No Flights Out: Russian tourist stuck around Bali airport detained

The Russian tourist has reportedly been sleeping near an empty lot right next to the airport for some time. Photo: Istimewa via Detik
The Russian tourist has reportedly been sleeping near an empty lot right next to the airport for some time. Photo: Istimewa via Detik

Authorities in Bali have detained a Russian tourist on alleged disruption of public order after the foreigner reportedly took shelter around the premises of Ngurah Rai International Airport while he was stranded on the island for the past month. 

“The person violated a local regulation, so now immigration will take him. Afterwards he will be deported, back to his home country,” I Gusti Agung Ketut Suryanegara, who heads the Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) in Badung regency, said. 

According to reports, the Russian tourist has been sleeping near an empty lot right next to the airport for some time, prompting Satpol PP to detain him yesterday. Suryanegara said he is unable to return to Russia due to ongoing travel restrictions and the lack of available flights. 

“He’s been [living like a] hobo, maybe he has money, but [he’s reluctant to] rent a place because there’s no flight to Russia. Hopefully after this the Russian Consulate will help,” Suryanegara said. 

With global travel grounded to a halt amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many foreign tourists found themselves stranded far away from home, faced with limited flights or arduous journeys to return to their home countries. At the onset of the global coronavirus outbreak, thousands got on chartered flights arranged by their respective embassies, while others voluntarily opted to stay in Bali. 

In response to global travel restrictions, the Indonesian government adopted emergency measures in late March and granted automatic extensions of stay permits for eligible foreigners who are unable to return to their home countries. However, that measure has since been updated with a “new normal” immigration policy that came into force just yesterday, which outlines new requirements for foreign nationals in Indonesia.

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One thought on “No Flights Out: Russian tourist stuck around Bali airport detained

  1. It is a sad day in Bali when a handsome hobo Russian cannot find a sweet sexy Russian lady to take him in. What has Bali come to, no love on Bali means it is not worth going there. Why would the police detain this man, so they could put him in a situation to contract the Covid? Bali has become a place exactly like where all tourist leave, just like home with rules and selective enforcement and just no reason to go there. We must find another place instead of the same old thing.

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