Three foreigners apprehended in Lombok
MATARAM: The Immigration office of Mataram and West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Police on Thursday apprehended three foreigners alleged to have run tourism related businesses without a permit.
The three foreign nationals are a Spanish man initialed AJA, 53, and a Spanish woman initialed IRU, 34, who were apprehended in Gili Air, North Lombok, while an Australian man initialed JWP, 71, was apprehended in the Senggigi area, West Lombok.
“They are suspected to have run a room rental business in tourist hotspots,” Monitoring and Enforcement Unit head at the Mataram Immigration Office Ramdhani Soeharto said in Mataram on Friday.
The two Spanish nationals were alleged to have run a bungalow business serving only foreign tourists in the famous Gili Air Island in North Lombok. They offered rooms at the bungalow for Rp 700,000 (US$52) to Rp 1.5 million per night. However, the two entered Indonesia using tourist visas.
Meanwhile, JWP who holds Kitas for the elderly, was apprehended as he allegedly offered several rooms in his rented house in the famous area of Senggigi beach with a tariff of Rp 300,000 per night.
“Their visas and Kitas are still valid, however they profited from their business activities, which is illegal because it violates immigration rules, including permit abuse,” he said. — JP