Foreigners in Bali are making headlines in Indonesia this week amid tighter COVID-19 restrictions in the province, the group of which include the somewhat expected mask rule violators as well as one foreign national who allegedly wandered around town despite testing positive for the coronavirus.
A team of officers from the immigration office, the Public Order Agency (Satpol PP), and the Health Agency in Badung regency, yesterday apprehended AN, a 33-year-old Russian national, at a villa in Canggu.
She is now undergoing quarantine at a place provided by authorities.
AN tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday, but allegedly went back to her Canggu villa and even wandered about town, refusing quarantine. IGN Gede Jaya Saputra, the spokesman of Badung’s COVID-19 Task Force, said they have questioned her whereabouts for the last five days and will proceed with contact tracing.
Meanwhile, at least 14 foreigners were caught without masks yesterday at a café in Canggu. Eleven people were either sanctioned with a written warning, fines of IDR1 million (US$68.72), or had their passports seized. The other three were taken to immigration and may face deportation, an official said.