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After a number of tourists landed in hot water for breaking local protocols in recent months, including several Australians, fed-up officials are now looking at new ways to ensure travellers adhere to Indonesia’s laws.
“The card will be created and handed over at Immigration, so that the Immigration can tuck the card into the foreigner’s passport when they land at I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport,” The Head of the Regional Office of the Bali Ministry of Law and Human Rights, Anggiat Napitupulu said.
“The card contains what is allowed and what is not allowed to be done in Bali.”
The regulations include a mix of common sense protocols as well as some Bali-specific rules tourists will need to be aware of.
Among them, travellers have been warned to “dress modestly and appropriately”, comply with local traffic laws and agree not to use profane language or single-use plastics.
Authorities hope by issuing the card that less foreigners will get themselves into trouble on the island.
Here’s the full list of rules tourists will need to abide by:
- Respect the sanctity of temples, pratimas (sacred statues), and religious symbols
- Wholeheartedly respect the customs, traditions, arts, culture, and local wisdom of the Balinese people during ongoing ceremonial processions and rituals
- Dress modestly, appropriately, and respectfully when visiting sacred areas, tourist attractions, public places, and engaging in activities in Bali
- Behave politely in sacred areas, tourist areas, restaurants, shopping areas, roads, and other public places
- Be accompanied by licensed tour guides (who understand the natural conditions, customs, traditions, and local wisdom of the Balinese people) when visiting tourist attractions
- Exchange foreign currency at authorized money changers (both banks and non-banks) that are officially licensed and display the authorization number and QR code logo from Bank Indonesia
- Make payments using the Indonesian Standard QR Code (QRIS)
- Conduct transactions using the Indonesian rupiah
- Comply with the applicable traffic laws in Indonesia, including possessing a valid international or national driving license, obey traffic rules, dress modestly, wear a helmet, follow traffic signs, not exceed passenger capacity, and no driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs
- Use four-wheeled transportation that is roadworthy and officially registered or two-wheeled transportation that is operated by a legal business entity or association for two-wheeler rentals
- Stay in accommodations that possess the required permits according to applicable regulations
- Adhere to all specific provisions/rules that apply to each tourist attraction and tourist activity.
- Trespass sacred territories: Steer clear of utamaning mandala and madyaning mandala, holy and sanctified spots like puras and pelinggihs — unless you’re there for a Balinese traditional ceremony, during which you must wear the appropriate attire, and you’re not menstruating
- Engage in behavior that defiles sacred places, temples, idols, and religious symbols, such as climbing sacred structures and taking indecent or nude photos
- Litter and pollute lakes, springs, rivers, seas, and public areas
- Use single-use plastics like plastic bags, polystyrene (Styrofoam), and plastic straws
- Utter offensive words, behave disrespectfully, cause disturbances, and act aggressively towards government authorities, local communities, and fellow tourists, both directly and indirectly through social media, including spreading hate speech and hoaxes
- Engage in work or business activities without proper documentation issued by the relevant authorities
- Get involved in illegal activities, such as trading illegal goods, including endangered flora and fauna, cultural artifacts, and sacred objects, as well as illegal drugs.
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