Bali is under the Emergency Enforcement of Restrictions on Public Activities (Emergency PPKM) protocol, which is expected to last until at least July 20.
At the start of Emergency PPKM, Head of the Bali office for the Law and Human Rights Ministry, Jamaruli Manihuruk, warned foreigners that violation of health protocols would lead to deportation, addressing widespread concerns that authorities have been too lenient with visitors during the pandemic, as many continue to violate the mandatory mask rule even as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the province.
At the time, Jamaruli admitted that authorities have been “pretty soft,” but declared that times of emergency mean they will be stricter in enforcing regulations.
Bali has certainly seen more patrols and monitoring on the ground during Emergency PPKM, which has led to people — including foreign nationals — being rounded up over violations.
At least two dozen foreign nationals in Canggu have had to deal with authorities for mask-related offenses in the past week alone, but only three are reportedly facing deportation.
Jamaruli said yesterday there are currently around 130,000 foreign nationals in Bali, and reaffirmed that rules under Emergency PPKM also apply to them.