Canadian man in Bali blames absent-mindedness for 776-day overstay

A Canadian citizen resided in Bali for greater than two years till his deportation over the weekend. The person claimed that he forgot to use for a visa extension and thus overstayed for a complete of 776 days.

The 42-year-old Estonia-born man is recognized as AO, and authorities in Bali famous that he arrived on the Island of Gods on March 17, 2020, earlier than COVID-19 grew to become a full-blown pandemic. He flew in from Singapore and entered Indonesia utilizing a visa waiver often known as BVK.

It needs to be famous that BVK is completely different from visa on arrival (VOA), in that the previous permits a foreigner to go to Indonesia for as much as 30 days however with out the choice for extension. A VOA, however, provides a 30-day extension possibility.

The pinnacle of the Bali workplace of the Indonesian Ministry of Regulation and Human Rights Affairs, Anggiat Napitupulu, stated right now that AO by no means left Indonesia after his BVK expired on April 17, 2020.

To authorities, AO claimed that he didn’t know that, because of pandemic concessions, a BVK holder might lengthen their keep underneath the situation that they file an software with the native immigration bureau.

“Though he [AO] equivocated by saying that this occurred because of his absent-mindedness, the Immigration Bureau nonetheless enforced the regulation utilizing the ignorantia juris non excusat precept,” Anggiat stated, referring to the authorized precept holding a regulation violator accountable regardless of them being unaware of the regulation’s content material.

AO was detained for a complete of 35 days beginning June 3 earlier than he was formally deported yesterday night on a Montreal-bound Royal Dutch Airline.

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