Attention all Bali-bound wanderers! We’ve got some breaking news!
Recently, many foreign issues have been going on in Bali. Therefore, Bali’s Governor, Wayan Koster, has officially announced new regulations in Bali or official dos and don’ts in Bali for tourists. This regulation will affect travellers in the upcoming days, consisting of 12 obligations (do’s) and 8 prohibitions (don’ts) for tourists. It is written in Surat Edaran No.4 of 2023 and takes effect from 30 May 2023.
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Here are the official dos and don’ts for tourists in Bali
12 Dos (obligations) for Tourists in Bali:
- Honour the sanctity of temples, Pratima, and sacred religious symbols.
- Seriously respect the customs, traditions, arts, and culture, as well as the local wisdom of the Balinese people in the procession of ceremonies and rituals that are being carried out.
- Wear polite, reasonable, and appropriate clothing when visiting holy places, tourist attractions, and public places, and during activities in Bali.
- Behave politely in sacred areas, tourist areas, restaurants, shopping areas, highways, and other public places.
- Be accompanied by a tour guide who has a permit/license (understanding natural conditions, customs, traditions, and local wisdom of the Balinese people) when visiting tourist attractions.
- Perform foreign currency exchange at authorized money changers (KUPVA) organizers, both banks and non-banks, marked with a license number and a QR code logo from Bank Indonesia.
- Make payments using the Indonesian Standard QR Code.
- Make transactions using the Indonesian rupiah currency.
- Drive in compliance with the laws and regulations in force in Indonesia, including having a valid international or national driving license, maintaining orderly traffic on the road, dressing politely, wearing a helmet, following traffic signs, not exceeding the passenger capacity, and not being under the influence of alcoholic beverages and/or illegal drugs.
- Use official four-wheeled transport equipment or two-wheeled transportation equipment under the auspices of a business entity or two-wheeled transportation leasing association.
- Stay in an accommodation business place that has a permit in accordance with the provisions of the laws and regulations.
- Comply with all special provisions/rules that apply to each tourist attraction and tourist activity.
8 Don’ts (prohibitions) for Tourists in Bali:
- The first don’ts of this regulation in Bali is don’t enter the Utamaning Mandala or Madyaning Mandala, which are holy places or sanctified places such as temples and Pelinggih, except for the purpose of praying by wearing Balinese traditional attire or praying, and for women, not having your period (menstruation).
- Climbing a sacred tree is part of the regulation in Bali.
- Engaging in behaviour that desecrates holy places and sacred places, temples, Pratima, and religious symbols, such as climbing sacred buildings and taking pictures in immodest clothes/without clothes.
- Disposing of garbage indiscriminately and polluting lakes, springs, rivers, seas, and public places.
- Using single-use plastics such as plastic bags, polystyrene (styrofoam), and plastic straws.
- Utter harsh words, display impolite behaviour, make noise, and act aggressively towards state officials, government, local communities, and fellow tourists directly or indirectly through social media, such as spreading hate speech and hoaxes.
- Engaging in work and/or carrying out business activities without having official documents issued by the competent authority.
- Engaging in illegal activities such as trading illegal goods (flora and fauna, cultural artifacts, and sacred objects) and including illegal drugs.
Koster emphasized that foreign tourists who violate the dos and don’ts in Bali for tourist will be subject to strict action in the form of sanctions or legal proceedings in accordance with the laws and regulations in force in Indonesia, including deportation and entry bans to Indonesia for certain periods of time.
So, enjoy the sun, smile, and stay trouble-free in Bali! Remember, fellow travellers, following the rules is the key to a worry-free adventure. Respect the local customs, embrace the vibrant culture, and cherish the breathtaking beauty of Bali responsibly. Let’s make memories that shine as bright as the sunsets!
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