Singer Bautista Deported for Visa Breach, Says Will Be Back in February

Multi-platinum-selling singer and actor Christian Bautista was deported on Friday night after violating the terms of his visa by giving a performance in Indonesia this week, an official said.

Immigration official Herawan Sukoaji said on Friday that the Philippine national was deported for disobeying Indonesia’s 30-day visa regulations, which prohibit foreigners from working while in the country.

Bautista is also barred from re-entering Indonesia for six months, Herawan added.

The singer was scheduled to leave Jakarta’s international airport on an 8 p.m. Singapore Airlines flight. “Christian’s departure to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport will be escorted by investigators from the Directorate General of Immigration,” Herawan said.

Bautista was pulled in for six hours of questioning and had his passport confiscated on Thursday after it was discovered that he had staged a performance in Lippo Karawaci, Tangerang, the previous night.

He went back to immigration on Friday for more questioning, after which it was announced that he would be deported.

Philippine passport holders are allowed to enter Indonesia on a free, 30-day tourist visa but are prohibited from working in the country. According to Herawan, Bautista has traveled to Indonesia numerous times on a work visa.

“But this time, the sponsor did not fully understand the immigration regulations, so Christian used the free visa,” Herawan said.

Bautista, however, denied the report on his Twitter account.

“No I was not deported, there were just some visa issues that needed clarification with the immigration in Indonesia,” he tweeted. “Everything is OK, I’ll be back in Indonesia during Valentine’s Day.”

Source: Jakarta Globe

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