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Tourists in Bali who break COVID-19 restrictions will be deported, government announces

Foreign party goers on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali have been warned they may be deported if they are caught violating Covid-19 health rules during New Year celebrations, authorities warned on Thursday.

“Get ready to be kicked out,” Bali immigration office head Jamaruli Manihuruk said in an interview with AFP, warning that health rules must be observed as the country seeks to reduce the spread of the omicron variant.

Bali’s governor has banned carnivals, fireworks and gatherings of more than 50 people over the Christmas and New Year period. Malls, restaurants and cafes must shut by 10 pm, and only operate at 75 percent capacity.

Almost 200 tourists were deported from Bali in 2021, Manihuruk said, seven of these for violating Covid-19 protocols. In July three foreign tourists from the United States, Ireland and Russia were sent home after they were caught not wearing masks in public during a raid.

In May, a Russian influencer and a US-based Taiwanese YouTuber were deported after posting a video where the former was seen strolling around Bali with a painted mask on her face.  The video sparked fury from Indonesians online.

As of Wednesday, it had reported more than 4.2 million confirmed Covid-19 cases, and more than 144,000 deaths. Bali alone reported more than 110,000 confirmed cases with over 4,000 deaths. There have been 68 confirmed cases of Omicron in Indonesia so far, according to government data.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH 

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NY DAILY NEWS

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