2 Russian teenagers deported for overstaying their visas after parents go AWOL

Two Russian teenagers were deported on Sept. 14 after the parents reportedly abandoned them in Bali. Photo: Obtained.
Two Russian teenagers were deported on Sept. 14 after the parents reportedly abandoned them in Bali. Photo: Obtained.

More deportations for visa overstay news in Bali, but this time the circumstances were quite concerning.

Russian citizens SA, 16, and RA, 14, came to Bali with their mother, AS, in March 2020 – just when the pandemic began – to see their father, AA, who resided in Karangasem. The mother and the two kids entered Indonesia with tourist visas that were good for 30 days.

After three weeks of family time, AS reportedly flew to Cambodia for work and left the kids under AA’s care. Several months later, the father also decided to leave the country for work and asked his colleagues to look after the children in his absence.

“The father and the mother of both teenagers never returned,” Singaraja Immigration Agency Head Nanang Mustofa said yesterday in a statement.

After a long wait, the two finally reported themselves to the immigration authorities on Aug. 30. Having overstayed for 883 days, Nanang said that the two were deported on Wednesday and barred from re-entering Indonesia per the country’s regulations.

That being said, due to the fact that the two were minors, Nanang said that the authorities worked closely with Russia’s Honorary Consulate on the Island of Gods to chaperone them throughout the process. 

SA and RA boarded for Moscow with Emirates on Wednesday evening.

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