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Digital Nomad and Girlfriend Face Deportation After Living ‘Rich’ in Bali Tweets Went Viral

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    Digital nomad Kristen Gray, and girlfriend Saundra Michelle Alexander, are now facing deportation after their controversial Bali, Indonesia trip post went viral on social media.

    Deportation: Gray and Alexander, who lived in Indonesia for “over a year,” are now facing deportation and a six-month ban from Indonesia after authorities discovered several violations they committed during their stay in the country, according to Coconuts Bali.

    • Official investigations found Gray may have violated several immigration laws, including “spreading information that could unsettle the public” by saying Bali is queer-friendly and suggesting foreigners travel to Indonesia amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • “The concerned foreign national is suspected to have done business by selling her e-book and putting up consultation fees on traveling to Bali, which means she can be subject to sanctions according to the 2011 Immigration Law,” Jamaruli Manihuruk, head of the Bali office for the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, added in a statement.
    • Gray and their girlfriend are currently detained at the Immigration Detention Center in Denpasar, Bali.
    • “I am not guilty. I have not overstayed my visa. I have not made money in Indonesian rupiah in Indonesia. I put out a statement about LGBT and I am being deported about LGBT,” Gray said in a statement in front of local reporters.

    • Gray and Alexander were set to fly out of Indonesia on Wednesday morning via Japan Airlines.

    Controversial post: Gray ignited a hot topic this week after posting a thread on Twitter detailing their life in Indonesia.

    • “This island has been amazing because of our elevated lifestyle at a much lower cost of living,” they wrote in the post. “I was paying $1,300 for my LA studio. Now I have a treehouse for $400.”
    • Gray and their girlfriend entered Bali under a visitor-stay permit.
    • They also tried to promote their e-book titled “Our Bali Life is Yours,” a guide on how they got into Indonesia amid the COVID-19 pandemic with direct links to their visa agents.

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