Thousands of West Australians expected to fly home from Bali in the next two months.
The Indonesian Government has announced foreigners must leave the island by September 10 regardless of their visa conditions.
While West Australians haven’t been holidaying in Bali over recent months, thousands live and work there on temporary visas, and chose to stay despite the outbreak of the pandemic.
Emergency stay visas were announced by the Indonesian Government at the start of the pandemic, but will now enforce the expiry of all temporary visas to try and slow the spread of COVID-19.
Originally, all visas were slated to expire earlier this month, but that has now been extended because of the Federal Government’s recently announced cap on flight arrivals.
The new expiry date is September 10, with a $100 fine per day facing those who stay beyond the deadline.
There are about 3,000 Australian tourists on the island with emergency visas who will be forced to leave,
Further to the 3,000 individuals on emergency visas, there is no confirmation as to whether the 7,000 or so expats who have been living in Bali will also need to return to Australia.
The potential influx of returning travellers would put pressure on the hotel quarantine system, with the failure to properly monitor those in hotel quarantine Victoria the main cause of the current outbreak.
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