Hundreds of Foreign Overstayers Raided Across in Indonesia, New Restrictions for Pilots

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Foreign pilots are facing fresh restrictions on flying in Indonesia as the government has issued a regulation banning them from working for more than two years so that airlines must recruit unemployed local pilots. The regulation, became effective on Sept. 23rd, the Jakarta Post reports. It made exceptions only for foreign pilots with special skills, such as instructors, helicopter pilots and pilots operating in remote areas.

A raid by the authorities in 125 regions across Indonesia this week has netted at least 447 foreigners believed to have violated the country’s immigration rules. Immigration Office director general Ronny Sompie said the single biggest group of visa overstayers arrested during the raid were Chinese nationals. Many of the foreigners were arrested for overstaying, while some were detained for being unable to produce their passports or residence permits. They will face various sanctions, ranging from fines and deportation to criminal prosecution, The Jakarta Globe reports.

After Uber and Gojek, now you can add Grab to your option of transportation in Bali!  The Malaysian ride-hailing app last has recently launched its GrabBike and GrabExpress services in Bali, operating mostly in Badung and Denpasar.

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