Foreigners in Indonesia on limited stay visas, listen up. It’s never a good idea to overstay your visa, but you should know that the penalty for doing so more than tripled yesterday, meaning you’re in for a hefty fine even if you overstay just a few days.
A new regulation from Indonesia’s Directorate General of Immigration Ministry of Law and Human Rights went into effect yesterday requiring that foreign nationals who overstay in Indonesia be fined IDR1 million (US$70) per day, up from the previous fine of IDR 300,000 per day.
“The reason is to create a deterrent effect to foreigners who violate [Indonesia’s immigrations laws]. We felt that the previous amount of fine [for the overstay foreigners], IDR300,000, didn’t give enough deterrent effect for them,” said Agung Sampurno, the Directorate General of Immigration’s Public Relations and Data chief, said on Tuesday, as quoted by Detik.
The hefty fine has already been met with complaints by foreigners in Indonesia, with one Belgian national telling Detik on Wednesday that the new regulation has not been properly socialized, saying he only found out about the new fine through forums on social media.