.

There is also the visa waiver, which is identical in activities to B211A/B213, except that it excludes: urgent work, non-commercial sport, short course/training.

The visa is legally an 'entry permit'. So your permission to enter as a visitor can come from:

a) the payment of 500,000rp on entry (VOA) - currently suspended due to COVID

b) an application at an overseas Indonesian embassy (or more recently online), with payment, which for B211B, B211C, or D212, will have been approved by the Directorate General, and for B211A, directly by the overseas post.

c) the decision of the immigration officer at the airport/border crossing/seaport, to waive the need for entry permit (a facility currently suspended due to COVID)

You are issued at the checkpoint with a 'visitor stay permit' (izintinggal kunjungan). This is distinguished from a 'temporary stay permit' (ITAS) or 'permanent stay permit (ITAP), which both give you the status of 'resident of Indonesia'. In the case of a visitor, then the activities that they can perform do include paid work; for example, the B211B visa is used by mines/other companies in Indonesia to hire (paid!) Chinese workers (now the most common foreign labour in Indonesia) for 2 months, before they decide whether to keep them on. Since that visa is issued for a 60 day period, with approval from the Directorate General, then there is no argument about the legality of those workers. Indeed, the company can ask Immigration to extend the stay permit up to 4 times, just as any other visa, if they can convince them they still need to test the capability of the workers before deciding to get a work permit for them.

Equally the 'urgent and necessary work' can be done just paying 500k for a VOA at the airport. Immigration have a duty of 'field oversight', and if they came and asked you questions, you could explain that 'I came here to do urgent and necessary work, where there was no time to arrange a work permit', and providing that everyone's explanations are reasonable, then nothing has been done wrong.

A 'multiple entry visit visa', could involve the visit visa holder making dozens of visits to Indonesia on behalf of a foreign company, for which they are paid by that foreign company, to meet suppliers, etc. This is all 'work' by any rational definition of the word.

There is not one word of Indonesian law that says 'a visitor cannot work in Indonesia'. Indeed, such a claim is false. A visitor can work in Indonesia.

But how about yoga instructors working on visit visas? They are breaking the law, aren't they?

Well yes, they might be breaking a number of laws:

Indonesia has many, many layers of bureaucracy, e.g., work place permit, business permit, therapist permit. If you don't have those then if you are an Indonesian citizen then nobody cares, and if they do care then there are no immigration sanctions appropriate to an Indonesian person.

Article 83 of the immigration law (6/2011) provides that a foreigner can be detained then deported where they do something which breaks laws (e.g., on business permits), or which threatens security and public order. (This is called 'administrative action'; it is not a criminal sanction, but an administrative one by immigration to 'take out the trash', in the form of a foreigner who, unlike an Indonesian citizen, is present in Indonesia only 'with permission'.)

Article 122 of said law further provides that a foreigner doing activities which are not in compliance with the 'purposes and objectives' of their stay permit, commits a criminal offence, which also makes them removable under Article 83.

In general, all capital investment in Indonesia in a business made by a foreigner is illegal except via PT PMA  Jasa Eka can help you establish a PMA), so this may also create issues.

Volunteer  work in Bali

In terms of 'volunteer' work, which is to say work not done for money, then the heading is 'social', which comes under B211A/visa waiver/D212/B213, i.e. it does not require any special visa at all. That said, the provisions of article 83 about 'public order' are important. I recall a small fundraising concert about 20 years ago, where the Indonesian organizers were seeking donations to put on a concert in aid of some disaster. The problem was.... the donations were going to pay the musicians and probably there would be nothing for the actual disaster victims. This scenario is very common, and whereas certain forms of performative altruism are popular in Indonesia (I'm sure this depends on the area, I'm speaking based on my personal experience), others are much less so. For example, an unrelated event (let's say a Motorcross meet-up) often invites 'anak yatim' (orphans) along and gives them some food, while at hari raya haji, animals are slaughtered and some of the meet is given to the poor, or a successful family may celebrate their success by offering food to all the neighbors, and so on. All of these are social norms in the concept of 'gotong royong', which is to say mutual cooperation, which may often only be extended to members of ones tribe and religion. In the context of a country with limited or non-functioning social welfare system, this makes perfect sense.

