Bali’s police chief, Petrus Reinhard Golose, told News Corporation that members of Australian outlaw motorcycle gangs will not be allowed into Bali.
The policy, which saw Finks national president, Koshan Radford, and other Finks members banned last year, will be a focus for authorities this year.
The warning comes as Immigration officials in Bali announced that in the past year they had banned a total of 962 foreigners from entering the island at air and sea ports. Of these, 73 were Australians whose entry was rejected, including registered sex offenders, those with damaged passports and some bikie gang members.
The top five countries among the 962 who were rejected were Bangladesh, the US, China, Australia and India.
Mr Golose said Indonesian police co-operated with international police forces, including the Australian Federal Police, about members of outlaw motorcycle gangs attempting to enter Bali.
Many Australian bikie gangs now have chapters in Bali, where they have gone to meet in a bid to thwart Australians laws, which prevent bikie gang members from consorting together.
“There are many outlaw motorcycle gangs. Although they call themselves a motorcycle gang in Australia they also distribute drugs. So, if they want to enter Bali, we will not allow them to enter Bali,” Mr Golose said.
“It’s not about a holiday. They could make Bali as a meeting place. They spread drugs in other countries but they use Bali as a meeting point.
“I will not allow them to do so. They are not permitted (to come).”
Ruddi Setiawan, the deputy chief at the counter transnational and organised crime task force, said his officers work with Immigration and the Australian Federal Police.
“Once we get information from Australian Federal Police that there are gang members who will enter Indonesia we co-ordinate with Immigration to reject them. We send them back to their country so they won’t commit any crime in our area,” Mr Setiawan said.
Asked about the blanket ban policy, Mr Setiawan said it was “to prevent them from committing crime here or calling upon local people here to do bad things”.
The head of Bali’s Law and Human Rights Ministry, Maryoto Sumadi, said all countries have the right to determine who is allowed to enter and who is not.
“For Indonesia, only those foreigners that give benefit for national development are allowed to enter this country. We won’t allow people that don’t give benefit, jeopardise our public order and don’t obey the law,” Mr Sumadi said.
“Among those who are rejected from entering our country could be those who don’t have a proper passport, don’t have a visa, their name is on a list of people banned from entering the country or those who police have asked to be rejected, resulting on intelligence operations and co-operation,” he said.
Indonesia has also taken a hard line against foreigners entering the country with damaged or torn passports and has been actively rejecting those whose passports they say are not in acceptable condition.