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Jakarta Post

American volunteers deported from Lombok

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Mataram   /   Sat, March 23, 2019   /   08:12 am
American volunteers deported from Lombok A number of earthquake refugees start to use temporary settlements built at a refugee post in Gondang village, Gangga district, North Lombok regency, West Nusa Tenggara, on Wednesday. Built by the refugees, the temporary settlements, which are made from wood and boards, are considered by the earthquake victims as the better choice compared to living in temporary tents. (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)

Immigration officials in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), have deported eight American citizens for conducting social activities in Lombok without permits from the relevant institutions.

Grouped as International Medical Relief volunteers, the seven women and one man were flown home from Lombok International Airport (LIA) in Central Lombok on Monday.

“They provided medical services without permits in Karang Nangka subdistrict, Tanjung district, North Lombok,” immigration office head Kurniadie said on Wednesday.

They were spotted during a raid conducted in North Lombok on March, 11, while offering medical services in Karang Nangka subdistrict independently without being affiliated with any local organization.

They entered Indonesia between Feb. 25 and March 9, using the short visit visa-free facility effective for 30 days. They had no permits or recommendation from the local health or social affairs agencies.

“This is a violation of the law,” said Kurniadie, adding that the eight had violated Article 75 (1) of Law No 6/2011 on immigration and Article 2 of Health Ministerial Regulation No 67/2013 on foreign health worker utilization.

They were also found to be carrying 69 types of medicines, of which 11 had no distribution license in Indonesia.

“The provincial Food and Drug Agency seized the medicines and will destroy the 11 with no distribution license,” said Kurniadie, adding that the NGO had flouted Indonesian laws and regulations.