In the Western system, gotong royong makes less sense as the welfare state removes the mutual responsibility for members of one tribe and community, instead placing it in the hands of the government. From this place (the West) where hunger, healthcare, etc., are largely solved problems, you get Western people wanting to perform altruism in Indonesia, and other places. This is the product of a Western system, which is largely alien to Indonesian culture. This is where Article 83 comes in. A western voluntourism may see a good in helping others, without expectation of reward. A local resident may perceive a threat to public order.

Example: the government are building a large project locally. The police called the local preman (from the Dutch vreijman or freeman), and ask for several dozen PS (pemuda setempat), which is to say local youths, to obtain the building materials (sand, etc). This gives work to those people, and accrues various fees up the line. The fact that perhaps a job could be better done using  professional crew is not at all the point. The point is that there is a system, which gives work to local people, via people who command authority within their community.

Bali stay and work latest update

Where work is being done NOT in accordance with such local systems, then this creates an issue under Article 83, because local people can claim that there is disorder caused by the presence of a foreigner working for free.

As an example, a foreign musician who has legal status of 'visitor permit' in Indonesia, might be accustomed to receive $100 for working in his own country, and then he decides to jam for free with local musicians. This activity is not work, and is not illegal, but it is not in accordance with values and traditions in Indonesia, whereby it is not normal to work for free (as per the concert example). Indeed, the foreign musician playing for free is perceived by an unemployed Indonesian musician as an opportunity lost for him to work.

So when it comes to volunteer work, there are some things that can happen:

where a volunteer project involves local labor, where that labor is paid, or is able to extract money, beyond the going rate for the job (aka 'overpaid'), then this can create friction within the community as other people are jealous of the other locals being overpaid to do a job (whether or not they actually are, there seems to be an assumption that westerners will pay more than the going rate)where a foreigner is working as a volunteer for a project, when local labor could instead have been paid to do the work, that has potential to 'cause disorder'.

There are various solutions to this:

In the case of charitable activities, these have the potential to cause disturbance and it is best to establish a yayasan, which is a legal body, in accordance with Indonesian laws, so as to create a legal distinction between the person seeking to be altruistic, and the project itself. An ongoing project (handing out sacks of rice to the poor is not an ongoing project, but setting up a cat sanctuary is) that lacks a legally formed yayasan has no credibility at all.

New upcoming visa regulations

in the case of a foreigner wanting to perform volunteer acts as an act of 'voluntourism' as a visitor to Indonesia, then that is perfectly legal as a 'social' activity under visa waiver/B211/VOA, BUT the issue of local disturbance to 'public order' can arise. So in this case, the correct way to minimize the risk from immigration is to apply for a visa B211A specifically for 'social' reason, with a covering letter from a legal yayasan accompanying the application, explaining the activities that will be performed. This shows a level of respect to the laws, customs and norms of Indonesia, in that it is normal practice where for example a university faculty wants to make a visit to a museum, to first write a formal letter to the museum asking for their permission. The question of 'public disorder' can still arise for a foreigner working for a volunteer project, but where immigration perceives that THEY have been given respect in the form of a formal letter from the legally established yayasan, they are much more likely to reject the complaint of 'disorder' and accept the foreigner, since the (entirely legal) activity of volunteer work has been preceded by a respectful letter asking permission as a legal yayasan to invite a foreign citizen to volunteer.

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In the case of ad hoc work for free, such as playing music in a bar, then there doesn't seem to be a good way to avoid such complaints; if someone threatens to call immigration, then you can allow them to do so; if immigration then arrive, you can explain that you are not getting paid (including drinks, food, etc.) and that the music is 'social' in accordance with your visitor permit.

Source : https://www.imigrasi.go.id/


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