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Jakarta Post

Four Chinese tourists deported from Balikpapan

  • N. Adri

    The Jakarta Post

Balikpapan, East Kalimantan   /   Tue, January 31, 2017   /  04:06 pm
Four Chinese tourists deported from Balikpapan Dozens of female Chinese nationals sit at an immigration office on Jan. 1. (The Jakarta Post/Safrin La Batu)

Authorities in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, deported four Chinese nationals on Monday night for allegedly overstaying.

“They are part of a group of 23 foreigners we arrested during a verification operation on foreign nationals between Jan. 16 and Jan. 20,” said Balikpapan Immigration Office controlling sub-section head Bismo Surono.

The four tourists, Li Zhiqiang, Yong Wang, Zhoa Minzhao and Ding Xuguo, were arrested on Jan. 18. Their 60-day tourist visas reportedly expired in November 2016. “As backpackers, they don’t have enough money to pay the immigration fine of Rp 300,000 [US$22.5] per day up to a maximum Rp 25 million per person,” Bismo said.

Bismo emphasized that they were not migrant workers. “They are tourists who were traveling around the country. They were in Balikpapan when their visas expired.”