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3 New Essential Rules for Tourists Visiting Bali

Bali, renowned for its lush rice terraces, ancient villages nestled in dense jungles, and stunning teal seas, is a dream destination for many travelers. However, Bali also has some of the strictest regulations in Asia regarding tourism. Understanding these rules is crucial for a trouble-free visit. Recently, Bali authorities introduced three new regulations that all tourists need to be aware of before planning their trip.

New Tourist Tax

Bali has implemented a new tourist tax to help preserve its culture and environment, as well as to improve infrastructure and safety. Previously, visitors had to purchase a Tourist Visa upon arrival, costing $35. As of this year, an additional $10 Foreign Tourist Levy is required. This levy is not included in the visa fee and must be paid separately.

Tourists can pay this tax through the Love Bali website or app. Visitors should be prepared for spot checks by tourism police, who may ask for proof of payment via QR codes. Although there are currently no fines for non-compliance, travelers without a QR code will need to pay the tax on the spot if checked.

Traffic Laws and Deportation

Bali’s traffic laws are strict, and foreigners must adhere to them or face severe consequences, including fines, criminal charges, and potential deportation. The island has a high incidence of traffic accidents involving tourists, often due to unfamiliarity with driving on the left side of the road.

To drive in Bali, tourists must have a valid international driver's license and ensure they are fully insured. This year alone, 159 foreigners have been deported for various infractions, highlighting the importance of following local traffic regulations. Tourists should remember that local law can be much stricter than in their home countries, and compliance is mandatory.

Reporting Misbehavior

A new regulation encourages locals to report any misbehavior by tourists. This means that actions deemed disrespectful or inappropriate by local standards can lead to trouble with the authorities. Behaviors such as public intoxication, loud behavior, or drug use, which might be tolerated elsewhere, can be criminal offenses in Bali.

Tourists should also be mindful of religious customs. For instance, women are advised not to enter temples during menstruation, and posing inappropriately at sacred sites or climbing sacred trees is considered disrespectful. Familiarizing yourself with local customs and laws is essential to avoid misunderstandings and potential penalties.

Embracing Local Culture

Bali is a beautiful island with a rich cultural heritage and friendly locals who are known for their hospitality. However, respecting their traditions and laws is paramount. Indonesia, including Bali, has very strict laws regarding drug use, with severe penalties including capital punishment for drug-related offenses.

While Bali welcomes millions of tourists every year, most visitors enjoy their stay without any issues by being respectful and aware of local customs. Following these guidelines ensures that your trip to Bali is enjoyable and free of legal troubles.

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By adhering to these new regulations and showing respect for Bali's customs, you can enjoy a memorable and trouble-free visit to this enchanting island. Happy travels!


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