After two foreign influencers who pulling a face paint mask prank in Bali went viral and drew flak online, Indonesian immigration confirmed that they had their passports seized and consider deporting them for their viral stunt.
The woman has been identified as a Russian national, while the man is a Taiwanese national.
I Putu Surya Dharma, a spokesman from the regional office for the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, confirmed the passport seizure today, explaining that Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers will question the foreigners tomorrow afternoon.
“After that, they will be examined together with Immigration to take the decision on whether or not to deport them,” Surya said today.
The head of Satpol PP Bali I Dewa Nyoman Rai Dharmadi said that the agency will issue a recommendation letter for Immigration to deport the two foreigners, saying that their actions violate propriety.
As information, under Bali’s mandatory mask rule, laid out in a gubernatorial regulation, foreign nationals are subject to a fine of IDR1 million (USD 68.76) if they are caught without masks the first time, while a second violation may subject them to deportation from Indonesia.