Bali bound in 2023? Make sure you read this list of do’s & don’ts… Thoroughly!

Bali bound in 2023? Make sure you read this list of do’s & don’ts… Thoroughly!
Edited by Travel Weekly


    In the same week a woman was placed into a mental health facility after a video emerged of a her wandering through Balinese cultural sights with no clothes on, Balinese authorities have released their list of do’s and don’ts for tourists travelling to the largely Hindu nation.

    Those that don’t follow the rules risk having their visa cancelled!

    The Head of the Regional Office at the Bali Ministry of Law and Human Rights, Anggiat Napitupula, the cards are in the final stages of completion in mid May.

    “We have had several meetings,” he said.

    “The tourism office is formulating the narrative. So it will either be in the form of a pocket-sized sheet or card.”

    “The card contains what is allowed and what is not allowed to be done in Bali.”

    Now the list of 12 points has been released:

    1. Respect the sanctity of temples, pratimas (sacred statues), and religious symbols;
    2. Wholeheartedly respect the customs, traditions, arts, culture, and local wisdom of the Balinese people during ongoing ceremonial processions and rituals;
    3. Dress modestly, appropriately, and respectfully when visiting sacred areas, tourist attractions, public places, and engaging in activities in Bali;
    4. Behave politely in sacred areas, tourist areas, restaurants, shopping areas, roads, and other public places;
    5. Be accompanied by licensed tour guides (who understand the natural conditions, customs, traditions, and local wisdom of the Balinese people) when visiting tourist attractions;
    6. Exchange foreign currency at authorised money changers (both banks and non-banks) that are officially licensed and display the authorisation number and QR code logo from Bank Indonesia;
    7. Make payments using the Indonesian Standard QR Code (QRIS);
    8. Conduct transactions using the Indonesian rupiah;
    9. 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;
    10. 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;
    11. Stay in accommodations that possess the required permits according to applicable regulations;
    12. Adhere to all specific provisions/rules that apply to each tourist attraction and tourist activity.

    The Balinese government has been working hard trying to curb the antisocial behaviour on show by many visitors to the country, recently stating that Australian tourists could be banned from hiring scooters as well as identifying pre-marital sex as ‘a problem’.

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