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Indonesia keeps watchful eye on foreign scientists. It may come at a price

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Jakarta   /   Tue, June 25, 2019   /  08:53 am
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A researcher from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) shows a fiber made of cassava nutrients and glycerol at a laboratory in Bandung, West Java.(The Jakarta Post/Arya Dipa)

A strict enforcement of visa rules on foreign scientists in the past three years and a legal initiative to criminalize illegal foreign research could hamper scientific development in the country, local scientists have said. Since 2016, the government has required that foreign scientists acquire a permit and a “limited stay” visa to conduct research in the country, a policy that critics say practically serves as “red tape” that hinders the work of scientists. The Immigration Office has denied entry to at least two renowned Australian scholars – Dave McRae of Melbourne University and Ross Tapsell of Australian National University – for alleged visa violations in the past three months. “The researchers allegedly abused the tourist visa as it was not suitable for the purpose [of their visit],” Immigration Office spokesperson Sam Fernan...