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A British female tourist slapped an Immigration officer at Ngurah Rai Airport. Apparently the woman with initials AT became emotional with Immigration due to being caught overstaying her visa.

Head of Immigration Public Relations, Agung Sampurno explained that the incident occurred on Saturday (28/7). The woman went through the usual checks at the Denpasar Airport Immigration counter and was found to exceed the residence permit. The residence permit expired on February 18, 2018.

According to the law, foreigners who overstay their visa will be fined US $25 per day.

Agung said, AT became emotional when the officer saw there was a substantial overstay and when discussed further in the Immigration office, the woman actually slapped the officer.

“Emotions rose quickly, then she slapped the officer in charge (which was also being filmed at the time and has since gone viral. Ed). From the beginning, when the overstay was detected at the counter, she had already become emotional,” said Agung when confirmed, Tuesday (31/7/2018).

“So in order not to interfere with other passengers and disturb the existing queue, she was taken to the immigration room and given the explanation, but this is what happened,” he explained.

Currently AT has not been detained and is still free to stay in Bali. According to immigration, as long as the woman hasn’t paid the required penalty, she cannot go back to England.

“So now the concerned cannot be deported or sent home, because the violation must be processed first, in the form of the payment of fines,” said Agung.

(There is no information as what happens if the woman doesn’t have the money to pay the fine and what the next step is if she doesn’t. Ed)

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  • Lawless
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    I really wonder why she hasn’t been detained – she overstayed her Visa significantly plus hit a Law Enforcement Official…in any other Country you would find yourself in a cell!
    On top she had (according to the Article) previously a Resident Permit (=Kitas) and should have known the existing Rules for violating Visas!
    Laws are there to be enforced – towards anyone residing in a Country.
    The problem with Law enforcement in Indonesia seems to be that Officials are frequently far too lenient (for various reasons) and t4 a lot of People (Locals as well as Expats and Tourists) seem to believe that no Laws exist (or simply may be ignored) and just keep on breaking them. I personally know a lot of Bali residents who are sick and tired of “everyone” breaking the Law..starting from loud Motorcycle exhausts…over ignoring Building Permits/Regulations via Tax evasion to littering and so on (the List wud be endless).
    Ergo: unless Laws are properly enforced (towards anyone) Bali will continue to have some serious problems!

  • ami
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    she’s not free. she is currently at airport police, being proccessed for the asault. it would be up to police what happened to her next. immigration will take over the case once it is done. for her immigration offence

  • brian grant
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    I agree with the above comments….I am a bit confused by the comment about her being on a Kitas. I always thought a KITAS was for people who had retired over here from another country…she lloks way too young to hold a Kitas??

  • nadezdha
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    poor reporting on ST part. she overstayed her TOURIST visa (not residence permit) & she’s detained in an immigration holding cell since Saturday.

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